Stanley Cup Final: Goalie Matt Murray a 'calming presence' for Pittsburgh Penguins


But the Penguins, who had needed just 12 shots to score five goals in Game 1, continued to be opportunistic.

Now, if the Penguins can stay on the right side of history - 45 of 50 teams that have had a 2-0 lead in a Stanley Cup final have gone on to win the series, a 90-percent certainty - Guentzel figures to join Malkin, Crosby and co-owner Mario Lemieux as Penguins players who've won the prestigious award. It's not that they don't throw punches; it's not that they don't have knockout power. In that game, the Predators seized momentum until the reigning champs snatched it away late. "They are opportunistic, they made the most of that timeframe and got themselves the lead".

The Preds didn't score with their partial five-on-three advantage - Malkin also drew a questionable penalty for hooking - but they broke through with their first lead of the series on a goal from Aberg. They did that quite literally, as Malkin got into a light brawl with Subban. "So we're going back home and we're going to win the next game and we'll see what happens after there".

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne entered the Stanley Cup Final as the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

The Penguins tied the game at 1 on Guentzel's 11th goal of the playoffs at 16:36.

After watching Game 2, a phrase that my Dad who served in the Army for 20 years used to say popped into my head: SSDD (, Stuff.Different Day).

Defenseman Ryan Ellis, who has played with Rinne for six years, called the goalie Nashville's best player, night in and night out. But the Predators were in near-complete control. 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 lovely shot on another two-on-one. The gap between Rinne's glove and trousers was about one puck's-width wide, but it goes to show it's never a bad idea to throw a put to the net. "I've played a long time, and the first time having a chance to play for the Cup, so I just think you have to bury these two games and move ahead, and just find a way to find some success".

On Tuesday, Guentzel was a feel-good story after scoring the winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. In the past 15 years, it ranks second behind Game 2 of the 2013 Final between Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, which was played between two Top 10 media markets and averaged 3.964 million.

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What doesn't is that Rinne is the weak spot, and this is how Pittsburgh wins.

"It's a bad fight", Malkin told reporters.

From there it was nearly all Penguins, as they drew five straight penalties and scored four straight goals.

"After that, we made a couple mistakes and those mistakes ended up going back in our net, so I think that's something we need to clean up", remarked Laviolette.

"I get nervous before pretty much any game", Murray said.

"No, I can't translate for you". This Penguins team has elite offensive talent, and a goalie. Not being concerned on scoring goals and making plays. It won't be intimidating to the Penguins, their deep playoff experience will really pay off in that respect, but the atmosphere in Smashville will be impactful for the Predators as they will be bathed in the love, support and most especially, noise of the Smashville faithful.

"Obviously, it's very disappointing right now", said Rinne. Goalies go up, and goalies fall.

The big issue, however, is whether Rinne can stop his slide in time for Nashville to get back into the series. The Predators outshot the Penguins 18-12 in the first and 14-7 in the second.