Nashville's win stretches its home playoff win streak to 10 games.
Rinne's rare off night spoiled what looked like excellent odds of the Predators taking a commanding 2-0 series lead back to Nashville. Kase scored the tying goal in the second period - his first of the playoffs - as part of a huge night for that line that saw Getzlaf collect three assists and Ritchie score the decisive tally, his second-game victor in three contests. It's Nashville's answer to the octopus Detroit fans traditionally throw on the ice for good luck. However in the 2017 NHL Playoffs that was not the case as the Ducks were able to secure game two at home. "It's unbelievable. Our fans, they're incredible".
"They didn't surprise us".
On the ensuing power play, Corey Perry delivered the knockout blow that McLeod couldnt. "But we know how important these games are and every one gets more important as we go forward and tonight's response after getting down 2-0 was a character builder for our group".
"I think the guys will be fine", he said.
Nick Ritchie's short-side goal gave Anaheim its first lead 4-3, late in the second period, while Antoine Vermette added an empty-net goal late in the third as Anaheim was forced to withstand a mad scramble in their zone late in the frame.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has made in-game adjustments with his line, with them often paying off.
"I don't know if it hit the goalie or the player that was laying in front still", Neal said.
It was the third goal of the playoffs for Ritchie, and while it allowed Anaheim to overcome another poor start, it wasn't the biggest one he has scored in this postseason. Their bottom six looked quite good in Game 1, and that even goes for oft-maligned winger Cody McLeod. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he hadn't heard or read Johansen's complaint about Kesler but defended his 24-year-old center.
"The scores at this time of the year generally are fairly low". Certainly, the start of the Sunday's game wasn't any better than in Game 1 which ended badly for the Ducks with the Preds winning 3-2 in overtime. Not only did the Predators kill off the penalty, they came back and eventually scored on a power play of their own to defeat the Ducks 2-1 on Tuesday night. As the physical play between the two exponentially increased in the second and third periods, it pushed Johansen over the edge. If the first one was debatable, the second one was obvious to all but the raucous fans who thought Mattias Ekholm should have been allowed to bowl over Gibson.
Nashville wasn't going to be a picture-perfect team throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so a stinker was bound to happen sooner or later. Kessel has five goals, Bonino a game-winner and Schultz has filled the void with top defensemen Kris Letang and Daley out. They have had me ROFL plenty of times.
At least, that was how fans of the Nashville Predators had been looking at it after on-ice officials almost cost their team a win in Game 3 of the Western Conference final. And as a team that's - it gives us that extra boost.
Ottawa has been playing too well as a team for too long now to not consider them a threat in this series and they have already shown they have it in them to seriously push the defending champs.