Wilson was credited with his third of the playoffs just over 3 minutes later when a centering pass caromed off Nashville's Vernon Fiddler and by Rinne. Jake Guentzel attempts a shot against Predators' goalie Pekka Rinne in the Stanley Cup Finals. Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15) jokes with teammate Brad Hunt during NHL hockey practice before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
"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. "I think we've got to embrace it".
They point to these things and they wonder if Rinne can actually turn things around as the series shifts back to Nashville for Game 3 in Nashville. Game 3 is Saturday night in Nashville in what amounts to a last stand for the Predators and their suddenly very average-looking goalie.
"We're concerned about where the series is at", Predators captain Mike Fisher said. "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready".
After starting the playoffs with 10 goals in his first 11 games, he went through an eight-game goal-scoring drought that almost made him a healthy scratch heading into Game 1 of this series when Patric Hornqvist was ready to return to the lineup. He dribbled a puck through Rinne for Pittsburgh's first goal in Game Two and then made no mistake with Bryan Rust's rebound to net the victor here.
Again, it's no mystery, that Pekka Rinne has been nowhere near where he needs to be in order for the Preds to overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat the defending Cup champion, Pittsburg Penguins. Pittsburgh also did it in 2009, losing both games on the road against Detroit.
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"He's another one of those players we have on our roster that seems to make big plays at key times when the stakes are high on a big stage". 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. Pekka Rinne has been the Predators rock for their playoff run this season, but a.636 save percentage is abysmal.
Nashville is outshooting Pittsburgh 32-19 and the Penguins had only seven shots in the second period.
As for the mystery texter, Santora says "whoever you are, thank you". I think so, due to the lack of experience Saros has, and the undying trust the team and fans have in Rinne.
It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.
Guentzel's early third period strike was his second goal of the night and third in two games against the Predators. He was also huge for the Penguins' penalty kill, which was ideal in the game. Against Pittsburgh, it's at.777 and he remains winless in his career against the Penguins in games he's started.
Coach Peter Laviolette said after Game 2 that he would not discuss the Predators' lineup, including whether or not Rinne has warranted a permanent seat on the bench. "We thrived off that first one though and played a solid third period". They matched that, firing six shots in the opening 3:28 of the third period. Guentzel now has 12 goals and seven assists in his first 21 National Hockey League playoff games after notching 16 goals and 17 assists in 40 regular-season National Hockey League games as he split the season between the Penguins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). 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. Nashville is 7-2 in the playoffs when scoring first, and this time it counted after a coach's challenge for offside wiped out a goal that would've given the Predators the lead in Game 1. But the difference in the series has been goaltending and Rinne, specifically, getting outplayed by Murray. "We're here for a reason", Ellis said. "It's not his fault, by any means".