Pekka Rinne expunges subpar performances by visualizing good ones, and he has had plenty for Nashville in these playoffs. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. He made 37 saves in Game 2.
"You try to be good every game". Eventually, the game went to Pittsburgh after a high-rising wrist shot from Jake Guentzel. "There's no real answer for it", defenseman Ryan Ellis said, by way of demonstration. "We have to put it behind you". And this is not the same Rinne.
Ellis is the second leading scorer among defencemen in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins scored three goals in 3:18 and became the 46th team since 1939 to lead the Final 2-0. "But you have to put those things behind you and focus on what you can control".
- On Monday night, before Game 1, he filleted the fish at a relative's house, cut out half its spine, and then ran it over with his truck in an attempt to better hide it.
Ottawa learned this is game 5 when they were blown out of the building.but they also learned that with a new game comes a new chance to keep the Penguins from countering by playing more controlled.
If that happens, who then wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs? "We're going to win the next game, and then we'll move forward". 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 big question is whether Predators coach Peter Laviolette will stick with Rinne between the pipes for Game 3. With 12 goals this postseason, he now ranks second all-time in goals by a rookie in a single playoff, two back of Dino Ciccarelli's 14 in 1981. Game 3 is Saturday night in Nashville in what amounts to a last stand for the Predators and their suddenly very average-looking goalie.
The first period unspooled with Pittsburgh matching its entire output from Game 1, spraying Rinne from all over, which he probably did not mind. At the other end, Rinne looked like he couldn't wait for the period to end.
The Penguins answered back with Guentzel's first goal, a flip of the puck that somehow hit off of Rinne's chest and in on the near post.
Nevertheless, the Penguins were "pretty confident" going into the third, Conor Sheary said.
Still, it was a goal that Rinne should have had. Matt Murray has been strong in goal for the Penguins. The Penguins were much better Wednesday than they were in Game 1 (they couldn't really be any worse), but similar to Monday, Nashville was all over Pittsburgh at times in this contest.
The Penguins may have won 5-3, but they were outshot 26-12.
The effort paid off - the score remained tied 1-1 until the Penguins exploded for three goals in less than 3:30 at the start of the third period - and didn't go unnoticed. Rinne was chased and Nashville was left reeling from the offensive onslaught by the Penguins. Boston did the same thing against Vancouver in 2011, also a seven-game series. Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, left, sits on the bench after being replaced by Juuse Saros, right, during the third period in Game 2 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesd.
Police say 36-year-old Jacob Waddell threw the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink on Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game. The Predators could not find the spaces they needed to get pucks past the 22-year old rookie. That's it. It's done.
"He speaks a little bit of Russian, but I played with some Russians too", the Canada native said. I thought overall as a team, we played a lot better.
When asked to translate, Subban laughed and declined to share.
"No, I can't translate for you". Subban said, "We're extremely confident in him", and maybe they are.
I don't want to fight with Subban.