Sub­ban says Predators will win Game 3 against Pen­guins

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

NASHVILLE, TENN. | A good night’s sleep has P.K. Sub­ban more con­fi­dent than ever about what the Nashville Predators will do on their own ice trail­ing the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins 0-2 in the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal.

He de­liv­ered an All-Star guar­an­tee for Satur­day night.

“There’s no ques­tion,” Sub­ban said Thurs­day. “We’re go­ing to win the next game, and then we’ll move for­ward.” Sub­ban came very close to guar­an­tee­ing a win in the mo­ments af­ter Pitts­burgh’s 4-1 win Wed­nes­day night. The Pen­guins turned a 1-1 game into a rout by scor­ing three goals in the first 3:28 of the third pe­riod , forc­ing Nashville coach Peter Lavi­o­lette to pull star goal­tender Pekka Rinne for rookie Ju­use Saros.

On Thurs­day, the All-Star de­fense­man chan­neled Mark Messier, who backed up his own guar­an­tee of a Rangers’ win against New Jer­sey in the 1994 East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals. Sub­ban ex­plained why he was so con­fi­dent, not­ing the Predators know they de­serve to be play­ing for the Stan­ley Cup.

Lavi­o­lette gave no hint about whether Rinne will start Game 3, say­ing only that he will not talk about lineup changes. The Predators coach says his goalies know who will start.

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