Penguins dominate late, take 2-0 series lead

Pittsburgh score three times in the third period to beat Nashville

Brayton Wilson
June 01, 2017 - 6:50 am

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are just two wins away from repeating as Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in franchise history.

Pittsburgh benefited from three goals in the first 3:28 of the third period to take Game 2 against the Nashville Predators 4-1, and take a 2-0 series lead.

Jake Guentzel continues his strong play, scoring two more goals to up his postseason total to 12. His first goal came in the first period to tie the hockey game 1-1 as the puck found its way through Predators goalie, Pekka Rinne. The second goal came just 10-seconds into the third period off a juicy rebound from Bryan Rust to put the Penguins up for good.

Penguins forward Scott Wilson added to the lead just 3:03 later with a goal that re-directs off of his stick, off a back-checking Vernon Fiddler and behind Rinne.

Just 15-seconds after that, Evgeni Malkin strips Colton Sissons of the puck and goes in on a two-on-one with Phil Kessel. Malkin holds on to the puck and rips a shot past the glove hand of Rinne for his ninth goal of the playoffs.

Rinne ended up getting pulled from the game after Malkin's goal for backup goalie Juuse Saros. It was another another rough game in net for Rinne, making just 21 saves on 25 shots faced. Saros faced just two shots on goal in his 16 minutes of action.

The Penguins almost had a 5-1 lead in the third period with a goal from Patric Hornqvist, but it was called back after an offside challenge.

Nashville's only goal came 12:57 into the first period to give the Predators the lead. Forward Pontus Aberg made a beautiful play to beat defenseman Olli Maatta around the outside, take the puck to the crease and beat Matt Murray up high for his second goal of the playoffs.

Murray was stellar in net once again for the Penguins, making 37 saves on 38 shots faced for his fifth win in six games started this postseason.

The series will now shift to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday. The Predators have been dominant at home in the playoffs with a 7-1 record in eight games.

Faceoff on Saturday is at 8 p.m. You can hear every Stanley Cup Final game on WGR.

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