NHL: Nashville led the series with “Anaheim” in the Stanley Cup finals
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot from Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf as Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm looks on during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Wester.
The Predators became the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win 10 straight postseason home games when they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference final.
“Nashville” could not bring matters to a comeback in the final period, if not the goalkeeper of “Anaheim” Gibson, who had 40 times to enter the game. At least some things are good when the Gulls are eliminated from the Calder Cup Playoffs! The Predators now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Ducks.
The Ducks see the problem as largely mental, and they intend to address it in the hours before the series resumes.
“They have a lot of talent out there”, Johansen said. “But we know how important these games are and every one gets more important as we go forward and tonight’s response after getting down 2-0 was a character builder for our group”. “I thought we were ready for it”. “It’s a great sign for a team”.
Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler, who’s always been one for getting under the skin of the opposition, may have took it to another level against Johansen on Sunday night.
In that span-which lasted six full games-the Ducks finished 0 for 4 in four of those contests.
Jakob Silfverberg scored on the Ducks’ first shot, and Gibson stopped 43 shots in a stellar performance.
The Nashville Predators certainly appeared to have an advantage over the Anaheim Ducks heading into the start of the Western Conference Final on Friday.
“No guy will use that as an excuse”, said center Nate Thompson, who won the faceoff that led to Lindholm’s tying goal.
They could be the favorites to win the Pacific Division next year, with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl down the middle, Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson on the blue line and Cam Talbot in net.
Will it result in a different bit of officiating in Game 3? In Game 2, he finally broke out in a big way. Now the action moves to Bridgestone Arena where Nashville will host the next two games. They had to make an unprecedentedly late rally from a three-goal deficit to beat the Oilers in Game 5 at home.
The Predators also have been physical, and defenseman P.K. Subban said he thinks they’ve been doing a good job so far, particularly Johansen. “It was their first game in a while”. “Whether it’s overtime or third period or we’re leading or we’re trailing”.
“I don’t think you can put it any other way: We need to emotionally get ourselves involved in the game right away”, Cogliano said. We have celebrated hat tricks with some of our players in the past. Nashville RW Craig Smith missed his third straight game due to an undisclosed injury. This is the first time in the playoffs Rinne has given up four goals in one game.
John Gibson, Ducks – Gibson made 38 saves and was run over twice.
Yet, they still gave up the first goal, took the first penalty, surrendered the first power-play goal, took the second penalty, allowed the second goal and, 16 minutes in, had just two shots on goal.
NOTES: Anaheim remained without two key injured veterans. Bieksa is close to returning to health, while general manager Bob Murray said he is hopeful Eaves could play again in the postseason.
For good measure, Antoine Vermette added an empty-net goal with 44 seconds to play.