The Nashville Predators lost the game 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks, but more importantly lost an opportunity to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Instead, the Western Conference Final Series is tied 2-2 and the Ducks now have home-ice advantage again as 2 of the next possible 3 games will be in Anaheim. The next game is set for Sunday at 6:15 CT.
The desperate Ducks came out flying in the 1st period Thursday night, out-shooting the Predators 14-2 in the frame and built a 1-0 lead with a goal by Rickard Rakell at 11:30 of the 1st.
Nashville seemed to seize the momentum back in the 2nd stanza, but Anaheim managed to get the period’s only tally with a when Nick Ritchie wrister beat Predators netminder Pekka Rinne 10:22 into the 2nd and the Ducks had a 2-0 lead. Nashville continued to crank up the offense but could get nothing by Ducks goalie John Gibson, and the Ducks led 2-0 after 2. Nashville out-shot the Anaheim 18-12 in the period.
The 3rd period was as intense as any in the series as Nashville continued to pressure Anaheim keeping the play on the Ducks end. Nashville finally got on the scoreboard 13;33 into the 3rd with a goal by P.K. Subban. The Predators and the gold clad crowd continued to crank it up, but nothing was getting by Gibson. Finally, after pulling Rinne for the extra attacker, Filip Forsberg poked home a rebound to tie the game at 2-2 with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation to send the Predators faithful into delirium.
Nashville seemed to have the game on their side in the extra frame, but the Ducks Corey Perry got the game-winner after the puck went off P.K. Subban past Pekka Rinne 10:25 into OT.