Anaheim capitalized on their power play thanks to those penalties and score with just under five minutes remaining in the second period.
Nashville is still an untraditional hockey market, but the Predators are establishing a tradition of winning here.
There haven't been many times during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs when things have looked bleak for the Nashville Predators at home, but forward Filip Forsberg has been there to help save the day when they have. "It's unbelievable. Our fans, they're wonderful". Today is Mother's Day, so I'm going to post this blog a little earlier than I'd like. "We got a well rounded group". "I thought we were ready for it". Unfortunately for them, they didn't carry that over into the middle or the end of the story that was Game 2.
Anaheim's three second-period goals, netted by Jakob Silfverberg, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie, were the most any team has scored on Rinne in one period all postseason, and last night was the first time that he's allowed more than three goals in a game.
Anaheim got off to a sluggish start in Game 2 but turned it around and won 5-3, surrendering just 27 shots on goal in Game 2 after allowing 46 in Game 1. I think they will continue to look like the better team now that they are at home.
The overachieving Predators have been going full steam through the postseason and it appeared for awhile on Sunday that they weren't going to take their foot off the gas.
Forsberg then tied the game 3:54 into the third on a rebound and Josi caught Ducks goalie John Gibson looking the wrong way on a rebound for the easy game-winner.
John Gibson stopped 30 shots, and Antoine Vermette had an empty-net goal for the Ducks. Chiarelli says while he feels his team exceeded expectations this season his players and coaches will need to be ready for higher expectations next season.
Cycling in the zone, Mattias Ekholm bombed a shot from the point that got knocked to the side where Roman Josi sized it up and ripped a wrister past Gibson.
After going pointless in Game 1, Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf bounced back in Game 2. "I saw him on the ice last night, and he's composed". "He kept us in that game".
Finally breaking the scoreless tie, Anaheim's Corey Perry found the back of the Predators' net on a power play at the 15:35 mark of the second period, assisted by Rickard Rakell and Sami Vanaten.
Perhaps most beneficial in the long run is that Gibson's cap hit is just $2.3 million this season - and it will stay that way until the summer of 2019.
"Being at home here, I think, is an advantage for us because of the environment and the atmosphere that the fans bring", coach Peter Laviolette said. "He goes into the (tough) areas and can make plays with good players".
Anaheims Ryan Kesler was booed nearly every time he touched the puck on Tuesday night, but most of the venom during the third period was saved for referees Brad Meier and Wes McCauley, who had the audacity to disallow two Nashville goals. The Predators, competing in their first conference finals, have never been in this situation before, but they and their fans are making a lot of noise this spring.
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