The Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the Nashville Predators in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals by a score of 5-1 on Saturday.
Although the Pittsburgh Penguins may have lost, there were indeed some good things and some bad things to come out of the game. Let’s take a look at a few takeaways from the game.
1) Jake Guentzel is Still Really Good
I’ve said this multiple times and I will keep saying this again. Jake Guentzel is something special.
Although the Penguins may have failed to score a few goals, Guentzel scored the lone goal for the team in the first period. His 13th goal of the playoffs gave the Penguins the 1-0 lead and also put him four goals ahead in the league-wide scoring race.
Guentzel has been great. He has been scoring at key moments in these playoffs and he has been coming up big when the rest of our team hasn’t necessarily. Jake Guentzel has been our go-to offensive guy in the playoffs and we only have reason to be excited about him.
2) Defence Needs to Improve
We got blown out. There’s no point in avoiding this. Let’s get the fact over with.
Our offence couldn’t score, and our defence let up. If we want to finish up against these Predators we are going to need to get this sorted out by game four. Games one and two went great for us. But in game three our defence really seemed to collapse.
3) We Have to Ignore the Crowd
If we learned one thing from game three, it’s that Nashville’s crowd is pretty crazy. They really like getting under our skin, and we have to learn to ignore that, despite how hard it may be.
Game four will have them coming out louder and more ruthless than ever before. We need to keep composure and pull out with the win.