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Penguins chase Pekka Rinne with third period outburst


Jake Guentzel broke a 1-1 tie by scoring his second goal of the game 10 seconds into the third to give the Penguins their first lead.

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 risky position.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel (59) celebrates his second goal of the ngiht against the Nashville Predators with teammates Scott Wilson, left, and Conor Sheary, center, during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

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"Watching the game, obviously I really want to be out there, just being a part of the team and stuff", said Johansen, who spoke to reporters for the first time since suffering acute compartment syndrome in the Western Conference final.

"We'd always like to be better at them, but I think we found a way to get it done regardless". It sounds reductionist to say that without Matt Murray, the Predators would be up 2-0 in the series heading to back to Nashville, but every stat bears that out. "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready".

On Tuesday, Guentzel was a feel-good story after scoring the winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Prior to the Stanley Cup Final, Rinne had not posted back-to-back losses in the playoffs and followed each of his four losses with a save percentage of.950 or higher. Pittsburgh also did it in 2009, losing both games on the road against Detroit. "Will be happy to get home". You can see how good of a player he is, we can move him up and down the lineup.

The Penguins scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to make the score 4-1, a tough score to come back from for Nashville.

"You have to put it behind you", Rinne said.

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A year ago, I had to think about not having won the Cup.

It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.

By Wednesday night, Guentzel emerged as the clear-cut favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy, the result of his two-goal effort in the Penguins' 4-1 win against the Predators at PPG Paints Arena. The Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to play Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanle.

Rinne fell to 0-5-0 in five career starts in Pittsburgh and he has never beaten the Penguins anywhere as a starter.

"We've put in a lot of time to build ourselves as a team that is ready to play, is ready to win, and confident about our ability to do that", said Laviolette.

But, once the second period started, it was completely flipped with the Predators dominating zone time and shots on goal, but once again the Penguins capitalized on their opportunities and crushed any hopes of victory for the Predators late in the third period.

Ten seconds into the third period, Guentzel - who delivered the game-winner in Game 1 - notched his second of the game. Nobody scored in the second period, though Nashville had the better of the play.

They're also the best offensive team Rinne has faced in the playoffs, and have hung more goals on him (8) than any team has in consecutive games in the playoffs this season. It was Guentzel's 12th goal of the playoffs, which is the most of any American-born rookie in playoff history and just two behind Dino Ciccarelli's all-time rookie record of 14.

A crowd decked in yellow and waving similar coloured towels howled as Rinne's night came to an end. "There's plenty of areas we can improve", Cullen said.

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