As the Conference Finals continue we’ll give you a recap from last night’s game and what to look for in tonight’s action.
Western Conference Final Game 2
A rare off night for Pekka Rinne cost the Nashville Predators in Game 2 as the Anaheim Ducks were able to pile on five goals on 27 shots en route to a 5-3 victory, tying the series at one game apiece in the process.
Anaheim's three second-period goals, netted by Jakob Silfverberg, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie, were the most any team has scored on Rinne in one period all postseason, and last night was the first time that he's allowed more than three goals in a game.
The Ducks' defense came through with a remarkable offensive outing. Five of their six defensemen made their way onto the scoresheet, combining for six total points (one goal, five assists).
This was a true must-win for the Ducks heading on the road for Game 3 in Nashville. With the series tied at one, it's back to square one for both teams, but a big advantage is still there for the Predators, who have yet to lose a game on home ice in these playoffs.
Game three is slated for Tuesday night at 8:00 ET.
- Brett Finger
Eastern Conference Final Game 2
Three Things to Watch
Crosby in Control - Sidney Crosby couldn't help the Penguins scoring effort, but you know that he has to step up at some point if Pittsburgh is going to turn on its high-scoring mode. He's posted 14 points in the playoffs thus far, so look for Crosby to come out tonight fired up, looking for his first point of the series.
Fewer Penalties Early - The Senators really struggled to stay out of the penalty box in the first period, and while the Penguins couldn't capitalize, down 1-0 they are sure to put pucks on net any chance they get. The Senators have to keep it clean early to counter the fresh Penguins lines and their inevitable attack.
Bobby, Bobby, Bobby... Somehow I feel if the Penguins let another one slip to overtime, they could be given a double dose of Bobby Ryan clutch juice. He's done it a handful of times in the postseason, and I don't think he's done yet.
- Jake Crouse