Guentzel shines again as Pens pull clear of Preds in Game Two

Posted June 03, 2017

A shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel settles in the goal behind Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The.

In Game 1, the Penguins pushed three goals by Rinne in a span of 4:11 in the first period to build a 3-0 lead.

This series is not over yet, but if the Preds' don't respond in game three at home it will be.

Pucks are leaking through Rinne at the most inopportune times. He stopped a rushing Filip Forsberg with the glove and then got that same yellow, black and white glove on a powerful Roman Josi shot from the point.

No one would be surprised if Rinne, who has been almost unbeatable at home, gets this series tied 2-2.

"We practice it all season". But, Guentzel still manages to find the puck and come up big when it counts. Fifteen seconds later, Rinne was gone after Evgeni Malkin went bar down with a laser on a 2-on-1 break.

As a player, Jones said that when he stepped on the home ice during a playoff game the atmosphere would drive you to a different level. We'll win that one and move forward. Two goals went off teammates and into the net, but it has not been the inspiring performance that the Predators and their fans are used to from the big Finn. All three goals in the third period, we could have done something better.

Guentzel, remember, came into this series in a brutal slump.

By Wednesday night, Guentzel emerged as the clear-cut favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy, the result of his two-goal effort in the Penguins' 4-1 win against the Predators at PPG Paints Arena.

Rinne allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game One and has allowed 20 goals over his past six games after conceding just 16 over his first 11 playoff games.

Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for the Predators, who were once again undone by a sudden barrage from the NHL's highest-scoring team. Pretty heady stuff for a guy who spent the first half of the season in the AHL.

"You do your best to put it behind you".

"We've got to continue to try and get better with what we do", he said. "He's obviously contributing with goals but he really cares about doing well out there". "We don't get points for style". Every time we heard that it was time to go to bed, we played one more game.

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.

A style that now has the Penguins two victories away from the cusp of a dynasty. He was called up for one game with the Predators, allowing three goals on 23 shots in a loss against the Buffalo Sabres on November 28. He has five game-winners, and has been the offensive hero in each of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. That said, the 2-0 lead may not foreshadow a short series but it tends to produce a victor. This culminated in a fight between Malkin and Nashville blueliner PK Subban late in the third period. Their energy goes through you. He spoke about the "limited chances" that Pittsburgh converted, and about "feeling positive" as the series shifts to Nashville, and about the "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity facing him, who like most of the Predators had never before appeared on this stage. As in full of holes.

Pittsburgh stayed in it thanks to Murray and when Pittsburgh returned to the ice for the start of the third they, as coach Mike Sullivan is fond of saying, "got to their game". Guentzel now has 12 goals and seven assists in his first 21 National Hockey League playoff games after notching 16 goals and 17 assists in 40 regular-season National Hockey League games as he split the season between the Penguins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).

Even when they had a power-play advantage, the Pens generated little against a Preds penalty kill - 0 for 5 through two periods with only two shots - that's been excellent throughout the playoffs.