Pens Lead Stanley Cup

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Giugno 3, 2017

Guentzel has the second-most goals ever for a rookie in one post-season and set a new rookie record with his fifth game-winning goal. Up until now, the story was about Nashville getting hot at the right time, but after a disheartening 4 - 1 loss in Game 2, the Preds have now gone cold at the worst possible time.

Rinne fell to 0-5-0 in five career starts in Pittsburgh and he has never beaten the Penguins anywhere as a starter. Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh scored soon after to make it 3-1, a goal that was credited to Scott Wilson, who got a piece of the puck before it went off the skate of Nashville forward Vernon Fiddler and between Rinne's pads.

Jake Guentzel scored 10 seconds into the third period to put Pittsburgh in front.

The Penguins have been outshot in each game and converted only one power play opportunity but their ability to turn some brief defensive lapses into quick goals has allowed them to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup without Guentzel, who was an engaged, interested spectator.

The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh. That chased goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Subban does have one stat on his side to back up his belief. The goalie who had been so dominant in the playoffs has now given up eight goals on 36 shots and has a.777 save percentage in the Stanley Cup final.

The Pens almost got a four-goal lead after Patric Hornqvist scored from the slot.

"[Pittsburgh's] a championship team in there", P.K. Subban said. Even before the game, some Pittsburgh fish markets announced they'd temporarily halt the selling of catfish to prevent such incidents.

Game 3 is Saturday night.

If the Predators are going to be successful in Game 3, they will require a much better effort from goaltender Pekka Rinne. Six players, including Mario Lemieux, scored the six goals for the Pens in that clinching game, and despite missing six of the 21 playoff games that year with a broken hand, Lemieux finished with 16 goals and 18 assists to become only the second player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) in consecutive years.

"We're trying to play our game but they've been tilting the ice in their favor quite a bit of the game", Kunitz said. There is little room for error, and no time to waste.

NBC Sports released ratings information Thursday afternoon for Wednesday's Game 2 in Pittsburgh (the Predators lost 4-1) and - not surprisingly - Pittsburgh and Nashville had the most viewers of all USA markets with local shares of 31.1 and 16.3, respectively.

Nashville unleashes 7 shots in the last 30 seconds but Matt Murray has answers for them all so it stays 1-1 after 20 minutes. In the first two games against the Penguins, Rinne's save percentage has been.778. A Hornqvist goal was taken off the board by a replay challenge, but that didn't matter much. "The influence he has on these kids goes a long way to giving these kids the confidence that they need". It really changed the whole dynamic of the first period. Game 3 is at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). Despite entering the playoffs with only 40 career regular season games under his belt, Guentzel has led the charge for the Penguins with a playoff-high 12 goals. Matt Murray has been strong in goal for the Penguins.

The Penguins are just two games away from becoming the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings of the late 90's, while the Predators are hoping to win their first Cup Final in franchise history. It's Guentzel's playoff-leading 11th goal. The Penguins lead the series 2-0.

Aberg was the only one to get past him, opening the scoring at 12:57 of the first.

Shots end up 32-19 Nashville after 2 periods, but the score remains knotted at 1.

"Both games were decided in a span of three minutes", Subban said about the Penguins play. Stream every single game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Sportsnet NOW.

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