Aberg, Guentzel trade early goals in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Finals

Aberg, Guentzel trade early goals in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Finals

The Penguins and Predators could have the same lineups for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, two nights after a weird start to the series that few could have expected.

Nashville's Matt Irwin drilled Pittsburgh's Matt Cullen from behind into the boards in the first period, a hit that left the 40-year-old Cullen headed down the runway for a quick check but didn't result in a penalty.

Forward Colin Wilson did not take part in Nashville's morning skate Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena after missing Game 1 on Monday night because of a lower-body injury.

Catfish watch is on for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Jake Guentzel found the back of the net past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne on what won't be featured on any positive highlight reel for Rinne in this series.

Recalling how it unfolded, Waddell told 104.5 The Zone: "I thought, 'Man, wouldn't it be awesome to get to go to that game?' And then, like an ignorant redneck, I thought 'Wouldn't it be awesome to throw a catfish on the ice at this game?'" "Our focus is the next game and that's it".

Jacob Waddell is free to return to Tennessee as a legend among Nashville Predators fans.

The game was stopped until the fish was removed from the ice. "He's been unbelievable in these playoffs and we know he'll be ready to go".

Fifty teams have taken a 2-0 lead since the final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939.

As the Nashville Predators continued their improbable quest for the Stanley Cup, the team's decision to keep printing banners and signs locally provided an added boost of business for a number of local companies. Pittsburgh also did it in 2009, losing both games on the road against Detroit. If the Predators win, they will be able to restart the series heading back home where they hope to gain momentum.

Rinne was consigned to play hockey in his head again for most of the third period Wednesday, watching from the bench after being replaced by backup Juuse Saros. The Penguins lead 1-0, and the series shifts to Nashville on Saturday, where it would be unwise (but maybe good for the Penguins) if a Predators fan were to hurl a catfish wrapped in a Terrible Towel. It's wonderful how quickly narratives can change during the playoffs considering Rinne was the Conn Smythe Trophy frontrunner following the conference finals.

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