NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After their first goal in game one was wiped away, there was no replay to change it this time. Pontus Aberg showed a moment of brilliance as he made a great dangling play to beat Pittsburgh Goalie Matt Murray to give the Preds a 1 goal lead.
But the goal didn’t last long, as the Penguins Jake Guentzel answered with less than 4 minutes to play in the first period with a second effort to squeeze a puck through Pekka Rinne and into the goal as the game was tied 1-1 after the 1st period.
After a scoreless 2nd period, the Preds led the shot category by 13 setting up for a crucial 3rd period to try and even the series before heading back to Nashville.
The tie lasted just 10 seconds into the 3rd period when Jake Guentzel struck again, scoring off a rebound for his 12th goal of the playoffs and a 2-1 Pittsburgh lead.
Then the bow breaks for Nashville, for the second straight game the Preds had a puck bounce off their own player into their own goal. Scott Wilson was credited with the score but the puck went off Vern Fiddler to make it 3-1 Penguins.
Evgeni Malkin ended the game just seconds later beating Pekka Rinne to make it 4-1.
Rinne was pulled after giving up his 4th goal allowing 4 goals on 25 shots as the Preds lose 4-1.
The Predators now trail Pittsburgh 2-0 in the series with game 3 on Saturday in Nashville.