Corey Perry’s goal 10 minutes, 25 seconds into overtime gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, evening the best-of-seven series against the Nashville Predators at two games apiece. The Nashville Predators are up 2-1 as they head into game four against the Anaheim Ducks and we’ve got your way to live stream the action on May 18 at 5pm EST. We have a chance to go in their rink, win a game, and come back with a chance to win in our home building. “For the most part we didn’t let that happen”.
“You could see it once we started to roll the lines, you could see that they got exhausted and we started pressuring them, and obviously we did a good job of tying up the game and giving ourselves an opportunity in overtime”.
Nashville also has outshot the Ducks in each game and been downright smothering at times. Credit the pressure Nashville is putting on the Ducks, and defenseman Cam Fowler said it’s unique how the Predators sustain that for a whole game.
Anaheim’s lead ballooned to 2-0 midway in the second period, when Nick Ritchie skated into the Ducks’ offensive zone, dragged the puck around Nashville’s Roman Josi and scored on a wrist shot top shelf and glove side at 10:22.
“You can’t say enough about the mindset of the team”, Bieksa said. “I think that would be a mistake”.
Carlyle said he thought his Ducks were flat with emotion and credited the Predators for taking that out of them.
The Nashville Predators will be without center Ryan Johansen for the remainder of the playoffs because of a left thigh injury he suffered in Game 4 on Thursday night.
Johansen is Nashville’s leading scorer in the playoffs with 13 points, including three goals and 10 assists. It’s the 15th time an National Hockey League team has ran off 10 consecutive playoff wins at home. “I don’t really have an answer for that”. It helps us so much, especially with those two goals. We passed up opportunities.
“We’ve been hearing a lot about the way Nashville plays”, Cogliano said. “I don’t think we showed up in the first, and then after that we played better”.
Said Forsberg: “We knew they were going to come out hard”.
“We’re just here trying to sell the game”, he explained.
“In the second and third period, we played good enough to win”.
Defenseman Mattias Ekholm said the team feels comfortable on home ice. Afterward, the Predators already were looking ahead to Game 5, identifying the positives and lessons they can carry forward with them. “We got to our game tonight”.
They haven’t lost since, winning the first six at home this postseason despite being the last team in the West into the playoffs as the second wild-card. But we still had a chance. They survived. Then they had to go out and do it again. Subban stuck out his stick trying to poke-check the puck away only to re-direct it past goalie Pekka Rinne. The first came 5:54 into the game courtesy of Viktor Arvidsson. That’s the one area we can use to our advantage. “And we received the game a lot”.