Rinne's rare off-night gives Ducks life in Western Conference Final

The Ducks and Nashville Predators will battle to see who can grab the series lead when the teams face off in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night.

"Gibson played great in net", said Filip Forsberg, who tied the score at 1-1 at 3:54 of the third period, "but at the same time we just kept pounding them, and I think that was the key".

Then towards the end of regulation the Ducks scored with the Predators empty net securing the victory and winning by two goals. With this win, the Preds are the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win ten consecutive games at home in the playoffs.

Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators.

Anaheim barely had more possession 52% to 48%.

Sometimes the trades have been with each other, with mutual benefit or close to it.

No team in the National Hockey League has benefited more from big trades than defending-champion Pittsburgh. He sent Robert Bortuzzo to St. Louis for Ian Cole during the 2014-15 season. And they were just getting started. Their bottom six looked quite good in Game 1, and that even goes for oft-maligned winger Cody McLeod.

With Murray injured, the Penguins wouldn't have gotten this far without Fleury's play, and as happy as Rutherford is for the veteran, his teammates are over the moon about his playoff success. We've been a good team on the road.

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After every slow start and tight game over their past month, not much can ruffle these Ducks.

Randy Carlysle shook up his lines when the Preds jumped out to their lead... one of the moves he made was to elevate Ondrej Kase to the first line... that decision paid off as Kase got his first of the playoffs to tie the game and wrest the momentum back, which led to a Nick Ritchie goal seven minutes later. The Senators have gotten big performances from most of their top players like Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman while unsung hero Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been a playoff force for them this season just like he was a few years ago. And that's the most encouraging part, because we can play better than what we played tonight.

Things got chippy as the teams established a level of hatred one would expect with a conference final.

Of course, it wasnt just Johansen that Nashville had to worry about.

"Being at home here, I think, is an advantage for us because of the environment and the atmosphere that the fans bring", coach Peter Laviolette said. The price? A first-round pick that turned into Noesen, the pot-sweetener Ottawa used to get Ryan. With the 35th goal of his playoff career, RW Corey Perry tied Teemu Selanne (35) for second on the all-time franchise postseason goals list, two behind Ryan Getzlaf.

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said Kesler would be in his head a little bit if he was playing against one of the finalists for the Selke trophy given to the NHL's best defensive forward. Kesler was crucial in slowing Edmonton's Connor McDavid in the second round, and the price just happened to include now-Penguins hero Bonino.

Neal put a long shot past a sprawled Gibson after a prolonged threat by the Predators that left Anaheim's defense in disarray. Bob Murray also cleared the way for goaltender John Gibson to be the man, sending Frederik Andersen to Toronto last summer in a trade that could be talked about for years to come if the Dane helps the Maple Leafs on a run like this.

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