The charges were later dropped, but Waddell's elaborate stunt in which he doused the fish in cologne and ran over it with his vehicle before vacuum-sealing it will go down in Stanley Cup history. He eluded Olli Maatta before forcing Matt Murray out of position and finding the back the net. And the Preds have the best home record in these Playoffs.
The Penguins beat the Predators, 5-3, in Monday night's Game 1 despite blowing a 3-0 first-period lead, being held without a shot in the second period, generating just 12 shots over the full 60 minutes and, in general, being thoroughly outplayed.
It was enough for Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to send in backup goalie Juuse Saros in to replace Rinne.
Jake Guentzel once again had the game victor for the Penguins, this time just 10 seconds into the third period. He has scored the winning goal in each of the first two games of the Final and his 12 goals are the second-highest total by a rookie in a playoff season and the most by an American-born rookie.
The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh.
Welcome to regression, Pekka Rinne. In the third, the wheels fell off, as Rinne gave up a goal just 10 seconds into the period. The Penguins have only blown two 2-0 series leads in their franchise history and none since 2000.
Since then, he has a 9.43 save percentage and a 1.54 goals against average. Those numbers ballooned after the first two games against the Penguins.
It was the first time Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had lost back-to-back games since March. There was a disallowed goal due to a successful offside challenge - though it was Pittsburgh that had a tally wiped out this time, with Nashville doing the wiping - and there was another short, furious burst of scoring.
Nashville is outshooting Pittsburgh 32-19 and the Penguins had only seven shots in the second period.
Rinne can't even be considered the second-best goaltender in this series, not with Fleury in reserve for the Penguins. The Penguins have only three shot attempts on 10 power plays. He made 37 saves in Game 2. He approached me after the whistle, and I'm upset and I come to him and Subban come to me.
Nashville led in shots 18-12 at the end of the first, thanks to a late flurry. With the way Murray has been playing, it was a goal Rinne needed to have.
Returning home should provide a boost for both Rinne and the Predators. It's Guentzel's playoff-leading 11th goal.
The Predators have been better in just about every measurable metric in the first two games of this series, yet due to their goaltender, they are down 2-0 and facing ominous history.
And on a team that has P.K Subban and Josi on the blueline, the 26-year-old Ellis has become the shooter up front.
Guentzel, who scored the victor in Game 1, now has the second-highest goal total ever recorded by a rookie in one playoff season.
Bonino, who scored in Game 1, took the puck to the left foot or ankle and could not put weight on it as he was helped off the ice.
After about 15 and a half minutes of scoreless play, Evgeni Malkin put Pittsburgh on the board.
Penguins center Matt Cullen briefly left the game earlier after getting hit in the corner but returned and didn't miss a shift. Conor Sheary had an assist on the play. Yet there was Malkin, free to choose between the top corner and Phil Kessel on the backdoor, choosing wisely. The OCRegister wrote about the Penguins Game 2 victory and quoted Guentzel on his performance throughout these playoffs. It was during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and legend has it that that octopus spurred the team toward their Stanley Cup run. He said he purchased the catfish in Nashville and carried it all the way to Pittsburgh, where he prepared it for the game.
Waddell was thrown out of the game and is being charged as a result of the incident.
Pittsburgh at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Ryan Ellis doesn't look much like an National Hockey League defenceman. That has not come to fruition through two games, but unless an injury forces the move, benching Rinne is not the answer for the Predators. Likewise, winger Carl Hagelin is expected to be a healthy scratch again for Pittsburgh.
"When you lose a couple of games and get pulled, you're obviously not happy with how things went", said Rinne, who was last pulled on February 21.
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