The party in Pittsburgh is only beginning after the Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions Sunday night with a 2-0 victory over the Predators in Game 6.
While the Penguins hoisted the Cup in Nashville, the City of Pittsburgh was celebrating in its own right.
Nearly 20,000 fans sold out PPG Paints Arena for a chance to watch Game 6 with thousands more watching outside the arena. After Carl Hagelin scored an empty net goal as the Predators pulled Rinne in a last-ditch effort to force Game 7, fans converged on East Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s south side to celebrate.
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Once inside PPG Paints Arena, Waddell went to the restroom, removed the fish, and wrapped it in a free T-shirt and towel handed out at the gate. With the help of his cousin and some fellow Predators fans the two bumped into at the game, Waddell snuck into a lower section and tossed the catfish onto the ice.
Aware that he was outnumbered, Waddell didn’t bother trying to dodge security.
You can hear the crowd getting restless: 鈥楬illbilly, redneck,’ all this other stuff they’re yelling at me. They’re calling me stuff I should be called, Waddell said. If it wasn’t one vs. 10,000, I wouldn’t have been uncomfortable, but I was kind of hoping the security guards would get us on out of there.
According to Pittsburgh police, Waddell was charged with disorderly conduct, possessing an instrument of crime and disrupting a meeting. However, the Nashville radio station intends to cover any fines issued to Waddell.
Marian Gaborik Jersey If they want to go down that road, we can go down that road, Waddell said. I’m pretty sure we’ll win that battle. I’m just stubborn enough, as you can probably tell my strapping a catfish to my crotch, to go up there and fight it.