Stanley Cup playoffs: Josi's late goal gives Predators 2-1 series lead

Rachel Hardy
May 18, 2017

Gibson handled 38 shots for the Ducks, who stay in Nashville for Game 4 on Thursday.

"You watch throughout the series and throughout the playoffs, he takes pride in throwing guys off their game", said Ducks defenceman Josh Manson.

Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks roared back from an early two-goal deficit to even the Western Conference finals with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Sunday night. Johansen said he didn't know how anyone could cheer for a guy like that constantly prodding and poking. The goal tied Silfverberg with Jake Guentzel of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the playoff lead with 9.

Subban for Weber looked like a long-term steal for the Predators as they got a younger, more mobile puck-moving defenseman in part because Montreal preferred a safer style of play. "It's only going to get escalated from here". With Nashville deriving the last shift change due to home-ice advantage, coach Peter Laviolette could opt to keep Johansen away from Kesler. "He'll be ready to play".

“Gibson played great, ” said Forsberg, who scored his sixth of the playoffs. "So hopefully it is working". Johansen had a goal and an assist, but Kesler's well-known style of physical play already has burrowed under his skin.

Johansen gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal at 4:18 of the first period. Once they coolly opened a crack in Rinne and the Nashville Predators, they started a deluge that evened the series.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Nashville, where the Predators have won nine straight playoff games dating to previous year, including a league-best 5-0 this postseason.

I say this since the Predators in the first round of the 2016 NHL Playoffs won the first two games in Anaheim.

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The Predators stole home ice with a split in Anaheim, but will they capitalize on their return to Bridgestone Arena?

They could be the favorites to win the Pacific Division next year, with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl down the middle, Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson on the blue line and Cam Talbot in net.

"Tonight's response after getting down 2-0 is a character builder for our group", said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle.

After going pointless in Game 1, Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf bounced back in Game 2. The Senators have gotten big performances from most of their top players like Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman while unsung hero Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been a playoff force for them this season just like he was a few years ago. "He's been a really good 200-foot, two-way player for us".

That means crunching the Predators whenever possible, a style the Ducks play very well. The 6-foot-3 forward has three combined hits throwing his big body around, including a big check on Calle Jarnkrok in the opener. They have tremendous scoring balance as their forwards and defensemen are all capable of chipping in. Patrick Eaves' absence has rendered the power play (PP) impotent.

A pair of Anaheim blunders allowed Nashville to take a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game.

"Obviously he's a focal point, he's a top center on their team but we take the mindset, 'We've just got to be better than the guy across from you, '" Kesler told NBCSN afterward.

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