Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Whicker: Ducks dodge disaster to tie series

Whicker: Ducks dodge disaster to tie series

The home team got off to a awful start (outshot 14-2 in the first period), trailed by two well into the third period but managed to get it to overtime with two goals in the final six and half minutes of regulation, the second by Filip Forsberg with 34.5 seconds to go and the Nashville net empty. Forward Filip Forsberg has scored in each game of the series, with Tuesday's tying tally in the third period boosting his playoff total to a team-leading six goals.

Perry's goal started when he stopped the puck on a rimming attempt from Subban and shot it toward the net.

"They caught a lucky bounce tonight on the redirect that ended up being a difference maker", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. Corey Perry provided the game victor.

As I said the blame can go either way, but since its a team sport the entire team is at fault.

Thompson scored a game-winning goal off a deflection in overtime, giving the Ducks a 3-2 win over the Predators in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. In a postseason that has seen almost a record level of overtimes, this one proved to be one of the most exciting. In each case the team that won Game 5 (Chicago in 2010, Nashville in 2011) won the series. Perry's a proven playoff performer, having helped the Ducks win the 2007 Stanley Cup.

Changing assignments: The Ducks' more efficient offense early in the game was facilitated in part by Ryan Kesler no longer being required to shadow Nashville's leading playoff scorer, Ryan Johansen. Anaheim picked up a couple of cheap penalties late in regulation, and the Predators set up shop down at the Ducks end of the ice, outshooting Anaheim 11-5 in the third. "It doesn't matter when it is in the game, you've got to go back, you've got to think of what's on that list and adversity is one of them, ebbs and flows of a game".

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Streit was making his playoff debut for the increasingly battered Pens, who lost Justin Schultz and Bryan Rust to upper-body injuries in Game 2. "I can't say enough about the way we came in here after that third period". "I don't think we showed up in the first, and then after that we played better".

PIT vs. OTT - OTT leads 2-1 - Game four is tomorrow night in Ottawa.

A big question on everyone's mind is who will be singing the national anthem Thursday night. With Frederik Andersen in need of a new contract, the team traded him to Toronto and decided that 23-year-old John Gibson was ready to assume the No. 1 job.

Fisher got tangled up with Ducks defenseman Josh Manson, who jumped high in the air to swat a puck away from the front of his net.

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

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