The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators played game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh Wednesday night. Matt Murray started in goal for the Penguins. Pekka Rinne started in goal for the Preds. Chad Ruhwedel, David Warsofsky, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Frank Corrado, Cameron Gaunce, Tom Sestito, Mark Streit, Tom Kuhnhackl, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Oskar Sundqvist, Daniel Sprong, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Derrick Pouliot, Carl Hagelin, Sean Maguire, and Tristan Jarry would be the scratches for the Penguins. Anthony Bitetto, Petter Granberg, PA Parenteau, Cody Bass, Miikka Salomaki, Brad Hunt, Harry Zolnierczyk, Colin Wilson, Vladislav Kamenev, Kevin Fiala, Alexandre Carrier, Ryan Johansen, and Marek Mazanec would be the scratches for the Preds.
Craig Smith would get called for cross checking at 2:04 of the first. Chris Kunitz would get called for cross checking and Evgeni Malkin would get called for hooking at 9:36. Mike Fisher would get called for interference at 10:34. Pontus Aberg would score at 12:57 to give the Preds a 1-0 lead. Viktor Arvidsson and Mike Fisher would get the assists Roman Josi would get called for cross checking at 14:32. The Predators would have 18 shots to the Penguins 12 in the 1st.
Austin Watson would get called for interference at 11:48 of second. Cody McLeod would get called for high sticking at 17:25. The Predators would have 14 shots to the Penguins 7 in the 2nd
Jake Guentzel would score his 2nd of the game 10 seconds into the third to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Bryan Rust and Ron Hainsey would get the assists. Scott Wilson would score at 3:13 to make to 3-1. Phil Kessel and Matt Cullen would get the assists. Evgeni Malkin would score at 3:28 to make it 4-1. Chris Kunitz and Ian Cole would get the assists. Juuse Saros would replace Pekka RInne in net for the Preds after the Malkin goal. Pontus Aberg would get called for slashing at 4:51.Patric Hornqvist would score at 6:48 but the goal would get overturned due to being offsides. Sidney Crosby would get called for interference at 9:20. Evgeni Malkin and P.K. Subban would each get 5 for fighting at 12:14 with Malkin picking up an extra 2 minutes for roughing. The roughing penalty would be served by Scott Wilson. The Penguins would have 8 shots to the Predators 6 in the 3rd.
The Penguins would go 0 for 7 on the powerplay and kill all 4 penalties. Matt Murray would make 37 saves on 38 shots. Jake Guentzel would have 2 goals. Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin would each have a goal. Chris Kunitz would have 2 assists. Matt Cullen, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel, Ian Cole, and Ron Hainsey would each have an assist. The Penguins are currently up in the series 2-0. Game 3 is on Saturday in Nashville.