Alan Jackson to play free Stanley Cup Final party before Game 3
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 3:16
There were no goals scored in the second period but the Penguins made up for that in the third by scoring three times in the first three minutes and 28 seconds to take a 4-1 lead and send Rinne to the bench to watch backup Saros finish it off. Pittsburgh finished off a 4-1 win for a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
Peter Laviolette knows that his team has been the better team through most of the first two games of this series, yet they are down 2-0 despite all of that because of the opportunistic Penguins, Matt Murray, and Pekka Rinne's implosion.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist, left, shoots the puck between his legs on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during hockey practice at the team training center in Cranberry, Pa., Butler county, on Friday, June 2, 2017. Then it's way too much. The puck shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel lands in the net behind Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne for a goal during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in. Now he's given up eight goals on 36 shots through two games.
Pittsburgh is just two wins away from claiming their second consecutive Stanley Cup and to do it, they'll need Guentzel to continue his impressive scoring streak.
But if you're the Predators you have to believe that if you keep doing what you're doing it will even out. 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.
Only if Rinne turns back into Rinne. Now he's the biggest reason the Predators head back to "Smashville" for Game 3 on Saturday night reeling. The second, a sniper shot by Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel exactly 37 minutes later, put Pittsburgh back in front to stay at 4-3. Bonino was killing a 5-on-3 penalty after Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin were in the box.
Bieber was spotted cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs in their Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals in the first round, which resulted in their elimination from the playoffs.
Rinne is now winless in five career starts at Pittsburgh and looking to change his luck in Nashville where the Predators are 7-1 in the playoffs.
Subban said, "We're extremely confident in him", and maybe they are. "I've played a long time, and this is my first time having a chance to play for the Cup, so I think you just have to bury these two games and move ahead and just find a way to find some success". He dribbled a puck through Rinne for Pittsburgh's first goal in Game Two and then made no mistake with Bryan Rust's rebound to net the victor here.
After overcoming a Predators' comeback in game one, the Penguins came out strong in game two. Three minutes was all it took for the Penguins to take a commanding lead of three goals.
With the game tied 1-1 through two periods on goals by Pontus Aberg and Guentzel, it took just 10 seconds into the third for Guentzel - who scored the victor in Game 1 - to get his second of the night.
None of that mattered when Guentzel struck again 10 seconds into the third, slamming home a juicy Rinne rebound.
The winning team went almost two full periods without a shot. Even a 3-1 series is going to be incredibly hard, so these are must wins for Nashville. Fifteen seconds later, Rinne was gone after Evgeni Malkin went bar down with a laser on a 2-on-1 break.
"I've never been in this situation before, so it's one of those things, it's a new experience for me", Hagelin said. "So we just thought if we cut his minutes, we'd get more productive minutes from him". "All three goals in the third period we can do something better".
Pittsburgh vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than it managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1, a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened since the National Hockey League started tracking shots in 1957.
The tiebreaker wasn't the end of the Penguins' quick start in the period.
Numerous key players who contributed to the team's growth over the past decade are gone now - guys like Shea Weber, Patric Hornqvist, and Ryan Suter who were either traded away or left via free agency. After Nashville's first goal, Matt Murray was spectacular in goal stopping 37 shots.