Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT

Fans arrive before Game Three of the Western Conference Finals to see the Predators face the Anaheim Ducks Fans arrive before Game Three of the Western Conference Finals to see the Predators face the Anaheim
Noah Ferguson | 19 May, 2017, 14:44

So there's a give and take. It paid off for them in game 1 as they managed to frustrate the Pens and pounce on the opportunities they were given, but their plan of attack (that is, to not attack) failed them in game 2 as they really didn't generate much towards Marc-Andre Fleury and ended up being shut out. Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Seth Jones used to play here. But Forsberg's finish off a mad scramble tied the score and completed an uncharacteristic collapse by a Ducks team that entered the game with a 5-1 postseason record when leading after 40 minutes.

Neal, who scored in five of the previous seven games, found himself wide open in the slot just over five minutes into the game. Credit the pressure Nashville is putting on the Ducks, and defenseman Cam Fowler said it's unique how the Predators sustain that for a whole game.

Rinne will handle starting duties for Thursday's Game 4 against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

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Game time is set for 7pm tonight at Bridgestone Arena... standing room tickets are on sale for what is sure to be a raucous environment. "You know, so that's four games in six nights or seven nights". Pacific. The Ducks are 35-16 in their last 51 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after the game that the 36-year-old Fisher was under evaluation. In Game 2 against the Ducks (a 5-3 loss), he broke a 2-2 tie and steadied things briefly after Nashville had blown a two-goal lead.

At the start of the playoffs, fans were like, "oh no, not Chicago in the first round" or "well, you've got to play them sometime" or "hell, I don't care who we play".

At some point, though, your best players have to be your best players. St. Louis had been the No. 1 team in the league since February.

Still, Cup fever had infected all corners of Nashville, with one exception.

Playing the Nashville Predators inside the NHL's toughest arena in almost 20 years sure isn't helping. Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood are just a few of the big names who have taken the ice in the playoffs so far.

"I'm going to tell you you're going to get frustrated", Carlyle said of going into overtime after giving up the lead.

No such problems exist in Anaheim, where Dawn Wright has become a staple. All other assurances are caught up in the wind.

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