Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predators regain West finals lead, stay unbeaten at home

Postado Mai 19, 2017

The Ducks have been outshot by a total of 119-76 through three games in the Western Conference Final. Through the first two games of the series, Gibson has seen Nashville fire off 79 shots on goal, the most he's seen in consecutive games all postseason.

At least the fans had Southern California's murderous Friday afternoon traffic as a good excuse. Jason came off stage, we were all backstage...me, him, Kane (Brown), a big group of people all watching the Preds game, when they took game one from Anaheim.

Ritchie, the power forward making his first career playoff run, scored the winning goal in Game 7 against Edmonton.

We are right in the middle of the Conference Finals in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and in this week's column, I'll be taking a look at how each series has played out to this point and what we can use moving forward to cash some playoff tickets on the ice. We've been doing that the whole playoffs. Unfortunately, it's kind of their thing.

Offensively, Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf notched three assists, while Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen each had multi-point nights for Nashville.

Game Three may have felt like it had a slow start, with the game remaining scoreless at the end of the first period. Now the action moves to Bridgestone Arena where Nashville will host the next two games.

The Ducks do nearly nothing easily. He hadn't allowed four goals (or more) in a game since March 13 against Winnipeg, a stretch of 21 games.

"I'm just trying to go out there and play hockey and it sucks when you've got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift", said Johansen, who has never met a checker who is quite so, er, handsy.

Josi's goal was the first power-play tally of the series for Nashville. Anaheim still rallied to force overtime on Hampus Lindholm's clutch third-period goal, but James Neal ended it for Nashville.

Now the question is not can the Ducks win on the road, it is will they win on the road?

"Starts in the playoffs are huge", Anaheim defenceman Cam Fowler said. But, as they had done time and time again, they managed to dig themselves out and for the fourth time of these playoffs won a game in which they had trailed 2-0.

The overachieving Predators have been going full steam through the postseason and it appeared for awhile on Sunday that they weren't going to take their foot off the gas. While Neal scored the victor, he was only open to score on P.K. Subban's pass because the defenceman froze the entire Anaheim defence with a picture-perfect shot fake. "Certainly for him, I'm sure there was a little adjustment". He's just ... he thinks he's getting under guys' skin but he's just ... No one has gotten to the Predators since.

Crosby in Control - Sidney Crosby couldn't help the Penguins scoring effort, but you know that he has to step up at some point if Pittsburgh is going to turn on its high-scoring mode. He couldn't complete it but Filip Forsberg followed up and put it in the open net with Gibson sprawled on the ice.

Nashville showed its own resilience in Game 1 after a third period described by coach Peter Laviolette as their worst in a long while.

"Gibby played well for us", Perry said. "It gives us the extra boost and the extra energy we needed".