22 May, 2017
Despite those disappointments, the Predators remained focused and continued to swarm over the fading Ducks before they finally capitalized on that late power play.
They werent necessarily the wrong calls.
Nashville had two potential goals waved off in a span of eight seconds during the third period because of goaltender interference. Instead, they got angry.
Josi's game-winner was his fifth goal of the playoffs, three have come in the third period.
Game 4 takes place in Nashville on Thursday. "It helped us so much, especially with those two goals". We just really keep the same approach.
The Ducks have been outshot by a total of 119-76 through three games in the Western Conference Final. And the wait was definitely worth it. The noise is unrelenting, whether because of what the home team is doing or the fans' choreographed cheers.
After Vatanen ended Anaheim's 0-for-20 slump on the power play, Silfverberg evened it in the opening minute of the second period, cashing in Rakell's pass for his ninth goal.
The Predators took another lead when Forsberg cashed in a rebound of a breakaway by speedy Viktor Arvidsson, who had two assists. "It just doesn't make sense how he plays the game", Johansen told reporters after game two.
Whether it ends in regulation or goes past, look for the Ducks to come up with the close win and square the series.
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Of course, it wasnt just Johansen that Nashville had to worry about.
The Predators held the Ducks without a shot throughout the second period until 8:12 left when Brandon Montour put a backhand on Rinne, a puck that went across the goal line. That earned McLeod an instigator penalty along with a game misconduct.
Anaheim's Corey Perry opened the scoring with 15:35 played in the second period. "Now we're heading home and have another opportunity at home", Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne said following a shaky performance in Game 2.
Harry Zolnierczyk, a former minor leaguer in the Ducks' system, could draw in for Game 3. The Ducks also got several good saves from Gibson, who has raised his level of play from the first two rounds. The Chicago Blackhawks were unable to disrupt the Predators during their first-round sweep, and St. Louis won twice on home ice by drawing penalties in a series the Predators finished in six games. "I don't know how you can cheer for a player like that", the Nashville pivot said of his counterpart.
Getting more to count proved to be a more hard challenge. "We have to clean up. puck management and turning pucks over", Blashill said.
The beginning couldn't have gone any better for the Nashville Predators. Pittsburgh drawing "first blood" in subsequent games of this series has never been so important, and it is their pathway to winning this series and advancing to the Cup Finals for a second consecutive season. There's going to be no sweeps, no blowouts, both teams are here for a reason. The 205th overall pick (7th round) in 2014 has injected some speedy life into Anaheim.
Nashville's top two scorers in the playoffs are forwards Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen; their next three top point producers are all defensemen, which indicates just how balanced a team they are from a scoring perspective.
I think P.K. has had a terrific year, Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said earlier in the series. "I'm just trying to go out there and play hockey, and it sucks when you've got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift".