The Penguins could only muster a mere 12 shots on goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Pittsburgh. "It's the Stanley Cup Finals, you've got to play a full 60 minutes". He has scored every important goal of the Stanley Cup final and has led the charge for a quick-strike team that, despite being outshot 64-39 in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final, finds itself with an nearly inexplicable 2-0 lead.
He tested out the strategy at his in-laws' house before going to PPG Paints Arena.
"When we score one, we don't stop", Malkin said.
But the Penguins have given him problems in the limited sample of nine games he has faced them.
We had a 3-0 lead going into the second.
"They are opportunistic", Laviolette said of the Pens.
The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh. That chased goaltender Pekka Rinne. "All three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes". The Nashville goalie allowed four goals on 11 shots.
The Penguins won the game 5-3. It was 1 second shy of the fastest goal to start a period in Final history.
P.K. Subban and Malkin dropped the gloves for a fight after all the scoring. There's no better way to ensure that than splitting the first two contests.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Nashville. Nashville's Pontus Aberg and Guentzel scored in the first for a 1-1 tie that carried into the third.
Rinne is an elite goalie, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and the team's longest-tenured player.
Guentzel, who played college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, was unknown to Crosby before the season began but finished behind only Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine in goals and points per game among rookies (16 goals, 33 points in 40 games).
We have the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators. "So, you're going to see some changes on him and that's going to make the Penguins game run that much smoother". That's a big reason why Nashville has 53 shot attempts to Pittsburgh's 31. Game two of the match-up will take place at 8 p.m. tonight, but guests may spot a Predators jersey or two in Penguins Rock during regularly scheduled enrichment sessions throughout the tournament. He missed the final 9:26 of the first period but returned for the second and played the rest of the game.
The game was tied 1-1 at the start of the third period when Guentzel jumped on a rebound 10 seconds into the period to put the Penguins ahead.
So what does all of that mean strategically for Game 2?
And no catfish have been thrown on the ice so far. Just try to be harder and stiffer to play against on puck battles. Against Nashville in Game 1 it was 36 and 6 respectively. He eluded Olli Maatta before forcing Matt Murray out of position and finding the back the net. The Penguins beat Rinne four times on just 11 shots in Game 1 and scored four goals on 25 shots Wednesday for their 2-0 series lead.
Sullivan calls it the ability to "win games different ways", but what happened in Game 1 seems borderline impossible. An interference penalty against Mike Fisher made it 4-on-3 58 seconds later before each of the penalties were killed.
Cullen, a former Moorhead Spuds star, left briefly in the first period after being hit from behind into the boards by Predators D Matt Irwin.