Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead

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The Pittsburgh Penguins kept Pekka Rinne plenty busy this time.

It's not much. Unless you're playing the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins came one step closer to repeating as Stanley Cup Champions Wednesday night when they defeated the Nashville Predators by a final score of 4-1.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued a statement saying the charges against 36-year-old Nolensville resident Jacob Waddell might have been a little too harsh.

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.

The Thunder Bay, Ont., native still qualifies as a rookie even as he chases a second Cup following a win last spring. The onslaught carried the Penguins to a 4-1 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final. Guentzel's goal at the beginning of third period opened the gates.

Rinne allowed four goals on 25 shots.

It stayed 4-1 after Pittsburgh's Matt Cullen was ruled offside following a coach's challenge of a goal by Patric Hornqvist. After Malkin was called for roughing against Subban, both received penalties for fighting.

The game was tied at 1-1 through two tight periods on goals by Pontus Aberg and Guentzel, but it took just 10 seconds of the third for Guentzel - who scored the victor in Game One - to get his second of the night and 12th of the playoffs. The puck trickled under goaltender Pekka Rinne's pads at 3:13 to make it 3-1. The rookie from Omaha, Nebraska, leads the playoffs with 12 goals and has scored the past three goals for Pittsburgh. But he has never started and won a game against the Penguins, and he has looked decidedly shaky, posting a.777 save percentage, in the first two games of the biggest series of his life. He has found his touch at the right time for Pittsburgh, which leads the Final 1-0.

That wasn't the end of the Penguins' quick start in the period. The OCRegister wrote about the Penguins Game 2 victory and quoted Guentzel on his performance throughout these playoffs.

Play was chippy throughout the opening frame as five penalties were handed out between the two teams, three for Nashville and two for Pittsburgh. They went 9 minutes and 50 seconds without a shot, reminiscent of the second period of Game 1when they had no shots at all. The first shift in the third period, we score. He entered the Stanley Cup Final leading all goalies in the postseason with a.941 save percentage and a 1.70 goals against average. Still considered a rookie, Matt Murray joined a short list of players to reach 20 wins in the postseason before their 24th birthday.

He said that "like an ignorant redneck, I thought, 'Wouldn't it be awesome to throw a catfish on the ice at this game?'"

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The Predators lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first game of the finals.

Guentzel tapped home a loose puck under the left arm of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne at 16:27 of the first.

No one has finished better for the Penguins in the playoffs than Guentzel.

The game started well for the visitors when a strong individual effort by Aberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 12:57 of the first.

It's Aberg's second goal of the playoffs.

Wednesday, the Nashville Predators goalie went to the bench. 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. "You can't even put into words what it feels".

NOTES: Penguins C Matt Cullen left in the first period briefly after being hit from behind into the boards by Predators D Matt Irwin.

Sullivan promoted Bryan Rust to play on the first line with Conor Sheary and Sidney Crosby. Minutes later, Penguins forward Chris Kunitz became tangled up with P.K. Subban and ended up cross-checking Subban in the head, part of a sequence that saw Malkin go off for hooking. We'll watch the Nashville Predators in the#StanleyCup Final on the big screens at 7pm. Golf star and Predators fan Brandt Snedeker was expected to attend Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Arena and has previously teased being a catfish-tosser.

The Predators say Jackson will take the stage on Lower Broadway about 2 1/2 hours before scheduled puck drop of Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame said it's an exciting time for the hockey team and the city of Nashville.

The Penguins and Predators could have the same lineups for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, two nights after a weird start to the series that few could have expected. Pittsburgh made no lineup changes, meaning LW Carl Hagelin was a healthy scratch.

It was a Pittsburgh record for fastest playoff goal at the start of a period.

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