Predators fall 4-1 to Penguins, trail 2-0 in Finals

Just over three minutes later, the Penguins scored two goals 15 seconds apart to cap a Game 2 victory.

And Murray's composure in the crease means a lot to the Penguins, who take a 2-0 series lead to Nashville.

Matt Murray was keeping them in the game because the second-year goaltender is as steady as they come, and big besides.

The Penguins beat Rinne three times in the first 3:28 of the third, scoring a 4-1 Game 2 win over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.

But for Pittsburgh this isn't Columbus, the victim of a gentleman's sweep despite outshooting Pittsburgh; this isn't Washington, which eventually succumbed to its own internal demons in Game 7; it's not Ottawa, which Pittsburgh solved as the series went on.

Game 3 at Nashville is 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. After an eight-game goal drought from Guentzel, he has scored the game-winner in the first two games of the finals and has helped position the Penguins to repeat as champions. They had been out-shot 32-19 at that point. Now we see whether they get off the mat.

"It's insane", Guentzel said. "We have to put it behind you".

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"But we know the ultimate goal is two more wins, and they're going to be tough to get".

That's not the case anymore, as Rinne has struggled in his first two Stanley Cup games.

After two periods of Game 2 on Wednesday night, the Predators should've felt confident about their chances of evening their Stanley Cup final series against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than it managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1, a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened since the National Hockey League started tracking shots in 1957.

Matt Murray is relaxed, sitting in the dressing room with his goalie pads still strapped on and a black Penguins hat tucked low on his head. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has deliberately cut Guentzel's ice time, citing fatigue factors.

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. As of Thursday afternoon, tickets for Saturday's Game 3 are listed as high as $3,679 on Vivid Seats.

"We're capable of playing even better than we did in Pittsburgh, and I thought we played some great hockey", Subban said. "We want to score more". Down on the ice in obvious discomfort, Subban grabbed his neck and required attention from the team trainer when he finally returned to the bench. "At the end of each period is a big point in any game, and we were able to weather that storm".

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Rinne fell to 0-5-0 in five career starts in Pittsburgh and he has never beaten the Penguins anywhere as a starter.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - By coach Peter Laviolette's math, the Nashville Predators have been pretty good for all but 10 minutes of the Stanley Cup Final. "For 5½ periods, we like what we did".

The Penguins power play has been a huge strength this season, but it betrayed them during Game 2. Only after they had the game well in hand and held a 4-1 lead did they punch back.

The Predators tried many times to get the Penguins to slip into some old habits.

It was a scene hard to imagine through the first two taut and chippy periods. That includes the last three such situations with the Kings winning in 2012 and 2014 and the Penguins a year ago. The 5-foot-11 rookie planted himself at the post and jabbed a backhand rebound to tie it. He made 17 saves on 18 shots during the first period, including six over the final 39 seconds.

Nashville may be home, but the Penguins have history on their side.

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