Penguins Down Predators in Game 2

Penguins' rookie Jake Guentzel broke the 1-1 tie with the quickest goal scored to start a period in Penguins' franchise history. In two games with the Penguins being significantly outshot and outchanced until the third period of Game 2, Rinne allowed eight goals in just over five periods of play.

Rookie Jake Guentzel promptly scored his second goal of the game just 10 seconds into the third, the first of three Pittsburgh goals in a span of 3:18, leading the Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena.

The Nashville Predators are frustrated at coming up empty after outplaying the Pittsburgh Penguins for most of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final but remain confident in their ability to turn things around.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville's No. 1 goalie, is now 0-7-2 in his career against Pittsburgh. Three goals in the opening three and a half minutes of a tied 1-1 game chased Rinne for the first time this postseason as the Predators stared down a 4-1 hole in Game 2. The coach did not commit to starting him when the series resumes this weekend, though he praised his goaltender throughout the postgame news conference.

"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. "Our focus is the next game and that's it. ..." The Penguins lead 1-0, and the series shifts to Nashville on Saturday, where it would be unwise (but maybe good for the Penguins) if a Predators fan were to hurl a catfish wrapped in a Terrible Towel. It sounds reductionist to say that without Matt Murray, the Predators would be up 2-0 in the series heading to back to Nashville, but every stat bears that out. Puck Daddy. "So, we're going back home". That total contains five game-winning goals, including both Game 1 and Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. You can check out the highlights from Game 2 by clicking the video at the top of the page.

"We know we have a big challenge ahead of us", Sullivan said. In the first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, Rinne had a save percentage of.976.

In Game 1, the Penguins had gone 37 minutes - including the entire first period - without a shot.

The NHL playoffs, where the calls are made up and points don't matter At least that's how it has seemed at times since the puck dropped in Game 1 of this Stanley Cup Final. We're learning. we're going to learn from those two games.

It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.

The Predators have been better in just about every measurable metric in the first two games of this series, yet due to their goaltender, they are down 2-0 and facing ominous history. Two more Penguins wins and those fans will get their wish.

"Maybe we just need some consistency", Predators coach Peter Laviolette. All three goals in the third period, we could have done something better.

That wasn't the case early on Wednesday, but by night's end, the Pens unloaded a trio of third-period goals, an embattled Pekka Rinne had been yanked from the Nashville Predators ' net, and the surging Western Conference champs turned their attention to a much needed return home.

That lead ended with 3:24 left in the first period, when Guentzel scored his first of the night. Guentzel now leads the playoffs with 12 goals and 19 points (also an American rookie playoff record).

That's exactly what the Penguins did in the third, when Guentzel stayed hot with a go-ahead drive after setups from Bryan Rust and aggressive D-man Ron Hainsey just 10 seconds into the period, then watched as Scott Wilson, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist unleashed three consecutive goals in roughly as many minutes.

Just 15 seconds later, Evgeni Malkin scored off of a two-on-one, firing a flawless shot over Rinne's glove for a 4-1 lead.

That was enough to end Rinne's night, but the Predators aren't blaming their goaltender for the series deficit. "It's not his fault by any means".

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