Predators Continue Home Winning Streak, Beat Ducks 2-1 In Game 3

Posted May 19, 2017

Nashville broke through with a pair of third-period goals, rallying past the Ducks 2-1 on Tuesday to take a two-games-to-one lead in the Western Conference finals.

He's now found the back of the net in each of the three games of the series.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot from Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf as Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm looks on during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Wester. 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.

One game in and the Senators have done to the Penguins what Washington and Columbus could not: grab control of the series.

Game 3 is in Nashville on Tuesday.

- James Neal also tied the franchise record for playoff goals last night, his first period goal was the 13th of his career as a Predator, tying him with Shea Weber and David Legwand. Gibson was impenetrable in Russian Federation that year, giving up just two goals total in the medal round while facing shooters such as Mark Scheifele, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Tomas Hertl and, ironically, future Nashville standouts Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson. While Gibson turned aside 30 shots for the 5-3 win in Game 2, Rinne gave up a howler to Nick Ritchie on the game-winning goal.

“I think P.K. has had a terrific year, ” Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said earlier in the series.

- Ryan Johansen's postgame quotes about Ryan Kesler was a pretty clear indication of the frustration of this team... how he handles the Kesler pre and post whistle crap will be a critical factor in this series. "He steps up throughout the season, and especially when it's most important in the playoffs when the team is just itching for a goal, he finds a way to come through with one".

For the first time in the 2017 National Hockey League playoffs, it just wasn't Pekka Rinne's night. It was 39 seconds into the second period when Johansen temporarily lost his man at the side of the net, allowing Silfverberg to tie the game with his ninth goal of the playoffs.

While Young may be busy on the road for the They Don't Know Tour with Jason Aldean as well as promoting his brand new single, "Losing Sleep", but he still squeezes in enough time to bring his "fang fingers" out on display to watch the boys in gold and navy move on to the next playoff round.

Corey Perry, celebrating his 32nd birthday, collected his third goal of the playoffs from an unlikely angle.

The Ducks have been outshot by a total of 119-76 through three games in the Western Conference Final.

"I can tell you that I just saw him on the plane, and he's composed", Laviolette said.

"We haven't scored many goals on the powerplay so far, but let's hope the ketchup bottle is open now and we can keep scoring", said Finland's Vatanen.

Game 2 was another tight, low-scoring game, but the ice was clearly tilted Pittsburgh's way in the third period.

Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest victor of The Players Championship with a game and nerves well beyond his 21 years. "They're not going to give you anything but we worked hard to get our chances and we've got to bury them when we get them". According to Sportsnet Stats, the team had won all seven games in which he registered a point at home in the postseason.

Game 4 in the series takes place in Nashville on Thursday.