"We're going back home, we're going to win the next game", Subban said after the Predators' Game 2 loss in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. They came out quickly out in Game 2, firing five shots in the first six minutes with quality offensive zone pressure.
Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray stopped 37 of 38.
Just over three minutes later, Scott Wilson scored to make it 3-1 before Evgeni Malkin continued his crusade toward another Cup with his ninth goal of the postseason. Rinne has ooked shaky in yielding eight goals on 36 shots, but he got the Predators this far and Saros has never started a playoff game.
Pittsburgh still had as many shots (12) in one period of Game 2 as they managed in all of Game 1.
The Penguins said they'd take more shots on goal than the 12 they took in Game 1, and they made good on that with 12 shots in the first period Wednesday.
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.
Pekka Rinne closed his eyes and went back to a happy place. Nobody scored in the second period, though Nashville had the better of the play. On the second one, he slammed home a rebound to beat Rinne, igniting the Pittsburgh crowd.More news: Tiger Woods' Ex-Mistress Speaks Out About His Arrest
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That support seems unwavering from the Predators, who blame themselves for giving up too many prime chances against Pittsburgh, which has the NHL's top four scorers this postseason and is averaging a league-best 3.19 goals a game. That gave Pittsburgh as many shots as it had in Game 1.
P.K. Subban and Malkin dropped the gloves for a fight after all the scoring.
"It's insane", Guentzel said of his two big games this series after an eight-game goal drought.
This game started out with Nashville controlling the play entirely. Backup goalie Juuse Saros entered for Rinne after the Penguins scored thrice in 3:18 to put the game away early in the third, and wasn't really tested.
Then, just over three minutes later, the Predators had their second own-goal in as many games, when Vernon Fiddler's skate knocked a bouncing puck through Rinne's five-hole - the goal officially goes to Scott Wilson, but equal credit should go to Phil Kessel, who earned the assist for sneaking the puck into a unsafe position. He has found his touch at the right time for Pittsburgh, which leads the Final 1-0. That was it for Rinne, who has a record of 0-7-2 against the Penguins in his otherwise distinguished career.
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. "I think you have to bury these two games, move ahead and just find a way to have some success". Cool. They don't do much with it but apply some pressure after it ends and get some shots.
The Predators would storm back defensively, and not allow the Penguins a single shot in the period while they added one goal to start their climb back on the scoreboard.
"We've got to help him out a little better", center and team captain Mike Fisher said. But while those other young guys have fallen away in the postseason (or didn't make the postseason at all), Guentzel has become one of the most important players in the Stanley Cup final. At the very least, he needs to go to a place where Jake Guentzel doesn't exist. Matt Murray has been strong in goal for the Penguins.