Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ducks rebound with four-goal burst in Game 2 vs. Predators

Ducks rebound with four-goal burst in Game 2 vs. Predators

The best the Ducks can hope for is a split heading home for Game 5, with a win in Game 3 more unlikely.

The Ducks showed their mettle in coming back from an overwhelming Game 6 loss at Edmonton to beat the Oilers in Game 7. Not that anyone with the Ducks wanted to repeat that scenario.

"Moving him up and down in our lineup gives us some flexibility", Carlyle said. "Obviously, we did a good job of bouncing back after last game's performance".

Well, that's up for debate. Certainly, the start of the game wasnt any better than in the previous game. They are, after all, the last visiting team to win a playoff game there, doing it twice last spring, although they still lost the first-round series in seven games. Shea Theodore's long shot bounced in front of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, and Kase reached out to swat it on net. Anaheims John Gibson played as though he were breaking in new skates. For most of the game the Predators were leading the game then Anaheim came back by tying it then taking the lead.

Matters would be made worse for the Ducks when noted non-blinker user James Neal had a clear path to walk to the net and put an easy one past Gibson on the power play.

Once again, the Ducks had dug themselves a hole.

The Ducks got just one shot on goal in the first 13 minutes of Game 1, but Silfverberg put it into Rinne's far top corner for his eighth goal in 12 games this spring, matching his goal total in 48 games over his previous six trips to the postseason.

Still, Anaheim is playing with fire if it continues this. This season's.924 mark tied him for seventh among National Hockey League netminders who played at least 15 games and we're starting to see the high-end of those stats in his post-season play.

Nashville wasn't going to be a picture-perfect team throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so a stinker was bound to happen sooner or later. “But we know how important these games are and every one gets more important as we go forward and tonights response after getting down 2-0 was a character builder for our group.”.

Anaheim hung on through a frenetic third period, surviving a few mad scrambles before captain Ryan Getzlaf got his third assist of the night on Vermette's empty-netter. Filip Forsberg had a goal. Nashville scored four goals on its first 10 power plays on the road this postseason but now are 0 of 8 on the man advantage against Anaheim, including failing to convert through 88 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the opener. The 21-year-old had 14 goals in 77 games this season. In Game 2, he finally broke out in a big way. On the third goal, Arvidsson sped up the ice, sold Gibson on a shot, before attempting a wraparound that Forsberg finished off.

You can argue the Ducks have been the better team i nthe first two games of this series, but it's hard betting against the Preds at home with the way they've played throughout the playoffs overall.

I would expect both teams to try to clean up some of the defensive miscues that took place in the first two games of the series as the scene shifts to Nashville for Games 3 and 4 this week.

Sami Vatanen, Jacob Silfverberg and Ondrej Kase each had a goal for the Ducks, who wiped out a two-goal deficit to prevail.

That July the Senators acquired winger Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in the 2014 National Hockey League draft which turned into forward Nick Ritchie.

The Predators opened Game 2 on Sunday night the same way, scoring the first two goals of the game from Ryan Johansen and Neal.

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