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Nashville Predators fans watch the Predators play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at one of several viewing areas set up Monday

Nashville Predators fans watch the Predators play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at one of several viewing areas set up Monday

"For me, I treat this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". But while those other young guys have fallen away in the postseason (or didn't make the postseason at all), Guentzel has become one of the most important players in the Stanley Cup final. I know what some of you are thinking - that the Pens looked in disarray at times, had no shots in the second period, and were supremely lucky to somehow manage a win. "We're not where we want to be". "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". Three minutes later he couldn't handle a Scott Wilson rebound on a two-on-one that bounced in off teammate Vern Fiddler, off his hoof; and 15 seconds after that Rinne got beat clean by Malkin on a lovely shot on another two-on-one. His two goals, the Penguins early equalizer and eventual game victor, now have him sitting at 19 points this postseason, the most by any American rookie player in the playoffs.

Some goals that squeaked through Rinne were frankly hard to explain. "We're looking at ourselves".

In Game 1, the Penguins had gone 37 minutes - including the entire first period - without a shot.

"Looking back since I came here a couple years ago, he's been the best player in nearly all of the games played", Filip Forsberg said.

"We're going to learn from our mistakes, and we're going to get better".

It was a Pittsburgh record for fastest playoff goal at the start of a period. The 22-year-old somehow got a rebound attempt through an opening between Rinne's left arm and midsection.

So let's assume the Pittsburgh Penguins win two more games before the Nashville Predators win four and they capture their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history. The newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductee says he's proud to be included in the Predators' Cup Final run. And while the Predators desperately need Rinne to rebound and return to form, they also need a way to keep Guentzel, who scored his leading 11th and 12th goals of the playoffs, off the scoresheet.

Guentzel was also the hero in Game 1, beating Rinne to break a 3-3 tie with just over three minutes left in regulation. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. Rinne's paltry record and.865 save percentage against Pittsburgh are both his worst stats against any National Hockey League opponent.

Seven Predators fired shots on goal in that span, and none of them got one past Penguins goalie Matt Murray. Skating one-on-one against Olli Maata, the Predators rookie turned Maata inside out on a deke and then cut towards the net and went upstairs on goalie Matt Murray. The Predators are in their first Stanley Cup Final as a franchise with only captain Mike Fisher having prior finals experience.

"There's no frustration. We're learning". He had gone to a place where he had made the big saves, where he had picked up the big win, where he was once again the best goalie in the playoffs. We've got to find ways to beat him. Penguins' rookie Jake Guentzel broke the 1-1 tie with the quickest goal scored to start a period in Penguins' franchise history.

Subban was held off the scoresheet in the 4-1 loss in Game 2, he picked up an assist in Predators' 5-3 loss in Game 1.

"At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens", said Subban. "He had a good game tonight so we moved him up with Sid".

So that was what they chatted about in the locker room.

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