The Ducks won the regular season series with Nashville 2-1, winning both games in Anaheim - 6-1 on October 26 and 4-3 in a shootout March 26, while the Predators took the lone contest at Bridgestone Arena 5-0 on November 12. 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. Ovechkin says he felt something in his hamstring during Game 3 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and needed injections to numb the pain the rest of the way.
- Lot os love being shown to Phil Housley as a head coaching candidate... he is being rumored to be sought after by both Florida and Buffalo. We have to stay on for Game 2, and we know now we'll have that home-ice advantage again. I thought that we created a lot, and eventually we were going to get one by him.
I will be back with the GBU from Game One and a preview of the East tomorrow. It was the first [overtime] goal we've given up in these playoffs. He's been the best player on a great team during this run.
At least Anaheim didn't have to travel, but the Predators have been resting since their clincher over St. Louis last Sunday.
The Ducks will be back on ice two days after finishing off Edmonton in Game 7. Anaheim's power play was scoreless in 21 straight attempts dating to Game 2 of the second round against Edmonton, but Vatanen beat Rinne cleanly with a slap shot for his first goal of the postseason.
Neal put a long shot past a sprawled Gibson after a prolonged threat by the Predators that left Anaheim's defense in disarray. That was the night Shea Weber tied it with 36 seconds remaining, after Bobby Ryan scored one of the most creative goals in Ducks' history, a breakaway in which he passed it to himself twice and then slapped it past Rinne with a backhand.
"I'm happy, because I don't think we deserved to end our season tonight", Cogliano said.
In Edmonton, German forward Leon Draisaitl paced the attack with five points, including three goals, and Mark Letestu had two goals and two assists as the Oilers levelled the series at 3-3.
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Fier de ses origines portugaises, le technicien monégasque a rappelé qu'en "2014 et 2015, (il a) gagné la truelle d'or". Mais la vraie récompense est ailleurs: priver le Paris SG d'une cinquième couronne consécutive en championnat.
Nashville attempted 23 shots towards Ducks goaltender John Gibson in the first period, which included six high-danger chances.
"I don't think this time of the year you can have excuses", Hampus Lindholm said. If they want to be physical we can be physical. They don't even have to win the overall face-off battle, just execute better than they did in Game 1.
This is where the Leafs can learn from the Ducks and Predators, because they relied on their ability to improve their defence internally.
Mike Fisher, who's been fantastic all postseason for Nashville on face-offs, went 9-for-27 on draws against Anaheim during game one. Rinne also has a sparkling 1.37 goals-against average.
"It's always important it's a part of our mentality to get as many shots as we can", Josi added.
It was winger James Neal who provided the winning goal in overtime. "If you took the first period, we were pretty inept in what we were doing". "We know what type of team we have in our dressing room". "We have to be very careful how to dump the puck in the zone". Nashville's 3-2 overtime win was the team's third Game 1 win on the road this postseason.
Nashville tied the score at 1 on Forsberg's third goal of the playoffs at 12:34 of the first.
"We're just trying to play our game", Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. "Nobody panicked. I thought we had a really good start, really good first period, and then they scored the first goal". Anaheim forwards Logan Shaw (lower body) and Patrick Eaves are also injured. It was Watson's first goal, but at the same time he was the 15th Nashville player to score in these playoffs, a testament to the team's depth. A 6 p.m. local start time combined with Southern California's legendarily bad Friday traffic to leave thousands of empty seats in Honda Center at the opening faceoff.
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