Pekka Rinne: P. Rinne wants to put rough starts behind him

Lauren Perry
June 3, 2017

"I think it's good for everybody", said Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, who allowed eight goals on 36 shots in the first two games against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

Both teams were led by generational talent. He shot low on Rinne and in turn generated the rebound chance he was looking for.

Time is on the Pittsburgh Penguins' side, with or without momentum.

Nashville, heading into game one in Pittsburgh, had enough of a challenge on their hands trying to slow down Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Co. Even with his knee injury, he played in half of the games he could have for the Canadiens and then played in all of the Oilers' games after he was traded.

The story for the Penguins is that they endured seven-game series in the second and third rounds, needing double overtime to beat the Ottawa Senators four days before the start of the Cup Final.

Not only has Nashville proved it is a rockin' hockey town during this magic postseason run by the Predators, but returning home for Game 3 has been a recipe for success in the past, when falling behind two games to none in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nashville isn't doing anything wrong, but the Penguins can just capitalize on the smallest opportunities. They could have had a lot more because of hits like Matt Irwin's on Matt Cullen or Mattias Ekholm's slew of uncalled cross checks.

They dispatched the San Jose Sharks in six games, just as the '91 team did with the Minnesota North Stars. The Penguins are an incredibly patient bunch in that they know how to properly extoll their energy throughout a period and a game. If they continue their game plan, then the goals will eventually come. Nashville is 7-1 at home, and Nashville isn't really on the brink until they lose at home. Another loss would mean an 0-3 series deficit. So, we just thought if we cut his minutes, we'd get more productive minutes from him.

Do the Penguins have what it takes to become back-to-back champions? In a little hockey town called Nashville, the Predators have one of the strongest defenses in the NHL and a potent offense led by PK Subban, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson.

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It's the same for Juventus . "I have the feeling that we are going to play a great game and we are going to win", Ronaldo said. Both teams are class and they are both confident they can win so I am expecting what should be an insanely good match.

Santora's 17-year-old daughter looked after her sisters while the couple raced to PPG Paints Arena where they happened to get the last parking spot in the lot, Santora said.

"It's insane", said Guentzel, who had tied it at 1-1 at 16:36 of the first period. Its probably the best in the league.

He has set the record for USA born rookies with 19 points in this post-season so far. The first shift in the third period, we score. The third period was when things ramped up, and Nashville would be sent packing once again.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with Kris Letang (58) after Crosby assisted on a goal for the 1,000th point of his NHL career, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. You don't see that too often. Pittsburgh has an insanely good team as well, that no one denies.

Do you think the Penguins have what it takes to finish on top the next two games? The Predators are -140 favorites to win Game 3, compared to the Penguins at +120. Nashville scored the first goal, but a Jake Guentzel goal tied it up for Pittsburgh minutes after Pontus Aberg scored first. It's a team game, and everyone looks at shots and save percentage but forget about the quality and who we're playing. "Certainly that could have been better the other night on the third and fourth goals".

Five games can feel like 20, while 20 games can feel like a season.

"If you think you can go up and say something, sometimes you do it. Peks is our best player every night, and there's nothing but belief in Pekka".

Something amusing that happened during the game was the fight between Malkin and P.K. Subban. Malkin made a decision to just hug Subban until the refs called it quits, even though it looked like Subban wanted to punch him in the face. He entered the series with a.941 save percentage.

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