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Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

19 Mai 2017

Roman Josi eventually ended up scoring the game-winning goal on the power play with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.

The Ducks had been 5-0-0 in games they led after the second period, but the Predators didn't let them extend that streak.

Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still rolling through the Stanley Cup playoffs with their distinct combination of smash and flash.

If the Anaheim Ducks thought they had taken control of the Western Conference finals after dropping five goals on the Nashville Predators on Sunday, they thought wrong.

Johansen gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal at 4:18 of the first period.

Johansen wasn't among the Predators who spoke once they landed in Nashville. And as a team that's - it gives us that extra boost.

Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 30 shots.

So far, the Predators have matched the Ducks almost hit for hit and still have the home-ice advantage in this series. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.

Nick Ritchie's tiebreaking goal at 17:07 of the second period was a wrister from the left faceoff circle that flew over Rinne's blocker into the net's roof.

Anaheim seemed to steal ironman Andrew Cogliano from the Oilers in 2011 for a second-round pick and have gotten a higher-than-expected offensive output from Nate Thompson, who cost spare parts in a 2014 trade with Tampa Bay. The officials missed that one, as well as a two-hander to the back of the legs of Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban late in the third period. "I don't know how you can cheer for a player like that", the Nashville pivot said of his counterpart. "And he goes into the areas and can make plays with good players". He couldn't complete it but Filip Forsberg followed up and put it in the open net with Gibson sprawled on the ice. Last night's 5-3 loss in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals was nasty on multiple levels... and only some of the nastiness came from the expected sources.

"No guy will use that as an excuse", said center Nate Thompson, who won the faceoff that led to Lindholm's tying goal. "Whatever they did is fine, but it's on us".

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. Despite losing Game 2, Nashville has yet to lose two playoff games in a row, which will be put to the test on Tuesday night in Game 3 of this series.

NASHVILLE — Not every villain has a playoff beard and wears an Anaheim Ducks jersey.

"You think you're playing a good game". "It was their first game in a while". "Whether it's overtime or third period or we're leading or we're trailing". "It's not that we didn't show up and play hard, or we weren't ready to compete or ... we played good teams". We haven't played a team like that in a while.

Clearly, knocking Johansen off his game is important for Anaheim to advance.

The Nashville Predators host the Anaheim Ducks in game three of the NHL Western Conference final on May 16 at 8pm EST.

The Ducks finally awakened at the prospect of their second straight 0-2 series deficit and replied with high-octane hockey - and a few fortunate bounces - that was too much even for Rinne, who hadn't given up four goals in a game since March 13. The veteran sniper has found the net in each of the first two games. Bieksa is close to returning to health, while general manager Bob Murray said he is hopeful Eaves could play again in the postseason. The sellout crowd filled in throughout the night. The top four in each group go through to the quarterfinals.

I would expect both teams to try to clean up some of the defensive miscues that took place in the first two games of the series as the scene shifts to Nashville for Games 3 and 4 this week.

Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3