Western Conference Final Series Tied 2-2 After Loss At Home For Predators

Friday, May 19, 2017 - by Carmen O'Hagan

The Anaheim Ducks became the first team to beat the Nashville Predators at home during this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, topping them 3-2 in overtime Thursday night.

The Ducks scored once in both the first and second periods while Nashville still hadn’t managed to get one in. Being down by two leading into the third period looked grim for the Predators, but with less than seven minutes remaining P.K. Subban capitalized on a power play to at least put the Predators on the board.

When the clock started to tick under a minute it looked like the Predators would finally get their first home game loss right then and there…but that wasn’t exactly the case. Filip Forsberg managed to get one past Ducks goalie John Gibson with about 30 seconds remaining to tie the game and take it into overtime.  Bridgestone Arena’s attendance of 17,423 set a hockey attendance record Thursday night; that same crowed also set a decibel record of 129.4 after the game tying goal.

Overtime began with very intense play from both teams, making short shifts and fast line changes. Unfortunately for the Preds, the Ducks managed to end it 10:25 into OT with a goal that deflected off of Subban’s stick.

After the game Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said they’re putting this game behind them immediately. “It kind of has to be behind us already, and we have to focus on the next one,” he said, “Of course, that’s a missed opportunity, but we battled back and obviously didn’t have a good start. Not a good first period. But we battled back and showed a lot of character. We worked hard and got back into the game and it felt good to get that second goal at the end.”

“It’s the playoffs. You have to move on,” Forsberg said of the night’s loss. “It’s a big game coming up on Saturday and that’s what we’re going to focus on right now.”

Predators Captain Mike Fisher left the game early after taking a knee to the face during play. After the game Coach Peter Laviolette simply said Fisher was being evaluated and did not comment further.

This is now a best-of-three series. Game 5 between the Ducks and the Predators takes place Saturday in Anaheim and airs on NBC at 7:15 p.m. ET. Game Six is set for Monday night in Nashville at 8 p.m. ET.


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