Predators win in OT
- Author: Jo Lloyd May 14, 2017,
May 14, 2017, 1:28
However, the Predators dominated the proceedings for the remainder of the opening frame, and they mounted an early 12-1 lead in shots on goal that allowed them to knot things at one apiece before the period came to a close.
Nashville looked even more dominant in the second period, in which the Ducks were presented with two power plays and got nothing on either, and precious little possession on the second.
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for Nashville, who out-shot Anaheim 46-29, including 7-2 in overtime.
After beating the Edmonton Oilers late Wednesday night in Game Seven, the Anaheim Ducks reached the Western Conference Final to meet Nashville.
Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for the Predators, who are 9-2 in the playoffs after failing to win more than seven games in a single postseason.
That might have been the question after Pekka Rinne waved at a fluttering puck that Jakob Silfverberg somehow snuck into the top corner five minutes into Game 1 of the Western Conference final. There was no Predator backing down from the Ducks.
They had a more hard path to the Western Conference final, only knocking out the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7.
While the Anaheim Ducks were back on the ice less than 48 hours after they had advanced out of the second round, the Nashville Predators had not played since last Sunday. As Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle had said, "I think that grasped the world's attention or the hockey world's attention when they eliminated Chicago in four straight". "Any time you have a chance to play against them, you know it's going to be a battle". "All night, we had a lot of chances and we didn't give them a lot". "Nashville was the fresher team early but I liked the way we got back into the game after the first period".
He also did everything he could to will the Ducks into this game, at one point controlling the play in the Nashville zone for 10 full seconds, notching two shots of his team-high five shots. Anaheim and Nashville are meeting in the postseason for the third time, including the past two seasons.
Notoriously slow starters throughout the regular season, the Predators have jumped on opponents in the playoffs, both in games and in the series.
These two teams met past year in the first round, a freaky series that saw the road team win the first four games. They've won a league best nine straight playoff games dating back to game six of the Ducks series previous year. With 8 goals and 7 assists Getzlaf's 15 points is second in the playoffs among all players.
The Predators already slayed the top dog in the Western Conference, with a surprising sweep of the 109-point Blackhawks in the first round. For the final six games against Edmonton, Anaheim used a six-man group with nobody over 26 and averaging just 23.6 years old - the youngest group among the NHL's 16 playoff teams.