Pens strike back, 1-1 in Game 2 vs Predators

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The Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to play Game 3 of the NHL hockey St.

The Nashville Predators briefly held a 1-0 lead in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.

Thirty-six-year-old Jacob Waddell was charged in Allegheny County with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings or processions after tossing the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game.

Rinne is a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist who entered the final as the hottest goaltender in the playoffs, but he has never started and won a game against the Penguins and he has looked decidedly shaky in the first two games of the biggest series of his life. He said he bought an "entirely too big" catfish in Tennessee, fileted it and cut half the spine out, and then ran over it with his pickup truck several times to make it easier to pack.

Pontus Aberg scored for Nashville, which has 18 shots, and Jake Guentzel scored for Pittsburgh, which has 12.

The energy was electric in Downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday night. "You can't even put into words what it feels". There's no frustration. We're learning. we're going to learn from those two games. The 34-year-old spent the first three rounds of the playoffs helping carry Nashville to the Final for the first time.

If the Predators don't get it together back home in "Smashville", it might only be two. It's a team game, and everyone looks at shots and save percentage but forget about the quality and who we're playing. They went 9 minutes and 50 seconds without a shot, reminiscent of the second period of Game 1when they had no shots at all.

As for Nashville, the key to winning this series is simple: Pekka Rinne.

He's only two points (19) from matching the rookie mark for points in a single playoff, now with 19 points in 21 games. It hasn't always been pretty - they've needed a good amount of help from the talented forwards, and goaltenders Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury - but they've done the job well enough to keep moving on.

"Pekka's been excellent for us all year long", Laviolette said.

Asked twice afterward if he was committed to starting Rinne on Saturday, Laviolette stressed Rinne has been "terrific", adding there are plenty of things the Predators can do better in front of him like stopping the odd-man rushes that allowed the Penguins to take charge. "There's a stretch they're able to gain some momentum, able to capitalize and be opportunistic and that swung two games in their favor". Defenseman P.K. Subban said the team was "extremely confident" and in the prospect of going home, where the Predators are 7-1 during the playoffs.

"We have a group back there that cares about each other", said assistant coach Jacques Martin, who oversees the defense. Pens games, Steelers games, Pirates games, Pittsburgh fans are the best. So was the Predators', with Nashville staring at a 2-0 hole in the series. The Predators rallied to tie before Guentzel's go-ahead goal with 3:17 remaining put the Penguins ahead to stay.

Nashville was leading Pittsburgh in shots at the time 8-3.

Just call it a bucket list item - even for those who can't get inside Bridgestone Arena - with the outdoor watch parties and star Alan Jackson giving a free concert before Game 3.

Outside the Penguins' dressing room, questions lingered whether this group could win the Stanley Cup without Letang.

Wilson was credited with his third of the playoffs just over 3 minutes later when a centering pass caromed off Nashville's Vernon Fiddler and by Rinne. We'll win that one and move forward. Did we want to win it?

But 10:06 into the third, Nashville caught a break when Colton Sissons scored, making it 3-2 Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has much more Stanley Cup player experience than the Nashville team does.

The result was the kind of up-and-down play that showcased the speed on both sides and included more than a dash of antagonism, particularly early.