That turned the tide of the game as the wheels began falling off at that point.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, top left, blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Anaheim, .
Filip Forsberg tied the game 3:54 into the third period for the Predators. Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring at 5:15 of the first period on Anaheim's first shot of the game.
Not only are the Predators the hottest team going, but this franchise - and it mostly has been this same roster over the past two postseasons - enters Game 3 on Tuesday having won nine in a row in the playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.
Let's get to the GBU... Certainly, the start of the game wasn't any better than in the previous game. "They need one chance, two-on-one or three-on-two to score". The reason this is in the bad, and not the ugly?
This was the night the Nashville Predators grew up, the moment they showed enough perseverance and maturity to forever shed their reputation as being a nice little team that always lacked some ingredient necessary for success in the rugged environment of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The third period is when Gibson has flourished for Anaheim during the 2017 playoffs.
The Ugly - Discipline - this one goes across the board.
They don't ask how, they just ask how many.
ANAHEIM Seconds before the first puck dropped Sunday, someone tossed a catfish onto the ice, which would have been outrageously odd were this not the National Hockey League playoffs. The cool, confident veneer was cracked last night. And besides, Anaheim had lost the opening two games at home against the Edmonton Oilers in the previous round and still went on to win that series in seven games.
The Predators would make the Ducks pay when Brandon Montour jumped up on a play and didn't get back in time.
Especially not on home ice. Smashville will be out in force tomorrow night and will bring their full-throated fury to 501 Broadway to help this team maintain that advantage. The lone goal held up for nearly 40 minutes, when Evgeni Malkin scored at 14:25 of the third to tie the game. This round, that player is Johansen, who has already had his fill of the tenacious checker only two games into this 1-1 series.
Then again, it's not like Kesler is shutting down Johansen, regardless of where his stick winds up. Predators C Ryan Johansen tied a club record for points (13) in the playoffs. Gibson and several of his teammates also prevented Nashville from tying the score in the third period with saves on several shots from close range with 5:41 remaining. With two shots the goalkeeper failed. They scored the first goal of the game in the first period, allowing them to lock in head coach Guy Boucher's 1-3-1 modified trap system that precludes teams from rushing the puck up the ice with speed through the neutral zone, forcing them to chip the puck in and retrieve it beneath the goal line in the offensive zone.
We watched Connor McDavid wear Kesler like a beaver skin throughout Round 2, with the constant whacks and hacks that simply overwhelm a referee's ability to properly officiate the relationship.
"That's playoffs written all over it", Predators forward Colton Sissons said Monday.
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