Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT

Clyde Nash
May 20, 2017

The Predators had matched the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings with their 10-game winning streak but missed matching Colorado's 11-0 playoff run in 1996-97.

But midway through, it was Nick Ritchie who gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead on a perfectly placed wrist shot from just above the face-off circle.

Perry's goal started when he stopped the puck on a rimming attempt from Subban and shot it toward the net. But a review showed that Perry's centering pass actually went in off the stick of Predators defenseman P.K. Subban.

"They caught a lucky bounce tonight on the redirect that ended up being a difference maker", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.

But Corey Perry and the Ducks ruined the Predators' comeback hopes.

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The Nashville Predators head into a game 4 that could very well be the biggest game in franchise history-topping game 3 from Tuesday night.

Anaheim had led 1-0 through 40 minutes but lost for the first time in the postseason when defending a lead in the third period. Though he struggled in last year's playoffs, he still has 12 goals and 21 points in 33 games.

Game 5 is set for Saturday in Anaheim.

Chris Wagner went to the box for high-sticking Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis with 3:55 left in the Ducks' offensive zone.

The Ducks killed off five penalties, including a 5 on 3 in the third. Especially in these playoffs, Predators games feel like parties.

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Subban scored off a blast from the blue line to revive the standing-room only crowd with Forsberg helping screen Gibson. Their goaltender played well and gave them a chance to hang in there and win a hockey game.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg said he doesn't know if it matters right now if the Predators are at home or not because of how aggressively they're playing. "I think we've been doing that. So they do a really good job at that".

Twice they thought they had the game-winner buried. The Ducks have bounced back throughout the 2017 NHL Playoffs, therefore this isn't new to them.

The Ducks have now reclaimed home-ice advantage and should be considered a favorite to make the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's pretty rare to see a team that expects their players to do that for a full 60 minutes, and that's what they do", Fowler said. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Ryan Johansen has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 47 shots on goal. Anaheim's three goals were also the most Nashville has allowed on home ice this postseason, chipping away at both the Bridgestone Arena mystique and Rinne's mystique. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sullivan will announce the Game 4 starter in goal after Friday morning's skate.

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