Jake Guentzel, Matt Murray lead Penguins to more thievery

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However, I still believe he starts Rinne in game 3 and should start Rinne.

Jake Guentzel played the hero, scoring Pittsburgh's opening goal before adding the eventual game-winner 10 seconds into the final frame.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins on NBC Sports Network was the second-most watched Game 2 since 2002 and the most-watched cable program Wednesday night.

The Penguins lead 4-1 late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after a three-goal flurry in the first 3:18 of the third period against Nashville.

Subban doubled down on that guarantee Thursday. "But we know the ultimate goal is two more wins and they're going to be tough to get".

It's not a guarantee, but it sure comes close. The Predators had 38 shots to the Penguins' 27, but Rinne allowed four goals on 25 shots and got the hook in favor of backup Juuse Saros in the third period.

That said, home ice won't mean a thing if the Penguins continue to be as opportunistic as they've been.

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"It's always, when you lose a couple games and get pulled, you're not happy how things went, but you have to put those things behind and focus on the things you can control", Rinne said.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the ice, Matt Murray entered the playoffs watching from the press box after suffering an injury eight minutes before Game 1 of the first round. Ultimately, we have to be realistic with where we're at. "So it starts Saturday".

Rinne went into the final with the stingiest numbers in net this postseason and a favorite to win the Conn Smythe trophy as postseason MVP.

"It's insane", Guentzel said. Two goals went off teammates and into the net, but it has not been the inspiring performance that the Predators and their fans are used to from the big Finn. It was a rather chaotic game, encapsulated in this freakish scene shown during the pregame (although it happened during the West final), which also happens to be the greatest gif in hockey history. If the Predators are to have any chance in this series moving forward against the Penguins, Rinne must find a way to get back into his goaltending groove from the first three rounds of these playoffs. There was a disallowed goal due to a successful offside challenge - though it was Pittsburgh that had a tally wiped out this time, with Nashville doing the wiping - and there was another short, furious burst of scoring. "It doesn't matter what happened in the last one", Murray said.

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

"Murray played fantastic for us", Penguins defenseman Ian Cole said.

In many ways, Game 2 was like Game 1.

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"There's nothing that can replace Peks", Ellis said. The Predators were desperate to return home tied with a win to even the score. They expect a raucous crowd Saturday and will try to take the first step in evening the series before it heads back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.

"It's insane. You can't even put into words what it feels like", said Guentzel, a native of Omaha. "It's a fun atmosphere to play". Just over three minutes later, the Penguins scored two goals 15 seconds apart to cap a Game 2 victory. That's a big reason why Nashville has 53 shot attempts to Pittsburgh's 31.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are now two wins away from repeating as Stanley Cup champions. Boston did the same thing against Vancouver in 2011, also a seven-game series.

"It's not always pretty", Sullivan said Tuesday. They are 7-1 in the playoffs when outshot by 10 or more.

"I think we have to embrace the energy that's going to be in the city and in the building", Sullivan said.

Murray got off to a great start in the second, stopping Josi's laser from the left circle, frustrating the Predators to the point that McLeod took a run at Murray by knocking him into the net.

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