The offensive fireworks continued for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period of Thursday night's game against the Nashville Predators. After blowing out Winnipeg with 8 goals earlier this week, the Pens took a 4-0 lead after adding two more in the first eight minutes of the second period.
Matt Cooke scored first after a beautiful play by James Neal set him up right in front with a wide open net. Neal jumped a pass in the Predator's zone and quickly went the other way with it, with Cooke filling the lane on his right for a two-on-none chance. Neal faked Pekka Rinne and then slid it over to Cooke for the easy score. Six minutes later, Neal would set up another goal, this time feeding Chris Kunitz for the 4-0 lead. It was Kunitz's 22nd goal of the season and Neal's third point of the night.
The Predators had plenty of chances to put a few goals on the board but on two separate occasions, they put the puck wide of the post from just feet in front of the crease and with a wide open net. Alexander Radulov, the young Russian sensation, finally ended the shutout with his first goal of the season. Pittsburgh heads to the third period firmly in control.
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