The Penguins are two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup, and they have an MVP-worthy rookie sniper, and two goalies to thank for that. Playing effectively on the Pens' penalty kill unit and on the fourth line alongside former St. Cloud Stater Matt Cullen of Moorhead and U-Mass Lowell product Scott Wilson, Rowney was a big factor in Pittsburgh's 2-0 win.
Tonight's game is on the NBC Sports Network with faceoff again in the 8:20 range.
So when he was pulled in game two, many asked if he would get benched for game three?
Then, just over three minutes later, the Predators had their second own-goal in as many games, when Vernon Fiddler's skate knocked a bouncing puck through Rinne's five-hole - the goal officially goes to Scott Wilson, but equal credit should go to Phil Kessel, who earned the assist for sneaking the puck into a risky position. We know about the belief we have in here. "Nerves is one way to put it, but a lot of excitement, too". This is huge for us. If Game 1 was an unfortunate showing due to some extremely wacky circumstances, Game 2 was the complete opposite for the Predators. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.
The Pens have scored 67 goals in 21 playoff games this year, a ridiculous 3.19 goals per game.
"The limited chances they've had they've done a good job", Rinne said. Aberg cut past him and to the front of the net, holding onto the puck before lifting a forehand past goalie Matt Murray for his second playoff goal.
"He's another one of those players we have on our roster that seems to make big plays at key times when the stakes are high on a big stage". "I think it serves a goal, 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". 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. Guentzel now leads the playoffs with 12 goals and 19 points (also an American rookie playoff record). Guentzel played just 11:52 in Game 1 and 14:09 in Game 2.
If the Penguins again get so many quality scoring chances, it won't matter if they're outshot again.
"I get nervous before pretty much any game", Murray said. We're leaving them odd-man rushes. Getting to play for the Cup is even harder. Laviolette's system and the team's execution of it is why Nashville is in the Final... bad bounces happen, but they seem to get worse when the team is scrambling... oh... another three little words... "Our challenge with Phil and Geno is just the subtleties and the details with their play without the puck". Rinne had tried on the ice, but the problem, once more, was the Pittsburgh Penguins, who blitzed Rinne for three quick third-period goals in a 4-1 rout at PPG Paints Arena. After a midseason call-up, he played 27 regular season games for Pittsburgh. It was Guentzel's second go-ahead shot in two games, after his late goal in Game 1 on Monday. It was his league-leading 10th goal of the postseason and NHL-record fourth-game victor of the postseason, breaking the rookie mark set by Montreal's Claude Lemieux in 1986 and equaled by Colorado's Chris Drury in 1999. It was Saros' first appearance ever in an National Hockey League postseason, and just his 22nd career appearance.