Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead

Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead

There are 60 minutes in a hockey game.

The game was tied at 1-1 through two tight periods on goals by Pontus Aberg and Guentzel, but it took just 10 seconds of the third for Guentzel - who scored the victor in Game One - to get his second of the night and 12th of the playoffs. Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to make the score 4-1, a tough score to come back from for Nashville.

Fifty teams have taken a 2-0 lead since the final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939.

Unfortunately, for Predators fans and backers alike, just two of those nine teams came all the way back to win the Stanley Cup. Pekka Rinne is the obvious choice.

Jake Guentzel scored 10 seconds into the period. Nashville held onto their first lead of the series for just under four minutes before Guentzel proved to be a star once again, and tied it for the Penguins at one apiece before the period ended. In all four previous games after losses this postseason, Rinne had allowed four total goals - one in each. Final score: Pens 4, Preds 1.

Something amusing that happened during the game was the fight between Malkin and P.K. Subban. In that game, the Predators seized momentum until the reigning champs snatched it away late. Bonino went to the locker room but returned to finish the game. That's because it would either go to Jake Guentzel, which would make him the only non-goaltender rookie to win the award, or it would be shared by Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury. Guentzel has the second-most goals ever for a rookie in one post-season and set a new rookie record with his fifth game-winning goal. His two goals, the Penguins early equalizer and eventual game victor, now have him sitting at 19 points this postseason, the most by any American rookie player in the playoffs.

"It will be coming back to Pittsburgh..."

The Penguins have a 2-0 series lead, as it shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville is outshooting Pittsburgh 32-19 and the Penguins had only seven shots in the second period.

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Pittsburgh has just two shots on five power plays and has not scored on any of them. "I think for us, we've got to go in there and get some dirty goals and look for rebounds and get pucks there as much as we can". Penguins C Evgeni Malkin and Nashville D P.K. Subban - two of the biggest names in the game - fought at 12:14 of the third, with Malkin picking up an extra roughing penalty.

Asked twice afterward if he was committed to starting Rinne on Saturday, Laviolette stressed Rinne has been "terrific", adding there are plenty of things the Predators can do better in front of him like stopping the odd-man rushes that allowed the Penguins to take charge. Among all of the chaos, the Preds also opened scoring first - and this time it wasn't overturned - with an absolute danglefest from Pontus Aberg.

And no catfish have been thrown on the ice so far.

Pekka Rinne expunges subpar performances by visualizing good ones, and he has had plenty for Nashville in these playoffs. It's Guentzel's playoff-leading 11th goal. The 34-year-old entered the Stanley Cup Finals with a.947 goals against average, but during this series, his average has dropped to an abysmal.777.

It's Aberg's second goal of the playoffs.

According to the TicPick, a ticket to the Predators' first home game in the series costs more than a ticket to watch the Golden State Warriors play at home in the NBA Finals.

Murray, who had the crowd chanting his name after stretching out to rob Filip Forsberg of a surefire goal, redeemed himself as the game wore on.

Sullivan promoted Bryan Rust to play on the first line with Conor Sheary and Sidney Crosby.

Chris Kunitz had two assists for the Penguins for a second game in a row. The game will be Nashville's first home match of the Final series. Stream every single game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Sportsnet NOW.

The Predators actually had a lead in this game, if you can believe it.