The Pittsburgh Penguins wanted no part in the Nashville Predators evening the series in Game 2 last night. A three-goal outburst at the start of the third period sealed Pittsburgh’s second win.

Guentzel Does It Again

Nashville’s Pontus Aberg scored the opening goal of the game with 7:03 left in the first period. Jake Guentzel then tied it up with 3:24 left in the period.

Neither team got a puck past goaltenders Pekka Rinne or Matt Murray in the second period. Both netminders saw plenty of action during those 20 minutes, though.

The bulk of the action happened in the third and final period of play. Guentzel wasted no time in giving the Penguins their first lead of the game, just 10 seconds in. As mentioned in the previous game recap, Guentzel’s production in this series is vital to Pittsburgh’s success. He scored the two most important goals of the game this time around.

Scott Wilson gave the Penguins an insurance tally three minutes later. Evgeni Malkin put a bow on the game with his score 15 seconds later.

Pittsburgh Offense: Good; Nashville Defense: Not So Great

The Penguins completely overpowered the Predators, particularly during the third period. Guentzel’s second goal of the match got the ball rolling, spurring two more scores from his teammates. They had another chance 6:48 into the frame, but the referees reviewed and disallowed it after ruling that Matt Cullen was offside.

Head coach Mike Sullivan explained that the reason they succeeded had to do, in part, because of the odd man rushes created. Wilson’s goal, for example, was a two-on-one with Phil Kessel.

Speaking of Guentzel, after an eight-game scoring drought, the rookie now has three goals within the last two. That is a vast improvement and a much-needed one as well.

The flip-side was the inefficiency of Nashville’s defense during that three-and-a-half minute stretch. In all three instances, they were unable to get back in time to help Rinne. Even the best goaltenders require a kind of shield, at times. If the Predators wish to make the Stanley Cup Final competitive, the defense should be a priority moving forward.

Rinne went from a 94.7 save percentage to an 84 due to his 50-percent rate in the third period alone.

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Game 3 is Saturday night.

Claudia Ceva is a Staff Writer for TheSportsBlaze.com.

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Claudia Ceva
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Claudia Ceva is a graduate of Syracuse University where she majored in Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Claudia is a beat writer for the Syracuse women's soccer team over at SB Nation's "Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician." When she's not writing, you can find her rooting for the Orange, New York Giants, Yankees, New York Rangers, and Knicks in-person or at home. She also dabbles in the musical arts in her spare time, when there are no games to watch.

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