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Nashville Predators' Mattias Ekholm, right, checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) next to Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, . Somehow, the Penguins found a way to win a wacky Game 1 while going without a shot for 37 minutes of play and only getting 12 in total, the lowest ever for a game-winning team in the Stanley Cup Final.

Game 3 is Saturday in Nashville.

You will not find former National Hockey League assistant Perry Pearn in the chorus of those critical of Rinne.

"We've done good things", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. The Predators bounced back from that and eventually tied it in the third period before Rinne allowed the game-winner.

"Well, (winning Game 2) provides affirmation that your pre-scout was on, that what you saw in prior series was something that you were going to see more of, or if teams are taking a different game plan against your particular team", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

The price is just good enough to take a chance with the Predators.

The Penguins beat Rinne three times in the first 3:28 of the third, scoring a 4-1 Game 2 win over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. And remember, McLeod's only been playing because Colin Wilson can't. Crosby's line got caved in all night, and the Penguins won going away anyway. That, and Nashville hasn't been as good at capitalizing.

"He's mature beyond his years and I think guys feed off that calmness and the confidence that he has". Sensing their opponent was on the ropes and bleeding, the Penguins scored twice more in 15 seconds to chase Rinne from the net.

The biggest question heading into Game 3 will be whether Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros starts between the pipes. He made 17 saves on 18 shots during the first period, including six over the final 39 seconds. The Penguins have only blown two 2-0 series leads in their franchise history and none since 2000. If the Penguins continue to steamroll their way through the final, the only thing that might prevent Guentzel from breaking both the overall goals and points records would be a dearth of games.

Nashville, a first-time Final participant, heads home with a sizeable task. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

But this isn't Columbus, which was the victim of a gentleman's sweep despite outshooting Pittsburgh; this isn't Washington, which eventually succumbed to its own internal demons in Game 7; it's not Ottawa, which Pittsburgh solved as the series went on.

"It's a bad fight", Malkin told reporters.

Here's the insane thing about the Penguins 23-year-old goalie, who backstopped them to the Cup last year: He's still a rookie. "But [Wednesay] night, they made more mistakes surrounding the pinch than they had previously in the playoffs and paid a high price for that".

"When you lose a couple games and get pulled, you're not happy about how things went", Rinne said, according to ESPN.com. The first came from Jake Guentzel who threw a rebound towards Pekka Rinne, which inexplicably went in. It has advanced with victories in the deciding games of each of the last two series. "[We] look to bring that back to the ice". Despite the numerous opportunities the Pens had, the power play was very poor. They've been aggressive, pressured the puck and I've been impressed with their whole penalty kill and they have frustrated Pittsburgh. At the other end, Rinne looked like he couldn't wait for the period to end.

Just imagine how many points he would have had he not gone the entire Eastern Conference final without scoring a goal.

  • Julie Sanders