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June 26 2017, 12:03 | Sammy Rose
Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1
Oh, yeah! Especially when it came in Tune Town. In Game 2, the Pens were outshot 38-27 and outplayed nearly the entire night, but Rinne had a woeful start to the third period, giving up three goals in three-and-a-half minutes before being pulled for the remainder of that 4-1 loss.
The Penguins improved in some aspects of their game on Monday, but they were bad in terms of giving the puck away. It was something to behold. He scored to put the Predators up 3-1, effectively sealing the win. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway about a minute later. His goal momentarily dimmed the crowd's decibel level.
Nashville seemed to have energy bottled up, and went to max to use it to take this series to the best of three now after their decisive 4-1 victory.
The Predators manufactured some breathing room in a wild and wooly second period. Sixteen seconds after the second save, Frederick Gaudreau then capitalized on the momentum with a wraparound that wasn't a goal until it was reviewed, and the Preds had seized the lead. It was 2-1. He had given up eight goals in the two games in Pittsburgh and appeared unable to make the big stop at the key moment.
Singer and actress Carrie Underwood, who's married to Predators captain Mike Fisher, admitted that she hadn't gotten her husband a birthday present.
Arvidsson honed in on Pens goalie Matt Murray and buried the puck in the net. Four minutes later, Viktor Arvidsson took a one-handed flip pass up the middle from a falling Mike Fisher and beat Matt Murray to pad the Preds' lead to 3-1. Rinne stopped 50 of the 52 shots he saw in the two games in Nashville, returning to form as the most impactful player on the ice.
At the end of the day, they have to win two more games.
Would you rather listen to the same 10 clichés that we usually get in hockey interviews or have a good laugh at a colourful comment? Since the Penguins own home ice, they must defend it by winning this game.
Will Pittsburgh press under the pressure of knowing that if they drop Game 5, their destiny may be determined? The two teams will face off at 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by NBC. The Final moves to Pittsburgh Thursday.
"Our guys were pretty confident after Game 2", head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon. "They've had some high-quality chances, and the puck hasn't gone in the net for the last couple of games".
They've also smothered the NHL's best scoring team even when the Pens have the man advantage, allowing just four shots in 13 penalties killed. "On the other side of things, we've got to make sure that we limit their chances, don't give up breakaways or chances where they can make us pay the other way".
It was a party that never stopped. Meanwhile, Predators defenseman Roman Josi said Subban's breath smells "great" and goalie Pekka Rinne said Subban always flosses. And of those six teams that had home ice and won, four did it in six games, meaning the Stanley Cup was hoisted on the road. Fleury shut out the Capitals in Game 7 of the second round in what might have been the best playoff performance of his career. Murray, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive losses and has never lost three in a row since entering the National Hockey League. "It's a tough building, and they're a good team, but I like our chances".