Beyond The Benches

Pekka Rinne Looking Forward To Playing On Home Ice For Game 3

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 Wednesday night for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final to take the 2-0 series lead in front of an electric crowd at PPG Paints Arena.

As the Penguins are two wins away from becoming back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions the spotlight has turned to who they will see in net Saturday night in Nashville. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals in the second period for his second consecutive start in the series.

“You have to put it behind you, I mean for me I treat this as a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Pekka said in a post-game interview. “For me I’ve played a long time and first time having a chance to play for the cup so you just have to bury these two games and move ahead to find some success.”

Pekka Rinne now has a .777 save percentage in the final, however in four playoff games following a loss this postseason had been .960.

Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette spoke in his post-game interview of Rinne’s performance but has yet to confirm if the netminder will start on Saturday.

“Pekka has been excellent for us all year long, like I said. There’s things that we could have done.” Laviolette said.

Game 3 of the series will take place at Bridgetown Arena, where the Predators are 7-1 in the playoffs, home to the Nashville Predators.