Late goal gives Predators 2-1 series lead over Ducks

Miller: Ondrej Kase's motor powers Ducks in comeback win

How it happened: In the franchise's first home game in the conference finals, Nashville nearly played second fiddle to Gibson.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: A game within the game is developing between Nashville's Ryan Johansen and Anaheim's Ryan Kesler, with the Predators' top line center bristling at what he considers suspect tactics by his counterpart.

That is why the Ducks feel pretty comfortable heading to Music City after avoiding an 0-2 deficit for a second straight series.

The Nashville Predators look to protect their home ice and take a 2-1 series lead.

But goals 99 seconds apart to finish the first period and start the second lifted the Ducks back into a 2-2 tie and provided the spark they needed, a spark Kase kept lit as the middle period progressed.

Then towards the end of regulation the Ducks scored with the Predators empty net securing the victory and winning by two goals. Watson became the 15th player to score a goal for Nashville in just 11 playoff games.

Ritchie took a long pass off the boards and his shot glanced off the side of goalie Pekka Rinne's head into the net in front of a crowd of 17,000 at the Honda Center.

After some struggles early, John Gibson settled in, stopping 30 of the 33 shots he saw. I say this since the Predators in the first round of the 2016 NHL Playoffs won the first two games in Anaheim. "But we know how important these games are and every one gets more important as we go forward and tonight's response after getting down 2-0 was a character builder for our group".

Ryan Johansen didn't hold back when asked about Ryan Kesler, but getting under the skin of those he plays against is nothing new for the Ducks pesky pivot. It was only fitting that Anaheim pulled off another improbable victory, after doing so in the first two rounds, erasing three-goal leads in games against Calgary and Edmonton. One game in and the Senators have already done to the Penguins what Washington and Columbus could not: grab control of the series.

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Game 4 is set for Thursday in Nashville. "I think he's playing well today, too". When the game was on the line, in the third period, Anaheim won 57% of the draws during this critical period.

It seemed like their past was revisiting them when they lost game one.

Prior to the Predators hosting Game 3 of their series with the Ducks, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was seen waving a towel to cheer on the Preds and fire up the fans.

"There are a lot of things to like, but it's just one game", Boucher said.

As a massive fan of the Nashville Predators, Chris Young has loved the history-making moves that the professional hockey team has been making throughout their journey to the Stanley Cup. "We got better as the game went on".

"Gibby gave us a chance". J.G. Pageau scored at 14:32 of the first for Ottawa. "They found a way to claw back".

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. "Whether it's overtime or third period or we're leading or we're trailing".

It was so just barely, in fact, that Kase didn't even recognize this shining moment of his career as it happened in real time.

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