Penguins beat Predators 4-1, take 2-0 lead

Penguins beat Predators 4-1, take 2-0 lead

Penguins beat Predators 4-1, take 2-0 lead

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray stopped 37 of 38 Nashville shots.

Proving that the quality of their shots on goal matters more than the quantity, the Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot by the Nashville Predators for the second straight game to start the Stanley Cup Final.

Pittsburgh was 0-for-7 on the man advantage Wednesday, and the Predators held Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin without a shot in the first two periods, and the Penguins still won. The coach did not commit to starting him when the series resumes this weekend, though he praised his goaltender throughout the postgame news conference. "From my perch, I agree with Mayor Barry that we shouldn't be baited into interfering with this fish tale, but if the charges eventually make their way to a judge I hope the predatory catfish hurler who got the hook last night is simply sentenced to community service, perhaps cleaning fish at Wholey's", Peduto said. "But you have to put those things behind and focus on the things you can control and that's Game 3". Game 3 is Saturday night in Nashville and the Predators are counting on energy from a wild fan base that will be seeing the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final game at home. The only puck that got past him was on a handsome move from Pontus Aberg, who practically undressed Olli Maatta before finishing a ridiculous backhander for the game's first goal. "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready".

"We're going to learn from our mistakes, and we're going to get better". In that sense, Game 2 represented progress, even if Nashville surrendered a goal after drawing first blood.

"We've done good things", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.

"We talked a lot about elevating our play", center Matt Cullen said of Pittsburgh's second intermission team talk.

Rinne was 4-0 in the playoffs following a loss, but he watched the majority of the third period as backup Juuse Saros made his playoff debut.

Only two goaltenders have reached 20 playoff wins in fewer games than Murray, who did it in 28.

"Both games were decided in a span of three minutes", Subban said about the Penguins play.

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"You never want to allow anything in the last little bit of a period", Murray said.

It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh. 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 one loss this year to Nashville was Jusse Saros first National Hockey League win. Against Pittsburgh, it's at.777 and he remains winless in his career against the Penguins in games he's started.

"They are opportunistic", Laviolette said of the Pens. Those back-to-back saves accounted for two of the seven stops Murray made in the final 34 seconds of the period.

Guentzel, who scored the victor in Game 1, now has the second-highest goal total ever recorded by a rookie in one playoff season.

The 22-year-old rookie has three of those aforementioned eight goals, and continues to etch his name into the history books.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel (59) celebrates his second goal of the night against the Nashville Predators. Three minutes later he couldn't handle a Scott Wilson rebound on a two-on-one that bounced in off teammate Vern Fiddler, off his hoof; and 15 seconds after that Rinne got beat clean by Malkin on a handsome shot on another two-on-one.

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. If the Predators are to have any chance in this series moving forward against the Penguins, Rinne must find a way to get back into his goaltending groove from the first three rounds of these playoffs.

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