Penguins chase Pekka Rinne with third period outburst

Nashville Predators fans watch the Predators play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at a viewing areas set up across the street from Bridgestone Arena Monday

But his save percentage against the Penguins is.777, the fourth lowest through multiple games of a Stanley Cup Final in over 60 years.

Here's the insane thing about the Penguins 23-year-old goalie, who backstopped them to the Cup last year: He's still a rookie.

Though they're up 2-0 in the series, the Penguins have actually been on the receiving end for most of the six periods so far.

Jacob Waddell, 36, of Nolensville, Tennessee, threw the fish over the glass surrounding the rink at PPG Paints Arena about 23 minutes into the game, police told our sister affiliate WSMV in Nashville.

Guentzel now has five game-winning goals in the playoffs, the most by a rookie in National Hockey League history. Defenseman P.K. Subban pointed to the response after falling behind by three as proof the stage is not too big. "Will be happy to get home".

"It's insane", Guentzel said.

"You can't even put into words what it feels like".

"But we have to do a better job of not letting them come with the pace that they want to put pucks on our net and have their [defensemen] jump into the play, and when we can do that, that's going to lean the ice back in our favor and hopefully have a better outcome when we go out for Game 3. It's gaining lines. It's taking what the game gives you", Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said.

Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for the Predators, who were once again undone by a sudden barrage from the NHL's highest-scoring team.

You could also argue that without Fleury stepping into the breach and carrying the Penguins through the better part of the first three rounds, they aren't even in the Stanley Cup final. To be blunt, Murray has been as brilliant as Rinne has been awful. Pittsburgh spent a considerable amount of time in Nashville's zone despite not getting a shot.

Guentzel wasn't done. Just ten seconds into the third period, the rookie netted his second goal of the night, and his 12th of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The quick goal surge was enough for Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to send in backup goalie Juuse Saros in to replace Rinne, but the Penguins wouldn't have minded scoring more. "And right away the focus shifts". The Penguins offense was held in check for most of the game and had no answers for the Nashville defense until ten seconds into the third period.

It was a Pittsburgh record for fastest playoff goal at the start of a period. "I think we're looking forward to playing in front of our fans". "For 5½ periods, we like what we did".

Just over three minutes later, Scott Wilson scored to make it 3-1 before Evgeni Malkin continued his crusade toward another Cup with his ninth goal of the postseason. It didn't stop the Penguins from knocking off Columbus in five games and Washington in seven.

The defending champs just got away with a win in Game 1 despite going 37 minutes without a shot.

The result was the kind of up-and-down play that showcased the speed on both sides and included more than a dash of antagonism, particularly early.

Cullen, a former Moorhead Spuds star, left briefly in the first period after being hit from behind into the boards by Predators D Matt Irwin. All three goals in the third period, we could have done something better.

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

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray stopped 37 of 38 Nashville shots while waiting for the top offense in this year's playoffs to kick in.

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

The 34-year-old was huge in helping the Preds advance to their first Stanley Cup final, but struggled to the tune of four goals on only 11 shots in the series-opening loss. The 5-foot-11 rookie planted himself at the post and jabbed a backhand rebound to tie it.

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