2017 Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Nashville Predators Game 2 Quotes And Comments

By Larry Snyder

Coming off a victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final where the shooting difference was 26-12, the Pittsburgh Penguins endeavor to tame the Nashville Predators for the second time at PPG Paints Arena this evening at 8:00 p.m. You can see who captures every faceoff on the NBC Sports Network. Here is a look at the various quotes and comments about the matchup from both squads.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who is out after surgery to a herniated disc in his neck, talked to Matt Gajtka from dkpittsburghsports.com (subscription service) about his team, “A month and a half ago, I was sitting here and I was confident we could go all the way. When you have a leader like Sid, you have Geno, the core group is just unbelievable players. They care for each other. When you have that type of guy on your team, you know you have a chance.”

Scott Wilson commented to Gajtka after Wednesday’s morning skate about shooting opportunities in Game 1, “That was the biggest thing we need to do a better job of. We watched a lot of video and we … looked for that extra pass. That’s definitely one of the keys going forward. It wasn’t even that bad. We had more zone time than them.”

Matt Murray, who is 4-1 in these playoffs with a 1.62 goals-against-average, chatted with Jonathan Boumulie from the Tribune-Review about how the Pens forwards can apply the brakes to the Preds defense, “I think try to stay in their face as much as possible, not allow them to get going. That would be the biggest thing. Then, you know, they’re going to get their chances, but at the end of the day it’s just about trying to hold them off, playing hard defensively. I think being hard in our net front is key, too.”

Ian Cole in an exclusive player blog to NHL.com writes about playing better in Game 2, “We know they’ll still keep their tight gaps through the neutral zone and try to limit our odd-man rushes, but we can play a lot stronger with our forecheck and our reloads. We can do a better job to limit their speed through the neutral zone. We know their ‘D’ like to skate and join the rush, so to get a good forecheck and reload well and stay above those guys, I think will put us in a beneficial situation.”

Will Graves of the Associated Press has this from Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis about Game 1, “Now we face a little adversity. We see what kind of group and character we have to bounce back. Everything was there that we liked but the result.”

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette spoke with Matt Larkin of The Hockey News Tuesday about his team’s Game 1 efforts, “It just didn’t go our way. I don’t think we were rattled. That last goal was tough, where it goes off Ekholm’s shin guard and in. It’s a nothing play, it’s not a scoring chance, and that pushed it to 3-0. I don’t think we played poorly at all through the game. That being said, we lost the game. We sit here, and they’re up 1-0 and we’re down 0-1. So we’ve got to be better. We’ve got to put the hammer on the gas pedal and make sure we’re ready to get after it.”

Next Up: The third meeting to claim Lord Stanley’s Cup is at Bridgestone Arena in the Music City Saturday, June 3, when the Nashville Predators skate against the Black and Gold at 8:22 p.m. Catch the battle along the boards on NBC or listen to Mike Lange and Phil Bourque on 105.9 FM – The X.

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