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The Latest: Barkley takes up Bettman's invite to see hockey

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

Charles Barkley has taken advantage of a day off in the NBA Finals and accepted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to come watch the Stanley Cup Final in person.

Barkley interrupted Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey talking about NHL fans voting for the best team of all-time Monday before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators.

The former NBA star and now TV analyst says he had nothing to do and is really looking forward to the game. Barkley says the NHL playoffs have been amazing while noting the NBA playoffs have not been very good this spring.

Barkley says he's been watching hockey for years dating back to a team in Birmingham, Alabama, and Ron Hextall is his favorite NHL player of all-time after watching him in Philadelphia. Today, he roots for Columbus defenseman Seth Jones because his father, Popeye, once played in the NBA.

And he calls Stanley Cup overtime hockey the craziest thing anyone will ever see, just one reason why he loves the sport.

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5:22 p.m.

P.K. Subban seems as if he's still trying to get under Sidney Crosby's skin.

Nashville's All-Star defenseman was seen walked toward his locker room Monday with a bag that appeared to be filled with bottles of mouthwash .

Pittsburgh's superstar has insisted he did not complain about Subban's breath in Game 3 as Subban said he did.

Game on.

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Coach Peter Laviolette has a message for Nashville fans attending Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final: Don't throw anything onto the ice.

Five catfish, several towels, a stuffed penguin and a cowboy hat hit the ice Saturday night in the Predators' 5-1 win over Pittsburgh, which pulled Nashville within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

The team shared Laviolette's video plea Monday on Twitter hours before Game 4. The coach asks fans to avoid both putting players and officials in danger and penalties.

Police estimated more than 50,000 turned out for the first Stanley Cup Final game in Tennessee on Saturday night. That prompted changes to handle the crowds with only 200 fans with wristbands allowed on the plaza with a downtown amphitheater opened for a watch party.

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