Alan Jackson to perform free concert for hockey fans

Alan Jackson to perform free concert for hockey fans

For two periods, the Predators did nearly everything necessary to give themselves the lead.

Shots end up 32-19 Nashville after 2 periods, but the score remains knotted at 1. They were flying all over the ice, and clamping down the Penguins' offense, yet still the score was tied 1-1.

The Pens rolled by Nashville 4-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"We talked a lot about elevating our play", said centre Matt Cullen. "There's things we could've done. all three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes". They are headed home to Bridgestone Arena, that earsplitting palace of soccer-style chants and live guitar licks, where have lost just once this postseason. "We're going to win the next game and we'll see what happens from there". Call it veteran moxie. This is a team that has to play now with the knowledge that if the Penguins get a chance there's suddenly a hell of a chance it's going to go in. In this iteration of the Penguins' high-wire act, Guentzel and Murray were the stars.

While Penguins fans (so far) haven't joined the trend of throwing anything weird on the ice (along with the Predators' catfish and the Red Wings' octopuses, other teams' fans have thrown hamburgers and plastic rats), Pittsburgh fans have done at least one weird thing. A decade later, the Predators have sold out 58 straight games. "When he has the ability to make a difference by making a big play at a key time, he tends to do that".

Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for the Predators, who were once again undone by a sudden barrage from the NHL's highest-scoring team.

"It's not his fault by any means", Nashville captain Mike Fisher said of the goals allowed in Pittsburgh. "I think it serves a objective, I don't know if it tells the whole story, but if you see or evaluate things a certain way, sometimes it can confirm or deny what happened out there". That triggered roars and chants of "We want the Cup!" from fans at PPG Paints Arena. The American, who also scored the game-winning, go-ahead goal in Game 1, drew within two points (19) of the National Hockey League rookie record for points in a single playoff. But Guentzel answered, squeezing a backhand through the tightest of spaces in front of the net.

"It's very disappointing. I treat this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", Rinne said. For as much as Rinne was a superstar to get them to this point, he's been AHL-level under the bright lights of this series.

The Penguins matched their entire shot total from the opener (12) by the end of the first period but still found themselves trying to keep up with the Predators. They had 25 scoring chances to the Penguins' 10 and held Sidney Crosby and Malkin to no shots, yet still the score remained knotted.

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It was tied at the second intermission, but that didn't last long.

A mere 10 seconds into the third period, Bryan Rust fired a long-range shot that bounced off Rinne and onto Guentzel's stick for the game-winner. He put Chris Kunitz on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

"He's incredible", Malkin said.

The Nashville Predators are dominating the shot count again tonight, arguably to an even more obvious extent than Game 1.

After that, the outburst started.

Some goals, like the ones Jake Guentzel and Scott Wilson somehow eked through Rinne's wickets, have just been frankly hard to explain for the goaltender that the Predators say has been their MVP. The gap between Rinne's glove and trousers was about one puck's-width wide, but it goes to show it's never a bad idea to throw a put to the net.

"Everything was there that we liked but the result", Ellis said. The only rookie ever to score more goals is Minnesota's Dino Ciccarelli, who scored 14 in a losing effort in 1981. "It's our game, we never stop".

A style that now has the Penguins two victories away from the cusp of a dynasty.

As the series comes to Nashville, thousands will pack downtown as the Preds look to bounce back to even up the series at home. And if they don't, the Penguins can make them pay quickly.

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