Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ritchie strikes again as Ducks even series with Predators

Nashville won 2-1 to take a 2-1 series lead.

“Gibson played great, ” said Forsberg, who scored his sixth of the playoffs.

After every slow start and tight game over their past month, not much can ruffle these Ducks. "I think the momentum shifted just a bit", said Predators head coach Peter Laviolette. With his second-period goal and 35th of his playoff career, Ducks RW Corey Perry tied Teemu Selanne for second on the franchise's all-time playoff goals list. In their Game 2 triumph, Vatanen scored while Cam Fowler had two assists and Shea Theodore, Josh Manson and Brandon Montour each had one. Forsberg collected a rebound and fired a short-sided shot from below the left face-off circle to beat Anaheim netminder John Gibson. This is the first time in the playoffs Rinne has given up four goals in one game. "He goes into the (tough) areas and can make plays with good players".

Johansen may not have to worry about Kesler's stick as often the next two games, including Game 3 Tuesday night.

Nashville got off to a 2-0 start in Game 2 thanks to Ryan Johansen and James Neal scoring. While the Preds took game one in overtime, the Ducks came quacking back with a decisive 5-3 game two victory.

The Ducks also got two important pieces from Vancouver: shutdown center Ryan Kesler at the 2014 draft and defenseman Kevin Bieksa a year later. Since this was a comeback win there was lots of physical play as well.

"He just blows my mind, watching what's going through his head out there", began Johansen. I don't know what he's doing. He's just ... he thinks he's getting under guys' skin but he's just ...

That's how important depth is in the National Hockey League postseason, Kase, a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic in just his fifth career playoff game, coming through after replacing long-time Ducks staple Corey Perry.

The series is tied at 1 and game 3 is on Tuesday Night in Nashville.

It's one of hockey's Original Six clichés for goal-scorers, who get as much credit for the pucks that go in off the back of their trousers as the ones they snipe top shelf. "But we still battled back".

The Ducks worked their tails off as given by the multiple goals scored. Four days later, he got his next major goal on an exceptional high shot that appeared to glance off Rinne's mask on the way in. Arvidsson flipped a pass ahead of the Ducks' defenders to hit a streaking Johansen, who slipped the puck by Gibson for his third goal of the postseason. Anaheim enters tonight's game 55-26-14 overall and 21-16-9 on the road. But it's hard on them and it's going to be harder as the games get going.

Moved up in the second period to the line featuring Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie, Kase scored the goal that pulled the Ducks even, 3-3, then was out there six minutes later when Ritchie produced the eventual game-winner. But for the first 20 minutes, it was as if the Ducks' skates were stuck in quicksand.

By his own estimate, it took Ottawa's Bobby Ryan a full 82 games to adjust to first-year coach Guy Boucher's system. The rest of the consistently surprising Senators, too. And besides, Anaheim had lost the opening two games at home against the Edmonton Oilers in the previous round and still went on to win that series in seven games. "You just want to redeem yourself". Even though the Ducks have solved their regular season scoring problem, they still struggle on the power play.

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