Penguins explode in third, take 2-0 series lead on Predators

Ross Houston
June 2, 2017

The Penguins have been outshot in each game and converted only one power play opportunity but their ability to turn some brief defensive lapses into quick goals has allowed them to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

A Nashville Predators fan who delayed the first game of the Stanley Cup ice hockey finals in the USA by throwing a catfish onto the rink won't be facing charges for his actions.

Jacob Waddell, 36, was charged in Allegheny County with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings or processions after tossing the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game.

It has many great details of Waddell's plan, which began with an "entirely too big" catfish in Tennessee and ended up with catfish-under sandwich that helped him smuggle it into the arena.

Jake Guentzel has scored his second goal of the night to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead early in the third period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against Nashville.

The barrage started with rookie Jake Guentzel. And while the Predators desperately need Rinne to rebound and return to form, they also need a way to keep Guentzel, who has three goals in the series, off the scoresheet.

Guentzel's league-leading 12 postseason goals have him two shy of Dino Ciccarelli's rookie record, and his five playoff game winners are a rookie record.

Rinne is just looking to put both games in the past. Then the key part of the game was the first 10 seconds of the third period when it was [Bryan] Rust passed it off the goalie's pads and they got their second one, and then they just got going. The chasm between him and Pekka Rinne at the other end of the ice has been the most prominent reason why the series is going the way it is. The 23-year-old was among 17 Preds with at least one goal this spring.

The Predators say Jackson will take the stage on Lower Broadway about 2 1/2 hours before scheduled puck drop of Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Thunder Bay product outplayed Ottawa's Craig Anderson for four games in the Eastern Conference final and has so far outclassed Predators goalie Pekka Rinne in the final.

Nashville's Pekka Rinne has been the best goalie in hockey all postseason, and he's not going to let something like that happen again.

He is now winless in five career starts at Pittsburgh and looking to change his luck in Nashville where the Predators are 7-1 in the playoffs. So stay tuned, I would think this idea could pick up some momentum if they even deem an idea like this possible.

"We are who we are", said coach Peter Laviolette. Number one, yeah, we went 37 minutes without a shot and at one point in the second period, the shots were at four to zero. "There's things that we could've done - all three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes".

"He's just continued to get better", Sidney Crosby said of his on-again, off-again linemate. It was 1 second shy of the fastest goal to start a period in Final history.

Then, 3 minutes, 13 seconds into the third, Scott Wilson scored when a centering pass caromed off Predators center Vernon Fiddler.

"I think this team has an inner belief that we can score goals", Sullivan said, "and they've provided plenty of evidence to suggest that".

But what are we here for if we can't call soft goals soft? That gave Pittsburgh three goals in the first 3:28 of the third. I work in a restaurant, mostly nights during game times and usually have to search all over the web to see who's streaming games just so I am able to watch while at work. Rinne is now 1-6-2 lifetime against Pittsburgh - his lone win came in relief at Nashville - and he entered the series with a.880 save percentage and a 3.57 goals-against average.

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