Nick Ritchie scored the eventual winning goal as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators 5-3 Sunday to even their Western Conference finals series at 1-1.
Johansen drew assists on the first two goals in Game 1, a 3-2 overtime win for the Predators, and has 13 points in their 12 playoff games. Anaheim capitalized on their power play thanks to those penalties and score with just under five minutes remaining in the second period.
There is a lot of support for the Predators in Nashville as the team takes on the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals. The Ducks have built their season on a remarkable resilience, but they realize they probably can’t make another tardy start in Game 2 on Sunday night against Nashville, the Stanley Cup playoffs’ best team so far.
Ritchie also scored the victor in game seven against the Edmonton Oilers to advance the Ducks to the National Hockey League semi-finals. “We have to clean up. puck management and turning pucks over”, Blashill said.
John Gibson didn’t look great in net for the Ducks, but with Rinne’s performance it didn’t matter much for Anaheim. Rinne had been fantastic throughout the first two rounds and Game 1 of the playoffs. Despite going down 2-0 earlier in the first period, the Ducks were able to come from behind and win. I think they will continue to look like the better team now that they are at home. This was Nashvilles first time hosting a game in the conference final.
Forsberg then tied the game 3:54 into the third on a rebound and Josi caught Ducks goalie John Gibson looking the wrong way on a rebound for the easy game-winner. “Our fans, I really didn’t think they could bring it to a new level, but I really thought they did tonight”.
“You could sense going into the third period, the guys were saying the right things, they were confident”, Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.
That’s how important depth is in the National Hockey League postseason, Kase, a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic in just his fifth career playoff game, coming through after replacing long-time Ducks staple Corey Perry. Just before he was out of range, Perry banked a wrist shot off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne and into the net with 4:25 left.
The Ducks have continued to fight back in all their series in the 2017 NHL Playoffs.
“That’s where the secondary guys have to take pride in pushing themselves to get that extra step to score goals that could be a difference”.
The Ducks pulled even again on the first career playoff goal for Kase, the aggressive Czech rookie, who slipped a puck through traffic. “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”. He’s eager to remind everyone that he’s only one component of a defensive group that has driven the Predators to these unprecedented post-season heights.
Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf (eight goals) and Rickard Rakell (six goals) had largely been carrying the scoring load and Andrew Cogliano said it was imperative that others gave them some assistance.
Various Ducks have been spotted walking around the locker room lately wearing T-shirts that, on the back, read “Bodies, Bodies, Bodies”.