Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final started off fast paced. Nashville’s Pontus Aberg scored his second goal of the playoffs, and put Nashville on the board with the first goal of the game 13 minutes in. Three minutes later, Jake Guenztel scored his second goal of the series, which tied up the game at 1-1.
There was surprisingly 0 goals scored in the second period, despite a number of penalties and powerplays for each team. Both teams have good powerplays, but also have strong penalty kills. Penguins were 0/7 on the powerplay, while Nashville was 0/4 on the powerplay. Defensive hockey is fun to watch.
It looked like we were in a defensive battle between both teams, and the game was going to be close, potentially heading to Overtime. Until the start of the third period.
The penguins offense exploded for a three goal burst in 3:18 again, just like they did in game 1 with three goals in 4:00. Jake Guentzel scored his second of the game, and what would turn out to be his second game winning goal of the series, off a rebound from Bryan Rust just 10 seconds into the period. Scott Wilson of the penguins scored two minutes later as a 2 on 1 evolved and the rebound banked off of a Predator. Another 2 on 1 transformed and Evgeny Malkin sniped Pekka Rinne bardown on the glove side 18 seconds after. It was insane to see. Nashville kind of collapsed.
Pekka Rinne was eventually pulled from the net again, and the pens were on the winning side of the game again.
The series now shifts to Nashville as they look to use their home ice to claw back into the series after being down 0-2. Pittsburgh is 2 wins away from winning it all again.
Next game is at 8 EST on Saturday, 5/3/17.