Back home, Predators eager to match Ducks' physical play

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen scored on a well-placed slapshot at the 19:00 mark of the first period from just below the right circle to give the Ducks momentum heading into intermission. The Predators outshot the Ducks 28-to-13 after 40 minutes — the Ducks only had four shots in the second period —but it was not until the third period when Forsberg finally timed the game.

After finishing off St. Louis in the second round last weekend and resting while the Ducks labored through seven games against Edmonton, Nashville capitalized on its fresh legs to win a predictably physical game between two hard-hitting powers. It was 39 seconds into the second period when Johansen temporarily lost his man at the side of the net, allowing Silfverberg to tie the game with his ninth goal of the playoffs.

After Vatanen ended Anaheim's 0-for-20 slump on the power play, Silfverberg evened it in the opening minute of the second period, cashing in Rakell's pass for his ninth goal. Just before he was out of range, Perry banked a wrist shot off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne and into the net with 4:25 left. Five of their six defensemen made their way onto the scoresheet, combining for six total points (one goal, five assists).

Carlyle thought the shot counter might need glasses, prompting onlookers to make less-than-flattering comparisons to his days with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game Four between the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks will take place Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. CT.

Ryan Kesler likes to get under the skin of the opposition, that's no secret.

"I knew at some point those pucks I'd been chasing all year long, they were going to come", Ryan said after picking up his fifth goal of the playoffs. "I think they believed they were playing a decent game and if we just stayed with it, that we'd eventually get one to drop and then see where it goes from there". Quite possibly. The matchup of both Kesler and Johansen will certainly draw the attention of the officials as this series continues.

Game 3 is set for Tuesday night in Nashville. "But with that being said, I think we did a pretty good job in the neutral zone". They won't be able to shut it down completely, but it's a necessity to match Anaheim's push with one of their own. "And we received the game a lot".

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.

Eastern Conference finals: Penguins at Senators - Ottawa have effectively deployed their methodical trap system in all but one period so far in the series, however Phil Kessel exploited that lapse and it is now a best-of-five affair. Rinne had been fantastic throughout the first two rounds and Game 1 of the playoffs.

"Gibby gave us a chance. They found a way to claw back". Rinne picked up right where he left off last season when Nashville eliminated Anaheim from the first round in seven games, but Gibson was similarly outstanding.

Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Gibson is getting better as the pressure mounts.

"They didn't surprise us". Like every time they stand up and they just keep cheering, keep cheering.

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