"I'm going to tell you you're going to get frustrated", Carlyle said of going into overtime after giving up the lead. 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. Rickard Rakell opened the scoring at 11:30 with a clap bomb from the top of the left circle. And this series, which has been reset, is now down to best two-out-of-three. "I still go out and have fun, but obviously there's a little more pressure". The Ducks evened the series with a 3-2 overtime victory on Thursday on Corey Perry's third overtime goal of the playoffs, matching the National Hockey League record for most OT tallies in a playoff year with Mel Hill in 1939 and Maurice Richard in 1951.
"The party doesn't start when the puck drops", says Danny Shalkan, the Predators vice president of marketing and communications. Gibson made a solid save with his leg to keep Nashville off the scoreboard.
When a team piles up shots on top of shots, yet fails to capitalize at any point, it absolutely gives cause for concern. This Ritchie should show up more often. Nashville came out flatter than a pancake, outshot 14-2 in the first and were lucky to only be down by one.
Now Fisher and Jarnkrok are the team's top two centers, and they've got two points in a combined 27 appearances this postseason. Anaheim took a total of four penalties in the final twenty minutes of regulation. Colin Wilson has in the past emerged as an offensive threat - at least during the playoffs, anyway - but so far has only three points in 10 games this year.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, celebrates with Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, Mike Fisher (12), and Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland, after the Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western. He was excellent in Games 1 and 3, but Anaheim got to him in Game 2. Game six was another story though, as the Oilers would dominate the game, winning with a score of 7-1, forcing a game seven.More news: National Hockey League playoffs 2017: James Neal's goal gives Predators OT win over Ducks
With less than a minute to spare, messy things hit the fan. No call. Lindholm was punched in the face in the crease.
"I've played in loud rinks, but this one blows that away", Nashville forward James Neal said. "We can't give them a two-goal lead like that".
Nasvhille scored their two goals on only three shots. It's how you communicate in your own zone and how you play when you're exhausted.
Nate Thompson was initially credited with the victor at 10:25 in overtime, though it looked like the pass that Corey Perry sent on net from the corner redirected off Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban. It was nearly a complete clone of the overtime goal in the first series against Calgary. Perry stopped the puck as the Predators tried to clear and shot from the right boards at a severe angle. Luckily, the goal glanced off PK Subban's stick and in.
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (2) battles against Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen, foreground, in the second period of Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be televised on NBC so get ready for a treat.