Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

An ice worker removes a fish during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators on Monday, May 29, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. "All three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes".

He benefited from a long rebound off a shot by Bryan Rust and took advantage of an open quarter of the net to make it 2-1 and establish a Pittsburgh record for their fastest playoff goal at the start of a period.

So let's assume the Pittsburgh Penguins win two more games before the Nashville Predators win four and they capture their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history. He has scored every important goal of the Stanley Cup final and has led the charge for a quick-strike team that, despite being outshot 64-39 in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final, finds itself with an nearly inexplicable 2-0 lead. And he certainly won't be overlooked in Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday. The coach did not commit to starting him when the series resumes this weekend, though he praised his goaltender throughout the postgame news conference.

"We don't lose in our building", Subban said after the game. "Any time you can put pucks on the net it's a good thing".

Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for the Predators, who were once again undone by a sudden barrage from the NHL's highest-scoring team.

"So we had a lot of guys with a lot of games under their belt in the playoffs. As a goalie, it's important that you feel good going into the night". In 21 regular season games this year, the 22-year-old went 10-8 with a.923 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against-average. Pittsburgh also did it in 2009, losing both games on the road against Detroit.

"As bad as it seemed, we still found a way to get back into it", Predators' captain Mike Fisher said. It's a team game, and everyone looks at shots and save percentage but forget about the quality and who we're playing.

Rinne was 4-0 in the playoffs following a loss, but he watched the majority of the third period as backup Juuse Saros made his playoff debut. Then, under three and a half minutes later, Frederick Gaudreau tied the game up at three.

"No, I can't translate for you".

It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh had a 31.1 local rating, the best ever for a Penguins game in the market on NBCSN, surpassing all previous Stanley Cup Final games on the network.

Except it hasn't. The Penguins just keep doing enough to win games. "That being said, we lost the game". He faced eight of those shots in the first period and then saw none in the second period, the first time a team held an opponent without a shot in a Stanley Cup Final since the league began tracking shots on goal in 1958. But the Penguins, who had needed just 12 shots to score five goals in Game 1, continued to be opportunistic. The Predators rallied to tie before Guentzel's go-ahead goal with 3:17 remaining put the Penguins ahead to stay. In Game 1 he was beaten clean by Malkin on a power play, had no chance on a Conor Sheary goal, sent what should have been an easy rebound into a teammate's leg for the third goal, and was beaten clean by Jake Guentzel for the victor. Three minutes later he couldn't handle a Scott Wilson rebound on a two-on-one that bounced in off teammate Vern Fiddler, off his hoof; and 15 seconds after that Rinne got beat clean by Malkin on a attractive shot on another two-on-one. If the Predators are to have any chance in this series moving forward against the Penguins, Rinne must find a way to get back into his goaltending groove from the first three rounds of these playoffs.

He said he sprayed the fish with cologne and body spray, packed it in a cooler, and sneaked it into the arena by stuffing it down his trousers between two layers of regular and compression underwear - having tested the method by wearing the fish at his in-law's home for 20 minutes without them suspecting anything.

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