The Hockey News - - The First Word -

THE FLOOD­GATES OPENED for the Pen­guins 10 sec­onds into the third pe­riod of Game 2 when Bryan Rust put a shot off Pekka Rinne’s pad, with the re­bound com­ing out to Jake Guentzel, who scored to put Pitts­burgh ahead for good. Af­ter the game, the Pen­guins al­most bragged about it being a set play, one they work on all the time. Fast-for­ward three long, ag­o­niz­ing days for Rinne, with his team ahead 2-1 and the Pens press­ing in Game 3. This time it was Phil Kes­sel who di­rected one off Rinne’s pad right to Chris Ku­nitz, but Rinne was ready for the re­bound and robbed Ku­nitz, prompt­ing P.K. Sub­ban to get re­ally ex­cited and say a very bad word. Nei­ther Rinne nor Sub­ban would re­veal ex­actly what was said. At least Sub­ban didn’t get close enough for Rinne to smell his breath. Ac­cord­ing to Sub­ban, Sid­ney Crosby pointed out that it was of­fen­sive. “When guys chirp af­ter the game or dur­ing the game, it’s usu­ally about your game or some­thing per­sonal, but he went on to tell me that my breath smelled bad,” Sub­ban said. “I re­ally don’t un­der­stand why, be­cause I used Lis­ter­ine be­fore the game, so I thought my breath smelled great.” Rinne stepped up for his team­mate’s sense of oral hy­giene. “He’s a classy guy,” Rinne said. “He flosses ev­ery day.” For the third straight game, the Preds were in­dis­putably the su­pe­rior team on the ice. The dif­fer­ences in Game 3 were that Rinne was much, much better, they had some bounces go their way, and coach Peter Lavi­o­lette’s lineup changes had the de­sired ef­fect. Of more im­por­tance to the Pen­guins was the fact their three best of­fen­sive players – Crosby, Ev­geni Malkin and Kes­sel – were ren­dered im­po­tent. Crosby and Malkin didn’t have a shot be­tween them.

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