P.K. Subban says Predators will win Game 3 vs. Penguins

Posted June 03, 2017

And how can it not be after a Game 2 that featured a whopping 11 power plays? The Penguins' two penalties came on the same play as Evgeni Malkin was called for hooking and Chris Kunitz was called for cross-checking. Three minutes later, Scott Wilson made it 3-1 Penguins, and 15 seconds later, Evgeni Malkin made it 4.

During that time, 50 teams have also taken a 2-0 lead in the Final, and 90 percent have gone on to win the series.

60 minutes are in the books, but they weren't the most traditional start to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh.

Guarantees in sports are ridiculous because nobody can guarantee a damned thing, and besides, it would mean knowing Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne isn't in the middle of a collapse.

It was easy for Guentzel to be overlooked during the regular season on a team full of superstars, elite scorers, and Stanley Cup champions. It was Saros' first appearance ever in an National Hockey League postseason, and just his 22nd career appearance. Guentzel has been the leading goal scorer throughout the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 12 goals and now owns the record for most game-winning goals in the postseason by a rookie with five.

GIF: Cullen hit from behind into the boards.

"We're not looking at anybody", said Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban, when asked about Rinne's performance. There's no frustration. We're learning. we're going to learn from those two games. And he certainly won't be overlooked in Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday.

The game was tied at 1-1 through two tight periods on goals by Pontus Aberg and Guentzel, but it took just 10 seconds of the third for Guentzel - who scored the victor in Game One - to get his second of the night and 12th of the playoffs. Rinne kicked a Bryan Rust rebound to the slot where Guentzel scored his 12th of the playoffs and his second of the game.

All the 22-year-old forward does is score big goals.

Not only does Guentzel have a knack for scoring, but he's been a key player in scoring big goals that have shifted the momentum of games in Pittsburgh's favor.

The defending champs just got away with a win in Game 1 despite going 37 minutes without a shot.

The officials have had little control in the Stanley Cup Final thus far.

The Penguins were happy Monday in Game 1 with how they played defensively against Nashville. The group failed to score on six chances, mustering just two shots on goal in 10:58. Matt Murray has been strong in goal for the Penguins.

Guentzel tapped home a loose puck under the left arm of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne at 16:27 of the first. Murray leads all goaltenders in the 2017 playoffs with an overall save percentage of.952 and a GAA of 1.54.

It's Aberg's second goal of the playoffs.

It was enough for Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to send in backup goalie Juuse Saros in to replace Rinne. He had five goals, including two game-winners in a first-round series against the Blue Jackets.

Yet, two games and a.778 save percentage in this series later, that bridge has been burnt faster than you can say regression. "We can not go the penalty box". Nashville is a minus-129 favorite to win Game 3, according to OddsShark.

Catfish watch is on for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Predators have to stick with him for Game 3 but Rinne's sub-par play has become the series' top storyline. He's been Pittsburgh's most consistent - if not most unsafe - player. Well, Game 1 did him no favors as it was a real curveball of a game.

Nashville was 0/4 on the power play, which included an extended 5-on-3.

It may be hard for them to come back and win this series after falling into an 0-2 hole, but they should be able to come out with their best effort in Game 3. He's got three goals in two Stanley Cup Final games and has scored on all but one of his four shots on goal.

Until Wednesday night, Nashville had not lost consecutive games this postseason. Likewise, winger Carl Hagelin is expected to be a healthy scratch again for Pittsburgh.