Predators coach refuses to discuss possible goalie change

  • Predators coach refuses to discuss possible goalie change

Predators coach refuses to discuss possible goalie change

Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins' Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins scored three goals in a four-minute flurry late in the first period of Game One for a 3-0 lead before hanging on for a 5-3 victory.

NASHVILLE - Two days after he said, "we're going to win" Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban did not back down from what some interpreted as a guarantee.

Laviolette said he has decided on a starter for Game 3, but wasn't divulging it to anyone outside his team.

Pittsburgh's surge prompted Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to pull Rinne, who departed after stopping 21 of 25 shots with Juuse Saros taking over.

LINE HISTORY: The Predators may be down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup final, but they will enter game three as the betting favorites at the sportsbooks. The fast and aggressive Predators will provide the same challenges, especially in Nashville, but the Penguins know they can crack them.

NEXT GAME: The Predators host the Penguins in Game 3 at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Thousands of fans have turned out at the Music City Walk of Fame Park to view home and away games throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Lower Broadway will accommodate the thousands more expected to turn out for the home games of the Stanley Cup Final.

Prediction: Take the Predators to win Game 3.

"We didn't think we had reached our best play yet and we were in a good spot at 1-1, and it's an opportunity to go out and throw up your best period and put yourself in a good spot, and I thought we had a really good period". "It's going to be a tremendous lift", Laviolette said of playing at home.

"I think, you know, just going through those experiences, I think you understand there's no point, there's nothing you can really gain in looking ahead, and I think you understand a game like tomorrow you expect a pretty desperate hockey team", said Crosby.

Sound familiar, Nashville? It didn't ever break for the Blue Jackets and they were ousted in five games despite putting 23 more shots on net than the Penguins.

"I replied and said this is not Julianne, but I'm a big Pens fan and I will gladly use your tickets", she added. "I think we know that this time of year, there's no shortage of motivation".

Santora's 17-year-old daughter looked after her sisters while the couple raced to PPG Paints Arena where they happened to get the last parking spot in the lot, Santora said.

It does, however, illustrate the hard times the Predators face as they trail Pittsburgh 2-0 with their top goalie struggling.

"There's no question", Subban said Thursday.

"It's tough to know what it's all about until you go through it and we were able to go through it previous year", goaltender Matt Murray said.

"He's wonderful. Some games he play quiet, you not see him, but right time he's here", added Evgeni Malkin. During the game, seemingly out of nowhere, a catfish flew over the glass onto center ice, the crowd went wild, Nashville won, and the tradition was born. Nashville also has to do a better job of staying at home. "But I'm still feeling confident. Think about what this building will be like Saturday night". After further review, I no longer feel that way.

"That helped our frames of reference in any case", Weber said.

Filip Forsberg, who leads the team in scoring, had no goals and no points in Games 1 and 2 of the Cup final.