Downtown packed for Stanley Cup Final debut in Nashville


(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins' Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. "I think if you handle (road games) the right way, regardless of which side you're on, it can make it fun. We gotta play a full 60, and we will next game", he said. Matt Murray saved 28 shots for Pittsburgh in the loss. Just because the club is playing its second straight elimination game, the Senators won't do anything different."I remember thinking that no team is going to be able to beat us", said forward Dan Cleary, part of the most recent team to advance to consecutive Stanley Cup finals when the Detroit Red Wings did it in 2008 and 2009.

Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a news conference Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. He plays as well in the defensive zone as he does in the offensive zone. "We need to be better in front of him". A playoff surprise for Nashville: The impact Austin Watson has had throughout the playoffs.

James Neal made it 3-1 with 23 seconds remaining. A power-play strike from Mattias Ekholm with 6:50 left capped the scoring. The Penguins are up 2-0 in the series, as the action shifts to Nashville.

Not helping things? This marked the first Penguins playoff game in which neither Sidney Crosby nor Evgeni Malkin tallied a shot on goal.

The embattled Rinne not only started, he made 27 saves.

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"The last two games haven't gone the way I've wanted them to go, and I know the stakes are high, it's the finals and everything", Rinne said. To come out of the first with the lead was good, but they score a power-play goal. The entertainment package that we have, both on the ice with our team and off the ice with everything that goes into a game presentation at Bridgestone Arena, is second to none.

How will you be watching the game? "Obviously we've had some injuries with [forwards Kevin Fiala and Ryan Johansen]. He's been great for us all playoffs". Frederick Gaudreau followed with a goal of his own 42 seconds later.

It only took 2:46 for Pittsburgh to take a 1-0 lead in Nashville to open Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. "That was a flawless example of it". He forces turnovers all over the ice because of his speed and his puck pursuit.

"Cleaning up just a few mistakes, that would help", Laviolette said. "Those guys just adjust to the people coming in and out of the rink and the temperatures and everything". "I think I tried to fake it a bit before, and I was happy it went in". But that was the only goal Rinne would allow; he stopped the next 26 shots to earn the victory. He now trails Ciccarelli (1981) and Ville Leino (2010) by one point for points by an rookie in a single playoff campaign. But shortly thereafter, the opportunistic Gaudreau scored his second goal of the Stanley Cup final, a quick wrister.