Gibson made 38 saves and had to deal with constant crease-crashing from the Predators, including two goals that were overturned due to goaltender interference.
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Nashville Predators James Neal, left, celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks off an assist by defenseman P.K. Subban, right, in overtime of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Friday, Ma.
"That first one was a laser", said Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, not wanting to suggest that his goalie wasn't up to snuff. "He's done really well, their lines playing really well, they're generating a lot", the coach said. He's done it a handful of times in the postseason, and I don't think he's done yet.
Yet, they still gave up the first goal, took the first penalty, surrendered the first power-play goal, took the second penalty, allowed the second goal and, 16 minutes in, had just two shots on goal. Nick Ritchie got the game-winning goal late in the period and Antione Vermette scored an insurance goal in the third.
The Ducks would make another mistake, however, when Silfverberg completely missed a pass to Getzlaf at the point that led to a Arvidsson chance going the other way.
The Predators grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series with their 10th straight home win in the postseason going back to last season. The Ducks took consecutive delay-of-game penalties in the third but killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 disadvantage, punctuated by a magnificent, cross-crease save by Gibson on Roman Josi to preserve the tie.
The Predators opened Game 2 on Sunday night the same way, scoring the first two goals of the game from Ryan Johansen and Neal.
Meanwhile, fans of Young can go out and support him on tour by checking out his set on the They Don't Know Tour this summer.
Game three of this series is scheduled for Tuesday in Nashville. This must mean they took more accurate shots and/or the Ducks defense was allowing the Predators to take many shots on goal. Ritchie, who had scored the series-clinching victor against the Oilers, then gave the Ducks their first lead of the series on an eye-level slap shot that Rinne seemed to duck his head on. Ryan assisted on Jean-Gabriel Pageau's first-period goal, Craig Anderson made 27 saves and the Senators turned away five Pittsburgh power plays. As the physical play between the two exponentially increased in the second and third periods, it pushed Johansen over the edge. They have to finish and ensure their frenetic energy actually gets the puck in the net.
Therefore the Ducks will have trouble advancing past the Predators to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.
He will need to maintain that level to give Ottawa a chance to win this series.
Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. Just two days after finishing off the Oilers in the second round, Anaheim struggled to keep up at times in its second conference finals appearance in three years.
"We're a confident team", Josi said. "They found a way to claw back". "Whether it's overtime or third period or we're leading or we're trailing".
NASHVILLE Not every villain has a playoff beard and wears an Anaheim Ducks jersey. It's just a matter of how the Predators will respond, seeing as this series could get ugly on both the ice and scoreboard if they do so in the wrong fashion.
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