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Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

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Montrelle Montesinos | 15 May, 2017, 20:14

Here's hoping Nick Ritchie called bank on that goal. Now that were in the conference final, theres no better way to learn than getting deep in the playoffs.”. There's going to be no sweeps, no blowouts, both teams are here for a reason. They've used that same approach, along with some strong late defensive stands, to take down both Calgary and Edmonton. "There were a couple scrambles in front of the net where we can do a better job of tying up in front of him". Antoine Vermette scored an empty-net goal with:44 seconds remaining in the game.

Jakob Silfverberg scored on the Ducks' first shot, and Gibson stopped 43 shots in a stellar performance.

The comeback started when the Ducks finally scored their first power-play goal in seven games, ending a 0-for-21 drought.

Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators, who faced relatively little adversity while steamrolling Chicago and St. Louis in the first two rounds on the way to the first conference finals in franchise history. The Ducks dispatched Edmonton in a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday night and and the short turnaround showed against well-rested Nashville, which dominated play and poured 46 shots on goal. Two of his three goals in the playoffs have been game-winners. "I just shot it at the net", he said. While I think expectations have changed since he came to Anaheim (he was looked at originally to fill the role that Bobby Ryan left), I think he has really found his game as a remarkable two-way winger who uses his speed all over the ice.

Johansen gave the Ducks credit for coming back.

Some trades never go away. They're a good team. I thought that we created a lot, and eventually we were going to get one by him.

A clunker of a second period erased a fast start from the Predators as Anaheim turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead. Arvidsson flipped a pass ahead of the Ducks' defenders to hit a streaking Johansen, who slipped the puck by Gibson for his third goal of the postseason. But, as they had done time and time again, they managed to dig themselves out and for the fourth time of these playoffs won a game where they had trailed 2-0. Anaheim's defensemen accounted for Vatanen's goal and five assists.

Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg scores past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson during the first period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. It's easy, for instance, to forget he was playing with San Diego of the American Hockey League in the first round of the playoffs. It also ended an 0-for-20 drought on power plays in the last seven games for Anaheim. "Obviously, disappointed personally in that second period". Ondrej Kase put one under the right left pad of Pekka Rinne that just barely squeaked over the goal line and tied the game again at 3.

"Getzie's a world-class player", Coach Randy Carlyle said. "We know how important these games are".

It doesnt matter how much time has passed or how much turnover the roster has undergone, players are forever linked to the team that gave up on them and the person who they swapped places with. The goal tied Silfverberg with Jake Guentzel of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the playoff lead with 9. The Ducks recalled G Jhonas Enroth, LW Nic Kerdiles and C Sam Carrick from AHL San Diego.

Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, lower body), RW Logan Shaw (Questionable, lower body), RW Patrick Eaves (Out Indefinitely, lower body), D Simon Despres (Out Indefinitely, concussion). Nashville did not dress D Alexandre Carrier (shoulder), LW Kevin Fiala (leg), D Petter Granberg, D Anthony Bitetto, RW P.A. Parenteau, RW Craig Smith, RW Miikka Salomaki, D Brad Hunt, LW Harry Zolnierczyk, G Marek Mazanec, LW Vladislav Kamenev, C Cody Bass and C Frederick Gaudreau.