Ducks even Western Conference series with 5-3 win over Predators
- Author: Jo Lloyd May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 3:40
With the series shifting to their place, will the Nashville Predators get back in the lead in the Western Conference Finals as they face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 tonight at 8PM ET? Now, the series moves to Nashville tied as the Predators lost just their third game in this postseason so far. The Predators have outscored the opposition 16-9 in the third period and have yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason (the Ducks won Game 2 5-3 on Sunday).
Two wins from the first NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville history, the Predators have all the makings of a team of destiny.
Especially not on home ice. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities.
Nashville's win stretches its home playoff win streak to 10 games.
"He's the best goalie in the league", said Filip Forsberg.
"That's really it", Ekholm said. They might have outscored the Ducks by only one goal, but their efforts were that of a team desperate to overwhelm with aggressiveness and persistent in attempts to capitalize on some undisciplined play by the Ducks. "They're not going to give you anything but we worked hard to get our chances and we've got to bury them when we get them".
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for the Predators, who improved to 9-2 in this National Hockey League postseason. We haven't played a team like that in a while. In Game 2, he finally broke out in a big way.
Just as it was after Game 1, small corrections for Nashville will determine the outcome of Game 3. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 5 goals.
Nashville has a serious challenge now, and adversity has arrived in the form of Ryan Kesler, the Ducks' defense-minded center.
As defenseman Shea Theodore sent the puck toward the Predators' goal, no less than five players - including Kase, Getzlaf and Ritchie - congested the front of the net. Josi ended that drought with his wrister from the right circle off an assist from Viktor Arvidsson. "We know what we can do in the room. Like, his family and his friends watching him play, I don't know how you can cheer for a guy like that", Johansen said. "We got a well rounded group".
Or just have Marcus Mariota drive.
Nashville is still an untraditional hockey market, but the Predators are establishing a tradition of winning here.
Just when the Ducks appeared to be in serious danger of losing two straight home games to start their second straight series, they made a thrilling surge of four goals in less than 19 minutes.
Carlyle admitted that as a whole on the night, the Predators did outshoot, but did not believe as it was dominant at the shot clock said it was. "And we received the game a lot". "We understand that if you take your foot off the gas, you probably won't like the result".
The Predators and Ducks are tied up at 1-1 in their best of seven series. Officials waived the goal off since the net came off the moorings.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Perry then squeezed a wrister past Rinne from a severe angle to the right of the net.
With Nashville leading 3-2, Rinne gave a up a rebound of Shea Theodore's point shot through traffic. Toronto coach Mike Babcock was spotted at the game.