Preds Look To Seize Control Of Series In Game 2

Cheryl Sanders
May 14, 2017

The Anaheim Ducks are just four wins away from making it back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Coupled with their defense, Rinne is demonstrating the form that made him a two-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goaltender as voted by general managers. How much of a role could the Ducks' revenge factor play with a Stanley Cup final appearance at stake?

Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for the Predators, who improved to 9-2 in this National Hockey League postseason. "One thing that we've stated is that the will that has been demonstrated by the penalty killing ... has exceeded our power play's will".

"It shows a lot of character", Rinne said.

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game.

"Whoever wins the series gets to play for the Cup", Predators captain Mike Fisher said.

The Ducks will be back on ice two days after finishing off Edmonton in Game 7. We've been doing that the whole playoffs. "It's always a great thing for Switzerland if you can beat a team like that".

Shea Theodore - Anaheim's rookie blueliner had a tough game (8 for, 17 against, 32.0 CF%, 4-7 scoring chances) in a 3-2 overtime loss to Nashville. Rinne picked up right where he left off last season when Nashville eliminated Anaheim from the first round in seven games, but Gibson responded with a second straight superb playoff performance. Ritchie's second career playoff goal put the Ducks ahead in a Game 7 for the first time in five years - and ahead of the Oilers for the first time in almost 193 minutes since late in Game 4.

"I don't know if it hit the goalie or the player that was laying in front still", Neal said.

While the Anaheim Ducks were back on the ice less than 48 hours after they had advanced out of the second round, the Nashville Predators had not played since last Sunday.

"No guy will use that as an excuse", said center Nate Thompson, who won the faceoff that led to Lindholm's tying goal. "We've built a team to try to win a Stanley Cup".

That might have been the question after Pekka Rinne waved at a fluttering puck that Jakob Silfverberg somehow snuck into the top corner five minutes into Game 1 of the Western Conference final. They then took down the St. Louis Blues in six close games.

For his part, Rinne stopped 27 of 29 shots, while Gibson made 43 saves on the night. The first two games were blowouts. At times, we're not even getting set up into our spots ... "We're going to have to be prepared, and we'll start that process tonight and tomorrow morning". At the very least we have to give our group momentum.

The Nashville Predators were the Western Conference's lowest seed entering the National Hockey League playoffs.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Getzlaf got off to a miserable start to the season with only two goals in his first 26 games, but has been superb in the playoffs with eight goals and seven assists. Anaheim was without two key injured veterans.

NOTES: With Oilers D Andrej Sekera (undisclosed injury) out for the series, Eric Gryba was active for the second straight game. … The Ducks scratched RW Patrick Eaves (foot) and D Kevin Bieksa (lower body). It was Watson's first goal, but at the same time he was the 15th Nashville player to score in these playoffs, a testament to the team's depth.

Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. The sellout crowd filled in throughout the night.

Igniting their dormant power play would make their task a bit easier.

"I don't think you can put it any other way", Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano said.

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