The Predators did a solid job for most of Game 1 and the first period of Game 2 in clogging up the neutral zone. Nor did the Predators falter when they had apparent goals waved off - decisions that were upheld after league reviews - at 6:24 and 6:35 of the third period.
Especially not on home ice.
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. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has a 1.14 goals-against average and.959 save percentage at home this post-season. The Predators are the first National Hockey League team to win 10 straight playoff games at home since Detroit in 1997-98.
"That's really it", Ekholm said. You can argue the Ducks have been the better team i nthe first two games of this series, but it's hard betting against the Preds at home with the way they've played throughout the playoffs overall.
This was the night the Nashville Predators grew up, the moment they showed enough perseverance and maturity to forever shed their reputation as being a nice little team that always lacked some ingredient necessary for success in the rugged environment of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Still, U.S. head coach Jeff Blashill saw room for improvement before the final group game against Russian Federation on Tuesday.
"Gibby gave us a chance".
Carlyle thought the shot counter might need glasses, prompting onlookers to make less-than-flattering comparisons to his days with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ducks goalie John Gibson made 38 saves, and Corey Perry scored a power-play goal in the second period for Anaheim.
"We saw him without Connor, we saw him with Connor and I still don't have the answer", Chiarelli said. "He kept us in that game".
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Filip Forsberg making a terrific play behind the net to find Ryan Ellis in the slot. It also ended an 0-for-20 drought on power plays in the last seven games for Anaheim.
Nashville, 10-3 this postseason, has yet to lose consecutive games. "We know what we can do in the room".
Hayes, who was named player of the game, picked up two assists and Skjei had one.
Various Ducks have been spotted walking around the locker room lately wearing T-shirts that, on the back, read "Bodies, Bodies, Bodies".
To start the festivities, the surprise singer of the National Anthem for the night was none other than award-winning country artist Keith Urban.
Or just have Marcus Mariota drive.
The beginning couldn't have gone any better for the Nashville Predators.
The Anaheim Ducks are repeatedly driving home one point against their opponents on their run to the Western Conference finals: No lead is safe against them.
"Tonight's response after getting down 2-0 is a character builder for our group", said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. "And we received the game a lot". Officials waived the goal off since the net came off the moorings. This resulted penalties against both players, with McLeod receiving an additional minor penalty for instigating the fight. Perry then squeezed a wrister past Rinne from a severe angle to the right of the net.
Just to add icing to the cake, Gibson is tied for first with Ottawa's Craig Anderson for most goals against in the playoffs, giving up 34 goals in 13 starts.