Given two opportunities to commit to Rinne for Game 3, including one direct question, Nashville coach Peter Laviolettesaid, "Pekka's been excellent for us all year long" or a variation, and didn't say yes.
While the Pens played better than Game 1, where most feel they were fortunate to escape with a victory, Game 2 wasn't their best hockey either. But he has never started and won a game against the Penguins, and he has looked decidedly shaky, posting a.777 save percentage, in the first two games of the biggest series of his life.
After coming up empty again in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final, Nashville's goal-scoring leader has now been silent for 14 straight games - and it's killing him. Ultimately, we have to be realistic with where we're at.
Do you think Nashville has what it takes to come back home and win two games to even the series? "So it starts Saturday".
Jones added that there needs to be other lineup changes for Nashville in Game 3, but it wont be in goal.
With his two goals in Game 2, Guentzel now has 12 in the playoffs, which is just two short of the rookie record set by Dino Ciccarelli of the Minnesota North Stars in 1981.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Nashville Predators insist goaltender Pekka Rinne isn't to blame for the 2-0 series deficit against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.
The 22-year-old Guentzel has produced 12 goals in 21 post-season games. "After that, we have confidence that we're going to score goals".
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The 6-foot-5 Finn, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist, has enjoyed the two-day break between games. The Predators took an early penalty but later got a 5-on-3 power play against the Pens in a first period that saw five total penalties called including a crosscheck by Chris Kunitz to the back of P.K. Subban's head, behind the play, against the boards, that could lead to a suspension. "We're not where we want to be". "And certain parts of the game where we got to help him out".
Crosby said the Predators, who entered the playoffs as the lowest seed in the Western Conference, are everything the Penguins expected.
"There's nothing that can replace Peks", Ellis said.
Only if Rinne turns back into Rinne.
The Predators are 7-1 on home ice so far this postseason and finished the regular season with a 24-9-8 record at Bridgestone Arena. "I believe all of them were odd-man rushes". "It's a fun atmosphere to play".
Plain and simple, Wednesday was not a good night for the Nashville Predators.
Filip Forsberg, who leads the team in scoring, had no goals and no points in Games 1 and 2 of the Cup final.
The Penguins were outshot by 11, 38-27, last night. "But it's a (seven-game) series".
An unheralded third round pick who grew up in Minnesota, Guentzel also sits directly to Crosby's left in the Penguins dressing room, a purposeful move by head coach Mike Sullivan, who likes his rookies to watch and learn from the captain.
The Nashville Predators' tradition of throwing a catfish onto the ice came to Pittsburgh for Game 1 Monday night and could get another chapter for Game 2. I think his hockey sense allows those skills to be shown. "Everyone's going to do whatever it takes to make sure they can play".