(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pittsburgh Penguins' Ian Cole, center, checks Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher (12) in front of Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. His two goals, the Penguins early equalizer and eventual game victor, now have him sitting at 19 points this postseason, the most by any American rookie player in the playoffs. At the age of 23, Murray has not shied away from the fact that he still gets butterflies before the start of a game. The coach did not commit to starting him when the series resumes this weekend, though he praised his goaltender throughout the postgame news conference.
Pittsburgh has somehow found a way to win games night in night out without getting very many shots. They expect a loud arena for Game 3, which is the first Cup Final home game in Nashville history and it comes on a Saturday night. "I think the first goal of the third period, you know, we went out there after playing two really solid periods and they scored a goal on the first shift". "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready".
The Penguins and predators will take the ice again on Wednesday, both looking for better results. The OCRegister wrote about the Penguins Game 2 victory and quoted Guentzel on his performance throughout these playoffs. Some fans later claimed Bieber was cursed, as the Steelers fell to the New York Jets 20-13 in their next game.
"He was in good position but Malkin read he was there and the one thing you can't do is let the puck get by you and Malkin chipped it by to create the 2-on-1", Pearn said. Rinne came into the series with a.941 save percentage in the playoffs, and was pulled for backup Juuse Saros.
Fifty teams have taken a 2-0 lead since the final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville's No. 1 goalie, is now 0-7-2 in his career against Pittsburgh.
This game was closer to what we had expected out these two uptempo teams.
"I treat this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", said the 34-year-old Rinne. "I think it serves a goal, I don't know if it tells the whole story, but if you see or evaluate things a certain way, sometimes it can confirm or deny what happened out there".
It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh. Last night's game was the third-most streamed game of the 2017 playoffs so far, behind only the Game 7s of the Ottawa-Pittsburgh and Washington-Pittsburgh series. He was the backbone that provided structure and support as the Predators became a juggernaut this postseason, dispatching everyone in their path.
"This is his first year pro, coming out of college, where he's not used to playing the National Hockey League schedule, and the demands of that physically, not to mention a long playoff run", Sullivan said of Guentzel. In the third, the wheels fell off, as Rinne gave up a goal just 10 seconds into the period.
He got a long rebound of a shot by Bryan Rust and took advantage of an open quarter of the net to make it 2-1 and establish a Pittsburgh record for their fastest playoff goal at the start of a period. And while the Predators desperately need Rinne to rebound and return to form, they also need a way to keep Guentzel, who scored his leading 11th and 12th goals of the playoffs, off the scoresheet. However, at 15:32, Evgeni Malkin would score the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final, to officially switch momentum to Pittsburgh's side.
"It's not the situation we wanted coming here", said Rinne. "It's not his fault by any means".