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Power play in the 3rd propels Preds to a 2-1 lead in series with win over Ducks

Two-games shy of the Stanley Cup, the Predators will look to their Seventh Man advantage to secure another home win on Thursday's Game 4 at Bridgestone Arena. Look for the Ducks to be desperate, because another loss will put them on the brink of elimination

 

May 16 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS – GAME 3 – PREDATORS LEAD SERIES 2-1

1 2 3 T
ANA 0 1 0 1
NSH 0 0 2 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left in the third period, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1, taking the series lead to 2-1.  Tuesday night the Nashville Predators are making history from here on into the series as it is their first-ever home game in the Western Conference finals.

The win came in front of the 47th sold out game of the year.

The Predators grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series with their 10th straight home win in the postseason going back to last season.

The crowd heaved a huge sigh of relief with Jose’s game winning shot for the Predators,  who were 0-for-11 with the man advantage in the series up until the defenseman jumped off a Mattias Ekholm shot. Nashville has struggled with the power play all season and into the playoffs. Through the first two rounds, the Predators went 5-for-25 with the man advantage.

Forsberg ties the game up in the third 

Flip Forsberg tied it up at 3:54 of the third as the Predators rallied for the win against an Anaheim team that has notched four comeback victories already when trailing by multiple goals this postseason. Forsberg responded after being poked by Gibson following the whistle, upset after a shot went off him. The home crowd gets in on the mix tossing towels onto the ice after officials waved off first a would-be goal by Colton Sissons at 6:25 and then Ryan Johansen’s goal at 6:33.

In the second and a score of 0-0, more controversy ensues with an ill-timed brouhaha between Cody  McLeod and Ducks winger Jared Boll.

Boll checks  Harry Zolnierczyk and in response  winger McLeod dropped his gloves to take fourth-liner Boll. The heated exchange resulted in a two-minute instigator penalty for McLeod, a furious tirade directed at the officials by Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, and an Anaheim score on the power play.

Playoff hockey heats up the ice.
Chris Wagner went to the box for high-sticking Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis with 3:55 left.

Nashville had been 0 of 11 on the power play in this series, 0-15 in the playoffs until Josi ended that streak with his slap from the right off an assist from Viktor Arvidsson..

The Ducks finally got the faster start they missed in the first two games in Anaheim, outshooting Nashville 8-4 to open the game.

But the Predators took the next 11 shots and outshot Anaheim 40-20 for the game.

The Predators held the Ducks without a shot throughout the second period until 8:12 left when Brandon Montour put a backhand on Rinne, a puck that went across the goal line.

But the net came off its moorings at the same time with Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm crashing into it. Referee Brad Meier immediately waved off the goal, which was upheld on review.

Notes: Perry tied Teemu Selanne (35) for the second-most playoff goals in franchise history. … Ryan Ellis had an assist on Forsberg’s goal, giving him 10 points in the postseason and a Nashville record for defensemen. … Nashville defensemen have scored 10 goals this postseason. … Toronto coach Mike Babcock was spotted at the game.

2017 POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT GOALIE TOP PERFORMER SF-SA PP PK
Thu, Apr 13 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 1.00 20-29 0-1 2-2
Sat, Apr 15 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 1.00 29-30 1-3 2-2
Mon, Apr 17 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.94 49-36 0-1 2-3
Thu, Apr 20 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.97 26-31 0-3 1-2
CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT GOALIE TOP PERFORMER SF-SA PP PK
Wed, Apr 26 Rinne Subban, G: 1, A: 2 32-30 2-3 1-1
Fri, Apr 28 Rinne Ellis, G: 1, A: 1 24-20 0-0 4-5
Sun, Apr 30 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.96 34-23 0-3 1-1
Tue, May 2 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.97 25-33 1-4 2-2
Fri, May 5 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.94 22-32 1-3 5-5
Sun, May 7 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.96 18-24 0-4 1-1
CONFERENCE FINALS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT GOALIE TOP PERFORMER SF-SA PP PK
Fri, May 12 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.93 46-29 0-5 4-4
Sun, May 14 Rinne Johansen, G: 1, A: 1 33-27 0-3 1-2
Tue, May 16 Rinne Rinne, SV%: 0.95 40-20 1-4 1-2
Thu, May 18 8:00 PM NBCSN
Sat, May 20 7:15 PM NBC
Mon, May 22 8:00 PM NBCSN
Wed, May 24 9:00 PM NBCSN

All I do is win win win no matter what
Got money on my mind I can never get enough
And every time I step up in the buildin’
Everybody hands go up
And they stay there
And they say yeah
And they stay there
Up down, up down, up down
‘Cause all I do is win win win
And if you goin’ in put your hands in the air
Make ’em stay there

 

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