NHL Predators mince Ducks to take series lead

P.K. Subban has helped the Nashville Predators rack up a 9-2 record in the playoffs so far

Despite going down 2-0 earlier in the first period, the Ducks were able to come from behind and win. The Ducks will be relying too much on John Gibson, who still hasn't shown the consistency I'd like to see.

Western Conference Final Debut: SUCCESS.

But it wasnt the first time that Poile has taken a chance at shaking up his line-up. They're both playing hard.

Josi's goal was set up by a awful penalty by the Ducks' Chris Wagner for high-sticking Ellis with 3:55 left. Antoine Vermette scored an empty-net goal with:44 seconds remaining in the game.

Roman Josi delivered the go-ahead goal late in the third period. Top-line center Ryan Johansen set up two goals in the opener and has two goals and 11 points in 11 playoff games.

Nashville's bigger concern could be, for the first time in the playoffs, goalie Pekka Rinne.

Game 3 is in Nashville on Tuesday. They scored the first goal of the game in the first period, allowing them to lock in head coach Guy Boucher's 1-3-1 modified trap system that precludes teams from rushing the puck up the ice with speed through the neutral zone, forcing them to chip the puck in and retrieve it beneath the goal line in the offensive zone.

NOTES: The Ducks kept veteran Jared Boll in their lineup over several young prospects to replace injured F Patrick Eaves, who missed his sixth straight game. "Actually, (Getzlaf) made a little tip pass in the middle that kind of messed their D up a little bit, and I shot the pick to the net and it went in".

It's not the only reason this series is tied coming back to Tennessee.

The scrums: there will be a lot of them. "That's not going to go away".

Young, like many other Preds fans, keeps rooting the team through each playoff series to make it all the way to the end. "Players can say what they want". And I think we've been doing that. Like his family and his friends watching him play, I don't know how you cheer for a guy like that.

Filip Forsberg put Nashville back up seven minutes later, but as they did before, the Ducks rallied again, this time with back-to-back goals from two 21-year-olds whom head coach Randy Carlyle moved up in the lineup after the poor start. He led the tournament with a.955 save percentage in seven games, surrendering just five even-strength goals in that time.

The Anaheim Ducks bounced back in Game 2 to defeat the Nashville Predators, 5-3. Josi and Ellis each had a point, giving them each 10 points this postseason, a Nashville record for defensemen. Nashville needs Rinne to be on top of his game if they are going to win Game 3.

ANAHEIM Seconds before the first puck dropped Sunday, someone tossed a catfish onto the ice, which would have been outrageously odd were this not the National Hockey League playoffs.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen scores past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Anaheim, . "He allowed us to stay in the game". "We're really comfortable on home ice and on the road, and it's a good feeling to get the first one".

After Johansen scored on a breakaway just 4:18 in, Neal doubled the lead on a power play with one of the easiest goals in recent history, escorting the puck unimpeded into the net when Gibson completely lost sight of the play. The Ducks recalled G Jhonas Enroth, LW Nic Kerdiles and C Sam Carrick from AHL San Diego.



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