Sports Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT

13:55  19 may  2017
13:55  19 may  2017 Source:   MSN

Key head-to-head matchups in NHL conference finals

  Key head-to-head matchups in NHL conference finals It’s easy to guess that the Anaheim Ducks spent part of Thursday scheming to minimize the impact Nashville Predators defensemen are having on the score sheet. The Pittsburgh Penguins have seen plenty of video of how defenseman Erik Karlsson can dominate a game. The Ottawa Senators have to be wondering what to do with the Penguins’ speed. Predators coach Peter Laviolette has to be pondering his options against Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf. Here’s a look at some individual matchups that could decide the Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh and Nashville vs. Anaheim conference finals: Anaheim center Ryan Kesler vs. Nashville center Ryan Johansen Nashville general manager David Poile’s midseason 2015-16 trade of defenseman Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen has played a major role in helping the Predators reach the Western Conference final for the first time. With nine points in 10 games, Johansen has been a true No. 1 center. But he will receive another stern test in this series if Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle opts to match up Ryan Kesler against him. Nashville fans are quite familiar with Kesler because he almost single-handedly beat the Predators in a 2011 playoff series when he played for Vancouver. He was involved in 11 of the Canucks’ 14 goals. Then-Predators coach Barry Trotz called Kesler’s performance "incredible." Kesler still has offensive capability, but these days we talk about his all-around game, particularly his defensive work. He plays with a sense of dislike for his opponent.

Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson (44) and center Ryan Getzlaf, second from right, celebrate after beating the Nashville Predators in overtime in Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- ��� Corey Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators ' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3 - 2 victory Thursday night that evened the Western Conference finals at 2 - 2 .

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Neal's OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West final

  Neal's OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West final Neal's OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West finalPekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators, who continued their dominant surge through these Stanley Cup playoffs with a strong start and a gritty overtime effort after Hampus Lindholm's first playoff goal in two years tied it for the Ducks.

Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson (44) and center Ryan Getzlaf, second from right, celebrate after beating the Nashville Predators in overtime in Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs The Ducks won 3 - 2 to even the series 2 - 2 . (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey).

NASHVILLE — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this post-season, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2 - 2 . They went 4-0 in OT on their way to winning the 2007 Stanley Cup. Game 5 is Saturday night in Anaheim.

  Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT © Provided by thecanadianpress.com

NASHVILLE - Corey Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night that evened the Western Conference finals at 2-2.

John Gibson made 32 saves for Anaheim, which was the last team to beat the Predators in Nashville in the playoffs last spring in Game 4 of their first-round series.

Rickard Rakell and Nick Ritchie staked the Ducks to a 2-0 lead. But Subban scored with 6:27 left, and Filip Forsberg tied it with 34.5 seconds remaining in regulation with his fourth goal in four games.

The Predators had matched the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings with their 10-game winning streak but missed matching Colorado's 11-0 playoff run in 1996-97.

Perry ended the second overtime in this series with a goal originally credited to Thompson.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Anaheim.

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Ducks face elimination in Game 6 vs Predators .
It has turned into a battle of attrition in the Western Conference Finals. One more loss and the Anaheim Ducks will have until September to rest. One more win and the Nashville Predators clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.Saturday night’s 3-1 defeat to the equally shorthanded Nashville Predators put Anaheim in a 3-2 hole, requiring it to win Game 6 Monday night in the cauldron of noise known as Bridgestone Arena.In their second elimination game of the postseason, the Ducks edged Edmonton 2-1 in Game 7 of the conference semifinals on May 10.

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