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Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

17 May 2017

Another win Sunday would place the Predators in a dominant position as the series transitions to Bridgestone Arena, where they have won nine consecutive home playoff games. Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring at 5:15 of the first period on Anaheim's first shot of the game.

After finishing off St. Louis in the second round last weekend and resting while the Ducks labored through seven games against Edmonton, Nashville capitalized on its fresh legs to win a predictably physical game between two hard-hitting powers. Filip Forsberg tied the game with a deflection goal at 12:34 of the first, as Nashville heavily controlled the opening period. Nick Ritchie scored the game-winning goal with 2:53 remaining in the second for the Ducks. Pekka Rinne recorded 22 saves. The Predators hadn't allowed four goals in any game during their excellent Stanley Cup playoff run before Anaheim got five in front of its sellout crowd.

John Gibson stopped 30 shots, and Antoine Vermette had an empty-net goal for the Ducks.

Game 3 is in Nashville on Tuesday. On the third goal, Arvidsson sped up the ice, sold Gibson on a shot, before attempting a wraparound that Forsberg finished off.

The Predators have been a model of consistency while going 9-2 in the postseason, and they think much of the credit should be placed on a defensive corps that might be the best in the playoffs.

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"Nick Ritchie is a guy that has scored a lot of goals similar to what he scored tonight", said Carlyle. "If I did, good".

"To start the game, it didn't feel like the conference finals, to be honest", Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said Saturday after a short practice at the Ducks' training rink.

If you're an Anaheim fan, you might be a little pissed off, not just because they lost, but because, in the fine tradition of playoff officiating, Neal shouldn't have even been playing at that point because of this pretty blatant and unsafe charge that went uncalled. I hated that they lost the second, but now they're coming home with it split one, one. Five points from the JoFA line and James Neal scoring his 5th of the playoffs.

They'll also have to bottle up Pittsburgh's speed, and get a solid performance from Craig Anderson like they have in the first two series against the Rangers and Bruins.

Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, lower body), RW Logan Shaw (Questionable, lower body), RW Patrick Eaves (Out Indefinitely, lower body), D Simon Despres (Out Indefinitely, concussion).

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Anaheim's Ryan Kesler, who's always been one for getting under the skin of the opposition, may have took it to another level against Johansen on Sunday night. "We're just going in there and going to try to take care of business". I'm not going to change my game. "Obviously, there's some bad blood there, and they've been competing hard and battling all series".

The Penguins didn't lack for opportunities to jump on the Senators but four first-period power plays - including 45 seconds of a 5-on-3 - went nowhere.

“I like my time here (in Anaheim) and hopefully (Ryans) having a good time in Ottawa too, ” Silfverberg said.

"He's really valuable to our hockey club", Subban said. Anaheim's defense outscored Nashville's six points to two.

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Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3