"I mean, that's what they're supposed to do". Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino needed assistance to the locker room after blocking a shot off of his left ankle area in the first, but returned.
It was a deficit that was equaled in game two thanks to another Pittsburgh flurry. "I've played a lot of games at center and I'm really comfortable there".
So the Predators said they could have been better, all of them, and Rinne said his confidence was undamaged, and now they have a mountain to climb. There was no penalty.
Well, through two periods of Game 2 Sidney Crosby and Malkin didn't have a shot on goal, and the Predators were controlling 64.7 per cent of the shot attempts at five-on-five, and the shots Pittsburgh did get were distant, helpless. He has given up eight goals in less than six full periods.
Now he has allowed three or more goals in five of his last seven outings and two games into the biggest series yet - against the defending champions, no less - his numbers have bottomed out. "I feel even more confident now that I've had a night of rest", he said. The Predators outshot the Penguins 18-12 in the first and 14-7 in the second. Three minutes later he couldn't handle a Scott Wilson rebound on a two-on-one that bounced in off teammate Vern Fiddler, off his hoof; and 15 seconds after that Rinne got beat clean by Malkin on a lovely shot on another two-on-one.
Guentzel now has five game-winning goals in the playoffs, the most by a rookie in National Hockey League history.
After the Malkin goal, Predators coach Peter Laviolette turned to backup Juuse Saros, another terrible performance for Rinne against the Penguins in the books; in four career starts in Pittsburgh before Wednesday, Rinne was 0-4 with a 4.71 goals-against average and an.831 save percentage.
Murray said the Penguins understand what they will be facing in Nashville, per Dan Rosen of NHL.com: "We know it's going to be more of a challenge in Nashville". He had stopped almost 95 percent of the shots he'd faced through the first three rounds. The Stanley Cup newbies were disappointed but not dismayed by their Game 1 loss, pointing to the way they carried play for long stretches as tangible proof they weren't just happy to be here.
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"Overall these two games, like I said, it's disappointing to be down 2-0 but we have to be feeling still positive with the way we played as a whole and creating chances".
"When you lose a couple of games and get pulled, you're obviously not happy with how things went", said Rinne, who was last pulled on February 21. The Penguins thrive off of high-intensity, chaotic situations that turn broken plays into instant odd-man rushes.
"It's just a little bit different where you've got to change your game and how it's played and adjust it", Rowney said. For me, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. "I've played a long time, and the first time having a chance to play for the Cup, so I just think you have to bury these two games and move ahead, and just find a way to find some success".
With a 1.54 GAA and a.943 SV%, Murray's been the best goalie in the playoffs. Their energy goes through you.
Nashville, a first-time Final participant, heads home with a sizeable task.
"I said it a couple days ago when everybody was asking about (Mike) Fisher and (Craig) Smith", Laviolette said on Thursday. "We're not where we want to be".
Pittsburgh's offense is lethal, and though it can go dormant (see: 37 minutes without a shot on goal in Game 1), the Pens' rapid-fire goals can strike at any moment - often one soon after another. But it was something that Evgeni Malkin reportedly said to the Nashville Predators defenceman that sparked a late-game fight.
Penguins' Carl Hagelin (62) skates against the Buffalo Sabres on March 5 in Pittsburgh. And when he faltered in Game 3 against Ottawa, Murray took up the baton and has been even more spectacular since, posting a 5-1 record and a.943 save percentage.