The Penguins lead 4-1 late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after a three-goal flurry in the first 3:18 of the third period against Nashville. Some of them have not been his fault, the Preds have given up an own goal in each game. There was no significant turning point during the game that suddenly turned the tide.
The game started well for the visitors when a strong individual effort by Aberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 12:57 of the first. Save for a bumpy stretch near the end of the first period where the Penguins scored three times, Nashville did exactly what it wanted to do. After giving up four goals on 11 shots in Game 1, he allowed four more on 25 shots in Game 2.
That's not bad for a guy who is still considered a rookie because he didn't play the prerequisite number of games last season to qualify as a year in the league. And while the Predators desperately need Rinne to rebound and return to form, they also need a way to keep Guentzel, who has three goals in the series, off the scoresheet.
Pittsburgh's offense is lethal, and though it can go dormant (see: 37 minutes without a shot on goal in Game 1), the Pens' rapid-fire goals can strike at any moment - often one soon after another. His goal 10 seconds into the third period went down as the game victor, which gives him five during this playoff run. And that was all for Rinne. Pittsburgh RW Patric Hornqvist redirected the puck past G Juuse Saros at 6:48 of the third on a power play, but the goal was waved off after a review determined the Penguins were offside.
Through two games of these finals, special teams have been a factor.
The Predators knew what to expect going in, but they've looked powerless to stop it even while outplaying Pittsburgh in Game 1. It could easily be a 2-0 series advantage for Nashville. For the second straight game, the Nashville Predators were the better team for the majority of the game, but were unable to pull out the victory against the Penguins. Does it seem coincidental that the Penguins get all the bounces or all the calls?
The Preds spent much of Game 2 shorthanded.
It says a lot when Sullivan made known that scratching Carl Hagelin was a coach's decision. Three minutes later, Pittsburgh got a two-on-one and Phil Kessel's pass to Scott Wilson went off Wilson's stick, and off Nashville fourth-liner Vern Fiddler's hoof: 3-1.
According to Waddell, he made a decision to bring a catfish to the game after finding out that the Predators would face the Penguins in the Final.
He's only two points (19) from matching the rookie mark for points in a single playoff, now with 19 points in 21 games.
Some high-profile Penguins fans, from Pittsburgh native actors to Justin Bieber, are getting excited to cheer on the Penguins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. They also understand they can't afford to have their offense go dormant for almost two periods. "You just have to bury these two games and find a way to have some success". Decisions. It's quite possibly a very different series if Fleury is playing. "I think it's deceiving, puck possession". "A goal goes in and he can play the exact same way right after that, which is hard for any goalie to do, but especially one that's still really quite young". You switch goalies, and the Predators might be on the way to a sweep.
In his career, he is 0-7-2 in nine career starts against the Penguins - the lone win was in relief - and entered the series with an.880 save percentage and 3.57 goals against average against them. Entering the third period tied, as exhausted of a cliche as it is, means you win the 20 minutes, you win the game. That has been the story of the series.
The Penguins and predators will take the ice again on Wednesday, both looking for better results.
Barry and Peduto have issued a friendly wager over the Stanley Cup Final, with the losing mayor having to donate to a veterans charity in the winning city.