Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

Penguins center Nick Bonino is back for the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a puck to his left ankle or foot in the first. The excitement in "Smashville" over their wild-card team should reach a new level Saturday night when the Predators host their first Final with Game 3 against Pittsburgh, which leads the series 2-0. Third-period fireworks lifted the Penguins to a 4-1 win Wednesday against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, giving Pittsburgh a 2-0 series lead. The Predators, who crashed the NHL's biggest stage for the first time behind Rinne and a group of talented defenseman, were hardly intimidated by the stakes, the crowd or the defending champions, trying to become the first repeat victor since Detroit in 1998.

"It's insane", Guentzel said of his two big games this series after an eight-game goal drought.

The fans learned well and their team has put on a master class this postseason in reaching its first Stanley Cup Final. "It doesn't matter what happened in the last one", Murray said.

"It's insane", said Guentzel, who had tied it at 1-1 at 16:36 of the first period.

And then Crosby won the opening faceoff in the third, and Rinne sent a rebound of a Bryan Rust shot out like a pinball flipper and Guentzel buried it. Rinne's.778 save percentage and 4.00 GAA through two games has TVA Sports' hockey insider Renaud Lavoie wondering what Rinne and Peter Laviolette's team can do get back in the series before it's too late. But the Penguins, who had needed just 12 shots to score five goals in Game 1, continued to be opportunistic. The Pittsburgh Penguins took home a 4-1 win Wednesday in nearly the exact same fashion as their Game 1 win.

Guentzel's second tally was part of a three-goal third period that helped swing the game in Pittsburgh's favor.

Locally, Nashville posted a 22.5 rating, an all-time record for a Predators game on the networks of NBC.

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"We're not looking at anybody".

"He's mature beyond his years, and I think the guys feed off that calmness and that confidence he has". He recalls the saves he has made, the teams he has foiled.

"There's no question", Subban said Thursday. He allowed four goals for the second consecutive game Wednesday, tying his playoff-high. His 19 points is good for fourth-best ever, two points behind Ciccarelli in 1981 and Ville Leino of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. Even before the game, some Pittsburgh fish markets announced they'd temporarily halt the selling of catfish to prevent such incidents. "If it wasn't 1 vs. 10,000, I wouldn't have been uncomfortable, but I was kind of hoping the security guards would get us on out of there". Subban explained why he was so confident, noting the Predators know they deserve to be playing for the Stanley Cup.

The Penguins will look towards their star players to boost them once again to victory. They went 9 minutes and 50 seconds without a shot, reminiscent of the second period of Game 1when they had no shots at all.

Charges against a man who threw a catfish on the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be withdrawn.

The Penguins won't be able to escape the catfish at Bridgestone Arena. Pittsburgh didn't manage a shot on net in the second period, the first time it's happened in a playoff game in franchise history - and the first such period by any team in a Final game since the National Hockey League began tracking shots on goal in 1958.

  • Michelle Webb