Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3


The Predators insist they can play that game too — and keep their cool no matter what pesky Ducks center Ryan Kesler does.

The series shifts to Nashville, where the Ducks and Predators will battle in Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Thursday.

The Predators are 15-10 in their last 25 home games against Anaheim per the OddsShark NHL Database.

"Obviously that's common sense", said Carlyle. "It's nearly like we feel, 'Oh, we've got nothing to lose now.' It's nearly like that's when we play our best game".

Well, that's up for debate.

Eric Sogard and Orlando Arcia hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off Matt Harvey, spoiling the choppy return of the New York Mets' starter from a three-game suspension in the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-4 win on Friday night.

"It's huge. I don't care". Sometimes it went beyond that, like when Kesler delivered an elbow to Johansen's head or when Johansen high-sticked Kesler in the face.

With the series tied at one game apiece, the two teams now head to Ottawa for Game 3 on Wednesday night. Anaheim carried the play more in the second, but Pekka Rinne remained solid as he has been the entire playoffs so far, keeping the score at 2-1 Nashville entering the third.

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) blocks a shot by Nashville Predators' Pontus Aberg (46) during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in A.

Because of it, fans were treated to a wild, back-and-forth game where every shot was a scoring chance and no lead was safe.

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“I think the guys will be fine, ” he said. "A few of the goals they crashed the net - good plays - but they just ended up going in. Obviously, disappointed personally in that second period". But for the first 20 minutes, it was as if the players' skates were stuck in quicksand. Viktor Arvidsson circled around the Anaheim net on the rush and hit the post with a wraparound, but Filip Forsberg was there to tap in the rebound.

Once again, the Ducks had dug themselves a hole. Anaheim has some work to do if they want to avoid a 2-0 deficit.

Still, Anaheim is playing with fire if it continues this.

When asked after the game whether Kesler, who is known for his physical play, had crossed a line in their match-up, Johansen didn't hold back.

Kesler was a bit surprised that Johansen got personal as he voiced his frustrations. Once they coolly opened a crack in Rinne and the Nashville Predators, they started a deluge that evened the series.

In Game 2, Johansen butted heads with Kesler on the opening faceoff. "Got a lot of text messages from my friends and family saying they still cheer me on". The key for Pittsburgh in this series will be to get the first goal in as many games as possible.

Minus the intermission, it was two goals in a span of 99 seconds for the Ducks. Anaheim's power play was scoreless in 21 straight attempts dating to Game 2 of the second round against Edmonton, but Vatanen beat Rinne cleanly with a slap shot for his first goal of the postseason.

"Joey is one of the best centermen in the game right now, and I think if people didn't know that before the playoffs, they know that now".

Game 3 is in Nashville on Tuesday.