Guentzel shines again as Pens surge to Game Two win

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne left and Pittsburgh Penguins Phil Kessel watch the puck land in the back of the net on a goal by Penguins Evgeni Malkin during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stan

The game had an average audience of 3.278 million viewers on TV, which was up 27% from last year's Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks.

Waddell insists the stunt was entirely of his own devising, but for what it's worth, the station has promised to cover any and all fines he has to pay out, and Waddell also claims an army of Nashville-based lawyers have promised to take the case pro bono should it go that far. "All three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes". The first, a ricochet off Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm, gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 17 seconds left in the first period.

His only career win against the Penguins came in relief of Dan Ellis on January 8, 2009. If this is rope-a-dope they are the knockout power, and it was Crosby's faceoff win that started the second goal, Kessel who set up the second, Malkin who scored the third.

"We're not looking at anybody", said Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban, when asked about Rinne's performance. "I was having a lot of fun playing some games, but it's the coaches' decision, and I've got to respect it". Ultimately, we have to be realistic with where we're at.

"Right away the focus shifts to 'we don't lose in our building.' We're going back home". NBC was the No. 1 network overall in both markets during the game. The Predators coach says his goalies know who will start.

One thing is for sure: a new favourite has emerged for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Pekka Rinne was standing there, ready to face the music, the moment the door to the Nashville Predators' dressing room opened.

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Matt Murray played spectacularly at times through the first two periods, buying his teammates enough time to find their footing and get to Rinne.

His save percentage has dipped throughout the playoffs -.976 against Chicago, then.932 against St. Louis and.925 in the West finals against Anaheim. He allowed four goals for the second consecutive game Wednesday, tying his playoff-high.

"It's not his fault by any means", Nashville captain Mike Fisher said of the goals allowed in Pittsburgh. "From my perch, I agree with Mayor Barry that we shouldn't be baited into interfering with this fish tale, but if the charges eventually make their way to a judge I hope the predatory catfish hurler who got the hook last night is simply sentenced to community service, perhaps cleaning fish at Wholey's".

As much as Murray was not on his game Monday, he has still stopped 54 of 56 (.964) at even strength in the series vs. Nashville.

"There's nothing that can replace Peks", Ellis said. But two games into the final, he is now a reason why Nashville is down 2-0. Murray supplied timely goaltending Wednesday, which kept the score tied until the Penguins offense exploded for three goals early in the third. They expect a loud arena for Game 3, which is the first Cup Final home game in Nashville history and it comes on a Saturday night. "It's a fun atmosphere to play". "But it's a (seven-game) series".

"This is his first year pro, coming out of college, where he's not used to playing the National Hockey League schedule, and the demands of that physically, not to mention a long playoff run", Sullivan said of Guentzel.

It's a Nashville tradition of sorts: Throw a catfish onto the ice during a Nashville Predators game and receive some laughter and cheers.

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