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PK Subban: Predators will beat Penguins in Game 3

14 June 2017

He has scored every important goal of the Stanley Cup final and has led the charge for a quick-strike team that, despite being outshot 64-39 in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final, finds itself with an nearly inexplicable 2-0 lead.

He might see his name etched on Stanley Cup for a second time instead.

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.

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Evgeni Malkin extended Pittsburgh's lead to 4-1 just 15 seconds later, beating Rinne with a wrist shot during a two-on-one.

"It's insane", Guentzel said. Maybe sometimes you settle into a series a little bit when you get to Game Two.

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. From left, Brooke Staudt, of Munhall, Pa., and Maureen Sams and Pierce Sams, of Carnego, Pa., wait in the rain outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the. Aberg's goal was assisted by Viktor Arvidsson and Mike Fisher. The OCRegister wrote about the Penguins Game 2 victory and quoted Guentzel on his performance throughout these playoffs.

As for Crosby, Subban said the Penguins captain should expect to see more of him.

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Then, 3 minutes, 13 seconds into the third, Scott Wilson scored when a centering pass caromed off Predators center Vernon Fiddler.

Malkin scored for the second consecutive game on Wednesday night and boosted his playoff-leading point total to 26.

"When we score one, we don't stop", Malkin said. "It plays a part, but I'm not probably maybe as big on it as other people".

Also rooting are Grizzlies forward Brandan Wright, who grew up along with the Predators in Nashville, and 2012 FedEx Cup champion golfer Brandt Snedeker, who took the Ryder Cup with him to a playoff game earlier this spring.

Rinne fell to 0-5-0 in five career starts in Pittsburgh and he has never beaten the Penguins anywhere as a starter. "The environment has been really good since I've been here", said Laviolette. "For 5¢ periods, we like what we did". The Pens fans are insane; they make the building really loud for playoff games.

"He's just such a calming presence back there", Penguins defenceman Ian Cole said after the Game 2 win, which put Pittsburgh up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

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And Carter Rowney. A man who's made himself into an everyday National Hockey League player by virtue of his willingness to put in the hard work, and the last remaining former UNDer with a chance to put the engraver to work on the most coveted trophy in all of sports. Matt Murray was keeping them in the game because the second-year goaltender is as steady as they come, and big besides.

His goal also came with three of Nashville's best defensemen - Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban - on the ice, stuck after the penalty expired. "All three goals in the third period we can do something better".

It was a scene hard to imagine through the first two taut and chippy periods. Breaking up the barrage of penalties was Nashville's Pontus Aberg, netting a wrist-shot past Penguins' goaltender Matt Murray.

The Penguins, as they've done when pressed throughout the postseason, responded nearly immediately.

What's insane about Guentzel is that he's scored those three goals on just four shots. The 5-foot-11 rookie planted himself at the post and jabbed a backhand rebound to tie it.

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.

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

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PK Subban: Predators will beat Penguins in Game 3