Predators rally to beat Ducks
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 1:55
How it happened: In the franchise's first home game in the conference finals, Nashville nearly played second fiddle to Gibson. The Predators now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Ducks.
Nashville, however, finally made the most of its decided shot advantage with a little under four minutes gone in the third period.
Filip Forsberg, Predators - Forsberg has a goal in all three games in the series, bringing his playoff point total to 11.
It looked like Ryan Johansen would then be the hero with his rebound goal, but that too was waved off for an interference penalty on Mattias Ekholm after he couldn't avoid Gibson on his drive of the net.
Stymied time after time by Ducks goaltender John Gibson on Tuesday, denied apparent goals twice when they too enthusiastically crashed into him, the Predators wrested a gutsy 2-1 victory from the Ducks and took a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Anaheim led 1-0 after 40 minutes but lost for the first time in the postseason when taking a lead into the third period.
Forsberg tied the game at one with his goal at the 3:54 mark of the third period.
"You could sense going into the third period, the guys were saying the right things, they were confident", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.
However, that was the only goal the Ducks managed against the Predators, who did a good job keeping Anaheim's big forwards away from the crease.
The Nashville Predators are in the middle of an incredible postseason run, as they are appearing in their first conference finals in franchise history. They might have outscored the Ducks by only one goal, but their efforts were that of a team desperate to overwhelm with aggressiveness and persistent in attempts to capitalize on some undisciplined play by the Ducks. "We knew the building was going to be loud and they were going to come hard". However, the net came off its moorings just before the puck crossed the line, a decision that was upheld by review. "There are not many goals that are going to be scored now that are going to be nice".
On the ensuing power play, Corey Perry delivered the knockout blow that McLeod couldnt.
Gibson played great, said Forsberg, who scored his sixth of the playoffs.