Rinne: From Conn Smythe to collapse as Predators down 2-0

Lynette Rowe
June 6, 2017

Rookie Jake Guentzel scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins exploded for three goals in the third period Wednesday in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators in the NHL Stanley Cup finals. Conn Smythe Trophy candidate Evgeni Malkin chose to get in on the action in the third shortly after Guentzel made it 2-1 and Scott Wilson made it 3-1. A three-goal outburst at the start of the third period sealed Pittsburgh's second win.

The Penguins will look to take one step closer in their quest to become the first team to win back to back Stanley Cups since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

Peter Laviolette wants his Predators to play with a lot more discipline when the Stanley Cup Final shifts back to Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday. That chased goaltender Pekka Rinne. The rest, they say, is history, as the Penguins turned on the heat and snuck another two goals behind Rinne in a matter of moments.

A Phil Kessel shot grazed Wilson's stick before it was knocked into the net by the skates of Nashville's Vernon Fiddler.

Rinne stopped 21 of 25 shots.

"We haven't seen our best game yet", Cullen said, "and we need to continue going in that direction". At the age of 23, Murray has not shied away from the fact that he still gets butterflies before the start of a game. Crouching down to cover as much ice as possible, Bonino took a P.K. Subban slap shot off his left foot. "You just have to bury these two games and find a way to have some success". "For me, that's Game 3".

The game was tied at 1 at the start of the third period when Guentzel jumped on a rebound 10 seconds into the period to put Pittsburgh ahead. It was 1-1 because Nashville's Pontus Aberg scored a beauty, and Guentzel snuck a rebound through a crack in Rinne's body, between his torso and his arm.

Last night, there were more shots, the same number of goals, and three came in a sudden burst that broke open a tense 1-1 game.

This was the downfall of the Preds, as Guentzel scored his second goal of the game a mere ten seconds into the period. He has found his touch at the right time for Pittsburgh, which leads the Final 1-0.

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The Predators dug themselves in a deep hole Wednesday, surrendering two third period goals in 15 seconds. Matt Murray was keeping them in the game because the second-year goaltender is as steady as they come, and big besides.

The Nashville Predators have returned home to Music City after another tough loss in Pittsburgh.

His goal and point (19) totals are the most ever for an American-born rookie. The Predators are 2/7 on the powerplay, while the Penguins powerplay has struggled, going 1/10.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel (59) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators defenseman Yannick Weber (7) during the third period in game two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 11 goals on 194 shots.

And no catfish have been thrown on the ice so far.

The Penguins' 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena is a ideal example.

So the Predators said they could have been better, all of them, and Rinne said his confidence was undamaged, and now they have a mountain to climb. It's Guentzel's playoff-leading 11th goal. The OCRegister wrote about the Penguins Game 2 victory and quoted Guentzel on his performance throughout these playoffs.

It's Aberg's second goal of the playoffs. Sure, two of them deflected off defenders' legs and another was a 5-on-3 goal, but clearly, Rinne has played his worst hockey of the postseason in these last two games. The only puck that got past him was on a attractive move from Pontus Aberg, who practically undressed Olli Maatta before finishing a ridiculous backhander for the game's first goal.

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