Here are three keys to a Penguins game two victory. "We're looking at ourselves".
This game was closer to what we had expected out these two up-tempo teams.
Chris Kunitz had two assists for the Penguins for a second game in a row. In Game 2, they had as many shots in the first period (12) as they did total in the previous game. 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.
Murray, who had the crowed chanting his name after stretching out to rob Filip Forsberg of a sure-fire goal, redeemed himself as the game wore on.
That wasn't the end of the Penguins' quick start in the period.
With less than four minutes remaining in the first, Game 1 hero Guentzel tied things up when he followed up a Conor Sheary rebound and snuck a backhand through Rinne's equipment. And if they don't smarten up, it's going to be a short series against the Penguins.
Pekka Rinne entered this matchup as the Conn Smythe favorite after easily leading the postseason in goals-against average and save percentage.
On the other side, Matt Murray, while only being 23 years of age to Rinne's 34, showed much greater poise. 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.More news: DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May
Nashville led in shots 18-12 at the end of the first, thanks to a late flurry. "We didn't think we had reached our best play yet and we were in a good spot at 1-1, and it's an opportunity to go out and throw up your best period and put yourself in a good spot, and I thought we had a really good period". Sensing their opponent was on the ropes and bleeding, the Penguins scored twice more in 15 seconds to chase Rinne from the net.
"He's the reason why we're here", Fisher said. "But it's a (seven-game) series".
Though they're up 2-0 in the series, the Penguins have actually been on the receiving end for most of the six periods so far.
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Such experience, along with the loaded talent throughout the lineup, should make Game 1 a springboard for Pittsburgh to come out flying on Wednesday. "After that, we have confidence that we're going to score goals".
"No, I can't translate for you".
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.
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