Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

With tension rising, Predators host Ducks in Game 3

Jakob Silfverberg tied the game at 2 for the Ducks in the second-period. Taking back the momentum until Filip Forsberg got his 5th of the playoffs to snatch the lead back for the Predators... for exactly 2:42. With his second-period goal and 35th of his playoff career, Ducks RW Corey Perry tied Teemu Selanne for second on the franchise's all-time playoff goals list. After a late power play goal to cut the score to 2-1, and some key intermission line-up shuffling from Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, Anaheim was able to slice through Nashville's coverage like butter on toast.

When Ottawa scores the first goal, as they did in Game 1, they can tighten the screws with their modified trap and make it hard for Pittsburgh to produce scoring chances created with their speed through the middle of the ice, which they are used to doing against many teams.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the win, while the Ducks' John Gibson stopped 38 shots. 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.

Instead, Anaheim rallied from a two-goal or larger deficit to win for the fourth time this postseason, matching wins in Game 3 against Calgary in the first round, and Game 4 and Game 5 against Edmonton in the second round. "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 think he's done a good job".

Nashville had been 0 of 11 on the power play in this series.

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Otherwise, these Penguins could turn into mice and continue to get caught in the Senators' trap.

That streak extended to eight games Tuesday night. He's done it a handful of times in the postseason, and I don't think he's done yet.

"You could sense going into that third period the guys were saying the right things".

"Today's player wants to know why you're doing something", said Carlyle, who won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 but was sacked five years later. Tying it up to one game each, the Preds hope their home game advantage for Game Three will only encourage that Smashville spirit. "And we received the game a lot". While Pittsburgh insisted it would have no problem hitting reset with a spot in the Stanley Cup finals on the line, there was a dip in intensity both on the ice and in the stands. The Chicago Blackhawks were unable to disrupt the Predators during their first-round sweep, and St. Louis won twice on home ice by drawing penalties in a series the Predators finished in six games.

"We understand, they wait", Malkin said. No one has gotten to the Predators since. And as a team that's - it gives us that extra boost. The breakthrough came 14:32 into the first when Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin left a blind drop pass behind his net that Ryan intercepted and slipped to Pageau in the right circle. Nashville has looked like the better team through a pair of games in Anaheim.

Kesler leaned against a wall in the hallway outside the Anaheim dressing room and said he laughed when he heard Johansen's comments.

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