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Predators coach refuses to discuss possible goalie change

03 June 2017, 02:03 | Archie Newman

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Jake Guentzel

The 22-year-old Penguins rookie, one season removed from college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha - his hometown - scored two more goals, including scoring the victor for the second straight time in the series.

The game on Monday night was stopped in the second period so staff could remove the dead fish from the ice and the thrower, Jacob Deveral Waddell, was kicked of the arena where the Predators played the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Country singer Alan Jackson - Mr. It's Five O'clock Somewhere - will play a free live concert outside the arena before Game 3, where the Predators are 7-1 in these playoffs. Scott Wilson (3:13) and Evgeni Malkin (3:28) followed with goals to chase starting goalie Pekka Rinne.

The Penguins scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to make the score 4-1, a tough score to come back from for Nashville.

Thornton played for two Stanley Cup winners as part of the Boston Bruins.

The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh.

Guentzel's two goals, along with a strong goaltending performance from Matt Murray, have given the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, as they try to become the first National Hockey League team in two decades to defend the Stanley Cup.

The most powerful offence in hockey is proving too much for Pekka Rinne to handle.

Subban does have one stat on his side to back up his belief. Then, with just over seven minutes left in the period, Pontus Aberg scored an unreal, highlight-reel goal to put the Preds up 1-0. "There's no question. We're going to win the next game, and then we'll move forward". Even before the game, some Pittsburgh fish markets announced they'd temporarily halt the selling of catfish to prevent such incidents.

The Penguins mustered only 12 shots in Game 1 but won, 5-3, because they made the most of the few scoring chances they had.

If the Predators are going to be successful in Game 3, they will require a much better effort from goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Guentzel is now just two goals shy of the rookie record. "By the time the third period came along, Pittsburgh started winning those".

His goal and point (19) totals are the most ever for an American-born rookie. That's a big reason why Nashville has 53 shot attempts to Pittsburgh's 31. A Hornqvist goal was taken off the board by a replay challenge, but that didn't matter much. This culminated in a fight between Malkin and Nashville blueliner PK Subban late in the third period. This year is the first time in franchise history that the Preds are playing in the Stanley Cup Final. He allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game 1 and has allowed 20 goals over his past six games after allowing just 16 over his first 11 playoff games.

Murray had another strong playoff performance at home. So it was a 1-1 tie going into the 2nd period.

The Pens now head to Nashville with a 2-0 series lead, but what is important for the Predators fans is that a series never really gets interesting until you lose one at home. He added 11 goals and 24 points in 18 playoff games.

He has allowed eight goals on 34 shots in two games; the Predators had 38 shots on goal in Game 2 alone.

Referees Dan O'Halloran and Kevin Pollock signalled the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz for hooking and crosschecking respectively at 9:36 of the opening period, giving the Predators a two-minute, two-man advantage.

The Penguins were back-to-back Stanley Cup champions on a night that included a milestone.

What happens is, a person like me who does Live Streams articles every day will give you a link to a game or TV show.

Sullivan promoted Bryan Rust to play on the first line with Conor Sheary and Sidney Crosby.

The amusing thing about Game 2 is that it started nearly completely the opposite of Game 1.

He might see his name etched on Stanley Cup for a second time instead. The Pittsburgh Penguins took home a 4-1 win Wednesday in nearly the exact same fashion as their Game 1 win.

"This is an exciting time for the Predators and the city of Nashville", Jackson said in the release.

Murray, who had the crowed chanting his name after stretching out to rob Filip Forsberg of a sure-fire goal, redeemed himself as the game wore on. Rinne is, after all, a career.916 save percentage goaltender in the playoffs through 66 games played. Game 3 is Saturday night in Nashville in what amounts to a last stand for the Predators and their suddenly very average-looking goalie.

A disheartened Predators squad returns home searching for answers after losing in Pittsburgh in two games they otherwise dominated.



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