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Jake Guentzel Keeps Scoring

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Jake Guentzel looks like the kid next door, only younger.

He can’t grow a playoff beard. “Terrible,” his father Mike calls it. “Just terrible.”

What he can do is score.

He scored on his first NHL shift.

He scored in his first Stanley Cup playoff game.

He scored the winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final and the first two goals, including the winner, in Game 2 of the final.

He scored, impressively, when he played with the great Sidney Crosby. And more impressively, he has scored playing away from Crosby in the Stanley Cup playoffs. On Wednesday night, Guentzel scored his 11th and 12th goal of the playoffs, two away from Dino Ciccarelli’s rookie record of 14 from 1981: The game winner in Game 2 was his fifth of this playoff season. No rookie has ever done that before.


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Video- P.K. Subban On Game 3

No need to watch game 3 on Saturday, P.K. Subban says the Predators will win.


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Pekka Rinne Plans To Forget The First Two Games Of The Stanley Cup Final

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Pekka Rinne was standing there, ready to face the music, the moment the door to the Nashville Predators’ dressing room opened.

Hours earlier, Rinne was standing in the same spot, talking about trying to find a “happy place” as he readied to bounce back from a shaky opening to the biggest series of his life.

What he found instead inside PPG Paints Arena was his own personal hell.

The rock and backbone to the Predators’ first-ever run to the Stanley Cup Final unravelled for all to see. Rinne has still never won a start against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was yanked by coach Peter Laviolette after allowing three goals on stream of six shots to start the third period. A tied game turned into a full-on Penguin rout.

Just like that, from leading Conn Smythe candidate to total collapse. Rinne seemingly caved to the weight of the moment.

“Obviously, it’s very disappointing right now,” Rinne said. “For me, I treat this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’ve played a long time, and the first time having a chance to play for the Cup. I think you just have to bury these two games and move ahead.”


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Open Post- Game 2 Stanley Cup Final Between The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins

My gut feeling, Nashville wins. My heart says the same. Book it.

Nashville @ Pittsburgh, PIT leads 1-0, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Feel free to comment on tonight's game.

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Video- E:60 Profiles P.K. Subban

It will take you just over 21 minutes to watch.


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Go Pekka Go

from Tal Pinchevsky at the New York Times,

For more than a decade, roughly a dozen members of the Karpat team that won back-to-back Finnish hockey league titles in 2004 and 2005 have reconvened every June for a cabin getaway. The retreats give the former teammates a weekend to remember old times and relive on-ice conquests.

Arguably the most-liked member of the group, Pekka Rinne, won’t be there this summer. But his absence isn’t without good reason: Rinne, now the star goaltender for the Nashville Predators, has a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals.

“We are happy for him but also sad,” said Niklas Backstrom, a goaltender who played 10 seasons in the N.H.L. after four with Karpat, “because we are going to go there and he won’t make the trip this year. But there’s something much better.”

Rinne’s date with the Penguins started poorly. After leading playoff goalies in nearly every major category through three rounds, Rinne allowed four goals on 11 shots in the Predators’ 5-3 loss in Game 1 on Monday. Game 2 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Rinne’s absence from his friends’ trip will give them something more to do than swap stories.

“It will be fun to be together with the guys and watch the game,” Backstrom said.


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Fixing The Challenge

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

David Poile couldn’t sleep....

“This is where I’m going to get myself in trouble,” said the Nashville general manager. “I have not seen a picture yet that is clear enough to show me that the goal was offside. I’ve seen all kinds of angles. I think it’s inconclusive.

“I have long been a proponent of getting it right, making certain we make the right calls. They’re going to say they got it right. I just don’t see it. It could be offside, it could be, but I don’t see it. And when it’s that close, I don’t how you can make a definitive call.”

A simple rule has suddenly become complicated.

A well-intentioned rule has, in Poile’s words, taken on “unintended consequences.” And never mind what Gary Bettman says about the rule, that it’s “working exactly as it was intended to.” If the intention was confusion, Bettman is right. If the intension was clarity, the rule either has to be scrapped or altered.

My view: If the off-ice officials, or the game officials, have to watch something in slow motion for several minutes to determine whether a play was offside or not, the rule should be rather simple. You can’t call off a goal on anything that isn’t absolutely clear.

Yet, there was nothing clear about the disallowed goal from Game 1.

“I hate the offside coach’s challenge,” said Ray Ferraro, the superb hockey analyst for TSN and a protector of the game. “I don’t think that the rule they brought in had any intention of being what it has become.


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Watching Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 30, 2017 – Last night’s Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final on NBC, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for an exciting 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa., averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 5.038 million viewers, up 22% vs. last year’s Game 1 between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks (4.132 million).

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Afternoon Line- Doug MacLean

"It's the right call, I just hate it."

-Doug MacLean regarding the challenged offside call last night.

Watch the HockeyCentral panel discuss it.


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A Bad Night For Pekka Rinne

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Going into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night, the on-line betting site Bovada had Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne as the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s postseason MVP. His 1.70 goals-against average and his .941 save percentage were the best in these playoffs. He had stopped 446 of 474 shots in series wins against Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim.

But then Rinne got to Pittsburgh.

Unbelievable things happen to him when he plays the Penguins.

A five-on-three power-play goal that was set up by teammate James Neal’s undisciplined stupidity, a goal by a player who hadn’t scored one all spring and an own-goal by teammate Mattias Ekholm happened to him Monday night....

The next shot that Rinne saw didn’t come until 3:17 was left in the game. A beautiful wrister by Jake Guentzel — a player who hadn’t scored in eight games and one many speculated would be scratched before the game — was the deciding goal in the Penguins’ 5-3 win.

That’s beyond surreal.

“It’s tough. He’s been a rock for us,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said of Rinne. “There’s no question about Pekks in net and what he’s capable of. He’s the backbone of this team.”

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