Self-described 'dumb redneck' has charges dropped for tossing a catfish
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 21:11
The victory last spring served as validation for both Crosby and Malkin following a string of spring flameouts that left some wondering if the Penguins would be better off with just one franchise center instead of two.
Well, through two periods of Game 2 Sidney Crosby and Malkin didn't have a shot on goal, and the Predators were controlling 64.7 per cent of the shot attempts at five-on-five, and the shots Pittsburgh did get were distant, helpless.
The defending champion Penguins own a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday. The Penguins offense was held in check for most of the game and had no answers for the Nashville defense until ten seconds into the third period.
"We get some big plays at key times that end up changing the outcome of a game". They could not survive the hockey tsunami, as the Penguins piled on, giving up four goals in a third period that started with the score tied 1-1 after two periods. Guentzel now leads the playoffs with 12 goals and 19 points (also an American rookie playoff record).
"I sign big deal here because I feel we can win every year", Malkin said.
Prior to Game 2, Rinne had allowed just one goal in each of the four games following a loss in these playoffs.
Rinne's counterpart, Matt Murray, continued his stellar play, serving as cover-all for a Penguins power play that went 0-for-7 and another 9:50 spell without a single shot on goal.
Now the Predators have to worry about the series slipping away.
"It's insane", said Guentzel, who had tied it at 1-1 at 16:36 of the first period. Rinne is going to be the guy if they're going to come back in the series. Waddell, however, didn't flinch, saying that "I know nothing is gonna happen here". Skating one-on-one against Olli Maata, the Predators rookie turned Maata inside out on a deke and then cut towards the net and went upstairs on goalie Matt Murray. In the past 15 years, it ranks second behind Game 2 of the 2013 Final between Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, which was played between two Top 10 media markets and averaged 3.964 million. The fish that splatted on the Nashville blue line earned the thrower three misdemeanor charges and also came as close to Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne as anything the Penguins managed during 20 minutes in which the highest-scoring team in the league couldn't even muster a single shot.
Bubba: "So you had to sit through the entire first period of the hockey game and the intermission with a catfish in your trousers?!"
No one has finished better for the Penguins in the playoffs than Guentzel. The chasm between him and Pekka Rinne at the other end of the ice has been the most prominent reason why the series is going the way it is. The Penguins added two more goals in just under three and a half minutes, leading to Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne's exit to the game. We want more. It's our game. "I've played a long time, and the first time having a chance to play for the Cup, so I just think you have to bury these two games and move ahead, and just find a way to find some success".
"Obviously, it's very disappointing right now", Rinne said. "I didn't like what he said, so I said something back to him and we went".
It's not much. Unless you're playing the Pittsburgh Penguins. And now they have to hope an extra day off before game three can help Rinne regain his form and help them regain their mojo before game three.