Perry fired a shot from the far boards towards the goal and it deflected off the stick of Predators defenseman P.K. Subban to give Anaheim the win and a 2-2 tie in the Western Conference finals series.
For Game 3 against the Ducks, the Predators put players from the Tennessee Titans on center stage to get the crowd riled up.
The Nashville Predators' chances of winning the Stanley Cup took a major blow Friday when the team announced star center Ryan Johansen would miss the remainder of the playoffs after undergoing thigh surgery.
The Nashville Predators hosted another home playoff game at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night (May 18), and Kelly Clarkson had the honor of singing the National Anthem before puck drop. The Nashville Predators ended the regular season in the wildcard spot, setting them up to play the Chicago Blackhawks, ranked first in the Central Division. With captain Mike Fisher's status unknown for Game 5, the Predators could be down to their two top centers in an evenly played series.
Playing the Nashville Predators inside the NHL's toughest arena in almost 20 years sure isn't helping.
Johansen played 27:28 in Game 4, including four shifts in overtime.
Getting by the Predators won't be easy but if Perry continues to find the net then Ducks fans can start buying tickets to the Finals.
The Predators have worked to spread the game by sponsoring youth hockey and, with the city's help, building rinks in Antioch and soon Bellevue.
"I don't think we've had the emotional level we've had previously in the game the other night", Carlyle had said. The way hockey is today, you're not going to create a lot. "You got to try to stay even keel". The Predators haven't detailed when exactly the 24-year-old got injured, but it's clearly serious given that he's missing the rest of the playoffs.
- Nashville's home win streak ends at 10... time to start another one on Monday.
Nashville started this past year against these very same Ducks. They looked like one of the most risky teams in the playoffs during the first two series as they eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues.
They broke team records for losses as former superstar Kobe Bryant's body broke down and he limped into retirement. You want to prove to the guys and the management and the coaches that their decision, they made the right one. Kesler and Perry then seemed to drive goaltender Pekka Rinne to distraction in Game 4.
"It was just a tough break".
Johansen is the second key Nashville player to incur a season-ending injury in the playoffs. "And it's just, the fans that are unbelievable". "Yeah, he's got a good shot". Nashville already won Game 1 of this series at Honda Center after winning three times in Anaheim during the first round last spring.
The Ducks were unable to apply much pressure on the forecheck in Game 3, as Nashville's defense broke the puck out quickly to supporting forwards. They were quicker, they were everywhere, and that dictates the play. And it's effective and it's hard to play against. Fubo TV is available at 35$/month * a href="https://www.fubo.tv/lp/sports/?bgvideo=nhlplayoffs.mp4&title=Stream%20the%20Stanley%20Cup%20Playoffs&subinfo=Live%20on%20NBCSN%20and%20NBC*%20&priceline=*Regional%20restrictions%20apply.%20$34.99/mo&irad=369633&irmp=329663" *(with a 7-day-free-trial), they provide a variety of sports channels.
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