PK Subban says Predators will right ship at home, win Game 3

Hazel Gray
June 12, 2017

An ice worker removes a fish during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators on Monday, May 29, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Rinne allowed four goals on 11 shots - the Penguins added a late, empty-netter - and looked particularly bad on both Evgeni Malkin's first-period, five-on-three goal and Jake Guentzel's third-period victor, the first shot Rinne had faced in 37 minutes, nine seconds. In Game 1 against Nashville, Malkin, Conor Sheary, and Nick Bonino scored in just over four minutes in the first period to put the Penguins up 3-0 - they'd go on to win 5-3.

On Thursday, the All-Star defenseman channeled Mark Messier, who backed up his own guarantee of a Rangers' win against New Jersey in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals. That gave Pittsburgh three goals in the first 3:28 of the third.

There went Pekka Rinne, headed down the visiting tunnel and into the dark, leaving his stick on the carpet and a two-game series deficit on the ice. "We got to be in town. From my perch, I agree with Mayor Barry that we shouldn't be baited into interfering with this fish tale, but if the charges eventually make their way to a judge I hope the predatory catfish hurler who got the hook last night is simply sentenced to community service, perhaps cleaning fish at Wholey's", Peduto said. The Pittsburgh Penguins took home a 4-1 win Wednesday in nearly the exact same fashion as their Game 1 win.

So the Predators said they could have been better, all of them, and Rinne said his confidence was undamaged, and now they have a mountain to climb.

"This is his first year pro, coming out of college, where he's not used to playing the National Hockey League schedule, and the demands of that physically, not to mention a long playoff run", Sullivan said of Guentzel.

"He's the reason why we're here", Fisher said.

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"There's nothing that can replace Peks", Ellis said.

It should be noted that the Predators' first second game of these playoffs was a 5-0 whitewash of the Blackhawks in Chicago, arguably their best performance of the postseason.

Returning home should provide a boost for both Rinne and the Predators.

Ellis scored the first goal by a Predator in a Stanley Cup Final 8:21 into the second and Nashville kept Rinne downright bored at the other end. "It's a fun atmosphere to play". But they lost Game 2 by a score of 4-1, and trail the series 2-0, and it was like watching Ali come off the ropes. That includes the last three such situations with the Kings winning in 2012 and 2014 and the Penguins a year ago.

Wednesday, the Nashville Predators goalie went to the bench. The fish that splatted on the Nashville blue line earned the thrower three misdemeanor charges and also came as close to Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne as anything the Penguins managed during 20 minutes in which the highest-scoring team in the league couldn't even muster a single shot. Part of his job title is to alert coach Mike Sullivan when to challenge a call. It's not like they're scheming to endure shot droughts of 37:00 and 9:50, as was the case in Games 1 and 2, respectively; their meter just happens to flick between hibernation and domination, with little else in between. "We've got guys in here that are learning. The environment has been really good since I've been here", said Laviolette. "That's where our focus is going to be".

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