Ducks' Ryan Kesler now knows he's rattled Preds' Johansen

Some are dressed in stripes.

Just two days after surviving Edmonton, the Ducks had to face Nashville in an early-starting game - and they were promptly outskated and outclassed for long stretches by the well-rested Predators.

Not only was that apparent goal not allowed, but Ekholm was penalized for goalie interference at 6:33.

Two wins from the first NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville history, the Predators have all the makings of a team of destiny.

For the Predators, it would have been an easy opportunity to throw up their hands and pack it in.

"It's playoff hockey. They're going to go to the net".

The Anaheim Ducks bounced back in Game 2 to defeat the Nashville Predators, 5-3. The Ducks have built their season on a remarkable resilience, but they realize they probably can't make another tardy start in Game 2 on Sunday night against Nashville, the Stanley Cup playoffs' best team so far.

The U.S. takes on Finland in Thursday's quarterfinals.

Both teams had some quality chances in the first.

"We just stayed with it", Josi said. We were watching the Preds game actually after Jason's show... And the wait was definitely worth it. The Predators, competing in their first conference finals, have never been in this situation before, but they and their fans are making a lot of noise this spring.

The Nashville Predators triumphed over the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. "And on one flurry it went to 14", Carlyle said. I haven't been in a building with that much energy in my career. Instead of relying on the officials to call the penalties that needed to be called, Johansen seemed focused on the inequities of the game and his high-sticking penalty on Kesler underscored this belief. The veteran sniper has found the net in each of the first two games.

"It just blows my mind", Johansen said. No one has gotten to the Predators since. Perry opened the scoring on the ensuing Ducks power play, leaving the home crowd noticeably upset. The team's committed multiple penalties during the second period, including ones for a fight that broke out between the Preds' Cody McLeod and the Ducks' Jared Boll.

Josi's game-winner was the first power-play goal of the series for Nashville. Prior to Game 2, Arvidsson had scored only one point in his last seven playoff games. Forsberg scored to give Nashville the lead back at the eight-minute mark, but Ondrej Kase tied the game back up less than three minutes later.

Another time, Anaheims Brandon Montour fanned on a shot that snuck underneath Rinnes pads. However, the net came off its moorings just before the puck crossed the line, a decision that was upheld by review. Headlined: "Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson keeps emotions - and his opposition - in check", clearly Mr. Knoll and I don't share the same viewpoint.

The most violent collisions in Gibson's blue paint included heavy contact with Predators center Mike Fisher in the second period and two apparent goals in the third period, each quickly disallowed by the referees because Gibson was bowled over by Nashville attackers.

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