The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0. He took Viktor Arvidsson's feed from behind the net and banked it off Murray for a two-goal margin at the second intermission.
"There's been a lot of good hockey in the 120 minutes played so far", Laviolette said. But its been his play in the post-season two goals and five points in 12 games that has really opened eyes as to his potential.
Because he has not been as sharp as he was in carrying the Predators to the Western Conference championship - and because coach Peter Laviolette has declined to say if Rinne will start when the Predators will play host to a Cup Final game for the first time - a guessing game has raged during the two-day break between games.
Even though the Penguins lead the series, there's legitimate cause for long-term concern.
"I think we've got to help him more than we have in the first couple of games".
Bonino, of whom head coach Mike Sullivan said would be a game-time decision for Saturday's Game 3, took a slap shot off the inside of his foot from P.K. Subban in Game 2. Colin Wilson, who missed the first two games of the series with an unspecified lower-body injury, skated but could be more likely to return for Game 4 Monday. Chris Kunitz is doing quite well in his own right by matching a career high with three straight multi-point performances in the playoffs, during which he has collected two goals and five assists. He's been a big part of this team all year.
The last two wins necessary to become the first back-to-back champs in almost two decades will be perhaps the toughest games the Penguins will play during the Sidney Crosby era. He is now just one goal back of Dino Ciccarelli for the most by a rookie in a single postseason. He struggled in the late periods of Game 1, but made some top-notch saves in Game 2.
"They pressure a lot", Crosby said of the Predators.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis celebrates after scoring a goal during practice Friday, June 2, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. I don't think that's overly profound. "Everyone's going to do whatever it takes to make sure they can play". You see watching the games, when we're on the road or wherever, you see the energy in the building.
The under is 3-0-1 in Predators last 4 Saturday games and the under is 3-0-1 in Predators last 4 games playing on 2 days rest while the Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 vs.
Let's not beat around the bush: the Nashville Predators have to win 4 out of the next 5 games against a team that is only a year removed from their last Stanley Cup.