It was only a matter of time before Sidney Crosby made his mark in the Stanley Cup Final.
With 4:03 remaining in the first period, Crosby snuck in behind the Nashville defense, froze Pekka Rinne with a pair of pump fakes and slid it off the post and in on the backhand to tie the game 1-1.
Crosby executed the breakaway to perfection, but Brian Dumoulin deserves credit for making it possible with a great outlet pass.
It was Crosby’s first goal since Game 5 against the Senators and his first Stanley Cup Final goal since 2009.
You could sense it coming. After being held without a shot in Nashville’s 5-1 Game 3 win, Crosby was all over the ice in the first period and came close to getting Pittsburgh on the board when he set up Jake Guentzel in front of the net for a prime scoring chance.