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The 22-year-old somehow got a rebound attempt through an opening between Rinne's left arm and midsection. It was a rather chaotic game, encapsulated in this freaky scene shown during the pregame (although it happened during the West final), which also happens to be the greatest gif in hockey history. He had gone to a place where he had made the big saves, where he had picked up the big win, where he was once again the best goalie in the playoffs. We tried to cut his minutes because he was playing a lot of minutes. "I feel even more confident now that I've had a night of rest", he said.

Subban came very close to guaranteeing a win in the moments after Pittsburgh's 4-1 win Wednesday night.

Well, yes, facing a 2-0 Cup Final deficit to the defending champion Penguins is a problem. Let us hear from, you if you like it.

Mario also gave me a memory that will last a lifetime with a postgame champagne shower on live television.

That's actually a fairly good, if vague, summation of Nashville's first two games. That was more than he allowed in the entire first-round series against the Blackhawks.

Penguins center Nick Bonino is back for the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a puck to his left ankle or foot in the first.

The Predators biggest advantage in the series was their vaunted defence and like in Game 1, it seemed to be paying dividends in Game 2. "We can't just look at the numbers and say, 'Yeah, we're winning all the numbers, ' but the scoreboard, there's got to be things we've got to do better". "For me, that's Game 3". And he certainly won't be overlooked in Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday. Three of them went past Pekka Rinne, chasing the Predators goaltender for the first time this postseason.

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"They are opportunistic", Laviolette said of the Pens. "We're looking at ourselves". Focussing on details shift after shift.

"We know the ultimate goal is two more wins".

The Preds are going to have to get to Penguins goalie Matt Murray the way the Penguins have attacked Rinne in the first two games.

The Predators scored first, at 12:57, on a bit of individual brilliance by forward Pontus Aberg.

With a 1.54 GAA and a.943 SV%, Murray's been the best goalie in the playoffs. 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.

There to thwart their early opportunities was Rinne.

Guentzel has 12 goals and 19 points through the playoffs, despite going through a production lull during the seven game series against the Ottawa Senators.

Still, it was a goal that Rinne should have had. But Rinne remains a bridge to an earlier era of Predators hockey, a player who helped the franchise take a huge step forward this year. Yes, they have been the better team.

Nashville has dominated with possession for large periods of both games against the Penguins so far.

Guentzel scored on a long, juicy rebound of a Bryan Rust shot just 10 seconds into third period, the quickest goal to start a period in Penguins playoff history.

"Not a single doubt that Rinne will be in net", Jones said.

"Everything was there that we liked but the result", Ellis said. "We've had good success here". It was the first time he had been pulled from a game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "This is a winning business, and at the end of the day you just have to win".

"This time of year you are going to get that in any building but they have played really well there and fed off their crowd so our start is going to be important", Crosby told reporters on Friday. That's it. It's done.

"I just tried to make the next save, tried to hold them off as long as possible", Murray said.

When asked if he could translate Malkin's comments, Subban smiled. If you're like me then you're always on the go. It's Guentzel's sense around the net that stands out - despite his 5-foot-11 size, he has the grit to match the finesse that makes him a threat from anywhere in the offensive zone.

"(Hagelin's) been in a real hard circumstance I think where he was trying to overcome an injury going into the playoffs that was an extended period of time, it was a long-term injury", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "That's going to continue every time he's out there".


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