The Penguins and Predators were knotted in an ugly and contentious Game 2 for two periods, until a stunning flurry of goals turned the once-dramatic game into a blowout within a matter of minutes. Jake Guentzel scored on Pekka Rinne just 10 seconds into the third period after Rinne deflected a shot straight into his path. A few nervous minutes later, an already fraught Rinne completely imploded and gave up a soft goal. It took just 15 more seconds for the seemingly inevitable third goal to find its way past him.
The Predators pulled Rinne and replaced him with Juuse Saros, but at that point, it was too late. P.K. Subban got into a fight with Evgeni Malkin a few minutes later, and that was the game’s final highlight.
The poor Predators banged 38 shots at Matt Murray, but he stopped all but one, and they’ll now head back to Nashville down 2-0. At least catfish law is less strict down there.