Neal scored 9:24 into OT, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves and the Predators kicked off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. A goal by Sami Vatanen on the power play gave them the energy they needed and won 5 to 3, over the Nashville Predators.
Especially not on home ice.
The Nashville Predators triumphed over the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Since returning from a lower-body injury in late March, Gibson has gone 10-4-1, extending back to the regular season and not counting a no decision when he was pulled against the Flames. With this win, the Preds are the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win ten consecutive games at home in the playoffs.
For the Preds to keep their momentum alive, they'll need to find a way to translate their dominating pace - the same one that saw them fly past the Chicago Blackhawks two series ago - into. well, more goals. "It doesn't matter if we're up or down, you always want to help the team". We have our fans standing up the whole third period, literally, and cheering us on.
Anaheim's three second-period goals, netted by Jakob Silfverberg, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie, were the most any team has scored on Rinne in one period all postseason, and last night was the first time that he's allowed more than three goals in a game.
"I mean he just blows my mind", Johansen, who took a high-sticking penalty on Kesler, said of the extra treatment he's received from the Anaheim centre. Filip Forsberg tied the game with a deflection goal at 12:34 of the first, as Nashville heavily controlled the opening period.
"Gibby played well for us", Perry said. "We know how important these games are".
Game 3 is in Nashville on Tuesday.
NOTES: After going 0-for-20 on the power play over six consecutive games, Anaheim scored a power-play goal for the second straight contest. Johansen started the scoring off in the first period and later added an assist.
HollywoodLifers, who are you rooting for in this series, the Predators or the Ducks? They also won their third straight series opener on the road, continuing their month-long run of relentless postseason play. Josi was assisted on his goal by Viktor Arvidsson and Mattias Ekholm.
"So nobody should expect to go through the playoffs and not ever lose a game".
"Whoever was in, we had a ton of confidence in", captain Sidney Crosby said. "We know what we can do in the room".
"We just didn't do a very good job in front of him as far as managing the puck and then managing the people that were inside". In fact, we should all celebrate when we get 5-3 instead of 3-2. It is imperative because a Pittsburgh early lead forces Ottawa to play a more up-and-down the ice, wide-open style of game when the Senators are trailing, and that plays into the Penguins' strength in terms of generating scoring opportunities.
To start the festivities, the surprise singer of the National Anthem for the night was none other than award-winning country artist Keith Urban.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota waved the rally towel along with his offensive linemen from the band stage.