ABOUT THE DUCKS (54-26-11-3, 34-39 O/U): John Gibson was in net for the opening two games against Nashville a year ago - ironically, both 3-2 setbacks - and never saw the ice again in the series, but no one faulted his performance Friday after he stood on his head and turned side 43 shots.
After Vatanen ended Anaheim's 0-for-20 slump on the power play, Silfverberg evened it in the opening minute of the second period, cashing in Rakell's pass for his ninth goal.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, top left, blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Anaheim, .
Game 3 is Tuesday night in Nashville.
Vatanen finally converted for Anaheim, doing so in the first period after the Predators jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Forsberg has now scored in all three games of this series. It just doesn't make sense how he plays the game.
For the Preds to keep their momentum alive, they'll need to find a way to translate their dominating pace - the same one that saw them fly past the Chicago Blackhawks two series ago - into. well, more goals. "Obviously, there's some bad blood there, and they've been competing hard and battling all series". It was 39 seconds into the second period when Johansen temporarily lost his man at the side of the net, allowing Silfverberg to tie the game with his ninth goal of the playoffs. Bieksa is close to returning to health, while general manager Bob Murray said he is hopeful Eaves could play again in the postseason. "Nobody panicked. I thought we had a really good start, really good first period, and then they scored the first goal".
But it was Arvidsson, a significant factor on the first three Nashville goals, who gave Anaheim the most trouble. "But with that being said, I think we did a pretty good job in the neutral zone".
Corey Perry got the Ducks out to a 1-0 advantage in the second period. That team won 11 in a row beginning in the 1996 Stanley Cup final. It's not often you see one of Nashville's top players decide to go full bore and address it with the media afterwards, but here we are.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them. He's eager to remind everyone that he's only one component of a defensive group that has driven the Predators to these unprecedented postseason heights. I think they will continue to look like the better team now that they are at home.
Since returning from a lower-body injury in late March, Gibson has gone 10-4-1, extending back to the regular season and not counting a no decision when he was pulled against the Flames. We gave up two goals somehow.
That is such a heavy quote, mostly for two reasons - it propels this series into a war of words while also giving Kesler some level of justification for what he does on the ice.
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.