Pens' Bonino on crutches, game-time decision for Game 3

"But there has been attention on some 5'11" guys, namely Jake Guentzel of the Penguins.

Also rooting are Grizzlies forward Brandan Wright, who grew up along with the Predators in Nashville, and 2012 FedEx Cup champion golfer Brandt Snedeker, who took the Ryder Cup with him to a playoff game earlier this spring.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Carl Hagelin told reporters he's ready to step in for the injured Nick Bonino if needed for Saturday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the host Nashville Predators. Bonino injured his ankle after taking a P.K. Subban slap shot in the skate in Game 2. "You can't even put into words what it feels like".

Bonino, the Penguins' third-line center, missed the final 9:26 of the first period but returned for the start of the second. But it's been his play in the post-season - two goals and five points in 12 games - that has really opened eyes as to his potential. The young goaltender once again bailed the Penguins out of a tough game; making 37 saves on 38 shots.

But he's gone to another level in the playoffs. He had a 1.70 goals-against average and a.941 save percentage prior to the Stanley Cup Final. He is two goals short of the single-postseason rookie goal-scoring record of 14 set by the North Stars' Dino Ciccarelli in 1981, and two points shy of Ciccarelli's rookie scoring record of 21 points (matched by the Flyers' Ville Leino in 2010).

He has set the record for US born rookies with 19 points in this post-season so far.

Laviolette's other option is a 22-year-old rookie, Juuse Saros, who made his National Hockey League postseason debut in relief Wednesday night after Rinne gave up three goals in the first 3:28 of the third period. "He's a pleasure to coach".

His teammates can help him out by staying out of the penalty box. Predators fans can take solace in that this Nashville team bears resemblance to the most recent team to win the Cup after falling behind 0-2-the 2010-11 Boston Bruins.

"He's one of the best goaltenders in the league, so he's the last of our worries, that's for sure", Subban said. "He's such a great influence on them". "We finally kinda realized how good we are if we play the game the right way". Here's a look at how the two Stanley Cup finalists were constructed. "But like I said, we're going to have to be at our best tomorrow, and we will". By the time Guentzel collected Matt Cullen's one-touch pass, he was racing in on Rinne.

"I'm not working for the chamber of commerce, but I'm telling you, you and your friends would never regret a visit to Nashville to see a game".

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins' Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Dead catfish, gun, same thing, right? "Everyone's going to be pulling for us and cheering us on".

On Thursday, the All-Star defenseman channeled Mark Messier, who backed up his own guarantee of a Rangers' win against New Jersey in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals. It's a place we feel comfortable and we're confident that we can win a game and I think that's all we have to focus on.

If the Penguins can sustain these historical parallels, we are in for a snoozer of a Game 3, as the '92 Pens won 1-0 with the only scoring coming in the first period. But this comes on the heels of Malkin guaranteeing a victory before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final a year ago against the Lightning (his team won, and then won the Cup), as well as Alex Ovechkin doing it before Game 7 of the 2015 second-round series against the Rangers in 2015, which Ovechkin and the Capitals lost. "The only guy on that team who was under six feet tall was Mike Richards and he played like he was 6'8".

Now what if the Rinne of the first three rounds arrives with all the noise and hype and histrionics at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday?

Now, did the referees swallow their whistles in that sequence because it was the player who wears the number 87?

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