Filip Forsberg: Filip Forsberg scores in third straight game

Nashville Predators Ryan Johansen celebrates after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday

Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

The Predators and Ducks are tied up at 1-1 in their best of seven series. Zolnierczyk has appeared in seven of the Predators' first 12 playoff games and scored a goal in the first round against Chicago.

The Anaheim Ducks are repeatedly driving home one point against their opponents on their run to the Western Conference finals: No lead is safe against them. With two shots the goalkeeper failed.

The Nashville Predators took a 2-1 series lead in the NHL Western Conference Final following a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The Ducks managed a win in Game 2 despite being outshot once again. They're 6-0 at home in these playoffs and have won 10 straight home playoff games dating to last season.

"He's a guy that you love to have on your team and you hate to play against", Manson said.

"That's really it", Ekholm said.

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. "It doesn't matter if we're up or down, you always want to help the team".

The third period is when Gibson has flourished for Anaheim during the 2017 playoffs. "It gives us the extra boost and the extra energy we needed".

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 hated that they lost the second, but now they're coming home with it split one, one. "He allowed us to stay in the game".

Nashville's chance to make it 11 comes in Game 4 on Thursday (7 p.m., NBC Sports Network).

Ryan Johansen, James Neal and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators, and Viktor Arvidsson collected two assists. You can't go too high or too low after a loss or a win.

The Predators also have been physical, and defenseman P.K. Subban said he thinks they've been doing a good job so far, particularly Johansen. "We know what we can do in the room. We need to play the same way, and they're going to go in some time".

Will it result in a different bit of officiating in Game 3?

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. It's Nashville's answer to the octopus Detroit fans traditionally throw on the ice for good luck. "And on one flurry it went to 14", Carlyle said. "And we received the game a lot". "That's the best part of it". But the net came off its moorings just before the puck crossed the line, a decision that was upheld by review. This resulted penalties against both players, with McLeod receiving an additional minor penalty for instigating the fight. Perry then squeezed a wrister past Rinne from a severe angle to the right of the net. It was Perry's 35th career goal in the playoffs, tying him with Teemu Selanne for second in Anaheim's franchise history.

Roman Josi, Predators - Josi is tied with fellow defenseman Ryan Ellis with 10 points in these playoffs, second in the National Hockey League behind Erik Karlsson. Toronto coach Mike Babcock was spotted at the game.

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