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His save percentage in the Stanley Cup Final?.777.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot, again.

The Penguins are surely doing lots of good things to be up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final after last night’s 4-1 win.

The barrage started with rookie Jake Guentzel.

Even if you subtract the own goals, the Preds’ star stopper is really fighting the puck. All three goals in the third period, we could have done something better.

On Wednesday, Sullivan talked about the discussions he had with Guentzel were like during that drought, and how he wanted Guentzel to focus on things other than just scoring goals. This is his first year pro, coming out of college where he is not used to playing the National Hockey League schedule and the demands of that, particularly a long playoff run. Game 3 is Saturday night 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Pittsburgh went another 9:55 stretch in the second period without a single shot on goal, meaning they have gone a total of 46:50 consecutively through two games without a shot, yet still have won both games. Conn Smythe Trophy candidate Evgeni Malkin chose to get in on the action in the third shortly after Guentzel made it 2-1 and Scott Wilson made it 3-1. Nashville must show the Penguins why they have been 7-1 at home through these playoffs by getting off to a quick start and having their fan base behind them. “You look back to good games and make yourself feel good”.”Well, (winning Game 2) provides affirmation that your pre-scout was on, that what you saw in prior series was something that you were going to see more of, or if teams are taking a different game plan against your particular team”, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

The main reason the Predators have fallen behind 2-0 this series to the Penguins is the subpar play from goaltender Pekka Rinne.

He has allowed eight goals on 34 shots in two games; the Predators had 38 shots on goal in Game 2 alone. “All of a sudden we’re losing sync all the time because we keep going to the penalty box”.

The Predators, too, have offered plenty of proof that they aren’t cooked.

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

This time, Pittsburgh’s flurry came a little bit later. Sensing their opponent was on the ropes and bleeding, the Penguins delivered the knockout punch 15 seconds afterwards on a shot that went crossbar-down from Evgeni Malkin.

Evgeni Malkin, Penguins: Despite struggling for much of Game 2, he scored an important goal in the third and is still the best player in these playoffs. 2.

He was especially effective at that through two periods of Game 2, shutting down all but one of 32 shots.

It was enough for Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to send in backup goalie Juuse Saros to replace Rinne, who had stopped 21-of-25 shots. “We want to score more”. He was pulled in the third period. That gave Pittsburgh as many shots as it had in Game 1. Since Mike Sullivan took over behind the Penguins’ bench in December 2015, his team has dropped four of five on just two occasions-immediately after former coach Mike Johnston’s firing and during a four-game slide this March that included two shootout losses. As a result of the many penalties, each team had several opportunities on the power play.

Which allows these underdog Predators even slimmer margins moving forward.

It was a scene hard to imagine through the first two taut and chippy periods.

Aberg, cutting in from the left wall, got past Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta, who fumbled the puck, and swept across just above the crease, patiently holding the puck and roofing it past Murray.

Matt Murray kept the Penguins in the game for the first 40 minutes. He followed that up with 14 more saves during the second, which helped get the team to the third period tied 1-1. Murray was a standout early, making 18 stops in the first period, none bigger than a larcenous left-pad rob on Filip Forsberg in the closing seconds of the period off a rebound of Aberg’s shot.

A style that now has the Penguins two victories away from history.

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