Johansen and Kesler take spotlight in Western Conference Final

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

But try explaining that to a sold-out crowd, who chanted, “Refs, you suck!” and littered the ice with bright yellow rally towels after two goals were disallowed less than 10 seconds apart.

Nick Ritchie's go-ahead goal was the worst of the lot at 17:07 of the second period. Instead, they got angry. Kase scored the tying goal in the second period - his first of the playoffs - as part of a huge night for that line that saw Getzlaf collect three assists and Ritchie score the decisive tally, his second-game victor in three contests. The night the Predators came back from a third period deficit to reclaim a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final.

Game 3 is in Nashville on Tuesday. Draymond: "You want to beat a team at full strength'Wilbon: Spurs let ch".

"Gibby played well for us", Perry said. And the wait was definitely worth it. The noise is unrelenting, whether because of what the home team is doing or the fans' choreographed cheers. He led the tournament with a.955 save percentage in seven games, surrendering just five even-strength goals in that time. I saw him on his back five, six times and he stood in and made the saves he's supposed to, and some that he shouldn't. I havent been in a building with that much energy in my life.”.

Game 2 is Sunday night.

The Nashville Predators are now two wins away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

Anaheim center Ryan Kessler has the unenviable job of shutting down the opposing team's top line.

Of course, it wasnt just Johansen that Nashville had to worry about.

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Evidently, the pitched fish was meant to carry on a Nashville Predators tradition, although it also allowed the Ducks, at the start, to be only the second most-dead thing inside Honda Center.

Having mounted little attack to start the game, the Ducks looked to have taken a 1-0 lead with 8:18 elapsed in the second period. This resulted penalties against both players, with McLeod receiving an additional minor penalty for instigating the fight. "We knew what was going to happen", Ducks right wing Corey Perry said.

The Predators took another lead when Forsberg converted a rebound of a breakaway by speedy Viktor Arvidsson, who had two assists. Pekka Rinne has given up 20 goals on 343 shots faced.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (2008) and Los Angeles Kings (2012-13) had nine-game streaks in recent years, but not since the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 1997 has a team gotten to double digits.

Another time, Anaheims Brandon Montour fanned on a shot that snuck underneath Rinnes pads. But the net came off its moorings just before the puck crossed the line, a decision that was upheld by review.

Just two days after surviving Edmonton, the Ducks had to face Nashville in an early-starting game - and they were promptly outskated and outclassed for long stretches by the well-rested Predators.

Even Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who has never been confused with, say, Claude Lemieux, snuck in a stick to the groin of the Ducks' Jacob Silfverberg just before the second period ended. Ottawa got outstanding goaltending from Craig Anderson who has played two fantastic games in net for them in a row, going back to the close out game against the New York Rangers in the second round.

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