NHL Predators mince Ducks to take series lead


Prior to Game 2, Arvidsson had scored only one point in his last seven playoff games. The Predators now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Ducks.

The Ducks finally got the faster start they missed in the first two games in Anaheim, outshooting Nashville 8-4 to open the game. Thirty-nine seconds into the second, Jakob Silfverberg potted his ninth goal of the postseason, tying Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel for the most in the playoffs.

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

Minus the intermission, it was two goals in a span of 99 seconds for the Ducks. "That's what our project is, to continue to develop him into a power forward and to have that release and weapon he has become more evident to the hockey world".

John Gibson stopped 30 shots, and Antoine Vermette had an empty-net goal for the Ducks.

“Gibson played great, ” said Forsberg, who scored his sixth of the playoffs. It was a tough night for Gibson, who made several spectacular saves to keep the Ducks ahead through two periods. The Predators had killed off 13 consecutive power plays and four straight against the Ducks before allowing D Sami Vatanen's first-period goal.

Anaheim led 1-0 after 40 minutes but lost for the first time in the postseason when taking a lead into the third period. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities.

The Ducks started this season slowly as well, but surged down the stretch to a fifth straight division crown and a first-round sweep of Calgary.

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The Ducks tied the game at 7:21 of the third off a faceoff. Ritchie received an entry feed from Getzlaf and threw a wrister from a ridiculous angle that snuck above Rinne's blocker. On the whole, though, this is one he'll like to forget.

The Ducks have gotten production from a variety of players in the first two games. "We just need to get back to playing our game". Goaltender Matt Murray won the Cup past year and was the No. 1 of the present and future, so Rutherford took calls on Marc-Andre Fleury that "didn't go very far" before holding on to him. It snapped Nashville's 0-for-11 drought with the man advantage.

The sequence was defeating and deflating, all of Honda Center joining the home team in going limp. "They played hard at our net, bumping our goalie all night long, and we didn't do a good enough job getting inside". Now I'm getting to redeem myself a little bit.

The Predators had tied it at 1-1 with 16:06 left in the third after Filip Forsberg pounced on a rebound from a Ryan Ellis shot to thread the puck through a crowded crease for the score. Their bottom six looked quite good in Game 1, and that even goes for oft-maligned winger Cody McLeod. But it's hard on them and it's going to be harder as the games get going.

Then again, it's not like Kesler is shutting down Johansen, regardless of where his stick winds up.

The pair had several physical encounters in the high-scoring contest.

"I mean, it just blows my mind watching". Game 4 takes place in Nashville on Thursday.

"He's not my friend, he's not going to be my friend", Kesler said.