November 19 2017

Penguins stress need for fast start to pivotal Game Three

November 19 2017, 06:47 | Clarence Walton

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A worker removes a dead catfish during the second period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh

The Pens fans are insane; they make the building really loud for playoff games.

Sullivan calls it the ability to "win games different ways", but what happened in Game 1 seems borderline impossible. "You just have to bury these two games and find a way to have some success".

Jake Guentzel broke the 1-all tie just 10 seconds into the third, his second goal of the game, giving him the most points ever by an American-born rookie in a single postseason.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pittsburgh Penguins' Ian Cole, center, checks Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher (12) in front of Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

He delivered an All-Star guarantee for Saturday night.

"Right away, the focus shifts to we don't lose in our building", Subban told Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! If Rinne has another performance like he had Monday and Wednesday nights in Pittsburg, you might as well give the Cup to the Penguins. Malkin's shot sent Rinne to the bench in favor of backup Juuse Saros, who made his playoff debut.

On Thursday, the All-Star defenseman channeled Mark Messier, who backed up his own guarantee of a Rangers' win against New Jersey in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals. My words don't do justice to Stanley Cup playoff hockey, Nashville-style.

It may be hard for them to come back and win this series after falling into an 0-2 hole, but they should be able to come out with their best effort in Game 3. "Ultimately, it's about 1-on-1 battles and bringing your best game and as a group, collectively, we found a way to bring it". At the end of the day, it starts Saturday and you want to take one game at a time.

Bonino, who scored in Game 1, took the puck to the left foot or ankle and could not put weight on it as he was helped off the ice.

"I mean, (analytics are) a part of it now", said Crosby. Sensing their opponent was on the ropes and bleeding, the Penguins scored twice more in 15 seconds to chase Rinne from the net.

Now he has allowed three or more goals in five of his last seven outings and two games into the biggest series yet - against the defending champions, no less - his numbers have bottomed out.

The Pens struck back late in the period on yet another goal from Guentzel. Despite looking shaky in the Stanley Cup final, he still has a.929 save percentage and a chance to rebound in a big way. Against the quick-strike Penguins, it's just.778. His 5 game-winning goals are also a new National Hockey League rookie scoring record.

With each passing game, more and more fans pile into downtown to watch games on the plaza or in the adjacent Walk of Fame Park.

Guentzel, 22, is the kid who almost got split in half by Rasmus Ristolainen in March, drawing an overly harsh three-game suspension for the Sabres defenseman. He has to ride his best players at every position. "There's plenty of areas we can improve", Cullen said. Rinne was helpless with the move and Guentzel was alert to bang home the rebound. And his 7-1 record and.947 SV% at home this post-season - he is also 3-0 with a.949 SV% in Game 3s - makes it an easy decision for a game being held at Bridgestone Arena.

"They are opportunistic", Laviolette said of the Pens. "It's a fun atmosphere to play".

Now, before you get all lathered up thinking a Penguins sweep is inevitable, you should study recent history. Just not in the stretch of 3 1/2 minutes that mattered during their 4-1 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. That includes the last three such situations with the Kings winning in 2012 and 2014 and the Penguins a year ago.

Nashville were oozing confidence at the start of the week given an impressive playoff run in which they beat two division winners in Chicago and Anaheim, and a 99-point St. Louis team to reach their first Stanley Cup Final.

This series is not over yet, but if the Preds' don't respond in game three at home it will be.

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