Goaltender Pekka Rinne gets start for Predators in Game 3 of Final


In some cases, though, it's the goalie who missed the assignment, and Rinne has had both bad bounces happen, and allowed bad goals.

He and the Predators backed up his words Saturday night, marrying a clear advantage in shots with actual production during the final two periods of a 5-1 win at Bridgestone Arena. "There's a lot of confidence, not only with our team, but also with Pekka".

Jake Guentzel scored Pittsburgh's lone goal, while goalie Matt Murray got an earful from Predators fans.

Nashville will make at least one change with PA Parenteau scheduled to start on a line with Frederick Gaudreau and forward Harry Zolnierczyk. Hagelin, who has 108 career playoff games on his resume, has had a hard time sitting out in two of the biggest games of the season. He took Viktor Arvidsson's feed from behind the net and banked it off Murray for a two-goal margin at the second intermission. Penguins C Evgeni Malkin and Nashville D P.K. Subban - two of the biggest names in the game - fought at 12:14 of the third, with Malkin picking up an extra roughing penalty. He came to the Predators at the trade deadline, but was still recovering from a broken finger and struggled to create offense after he arrived. A party inside and outside the arena featured an anthem by Martina McBride, several catfish tossed onto the ice and a raucous standing-room only crowd that saw the Predators improve to 8-1 at home in the playoffs. But it finally cost them in Game 3. He last dressed for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Anaheim Ducks.

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"I've been patient. Tried to stay in shape and practice well". "Hopefully I can do it". Since then, he has played with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs before his stints with New Jersey and Nashville. The Penguins went 0 of 3 on the power play and now are 1 of 13 in this series. What the Predators need against the highest scoring team in this year's playoffs are goals. "We know we can do a better job in front of him". Can the Predators give a complete effort in their most important game of the season? Often times, there really isn't anything wrong with them. That fact likely means Rinne remains in net for Game 3.

Rinne was a huge reason the 16th-seeded Predators reached the final; he had a.941 save percentage after three rounds.

"It felt good to be back skating with the team and making progress", Wilson said. "I think if you handle (road games) the right way, regardless of which side you're on, it can make it fun. Whatever that timetable is, we'll see". At one point, captain Nick Foligno said: "There's so much good that we're doing that it's going to break for us eventually". From there they drew two more power plays in the opening frame, but failed to add on to their lead (more on that next). He forces turnovers all over the ice because of his speed and puck pursuit.

Parenteau has bounced around quite a bit during his National Hockey League career.