Pittsburgh takes 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup

Posted June 03, 2017

That was Malkin's ninth goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Up until now, the story was about Nashville getting hot at the right time, but after a disheartening 4 - 1 loss in Game 2, the Preds have now gone cold at the worst possible time. Here's a weird stat for a weird Stanley Cup Final: In Game 2, the Penguins won their sixth game of the postseason in which they were outshot by 10 or more. But can Matt Murray and/or Marc-Andre Fleury stand on their heads for another three games to get Pittsburgh the Stanley Cup for the second straight year? Against Pittsburgh, it's at.777 and he remains winless in his career against the Penguins in games he's started.

Guentzel, who has produced 12 goals in 21 postseason games, scored the Penguins' first two goals of the game, both on rebounds, before Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin scored 15 seconds apart to turn this one into a rout.

Backup Juuse Saros replaced Rinne following Guentzel's early third-period goal.

The 22-year-old tied the game 1-1 in the opening frame and then sparked the third period avalanche by beating Rinne 10 seconds in.

The Penguins are surely doing lots of good things to be up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final after last night's 4-1 win.

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The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh. Nashville Predators' Pontus Aberg (46) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with P.K. Subban (76) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. That chased goaltender Pekka Rinne. He lifted the second one, and it found a tiny sliver of space between Rinne's left arm and his side.

Rinne allowed four goals on 25 shots.

While Murray has been great since taking over the net from Fleury, it's safe to say that if Pittsburgh is going to win this series, they'll need to generate a few more shots than they did in Game 1.

The Pens almost got a four-goal lead after Patric Hornqvist scored from the slot.

Kathleen: Nashville and their two top defensive pairs vs. Pittsburgh and their killer offense.

The free concert event is part of a series of events to celebrate the Predators games on June 3 and June 5. The puck trickled under goaltender Pekka Rinne's pads at 3:13 to make it 3-1.

Guentzel notched the game-winning goal in Games 1 and 2 of the Final, and his five winners this postseason is a rookie record. "By the time the third period came along, Pittsburgh started winning those".

The third goal from the Pittsburgh Penguins was manufactured with a bit of luck.

Had that happened, the Penguins might not be two wins away from repeating as champions. It's a mindset that helped the budding Pittsburgh Penguins star set a school record for assists during his freshman year at Nebraska-Omaha three years ago, a selflessness coach Dean Blais tried to change, with mixed results. "The next one is going to be the toughest". This culminated in a fight between Malkin and Nashville blueliner PK Subban late in the third period. Game 3 is Saturday night 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Nice play (!??!?!) by Ron Hainsey in the neutral zone, Bryan Rust shoots for a rebound and Rinne is happy to oblige, kicking out the puck.

"The playoffs are such a different animal", Murray told Postmedia in March.

And no catfish have been thrown on the ice so far.

"Smashville" finally gets its moment in the spotlight of the National Hockey League's biggest stage when the Predators and Penguins face off in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night.

"It's insane", Guentzel said.

When he was at Omaha, Guentzel would arrive two hours early to practice, meticulously preparing his gear, then going to pick the brain of the coaching staff until his teammates showed up.

The Swede dangled the puck around Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and beat Matt Murray at 12:57 of the first period. That goal tally is the second most by a rookie in the playoffs.

A Nashville Predators fan who delayed the first game of the Stanley Cup ice hockey finals in the United States by throwing a catfish onto the rink won't be facing charges for his actions.