Perry also tied Teemu Selanne's franchise record with his eighth winning goal and moved past Selanne for sole possession of second in Ducks' history with his 36th post-season goal. With captain Mike Fisher's status unknown for Game 5, the Predators could be down to their two top centers in an evenly played series.
With 9:38 left in the second, forward Nick Ritchie wired a wrist shot past Rinne for his fourth of the postseason to double the Ducks' lead. Forward Filip Forsberg has scored in each game of the series, with Tuesday's tying tally in the third period boosting his playoff total to a team-leading six goals. Perry has three overtime goals this year. Perry then squeezed a wrister past Rinne from a severe angle to the right of the net.
- Pekka Rinne was once again outstanding and was the only reason Nashville was within shouting distance when the third period began. They also could activate 37-year-old center Vernon Fiddler, who played in the first two games of the conference finals before sitting out the last two.
Most importantly, the Nashville Predators took a 2-1 lead in the NHL's Western Conference Finals.
"I don't really care at this point as long as it goes in the net", Thompson said. They are 4-1 with the lone loss in this series opener to Nashville. The victor that night will be one win shy of advancing to the Stanley Cup finals.
Predators players routinely answer questions about how great the fans have been, both in the regular season and playoffs, but its reacheda new levelover the last handful of games.
"We thought we were outcompeted last game, so it feels good to take care of business and get a split on the road and now it's best out of three", Ducks center Andrew Cogliano said. Sure, Fleury rightfully gets a lot of the blame for Game 3's demolition, but the Penguins defense was caught sleeping on a few occasions in the first period, including Mark Streit allowing Derick Brassard to take the right side of the crease nearly uncontested for the third goal. The Capitals would fight back to force a game seven after a 5-2 win in Pittsburgh.
"And watching P.K. (Subban) play against the top line is something".
"You look back and you say, 'Hey, we played Game 7 a week ago today, '" Carlyle said Wednesday.
The Good - The comeback... it showed the heart of this team. The Nashville Predators have lost three straight games when allowing more than two goals.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Predators are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -145 to win, while the Ducks are listed with a money line of +130 to prevail.
In John Gibson and Frederik Andersen, who had combined for the league's lowest goals-against average in 2015-16, the Ducks had arguably the best tandem in the NHL.
Anaheim wound up outshooting Nashville 14-2 in the first period thanks to the Predators being credited for a shot during the intermission. Unfortunately for the Preds, the Ducks managed to end it 10:25 into OT with a goal that deflected off of Subban's stick. I can't think of how many times I have written about slow starts this season, a lot of them were covered by an outstanding second period, that wasn't the case last night.