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Nashville helps Preds' celebrate history with 1st Cup Final

04 June 2017

The Penguins lead the series, two games to none, and another Pittsburgh win tonight nearly certainly means we'll have our first repeat Cup champion since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

The Predators once again had more shots and hits than the Penguins in Game 2, but it didn't matter yet again.

The Predators call the 6-foot-5 Finn their backbone, yet critics wanted him benched after looking so shaky in the first two games in Pittsburgh giving up eight goals on just 36 shots. The Penguins are up 1-0 on Nashville in Game 3 on Jake Guentzel's playoff-best 13th goal, which came on a rebound off the pads of goaltender Pekka Rinne. Nashville pulled Rinne after Malkin's goal, putting in backup Juuse Saros in relief. Then Gaudreau, who scored his first career National Hockey League goal in Game 1, scored 42 seconds later to put Nashville ahead with his wrister from the high slot, taking advantage of a screen by Penguins defenseman Ian Cole to beat Murray glove-side. Defenseman P.K. Subban guaranteed a Game 3 win mere moments after Game 2, then doubled down on his prediction Thursday. "I knew I was going to get a chance maybe at some point so this is it tonight", said Parenteau. "I don't know if that's boring or exciting", the coach said. "We can see they play a pretty inspired game here", Crosby said.

It looks like Pekka Rinne, who is 0-2, with a 4.69 GAA and.778 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Final, will be in goal. "I think just try to go with the same mindset we have on the road all playoffs long".

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The 22-year-old's playoff beard might still need a lot of work, but with 12 goals in 21 games, he's established himself as a clutch sniper, much more than in the regular season. "He has tons of speed and he's a real good penalty killer".

Fans started pouring into downtown hours before face-off often shoulder to shoulder, eager to celebrate and do their part to back their beloved team in the best-of-seven series they trail 2-0 to Pittsburgh.

Game 4 is Monday night in Nashville. “We watch games on TV.

Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. "It doesn't mean it makes it any easier sometimes, but I think it definitely helps in the process".

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"Decisions go into every game", Laviolette said. That was followed up by two more goals in the next three minutes, and that secured a 4-1 victory.

Laviolette gave no hint about whether Rinne will start Game 3, saying only that he will not talk about lineup changes.

After recording an assist in a four-game sweep of the Blackhawks, Aberg did not play at all in a second-round series against the Blues.

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Nashville helps Preds' celebrate history with 1st Cup Final