Pens, Preds could have same lineups for Game 2 of Cup Final

  • Pens, Preds could have same lineups for Game 2 of Cup Final

Pens, Preds could have same lineups for Game 2 of Cup Final

Proving that the quality of their shots on goal matters more than the quantity, the Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot by the Nashville Predators for the second straight game to start the Stanley Cup Final.

Pittsburgh vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than it managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1, a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened since the National Hockey League started tracking shots in 1957.

Ten seconds into the third period, Jake Guentzel snapped home his second goal of the game and 11th of the postseason to put the Penguins up 2-1.

The Penguins could only muster a mere 12 shots on goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Pittsburgh. Then the key part of the game was the first 10 seconds of the third period when it was [Bryan] Rust passed it off the goalie's pads and they got their second one, and then they just got going. He has scored the winning goal in each of the first two games of the Final and his 12 goals are the second-highest total by a rookie in a playoff season and the most by an American-born rookie. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins: Despite struggling for much of Game 2, he scored an important goal in the third and is still the best player in these playoffs. 2. They are not steamrolling opponents like last spring-goalie Matt Murray needed to make 37 saves in Game 2-though ascribing a rope-a-dope strategy doesn't quite fit either. In the series opener, he gave up three goals in a span of 4:09 late in the first period.

The series shifts to Nashville on Saturday night for Game 3. Even before the game, some Pittsburgh fish markets announced they'd temporarily halt the selling of catfish to prevent such incidents.

The puck drops for Game 2 at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in Pittsburgh. It left the guys from "Smashville" in a new position for the first time since they began their mad dash to the final a month ago: chaser instead of chasee as Game 2 looms tonight. "His skill-set combined with the way he works allows him to get the chances he does and not only score from the perimeter, but he goes to those tough areas to earn those goals".

"This is a do-or-die game for Nashville", Lidster said.

"I thought the one thing that they did well was they pressured Nashville's D", Lidster said. If we're going to get back in this thing and make a go of it, it's got to be our system that pulls through.

Rinne, who had previously not lost two in a row in these playoffs, allowed four goals on 25 shots. "Right at the end of the power play, they put it at the net and [Jake] Guentzel got his first goal".

"I'm sure they'll hear the noise and the energy in the building", Subban said of the Penguins. The Penguins easily could've trailed after two periods Wednesday, but Murray wasn't having it. "We thrived off that first one though". After going the entire third round without scoring, the Penguins rookie has found his touch again with three in the last two games.

The Nashville Predators fan who threw a catfish onto the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals is no longer facing criminal charges. "We didn't think that we had reached our best play yet and we were in a good spot at 1-1".

For the first 40 minutes, P.K. Subban and the Predator's back line swarmed the middle of their defensive zone, pushing and prodding Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around the ice while keeping them pointless.

All of that seems to have worked and Guentzel is not only a huge reason the Penguins are up 2-0 in the series, but he is also starting to insert himself into the Conn Smythe discussion.