Pens, Preds could have same lineups for Game 2 of Cup Final

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 5, 2017

This is the first time all postseason the Predators have trailed in a series, and they do not want to head home to Nashville down 2-0.

He delivered an All-Star guarantee for Saturday night. The identity and the character of our team, how we're built, it's been pretty easy to watch because, I mean, these guys, every time they're on the ice, they throw everything they've got. The Penguins find ways to win because they are an experienced group and are able to adjust to win any kind of game, whether it be a shootout or an overtime game. "We're going to win the next game, and then we'll move forward". "But we know the ultimate goal is two more wins and they're going to be tough to get". It's as simple as that, get more pucks on nets, especially with Pekka Rinne's history when he plays in Pittsburgh. If it had been ruled a good goal, the momentum of the game would have immediately swung to the Preds and taken the air out of the building under five minutes into the game.

The defending Stanley Cup champions needed just over three minutes at the start of the third period to turn a taut Game 2 into a runaway, beating Pekka Rinne three times in a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night to inch closer to becoming the first team in almost 20 years to win back-to-back titles.

Until the three-goal eruption, the Penguins were struggling some on offense - outshot 32-19 at that point - though not as much as in Game 1 when they overcame a 37-minute shot drought.

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His save percentage has dipped throughout the playoffs -.976 against Chicago, then.932 against St. Louis and.925 in the West finals against Anaheim. With every save and with every win, he is looking less and less like some one-year wonder and more and more like a goalie at the same level as Carey Price, Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist. It's a team game, and everyone looks at shots and save percentage but forget about the quality and who we're playing.

"Game one's behind us", Predators captain Mike Fisher said. That being said there are many ways the Pens can take game two tonight and possibly win the series quickly.

That seems quite likely because Rinne has been the Predators' best player throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs, and he is certainly capable of putting together an excellent performance.

"There's nothing that can replace Peks", Ellis said. They are 7-1 inside Bridgestone Arena this postseason with the lone loss coming in overtime.

Nashville, a first-time participant in the Stanley Cup Finals, heads home with a sizeable task. "It's a fun atmosphere to play". Penguins C Evgeni Malkin and Nashville D P.K. Subban - two of the biggest names in the game - fought at 12:14 of the third, with Malkin picking up an extra roughing penalty.

Fifty teams have taken a 2-0 lead since the final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939. That includes the last three such situations with the Kings winning in 2012 and 2014 and the Penguins a year ago. The coach did not commit to starting him when the series resumes this weekend, though he praised his goaltender throughout the postgame news conference. "I would do it a thousand more times, absolutely".

Game 2 could very well be a calmer affair, considering the Predators are looking to get the series even before heading back to Nashville for Games 3 and 4.

"When you lose a couple of games and get pulled, you're obviously not happy with how things went", said Rinne, who was last pulled on February 21. "He leads through his play", said Sullivan. "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready". "That's where our focus is going to be".

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