Schlossman: Carter Rowney two wins away from the Cup

The Penguins said they'd take more shots on goal than the 12 they took in Game 1, and they made good on that with 12 shots in the first period Wednesday.

It's not much. Unless you're playing the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After two periods of Game 2 on Wednesday night, the Predators should've felt confident about their chances of evening their Stanley Cup final series against Pittsburgh.

Guentzel struck again 10 seconds into the third period to put Pittsburgh in front for good. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to make the score 4-1, a tough score to come back from for Nashville.

Guarantees in sports are ridiculous because nobody can guarantee a damned thing, and besides, it would mean knowing Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne isn't in the middle of a collapse. He allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game 1 and has allowed 20 goals over his past six games after allowing just 16 over his first 11 playoff games. "For me, that's Game 3". His goal was the fastest to start a period in Penguins' playoff history. If it wasn't for Jake Guentzel's attractive game-winner, who knows what would have happened after that momentum shift. He has found his touch at the right time for Pittsburgh, which leads the Final 1-0. The Pens need to be the team they have been in the regular season, which led the league in shots per game with 33.5, a long way from their playoff average of 29.3.

"He really wanted to get in shape right away to get back for the World Cup, win the World Cup", Letang said. That's a big reason why Nashville has 53 shot attempts to Pittsburgh's 31. Not being concerned on scoring goals and making plays.

Despite the struggles, Pittsburgh appeared to get a lift from Nick Bonino, who hobbled to the locker room early in the game after taking a P.K. Subban slap shot off the left foot.

"It's insane", Guentzel said of his two big games this series after an eight-game goal drought. Jake Guentzel, Penguins; 3. Matt Murray has been strong in goal for the Penguins.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry released a statement asking that "any charges for throwing a catfish on to the ice would be quickly dismissed".

The difference now is that Nashville lost the opener to Pittsburgh 5-3 on Monday and another Game 2 defeat would create a dire situation. It's Guentzel's playoff-leading 11th goal.

The Predators scored first, at 12:57, on a bit of individual brilliance by forward Pontus Aberg. The 22-year-old has 12 goals in 21 games. Yes, the Penguins required slightly longer in Monday's Game 1-three goals spanning 4:10 during the first period-but the aftermath felt similar. The Predators had more shots, were great on the penalty kill and had won more faceoffs.

Penguins center Matt Cullen briefly left the game earlier after getting hit in the corner but returned and didn't miss a shift.

Sullivan promoted Bryan Rust to play on the first line with Conor Sheary and Sidney Crosby. He wants to be out on the ice, but he's also happy to see longtime teammates Crosby, Malkin, Chris Kunitz and Marc-Andre Fleury closing in on their third Stanley Cup. Fifteen seconds later, Rinne was gone after Evgeni Malkin went bar down with a laser on a 2-on-1 break.

Nashville, a first-time participant in the Stanley Cup Finals, heads home with a sizeable task. Pens games, Steelers games, Pirates games, Pittsburgh fans are the best.

"Having reviewed the affidavit involving Mr. [Jacob] Waddell as well as the television coverage of the incident, District Attorney Zappala has made the determination that the actions of Mr. Waddell do not rise to the level of criminal charges", spokesman Mike Manko said in a statement Wednesday.

Just call it a bucket list item — even for those who can't get inside Bridgestone Arena — with the outdoor watch parties and star Alan Jackson giving a free concert before Game 3.

Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Predators. "You just have to bury these two games and move ahead".

Once inside PPG Paints Arena, Waddell went to a restroom to remove the fish from his trousers, the complaint said. "We know the ultimate goal is two more wins".

  • Julie Sanders