Guentzel scored twice Wednesday night and his second goal, 10 seconds into the third period, broke up a close game and led the Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators at the PPG Paints Arena.
After two periods of Game 2 on Wednesday night, the Predators should've felt confident about their chances of evening their Stanley Cup final series against Pittsburgh. Highlighted by the coach's challenge in Game 1 that erased a Nashville goal, the referees have come under fire from fans of all 31 teams in the National Hockey League. His goal 10 seconds into the third period went down as the game victor, which gives him five during this playoff run. The coach did not commit to starting him when the series resumes this weekend, though he praised his goaltender throughout the postgame news conference.
With less than four minutes remaining in the first, Game 1 hero Guentzel tied things up when he followed up a Conor Sheary rebound and snuck a backhand through Rinne's equipment. "Our focus is the next game and that's it. ..." "We have emotions to keep going".
"Obviously, it's a mental thing", said Rinne, who entered the Stanley Cup final with a 1.70 goals-against average and a.941 save percentage. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight, May 31.
"We're capable of playing even better than we did in Pittsburgh, and I thought we played some great hockey", Subban said.
"It's frustrating in the sense that we haven't gotten on the board with a win yet", Predators coach Peter Laviolette told reporters on Thursday.
Rinne, who was last pulled on February 21, was mercifully replaced with Juuse Saros. The Penguins took all four games from a Blackhawks team that had won 11 straight games going into the Stanley Cup Final. The chasm between him and Pekka Rinne at the other end of the ice has been the most prominent reason why the series is going the way it is. Nashville failed to capitalize, though the Penguins didn't escape the moment unscathed, losing centre Nick Bonino for half a period after he blocked Subban shot on the outside of his right knee, during the penalty kill.
Nashville, a first-time Final participant, heads home with a sizeable task.
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It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.
After Wednesday night's 4-1 loss, the prevailing buzzword was "opportunistic" inside the Predators' gobsmacked dressing room. In terms of overall balance of play, it felt similar to Game 1 (plus a lot more Penguin shots), which was both optimistic and ominous for Nashville.
He is now winless in five career starts at Pittsburgh and looking to change his luck in Nashville where the Predators are 7-1 in the playoffs. "All three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes".
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. They had seven opportunities - five through two periods - and weren't able to generate shots, let alone goals.
Guentzel, who scored the victor in Game 1, now has the second-highest goal total ever recorded by a rookie in one playoff season. Pittsburgh scored soon after to make it 3-1, a goal that was credited to Scott Wilson, who got a piece of the puck before it went off the skate of Nashville forward Vernon Fiddler and between Rinne's pads.
Continuing to apply pressure, the Penguins created a two-on-one break in which Malkin kept the puck and shot it from the left wing, beating Rinne high on the glove side.
"It's not the situation we wanted coming here", said Rinne. "It's not his fault by any means". After saying everything we all feel about Ryan Kesler (who got RUN OVER #fancystats), the Nashville pivot suffered a nasty, Cup-altering injury.