Alan Jackson to perform free concert for hockey fans

  • Alan Jackson to perform free concert for hockey fans

Alan Jackson to perform free concert for hockey fans

After Guentzel's go-ahead goal, Scott Wilson scored at the 3:13 mark on a shot that deflected off Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm, and Evgeni Malkin fired in a wrist shot 15 seconds later. Nashville is 7-2 in the playoffs when scoring first, and this time it counted after a coach's challenge for offside wiped out a goal that would've given the Predators the lead in Game 1.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette noted after the game that the blitz of third-period goals came on odd-man rushes, and he thus didn't want to pin the blame on Rinne. There have been times in this series where it was nearly impossible to imagine Pittsburgh threading four wins together, on this narrow of a tightrope.

"We talked a lot about elevating our play", added center Matt Cullen of Pittsburgh's second intermission. Entering the third period tied, as exhausted of a cliche as it is, means you win the 20 minutes, you win the game.

Cullen, a former Moorhead Spuds star, left briefly in the first period after being hit from behind into the boards by Predators D Matt Irwin. There was no penalty.

Pontus Aberg of the Predators scored what would be the first and only goal for the team.

Nashville is outshooting Pittsburgh 32-19 and the Penguins had only seven shots in the second period.

Guentzel is now just two goals shy of the rookie record. "You can't even put into words what it feels. But we know the ultimate goal is two more wins and they're going to be tough to get".

Because Guentzel was a third-round draft pick four years ago, and is a smaller, undersized player and didn't start the year in the National Hockey League he is going to get looked at as "coming out of nowhere" this postseason.

Just 15 seconds later, Evgeni Malkin scored off of a two-on-one, firing a flawless shot over Rinne's glove for a 4-1 lead. We score one, we don't stop. That triggered roars and chants of "We want the Cup!" from fans at PPG Paints Arena. The first shift in the third period, we score.

"We have so many guys that can make plays out of nothing, and I thought we did a good job of showing that (Wednesday)", Wilson said. Rinne has stopped just 28 of 36 shots in the five periods and change he's played so far in the final. Unlike Game 1, the goal wasn't challenged and taken away.

"@EvgeniMaIkinEgo I imagined it, i did it, and it got your folks all worked up!"

The third goal from the Pittsburgh Penguins was manufactured with a bit of luck.

"A fan over at the right-hand side said, 'Put it at the net, put it at the net, '" Lidster recalled.

I doubt the Penguins will be treated with Southern hospitality.

Maybe, just maybe, it's just the Penguins - who have been incredibly opportunistic through the first two games - that are the root of Rinne's struggles.

After the debacle that was Game 3 against Ottawa for the Penguins, they pulled Marc-Andre Fleury, who had really carried them for much of the playoffs, and turned to Matt Murray, last year's Stanley Cup hero. "I believe all of them were odd, three-on-twos and two-on-ones makes it more hard". "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready". It was a rather chaotic game, encapsulated in this freakish scene shown during the pregame (although it happened during the West final), which also happens to be the greatest gif in hockey history. The 34-year-old spent the first three rounds of the playoffs helping carry Nashville to the Final for the first time.

"It's obviously very disappointing right now, but it's a series and we're down 2-0 going home", Rinne said. Seconds before that, Pittsburgh forward Nick Bonino required help to get off the ice after he blocked a shot by Subban with his left foot. He dribbled a puck through Rinne for Pittsburgh's first goal in Game Two and then made no mistake with Bryan Rust's rebound to net the victor here. He has clearly outplayed Rinne in the first two games of the series. Likewise, winger Carl Hagelin is expected to be a healthy scratch again for Pittsburgh.