Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators: Western Conference final breakdown

Paola Ditto
Mag 24, 2017

Now that the Oilers are once again in the playoffs, he and his brothers are hoping to recreate the special backyard party atmosphere for their children.

Finland's Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and the Nashville Predators reached their first Western Conference final with a 3-1 win over St. Louis in the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs on Sunday.

The Edmonton Oilers and Ducks will battle tonight for one last time this season in Anaheim, it's Game 7 of their second round Stanley Cup Playoff series. Laviolette's Predators are a fast, up-tempo, offensively strong squad that is also allowing just 1.4 goals per game defensively.

Nashville has shown no intimidation when outside of unblemished Bridgestone Arena, where it has won nine consecutive home playoff games.

Nashville dominated the tired Ducks, and Forsberg forced a turnover on a forecheck before tipping Matt Irwin's shot through Gibson for his fourth goal.

While Rinne was Rinne, Ducks goalie John Gibson was no slouch.

"I can go months without cursing, but in the context of a hockey game I drop F-bombs about every five minutes", Stein said.

"Overall, we have to start from the get-go", Lindholm said. "We continue to get contributions from everyone". The Ducks also acquired 30-goal-scorer Patrick Eaves, who is now injured, at the Trade Deadline.

Rinne and the Predators ousted the Ducks in six games in 2011 for their first ever playoff series victory. "From the flipside, the positive is we lost in overtime, so I think we were able to weather the storm in terms of how (Nashville) came out".

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle didn't blame Gibson and said it's about the entire team being better.

Getzlaf and Perry have combined for only seven points in six chances in Game 7 going into another one at home against Edmonton. "But I think there are a lot of positives we can take from this year".

"I liked the way we played in the first round better than in round two", Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said. The Ducks will need more of the game seven GIbson than the one who has struggled at times. The Predators had three days off after their series win against the St. Louis Blues and appeared to be the quicker team throughout. "Game 7" in his first chance with Washington. "They're an aggressive team that can skate".

"It's going to be insane. we've been waiting since '06 to get down here", said fan Jason Jordan Gogal. Shea Theodore carried the puck in front of his own net.

The Predators then hammered away to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period behind goals from Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson. The goal set a franchise postseason record.

Steve Ott, Montreal: Had no points in 12:22 of ice time during Montreal's playoff run.

Gibson made possibly his biggest save of the night by sliding across his crease to stone Roman Josi's blast from the face off dot with the Predators on a two-man advantage in the third, keeping it a 2-1 score. It was Watson's first of the postseason and it came off a well-placed cross-ice pass from Ryan Johansen.

As a whole, the Ducks mounted a much better period in the third.

With a defensive corps that compares favorably to Anaheim's depth, it's no surprise that three of the top five scorers for Nashville are defensemen.

NOTES: Edmonton scratched D Andrej Sekera, D Mark Fayne, D Griffin Reinhart, LW Matt Hendricks, RW Iiro Pakarinen, C Anton Lander, LW Jujhar Khaira, D Jordan Oesterle and D Joey LaLeggia.

"We're just trying to shoot where there is open spot", Kuznetsov said. Sami Vatanen found Ritchie in the near circle for his first point of the post-season, while Ritchie hadn't contributed a point since Game 3 against the Calgary Flames.

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