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Penguins take commanding 2-0 series lead over Predators

12 Juin 2017

"Our building is great, the atmosphere is great", Laviolette said. If the Penguins continue to steamroll their way through the final, the only thing that might prevent Guentzel from breaking both the overall goals and points records would be a dearth of games. Factor in World Cup games by star players, and you gotta wonder what holds some of these guys together. Scott Wilson scored the Penguins' third goal 3:13 into the third period, and 15 seconds later, Evgeni Malkin added a fourth, chasing Rinne out of the game.

Allegheny County, Pa., prosecutors announced Wednesday they'll drop charges against Wadell, the Predators fan who threw a catfish on the ice at the Pittsburgh Penguins' home, PPG Paints Arena, during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, according to The Associated Press. The onslaught carried the Penguins to a 4-1 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final.

He delivered an All-Star guarantee for Saturday night.

"We know the ultimate goal is two more wins". The moment came 12:47 into the first when P.K. Subban sent a slap shot by Murray that appeared to give the Predators the lead. In the Eastern Conference final against Ottawa, they bounced back from a series-opening defeat and won 1-0.

"It's obviously frustrating", Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis said.

One thing is for sure: a new favourite has emerged for the Conn Smythe Trophy. That's eight goals against in just 36 shots faced in the series, a save percentage of.777, which is not going going to get it done against the league's highest scoring team. A goal goes in, and he can play the exact same way after that.

There were 20.47 million live minutes watched online and 229,000 unique devices, up 52% and 34%, respectively, vs. last year's Final. Against the quick-strike Penguins, it's just.778. And after Rinne had allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game 1, he wanted to feel good about his game again.

"He's the reason why we're here", Fisher said. "We need to be better in front of him".

"We talked a lot about elevating our play", said centre Matt Cullen.

"There's nothing that can replace Peks", Ellis said. The Predators were desperate to return home tied with a win to even the score.

Despite losing game 1, the Predators looked impressive against the Penguins.

"It's insane. You can't even put into words what it feels like", said Guentzel, a native of Omaha. "It's a fun atmosphere to play". This is a team that has to play now with the knowledge that if the Penguins get a chance there's suddenly a hell of a chance it's going to go in.

Nashville will get the next two games at home, but Game 3 is a must-win for the Predators or they'll fall down a three-game hole to the defending Stanley Cup champions.

But for Pittsburgh this isn't Columbus, 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. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has deliberately cut Guentzel's ice time, citing fatigue factors. The Penguins lost 5-1 in Nashville last October, and the atmosphere will be much more intense this time around with a forecast that could include fan-tossed catfish. Laviolette is a "go by that gut in the moment" type of coach.and of all the coaches I have been around he is maybe the best at anticipating situations. Now we see whether they get off the mat. "That's where our focus is going to be".

Penguins take commanding 2-0 series lead over Predators