All-Star promise: Subban says Preds will win Game 3 vs. Pens

All-Star promise: Subban says Preds will win Game 3 vs. Pens

The OCRegister wrote about the Penguins Game 2 victory and quoted Guentzel on his performance throughout these playoffs.

After going up 2-0 in last year's Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins dropped Game 3 on the road in San Jose.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin long ago set the standard for homegrown talent in the Steel City, but a fresh-faced rookie is now the talk of the town. At the very least, he needs to go to a place where Jake Guentzel doesn't exist. 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.

Malkin has a playoff-leading 26 points, including a goal in each of the first two games of the NHL's championship series, and has Pittsburgh closing in on their second consecutive Stanley Cup and third of his career.

The Predators have outplayed the Penguins over the first six periods in this series, especially at five-on-five. The group, with help from an engaged forward group, limited shots in and around Rinne, won puck battles along the boards and escaped the defensive zone with seeming ease. It's the wall play.

For Guentzel, this latest goal-scoring outburst couldn't have come at a better time for both him and the Penguins. When the plays are there, his instincts will take over. He's a real talented kid. There have been times in this series where it was nearly impossible to imagine Pittsburgh threading four wins together, on this narrow of a tightrope. So we just thought if we cut his minutes we would get more productive minutes.

Mario also gave me a memory that will last a lifetime with a postgame champagne shower on live television. "He's getting his legs back". Guentzel played just 11:52 in Game 1 and 14:09 in Game 2. Nobody scored in the second period, though Nashville had the better of the play. "He had a good game tonight so we moved him up with Sid".

"There's a stretch they're able to gain some momentum, able to capitalize and be opportunistic and that swung two games in their favor", he said. The rookie from Omaha, Nebraska, leads the playoffs with 12 goals and has scored the past three goals for Pittsburgh.

The 22-year-old tied the game 1-1 in the opening frame and then sparked the third period avalanche by beating Rinne 10 seconds in.

Jake Guentzel's two goals lead Penguins to Game 2 victory over Predators
Then, 3 minutes, 13 seconds into the third, Scott Wilson scored when a centering pass caromed off Predators center Vernon Fiddler. National Hockey League on NBC Analyst Keith Jones joined Cook and Poni on Friday to discuss just that and preview Game 3.

The Predators have a dominant defensive corps and forecheck effectively, and even without their injured No. 1 centre they are the superior team in most ways. Still considered a rookie, Matt Murray joined a short list of players to reach 20 wins in the postseason before their 24th birthday. Now he's given up eight goals on 36 shots through two games.

His save percentage has dipped throughout the playoffs -.976 against Chicago, then.932 against St. Louis and.925 in the West finals against Anaheim. Laviolette said he has relayed his decision to Rinne - whom he pulled during the Predators' 4-1 loss Monday - and to backup Juuse Saros. Predators head coach Peter Laviolette was noncommittal about his Game 3 starter, despite being asked twice during his postgame press conference.

"Pekka's been excellent for us all year long", Laviolette said. "I think that put us on our heels for a few minutes". All three goals in the third period, we could have done something better. "All three goals in the third period we can do something better". "I believe all of them were odd, three-on-twos and two-on-ones makes it more hard".

Nashville had a nervous moment at the midway point of the first when P.K. Subban took a cross-check to the neck from Kunitz. Right now, the focus shifts to we don't lose in our building.

If the Predators don't get it together back home in "Smashville", it might only be two. "His skill-set combined with the way he works allows him to get the chances he does and not only score from the perimeter, but he goes to those tough areas to earn those goals".

Subban savors the spotlight.

The Predators aren't of this series yet, but they sure need more from their aces, Subban, Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Roman Josi.

NOTES: The Penguins are 4-0 in Game 2s (3-0 at home).

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