Pens' Nick Bonino on crutches, game-time decision for Game 3

Pens' Nick Bonino on crutches, game-time decision for Game 3

Pens' Nick Bonino on crutches, game-time decision for Game 3

Bonino had a slap shot from Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban go off the inside of his left ankle in Pittsburgh's 4-1 win Wednesday night.

This game again saw the Penguins go almost ten minutes without a shot on goal and also saw them score in bunches in a short span which tells us this team is so unsafe because they can play poorly for long stretches and still win. Nashville is 7-1 at home, and Nashville isn't really on the brink until they lose at home. "There's no question. We're going to win the next game, and then we'll move forward", said the outspoken Subban, who has seen his team outshoot the Penguins 64-39 - only to be outscored 9-4 in losing the first two contests of the best-of-seven series.

The Stanley Cup Final underdogs undermined themselves with a lack of discipline, called upon rookie Juuse Saros to mend another porous outing from Pekka Rinne and, most of all, surrendered a 2-0 series lead to the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins returned to the ice on Friday for practice, but Bonino was not a participant. 22-year-old Juuse Saros, who has played in only 23 regular season games during his National Hockey League career, is Nashville's alternative option in net. Meanwhile Rinne has a.778 save percentage so far and was yanked in game 2 after giving up the Penguins fourth goal.

The coach played two goalies the last time he took a team to the Stanley Cup Final, using both Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher when Laviolettes Philadelphia Flyers lost the Cup to Chicago in six games.

Q. Do your goalies know who will start?

The 6-foot-5 Finn, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist, has enjoyed the two-day break between games. Hes also expecting a boost from the home fans as well.

It could prove challenging for the Penguins to harness the momentum of that third period. "It's fantastic support, and we really appreciate it". The veteran was not going to share how he's tried to clear his head and refocus.

"They are opportunistic", Laviolette said of the Pens. “But Im still feeling confident. I feel comfortable out there. "Nerves and excitement kind of mixed together, but yeah, that's every game for me". That nearly felt like shades of a Rich Peverley Greg Campbell moment, a player who had his leg broken by an Evgeni Malkin shot in 2013 and stayed on the ice hobbling around trying to help his team. The highest-scoring team in the regular season and postseason has scored nine goals against Nashville despite being just 1 of 10 on the power play. This may seem like a bad thing for the Penguins, but it actually turned out well because Guentzel was able to take advantage by scoring two of Pittsburgh's four goals, while the Predators were being distracted with Crosby. "They're trying to force mistakes".

Traipsing to the penalty box can drain the energy Nashville needs to keep pace with the Penguins.

“Cleaning up just a few mistakes, that would help, ” Laviolette said.

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