Catfish watch is on for Game 2 of Cup Final

Jake Guentzel

Rookie Jake Guentzel scored twice to increase his playoffs-leading goal total to 12 and the Pittsburgh Penguins erupted for three goals early in the third period Wednesday night in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena. Just not in the stretch of 3 1/2 minutes that mattered during their 4-1 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Boston did the same thing against Vancouver in 2011, also a seven-game series. But Rinne is clearly fighting the puck, and the slump is coming at the worst possible time.

Rinne stopped 21 of 25 shots. The Predators can continue to dominate this series with their peerless back four and their aggressiveness, and they can get back into this series.

"We practice it all season". He appeared to have little room to shoot, but Rinne moved his arm a fraction of an inch-and that was enough for Guentzel to slip the puck between Rinne's left arm and the goalie's body.

"Obviously, it's very disappointing right now", said Rinne. For me, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Nashville threw 32 shots on Matt Murray in the first two periods and had out-attempted the Penguins, 53-32, during the opening 40 minutes. "I think we're looking forward to playing in front of our fans". "There's things that we could've done - all three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes".

Guentzel, remember, came into this series in a brutal slump.

The Penguins jumped out to an early lead with their assistant captain Evgeni Malkin tallying the first goal of the game. Seconds after an own goal off the left skate of Nashville's Vern Fiddler that was credited to Scott Wilson, Evgeni Malkin beat Rinne to give Pittsburgh a three-goal lead. "You can't even put into words what it feels". "So we're going back home, we're going to win the next game, and then we'll see what happens from there". "He's obviously contributing with goals but he really cares about doing well out there".

With Ryan Johansen injured, it was Forsberg who set up the game-winner in Game 5 against Anaheim in the Western Conference final, and in the next game scored a goal and picked up an assist to help clinch the series.

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Last time we checked, scoring winning goals was most valuable.

With two goals in Game 2, rookie Jake Guentzel pushed his playoff goal scoring lead to an even dozen and continued his historic tear in his inaugural playoff showing.

A style that now has the Penguins two victories away from history. In that game, the Predators seized momentum until the reigning champs snatched it away late. There hasn't been a single sweep since 1998, when Detroit wrapped up the league's last back-to-back titles by blanking Washington.

"Alan Jackson is a staple in the Smashville community", says Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry, "and we know he'll bring the excitement of our great city's first ever Stanley Cup Final game to the stage on Saturday".

The Penguins and Predators could have the same lineups for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, two nights after a freakish start to the series that few could have expected. Teams that open 2-0 are 34-3. And Predators defenseman P.K. Subban added to the frenzy by guaranteeing a Predators' win in Game 3, then doubling and tripling down on his prediction. "So we're going back home".

So when he was pulled in game two, many asked if he would get benched for game three? "Not probably, it has been our best period of the series". As in full of holes. "They're not going to stop for anything".

With less than four minutes remaining in the first, Game 1 hero Guentzel tied things up when he followed up a Conor Sheary rebound and snuck a backhand through Rinne's equipment. Where has that guy gone? Both teams fought hard throughout the game, as they have during the entire duration of the playoffs to this point; it hasn't been an easy road for either team.

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