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What to Watch for: Predators put flawless home record on the line

What to Watch for: Predators put flawless home record on the line

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.

Nick Ritchie broke a 3-3 tie late in the second period on an assist from Ryan Getzlaf, who set up three goals.

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

Ryan Kesler knows that he has managed to rattle Predators center Ryan Johansen and the veteran Anaheim Ducks center doesn't plan on easing up.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle paid tribute to Gibson's shot-stopping work in goal.

So who exactly is going to provide the offence needed for the Ducks if they're going to hit the scoresheet in Nashville?

Nashville also had two more goal shots waved off in one eight-second spell, both denied by goaltender interference.

"It just blows my mind", Johansen said. Like his family and his friends watching him play, I don't know how you cheer for a guy like that.




The Ducks tied the game at 7:21 of the third off a faceoff. The Ducks were very much in control after that, getting the tying goal from Silfverberg just 39 seconds into the second period.

This is not to say that Rinne's Conn Smythe-worthy performance through the first two rounds has completely evaporated, but his peer in the other net has been by far the better netminder through the first two games of the series - Gibson stopped 43 to Rinne's 27 in Nashville's double-overtime Game 1 victory.

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said Kesler would be in his head a little bit if he was playing against one of the finalists for the Selke trophy given to the NHL's best defensive forward.

The Ducks' desire to dump Bobby Ryan in the summer of 2013 is finally starting to work out for the Senators, who paid a hefty price of Jakob Silfverberg and prospect Stefan Noesen (more on that later) to get the scoring winger.

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) - The United States has won Group A at the world ice hockey championship by erasing three one-goal deficits in a 5-3 win over Russian Federation in Cologne, Germany. Two of his three goals in the playoffs have been game-winners.

The NHL playoff game between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators will be broadcast on the NBCSN and Sportsnet and CBC in Canada. We had a good series against Anaheim, there's a couple of results I didn't like. I thought (Ducks goalie John) Gibson played a strong game tonight, but guys stuck with it.

After a 1st period on Friday in which the Ducks looked tired and hungover from a Game 7 victory against the Edmonton Oilers, the team again looked like they had just barely awoken from a lazy Sunday afternoon nap. With Nashville deriving the last shift change due to home-ice advantage, coach Peter Laviolette could opt to keep Johansen away from Kesler.

Kesler interprets Johansen's comments as proof what he's doing is working. They even had less power plays but converted on half of them. "They found a way to claw back", said forward Johansen.


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