Penguins take 2-0 series lead over Predators in Stanley Cup Final

Rookie Jake Guentzel fired a shot by Nashville's Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation to put the Penguins ahead to stay in a flat-out weird 5-3 victory. The wind the disallowed goal took out of the Preds' sails, along with the 5-on-3, and the own goal was noticeable. 4-1 after Malkin rips a shot over the Finnish goalie.Right over the glove yet again.

Guentzel, meanwhile, scored arguably the two most important goals of the game.

Guentzel scored on a rebound 10 seconds into the third off the pad of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.

The first third period goal set a record for the fastest goal in Penguins playoff history.

Guentzel, who snapped an eight-game goalless drought when he pumped the victor by Rinne with 3:17 left in the series opener, tied it later in the period.

Pittsburgh now holds a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, now vying for a fifth Stanley Cup, have a lot of fans throughout the nation, except for the penguins at the Tennessee Aquarium (Macaroni and Gentoo) - they're actually Nashville Predators fans.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pittsburgh Penguins' Ian Cole, center, checks Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher (12) in front of Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, . The Predators are also blowing away the Penguins in the faceoff circle, winning 62 percent of draws through 40 minutes.

The gesture, however, didn't play well with the Pittsburgh crowd.

The next two games are played in Nashville.

"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. They've got a real chance to put a strangehold on things with a win in one of the next two games on the road. Minutes later, Penguins forward Chris Kunitz became tangled up with P.K. Subban and ended up cross-checking Subban in the head, part of a sequence that saw Malkin go off for hooking.

The Penguins and Predators each have a goal as Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is tied at the first intermission.

But right now, Ellis leads the Nashville back end with 12 points and five goals. Matt Murray has been strong in goal for the Penguins. Well, everything except another catfish on the ice.

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

The 23-year-old Aberg beat Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta to a puck in the Penguins zone, passed it through Maatta to himself and then patiently drew Murray out of the net before flipping it by the sprawled goaltender.

So come early, bring your family, friends and your lawn chairs and join the City of Clarksville on for a community rally to cheer the Predators on to their first Stanley Cup.

Nashville could have folded the tent after having a goal disallowed by an offside challenge and then falling behind the high-octane Pens. He was injured during warmups prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 12.

GIF: Cullen hit from behind into the boards. What makes the defending Stanley Cup champions different from the 29 other clubs chasing them isn't the way they dominate when they play well.

Sullivan promoted Bryan Rust to play on the first line with Conor Sheary and Sidney Crosby.

Guentzel has three more goals than anyone else in the playoffs (teammate Evgeni Malkin is tied for second with nine).

  • Julie Sanders