Penguins shuffle lines for Game 2 of Cup Final

by Dwayne Torres June 10, 2017, 7:07
Penguins shuffle lines for Game 2 of Cup Final

They went 9 minutes and 50 seconds without a shot, reminiscent of the second period of Game 1when they had no shots at all. It left the guys from "Smashville" in a new position for the first time since they began their mad dash to the final a month ago: chaser instead of chasee as Game 2 looms on Wednesday night. Those numbers ballooned after the first two games against the Penguins. It's hard to see anything changing should Rinne remain the starting goaltender, and if the Predators fall behind 3-0 in the series, they'd be facing a near-impossible mountain to climb to win their first Stanley Cup. "We're looking at ourselves". We're down 2-nothing. We're coming back in our barn, and we don't lose here. He got the Predators to this point and went into the series as an MVP favorite, but allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game 1 and then got the hook in Game 2.

This game was closer to what we had expected out these two uptempo teams.

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. But the biggest takeaway on this night was that the Penguins are the most explosive team in hockey, at times breathtaking with their quick-strike ability. Murray, in particular, should be leading the conversation now as he stopped all but one of 38 shots on Wednesday.

"It's insane", Guentzel said of his two big games this series after an eight-game goal drought. At the other end, Rinne looked like he couldn't wait for the period to end.

Guentzel, who scored the victor in Game 1, now has the second-highest goal total ever recorded by a rookie in one playoff season. After going the entire third round without scoring, the Penguins rookie has found his touch again.

All of that seems to have worked and Guentzel is not only a huge reason the Penguins are up 2-0 in the series, but he is also starting to insert himself into the Conn Smythe discussion. "There's things we could've done. all three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes". Guentzel had a lackluster Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators but proved his worth again with the game-winner last night. Rinne was chased and Nashville was left reeling from the offensive onslaught by the Penguins. "And we'll see what happens from there", he said.

Macron confirms third French victim in London attack
Last night 15 people remained in a critical condition and Australian nurse Kirsty Boden was named as the third fatality. Police and the security agencies are facing questions about whether they missed chances to thwart the attack.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel (59) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators defenseman Yannick Weber (7) during the third period in game two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. But it was something that Evgeni Malkin reportedly said to the Nashville Predators defenceman that sparked a late-game fight.

"There's no frustration", Subban said. That's it. It's done.

"He speaks a little bit of Russian, but I play with some Russians too", Subban said. "I was having a lot of fun playing some games, but it's the coaches' decision, and I've got to respect it".

When asked if he could translate Malkin's comments, Subban smiled.

"He's really smart", Crosby said.

Hopefully it won't, because any municipality that actually goes ahead and wastes both the court's and the taxpayers' time and money prosecuting this silliness deserves to be pelted by far worse than decaying sea creatures.


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