Pens strike back, 1-1 in Game 2 vs Predators
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 10:08
Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for the Preds, who host their first ever Stanley Cup final game under dire circumstances on Saturday night. The Penguins can take a 2-0 series lead with a win as a -150 favorite. Analyzing Game 1 specifically is more hard.
Their strong territorial play and defensive work allowed Nashville to crawl out of a 3-0 hole and tie the game in the third period. The Penguins beat Rinne four times on just 11 shots in Game 1 and scored three goals on 25 shots Wednesday for a 2-0 series lead. "He's just been so clutch for us". The Predators are 12-5 this postseason with a 5-3 record on the road, per the OddsShark NHL Database.
Pittsburgh's 12 shots represented the fewest shots for a winning team in a Cup Final game and the Penguins became the first time team to go shot-less in a 20-minute period of the Cup Final since the league first started tracking shots in 1957-58.
Even when things briefly went south (Pittsburgh built a three-goal in a span of 4:11 late in the first period), Nashville stayed in it, responded and eventually pulled even.
Flat out, the Predators would have won Game 1 had they received a representative performance from their goalie.
Pittsburgh downplayed the notion it was tired, figuring adrenaline and a shot at making history would make up for any lack of jump while playing their 108th game in the last calendar year. In eight regular-season games, he is 1-5-2 with a 3.57 goals-against average and.880 save percentage. Against Pittsburgh, it's at.777 and he remains winless in his career against the Penguins in games he's started. It left the guys from "Smashville" in a new position for the first time since they began their mad dash to the final a month ago: chaser instead of chasee as Game 2 looms on Wednesday night.
Catfish watch is on for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Waddell was immediately escorted from the game after throwing the catfish around 9:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan is shuffling his lines for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Predators. At the other end, Rinne looked like he couldn't wait for the period to end.
Game 1 was not without its controversy.
"I was a little surprised", Pens fan Eric Shank said. For the Penguins to be able to skate out onto the ice in a big game with the confidence of having that kind of calm presence in their net is a huge advantage for them.
"Obviously the puck is going in for him, and he's making great plays to score goals", veteran Matt Cullen said.
All of Middle Tennessee is rooting on the red-hot Predators, who already have made history on two fronts.
Laviolette was asked if he was committed to Rinne for Game 3. Earlier this year he took part in a celebrity game during the NHL All-Star weekend.
There is simply no way ANY team should be held shot-less for nearly 40 minutes, and yet last night Nashville looked every bit a better version of Ottawa in stifling the Penguins. "Sorry, eh." They also feature a logo that's a mix of both teams.