The Penguins entered Game Two with a 1-0 series lead, but it was Nashville who had a more consistent game outshooting the Penguins 26-12. It was no secret that if the Preds could win Game Two and come home for Games Three and Four, the momentum could be on their side. That didn’t go as planned however as Pittsburgh took Game Two.
The game was knotted at 1-1 after two periods of play, but the Penguins erupted for a huge third period, chased Pekka Rinne from the net and took the contest by a count of 4-1.
Nashville found itself in a tough spot very early on as Craig Smith was sent to the box for cross checking just 2:04 into the contest and the penalty proved to be the first of many in the opening 20 minutes.
When it was all said and done, the Preds out shot the Penguins 38-27. During 5-on-5 play, Nashville had 55 total shot attempts while Pittsburgh managed only 34. While Nashville didn’t concede a power play goal, they did wrack up 19 penalty minutes.
Game Three is set for Saturday night in Nashville at 7:00 p.m. CST.