The Nashville Predators thought they game two in the bag.
After dominating the second and third periods of game one and the first two periods of game two, it looked like the series would head back to Nashville split.
In fact, if you looked purely at the stat sheet, without the score, you’d probably guess the same.
You’d be catfished.
By a team that just keeps finding ways to win.
There’s really no way to explain it.
They just can’t lose.
They’ve played two good periods out of six, and they lead the series 2-0.
A lot of thanks can be directed toward Pekka Rinne, whose .738 SV% isn’t helping Nashville’s cause.
a predators fan should try throwing a goalie on the ice
— evgeni malkin's ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) June 1, 2017
I’m not encouraging the way this Penguins team has played by any means.
They’ve been far from good so far this series.
But it’s hard to argue with their results.
I’d rather be the lucky team up 2-0 in the series.
Well, lucky is sort of a lazy way of explaining it.
These Penguins are opportunistic.
Yeah, I like that word better.
The Predators shooting percentage is 6.3% (4 G on 64 SOG).
The Penguins shooting percentage…
23.1% (9 G on 39 SOG).
That isn’t supposed to be sustainable, but Pekka Rinne might have other ideas.
The point is, this Penguins team just finds a team to win.
The stats say they shouldn’t have hardly won a game against Washington.
But they showed up when they had to and did just enough to squeak by.
The stats say they should be down in this series, but they’re up two games to none.
Yesterday’s third period explosion was a perfect snapshot of everything that makes this Penguins team so dangerous.
They can look flat, be completely dominated, but their opponent takes three shifts off and the Penguins are up three goals faster than you can toss a catfish onto the ice.
It’s hard to imagine any other team could win like this.
Well, actually it’s not.
No other team could win like this.
And that’s why the Penguins are two wins away from repeating as Stanley Cup champions.
Carried through the first two rounds by their “backup” goalie.
Led in goals by a 22 year old rookie on a historic scoring pace.
Hampered by a depleted defense without a true number one defenseman.
Driven by a 40 year old veteran on his last ride looking for one more memory.
Backstopped by a rookie goaltender on the verge of his second Stanley Cup.
Held together by an incredible coach who just won’t let this team make excuses.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a special hockey team.
No one can explain how they continue to win.
But they do.
And they only have to do it twice more.