Nashville is in a tough spot, as teams that have won the first two games of the Final at home have won 34 of 37 series.
Police say 36-year-old Jacob Waddell threw the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink on Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game. The Predators, who crashed the NHL's biggest stage for the first time behind Rinne and a group of talented defenseman, were hardly intimidated by the stakes, the crowd or the defending champions, trying to become the first repeat victor since Detroit in 1998.
So you talk to the Penguins, and they sound like Phil Kessel's 2013 Leafs, who finished last in puck possession and reached the playoffs in that 48-game season. After an eight-game goal drought from Guentzel, he has scored the game-winner in the first two games of the finals and has helped position the Penguins to repeat as champions. It took rookie Jake Guentzel 10 seconds to bury a rebound score. "So we're going back home and we're going to win the next game and we'll see what happens after there". The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games. The Penguins were firing at will at Rinne and scored on a power play shot by Guentzel at 16:26 in the first period.
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 unsafe position.
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The Predators needed Rinne to stay in peak form to beat the Penguins. "We've got guys in here that are learning, and we're going to learn from those two games", Subban said.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan is shuffling his lines for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Predators. "I think we're looking forward to playing in front of our fans". He was joined by his fellow offensive linemen and quarterback Marcus Mariota at two recent playoff games.
By the end of the second, the Predators' shot advantage was 32-19, but it remained 1-1, thanks to a stellar effort from Murray. "We've got to work harder, compete a little harder, but we got some timely goals".
The one player responsible for the Penguins 2-0 series lead has been rookie standout Jake Guentzel.
For Guentzel, this latest goal-scoring outburst couldn't have come at a better time for both him and the Penguins. The Stanley Cup newbies were disappointed but not dismayed by their Game 1 loss, pointing to the way they carried play for long stretches as tangible proof they weren't just happy to be here. They know how to win.
Pittsburgh downplayed the notion it was worn out, figuring adrenaline and a shot at making history would make up for any lack of jump while playing their 108th game in the last calendar year. If he continues to play at this level they have no chance. They went 9 minutes and 50 seconds without a shot, reminiscent of the second period of Game 1when they had no shots at all.