The team that takes a 2-0 lead in the Cup Final is 45-5 all time.

Raanta was solid in his role of understudy to Henrik Lundqvist after being acquired from the Blackhawks two seasons ago. Last year he appeared in a career-high 30 games and posted a better goals-against average (2.26) and save percentage (.922) than Lundqvist.

Gorton, though, believes he will be able to find suitable replacements for Stepan and Raanta before the start of next season.

Obviously, we have money now, and my phone rings a little more often now that we have more cap space, he joked. I think there is a trade market, a big market out there right now, a lot of names. And in free agency there’s a lot of names, too. We look at this as an opportunity with the draft, free agency, the trade market to change things up a little bit.

The Rangers now have roughly $20 million in cap space. They also have two first-round selections in this year’s draft, as well as a highly skilled young defenseman to add to their core group on the blue line next season.

Scott Wilson scored the Penguins’ third goal with 3:13 gone in the third and Evgeni Malkin made it 4-1 just 15 seconds later, chasing Rinne, who has allowed eight goals on 36 shots in the first Cup Final of his career. The 34-year-old veteran was having a historic postseason before this series, but something clearly has him shaken.

It’s a major missed opportunity for the underdog Preds, who had the Penguins dead to rights in Game 1. Pittsburgh’s power play went 0 for 7 Wednesday and stars Malkin and Sidney Crosby combined for zero shots and only three attempts in the first two periods, yet Nashville had only one goal to show for it.

Historically, the odds are against the Predators. The team that takes a 2-0 lead in the Cup Final is 45-5 all time.

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NHL Expansion Draft: Vegas chants for Marc-Andre Fleury as Penguins bid farewell

If the Vegas Golden Knights were to uncover a franchise face among 30 other teams, the obvious choice was Marc-Andre Fleury.

Toward the end of the NHL’s awards show and expansion draft Wednesday, it was the now-former Penguins goaltender who drew the largest ovation from the crowd at T Mobile Arena when his name was announced as Vegas’ 29th pick of the evening.

Indeed, Fleury, long beloved by fans in Pittsburgh, instantly becomes the Knights’ most marketable player as the franchise set out to fill seats in a brand new market.

That much was evident by the reception.

One fan screamed, I love you! Fleury, doing an interview, stopped mid-sentence and responded, I love you too!

I’m not looking to be the face of much, he told reporters after the fanfare settled. I didn’t expect the ovation. It was so crazy. We’re really excited to get this started.

Kariya appeared in a promotional video for the Ducks last season. He said Monday the headaches stopped a year after his playing career ended, adding, I feel really good. These days he surfs three to four days a week and enjoys skiing and snowboarding in the winter months.

This is fine for Gaudreau.

After rocky negotiations with the Canadiens, Radulov became enchanted with the Stars, in part by their substantial contract commitment and in part by the roster they’ve been improving before his signing.

Instead, the uncertainty surrounding Crosby, named a Hart Trophy finalist earlier Monday, only adds to injury woes that the Penguins have managed thus far.

The Capitals were 1-5 all time while trailing 2-0 in a playoff series before Monday and improved to 9-19 in Pittsburgh during the playoffs.

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