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Penguins hold serve, series shifts to Nashville

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Despite getting outplayed for much of the game (again), the Pittsburgh Penguins exploded for three goals (again), this time early in the third period to take Game 2 with a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Jake Guentzel, Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin scored in the opening 3:28 of the final frame to power the Penguins to victory. Guentzel’s goal ten seconds in was his second of the game and second game-winner of the series.

Matt Murray made 37 saves for the Penguins, while Pekka Rinne was pulled after Malkin’s goal and finished with 21 stops. Juuse Saros turned aside both of the shots he faced in relief. Pontus Akberg notched Nashville’s only goal to open the scoring.

Game 2 Highlights

In Florida Panthers news, the team announced that they will be taking part in a four-team prospects tournament from Sept. 9-12 at Germain Arena in Estero, FL. The Washington Capitals are the hosts with the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning also participating.

Tournament schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 9

1:00 pm – Florida vs. Washington

4:30 pm – Nashville vs. Tampa Bay

Sunday, Sept.10

1:00 pm – Tampa Bay vs. Washington

4:30 pm – Nashville vs. Florida

Tuesday, Sept. 12

10:00 am – Washington vs. Nashville

2:00 pm – Florida vs. Tampa Bay