Rinne said he knew who was starting but wouldn't say if it was him.
Heading into the Stanley Cup final, most expected to hear Pekka Rinne's name after that sentence. This may seem like a bad thing for the Penguins, but it actually turned out well because Guentzel was able to take advantage by scoring two of Pittsburgh's four goals, while the Predators were being distracted with Crosby. The powerplay has not been good through two games.
The fact that they find themselves down 2-0 going into Game 3 Saturday night is due to two factors.
"Cleaning up just a few mistakes, that would help", Laviolette said.
Just ten seconds into the third period, Guentzel scored his second goal of the game, and started a cascade of goals. I don't know what's going on with Rinne, but if Nashville wants to win, Rinne must get his act together. We have to be better in front of him.
Rinne had been dominant throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs, posting a 12-4 record with a.941 save percentage and a 1.70 goals against average in 18 starts. Because 15 seconds later Evgeni Malkin charged in with a 2-on-1 and sniped Rinne high glove side to make it 4-1 and three goals in less than 3:30 of ice time. The result of a game can so often hinge on the play of the goalie-so much so that good performances look like great performances, and bad performances can look like terrible performances.
Pittsburgh also is proof that a team can rally from an 0-2 deficit to win the Stanley Cup, doing it in 2009 to beat Detroit in seven games. What if that guy makes an appearance in the manner in which the Predators players expect him to? "There's no question. We're going to win the next game and then we'll move forward". "It's never an easy one for us because we have so much respect for these players and Haggy has been in a real hard circumstance".
In many ways, Subban's word are refreshing because so many athletes refuse to say what's on their minds.
The two squads took a slightly different path to their Game 6 victories, though. "You mention that, but so much goes into a game with preparation that that's what we're focused on right now". He's been a big part of this team all year long. He's played in big games. "I think everyone is prepared, regardless of who is in", Crosby said, not directly addressing Bonino's injury. The celebration is in support of the Nashville Predators, who are battling against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs. For Nashville, other than Vanderbilt's Mens Baseball titles, it would be the first major sports championship for the city, which has created tremendous demand for casual fans to see what all the fuss is about.
But this isn't Columbus, which was the victim of a gentleman's sweep despite outshooting Pittsburgh; this isn't Washington, which eventually succumbed to its own internal demons in Game 7; it's not Ottawa, which Pittsburgh solved as the series went on.
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