Miller: Ondrej Kase's motor powers Ducks in comeback win

The Ducks won Games 3 and 4 of last year's first round 3-0 and 4-1, respectively, but failed when they came back and had the opportunity to close out that series in Game 6.

The Predators took a 2-0 lead when Anaheim goalie John Gibson lost track of the puck and allowed Canadian Neal to get in behind him and score into an empty cage.

The Predators now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Ducks. Anaheim last scored a PP goal in game two of the previous round.

Especially not on home ice.

Nick Ritchie scored the eventual winning goal as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators 5-3 Sunday to even their Western Conference finals series at 1-1.

The Titans have been regulars in Smashville the past two seasons, including head coach Mike Mularkey, who is also in attendance for Game 3 Tuesday night.

The Predators are the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games. For the final 10 minutes, fans stood and rallied behind their team to keep pushing, keep pressing and keep battling. The spirited exchange resulted in a two-minute instigator penalty for McLeod and a furious tirade directed at the officials by Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, who felt Boll's hit merited a penalty.

They have limited the Pittsburgh Penguins to two goals. The two could be seen jousting throughout Sunday's Game 2, with Kesler appearing to catch Johansen with an apparent elbow in the third period.

Nashville tied the game 1-1 with 16:06 left in the third when Filip Forsberg scored his team-leading sixth goal of the postseason.

Both goals were waved off within three minutes of Forsberg's goal, but the Predators kept pressing with Josi scoring Nashville's first power-play goal of the series for the win.

"He can say whatever he wants though, I'm not going to change my game".

Ducks goalie John Gibson made 38 saves, and Corey Perry scored a power-play goal in the second period for Anaheim.

Before we go awarding this cage match to Kesler, however, let's consider three things.

Game 4 is set for Thursday in Nashville.

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

Despite those disappointments, the Predators remained focused and continued to swarm over the fading Ducks before they finally capitalized on that late power play. Mattias Ekholm's initial shot deflected off Viktor Arvidsson in front of the Anaheim net, and Josi knocked home the rebound.

That carried over to start the second with Austin Watson scoring his first goal of the playoffs to give Nashville the lead.

"I didn't think we executed with the puck properly tonight, which caused us a lot [more] headaches than needed", he said. "We know what we can do in the room". "It's nearly like we feel, 'Oh, we've got nothing to lose now.' It's nearly like that's when we play our best game".

Ottawa has been playing too well as a team for too long now to not consider them a threat in this series and they have already shown they have it in them to seriously push the defending champs.

The Predators didn't hold back on star power for the biggest game in franchise history.

  • Julie Sanders