Coach's analysis: Predators should remain confident in Pekka Rinne
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 20:09
Later, he opened the floodgates to start the third period just 10 seconds in when he pounced on a fat rebound in the slot and drilled it into an empty net, kicking off a wild four-minute stretch where the Penguins scored three goals to put the game away and send them to Nashville with a 2-0 series lead.
May 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period in game two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captured Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final without playing anything close to their A-game.
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.
The defending National Hockey League champion Penguins moved into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which now shifts to Nashville for Game Three on Saturday. "But you have to put those things behind you and focus on what you can control".
The Canadian pop star took to Instagram showing himself wearing a Penguins jersey Wednesday ahead of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. "We're going to stay consistent with that".
Fifty teams have taken a 2-0 lead since the final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939. When Carolina won the Stanley Cup, he started off with Gerber and Ward and eventually went to straight to Ward. Puck Daddy. "So, we're going back home". Pittsburgh also did it in 2009, losing both games on the road against Detroit.
"We're going back home, we're going to win the next game and we're gonna go from there", a resolute P.K. Subban said after game two. "... I think there's things we can do better".
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.
Rinne is a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist who entered the final as the hottest goaltender in the playoffs with a.947 save percentage. The 34-year-old goalie has instead given up eight goals on 36 shots through two games.
"I think he's had an opportunity to get a little bit of a second wind", Sullivan added. "We're going to win the next game, and then we'll move forward".
It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.
Nashville will look to snap its two-game losing streak Saturday when the Predators host the Penguins in Game 3.
Hundreds of lawn chairs were in front of the arena to watch game two on the big screens, a first come first come first serve free option.
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.
"Our building is great, the atmosphere is great", Laviolette said. The first shift in the third period, we score. The Predators bounced back from that and eventually tied it in the third period before Rinne allowed the game-winner. Pittsburgh was outshot throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs. But the Penguins, who had needed just 12 shots to score five goals in Game 1, continued to be opportunistic. Three minutes later, Scott Wilson made it 3-1 Penguins, and 15 seconds later, Evgeni Malkin made it 4.
That was enough to end Rinne's night, but the Predators aren't blaming their goaltender for the series deficit.