NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are very hard to beat on their own ice this postseason, and now they have added their biggest piece of franchise history yet – a victory in the Stanley Cup finals.

The embattled Rinne made 27 saves, Roman Josi and Frederick Gaudreau scored 42 seconds apart in the second period, and the Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 Saturday night to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

The Predators capped the biggest party in Nashville history with a victory that gave thousands of fans inside and outside of the arena reason to celebrate, with even country star Keith Urban and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, high-fiving.

And credit Rinne for coming through with a very stingy performance and improving to 8-1 in Nashville this postseason.

Critics wanted Rinne benched after he looked shaky in the first two games in Pittsburgh, giving up eight goals on just 36 shots. Coach Peter Laviolette benched him in the third period of Game 2 when Rinne gave up three goals in the first 3:28 of a 4-1 loss.

James Neal, Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm also scored as the Predators worked out frustration against the Penguins.

“Like our team has done the whole playoffs against Chicago, St. Louis, Anaheim, we showed really good composure,” said Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban, who had predicted a win in Game 3. “We’re going to take that into the next game.”

Game 4 is Monday night.

Jake Guentzel scored his 13th goal this postseason and fourth of the series for Pittsburgh, and now is one off Dino Ciccarelli’s rookie record of 14 in 1981 for Minnesota.