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Resilient Ducks vow stronger start to Game 2 against Predators

Miller: Ondrej Kase's motor powers Ducks in comeback win Corey Perry's double-OT goal puts Ducks past Oilers 4-3
Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 03:33

Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays.

Even Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who has never been confused with, say, Claude Lemieux, snuck in a stick to the groin of the Ducks' Jacob Silfverberg just before the second period ended.

With the score tied 0-0 in the second period, Jared Boll caught Harry Zolnierczyk with an open-ice hit that crumpled the Predators forward to the ice.

Nashville took a 1-0 lead at 4:18 in the first period when Viktor Arvidsson sprung Ryan Johansen on a breakaway.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle made a calculated gamble in Game 2 when, with his team trailing by two goals, he shuffled his lines and replaced Corey Perry with rookie Ondrej Kase on the No. 1 unit with captain Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie. 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. The fourth draw resulted in an Anaheim empty-net goal just nine seconds later. Forsberg's goal snapped Gibson's streak of 51 saves in a row dating back to Game 2 of the series. Bob Murray also cleared the way for goaltender John Gibson to be the man, sending Frederik Andersen to Toronto last summer in a trade that could be talked about for years to come if the Dane helps the Maple Leafs on a run like this. Previous year in the first round of the playoffs the Predators defeated the Ducks in game in Anaheim. “Hes a terrific player, and I think hes just worked on fitting inside of the concept of how we want to play as a team.”.

Ryan Johansen didn't hold back when asked about Ryan Kesler, but getting under the skin of those he plays against is nothing new for the Ducks pesky pivot. Jason came off stage, we were all backstage...me, him, Kane (Brown), a big group of people all watching the Preds game, when they took game one from Anaheim. One game in and the Senators have already done to the Penguins what Washington and Columbus could not: grab control of the series.

Game three of this series is scheduled for Tuesday in Nashville. Nobody panicked. We knew we played a good game, and we had a lot of chances, a lot of shots.

"You could sense going into that third period the guys were saying the right things. It gives us the extra boost and the extra energy we needed".

As a massive fan of the Nashville Predators, Chris Young has loved the history-making moves that the professional hockey team has been making throughout their journey to the Stanley Cup. And besides, Anaheim had lost the opening two games at home against the Edmonton Oilers in the previous round and still went on to win that series in seven games. Neal doubled the lead on a power play with one of the easiest goals in recent National Hockey League history, escorting the puck unimpeded into the net when Gibson completely lost sight of the play. J.G. Pageau scored at 14:32 of the first for Ottawa. It's Nashville's answer to the octopus Detroit fans traditionally throw on the ice for good luck. Johansen said he didn't know how anyone could cheer for a guy like that constantly prodding and poking. We just really keep the same approach.