All-Star promise: Subban says Preds will win Game 3 vs. Pens
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 8:45
The game was tied at 1-1 through two tight periods on goals by Pontus Aberg and Guentzel, but it took just 10 seconds of the third for Guentzel - who scored the victor in Game One - to get his second of the night and 12th of the playoffs.
The Penguins have now posted wins in five of their past six contests, and avoided consecutive losses on all but one occasion during their 21-game playoff run, fuelling a rapid rise on the series prices where they are now heavy -600 chalk to claim their third Stanley Cup since 2009. This was the first time this has happened during a Stanley Cup Finals since the National Hockey League began recording shots in 1957-58, and this allowed Nashville to score one in the second. After a 4-1 win on Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins are two wins away from successfully defending their title as Stanley Cup champions.
After Wholey's Fish Market in Pittsburgh refused to sell catfish to Tennessee residents, Little's Fish Company in Nashville is offering complimentary bottom-feeders to Predators fans who present a ticket to Games 3 or 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins. The highest-scoring team in the regular season and postseason has scored nine goals against Nashville despite being just 1 of 10 on the power play.
But in Monday's opener, Pittsburgh scored three goals in a four-minute flurry late in the first period for a 3-0 lead and then went 37 minutes without getting a shot on goal before hanging on for a 5-3 victory.
The series resumes on Saturday in Nashville. Does Rinne's first three rounds outweigh these genuinely bad last two games?
Ottawa learned this is game 5 when they were blown out of the building.but they also learned that with a new game comes a new chance to keep the Penguins from countering by playing more controlled. "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". "We all hope he's ready to go, and if not we're going to have to fill a big hole".
His save percentage in the Stanley Cup Final?.777. Pittsburgh also did it in 2009, losing both games on the road against Detroit.
Clearly, no one expected the Predators to dominate the Penguins like this, and, certainly, no one could look at those stats and believe that the Penguins owned a 2-0 advantage in the Final. "We can't just look at the numbers and say, 'Yeah, we're winning all the numbers, ' but the scoreboard, there's got to be things we've got to do better". Malkin's shot sent Rinne to the bench in favor of backup Juuse Saros, who made his playoff debut.
The 2016 squad already completed the first step of the mission for another back-to-back, following in the footsteps of the '91 winners of Lord Stanley's Cup. "I think that's when our team is at its very best".
It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.
Those two games are eerily similar to the beginning of the Penguins" "92 championship series.
The Predators feed off that crowd, going 7-1 at home in the playoffs.
"We're capable of playing even better than we did in Pittsburgh, and I thought we played some great hockey", Subban said.
If the Penguins can sustain these historical parallels, we are in for a snoozer of a Game 3, as the '92 Pens won 1-0 with the only scoring coming in the first period.
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. It was Guentzel's 12th goal of the playoffs, which is the most of any American-born rookie in playoff history and just two behind Dino Ciccarelli's all-time rookie record of 14. However, that won't be possible if the Predators' real problem - the play of goalie Pekka Rinne - is not corrected.
"It's not his fault by any means", Nashville captain Mike Fisher said of the goals allowed in Pittsburgh.
June 1 is the deadline for teams to get unsigned draft picks signed to entry-level contracts, otherwise these players go back into the Draft or become unrestricted free agents (depending on their age). Murray has stopped 60 of 64 shots for a.938 save percentage, while Pekka Rinne has only stopped 28 of 36 shots for a-wait for it-.778 save percentage.