Johansen and Kesler take spotlight in Western Conference Final
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 11:51
That includes Jared Boll, who had only three points in 51 games during the regular season but has played each of the first two games against Nashville.
The Predators allowed more than three goals in this postseason for the first time in Sunday's 5-3 setback but can take solace in the fact that the next two games are at Bridgestone Arena, where they have won nine in a row in the playoffs since back-to-back defeats against Anaheim a year ago.
The teams played a scoreless first period, though the Predators surged toward the end of the opening 20 minutes, taking 13 of the last 14 shots on goal.
Officially, the Anaheim Ducks were outshot 40-20 by the Nashville Predators in Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Predators are the first National Hockey League team to win 10 straight playoff games at home since Detroit in 1997-98. "He's done really well, their lines playing really well, they're generating a lot", the coach said.
Nashville's top two scorers in the playoffs are forwards Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen; their next three top point producers are all defensemen, which indicates just how balanced a team they are from a scoring perspective.
"It's fun to play in front of these fans", said goalie Pekka Rinne, who has been in the nets for all 10 wins. He has been marvelous throughout the playoffs in between the pipes for the Predators but had his worst game of the postseason on Sunday night. They are, after all, the last visiting team to win a playoff game there, doing it twice last spring, although they still lost the first-round series in seven games.
The Ducks took advantage of their first power play to take a 1-0 lead with 4:25 left in the second period. "In terms of how he plays a 200-foot game and it is a compliment when you get that kind of attention", Subban told the media. "We knew the building was going to be loud and they were going to come hard".
While Young may be busy on the road for the They Don't Know Tour with Jason Aldean as well as promoting his brand new single, "Losing Sleep", but he still squeezes in enough time to bring his "fang fingers" out on display to watch the boys in gold and navy move on to the next playoff round. Nashville also had a pair of goals waved off eight seconds apart in the final period due to goaltender interference. "It gives us the extra boost and the extra energy we needed". "They were good around our net".
This is a strong correlated series from a side and total perspective in my view.
Game 2 was another tight, low-scoring game, but the ice was clearly tilted Pittsburgh's way in the third period.
Clearly, knocking Johansen off his game is important for Anaheim to advance. Quite possibly. The matchup of both Kesler and Johansen will certainly draw the attention of the officials as this series continues.