The Ducks pulled even again on the first career playoff goal for Kase, the aggressive Czech rookie, who slipped a puck through traffic.

Some are dressed in stripes.

They werent necessarily the wrong calls.

HollywoodLifers, who are you rooting for in this series, the Predators or the Ducks? Nashville also had a pair of goals waved off eight seconds apart in the final period due to goaltender interference. Instead, they got angry. Josi ended that drought with his wrister from the right circle off an assist from Viktor Arvidsson.

With the win, the Predators took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Nashville. "You just want to redeem yourself".

“Obviously, we wanted the goals to be counted, ” said Filip Forsberg. After sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks and defeating the St. Louis Blues in stride, the Nashville Predators continue their battle to the top against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals. And the wait was definitely worth it.

The Ducks stormed back after Ryan Johansen registered a goal and an assist to help the Predators take a 2-0 lead 8 ½ minutes into the opening period.

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

At that point, this became a game the Ducks could legitimately win, but it didn't play out that way.

The two really went at it hard in game two, not just in play but in getting physical.

Anaheim center Ryan Kessler has the unenviable job of shutting down the opposing team's top line.

Of course, it wasnt just Johansen that Nashville had to worry about. But I think the most important thing is how you bounce back from it, because there will be ups and downs, how quickly you can turn the page and focus on the next day and the next game.

The Ducks sent a message to the Predators in Game 2. Cody McLeod immediately jumped in to his teammates defence, picking a fight with Boll. "We knew what was going to happen", Ducks right wing Corey Perry said.

"It's fun to play in front of these fans", said goalie Pekka Rinne, who has been in the nets for all 10 wins.

Evidently, the pitched fish was meant to carry on a Nashville Predators tradition, although it also allowed the Ducks, at the start, to be only the second most-dead thing inside Honda Center.

Even the best have an off night, and Rinne was out of sorts in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. However, the net came off its moorings just before the puck crossed the line, a decision that was upheld by review.

Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 30 shots. The Predators outshot the Ducks 28-to-13 after 40 minutes — the Ducks only had four shots in the second period —but it was not until the third period when Forsberg finally timed the game. Johansen said he didn't know how Kesler plays like that - repeatedly poking him in the groin with his stick - with family and friends watching.

Getting more to count proved to be a more hard challenge. But Nashville had never had a No. 1 center, and Johansen was arguably the missing piece of a Cup contender.

"We just stayed with it", Josi said.

Its the trade that keeps on giving. It's Nashville's answer to the octopus Detroit fans traditionally throw on the ice for good luck.

"To start the game, it didn't feel like the conference finals, to be honest", Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said Saturday after a short practice at the Ducks' training rink. Both teams are here for a reason. The 205th overall pick (7th round) in 2014 has injected some speedy life into Anaheim.


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