Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT

It seems like the Anaheim Ducks gave game three of the Western Conference Finals away to the Predators.

Perry matched Mel Hill (1939) and Maurice Richard (1951) for the most OT goals in a single postseason in National Hockey League history.

Going back to last season, the Predators have now won ten straight playoff games at home, and the last team to do that was the Detroit Red Wings 20 years ago!

Can the Nashville Predators take a commanding lead in the Western Conference Finals when they host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 tonight at 8PM ET?

The Ducks had led 2-0 11 minutes into the second period courtesy of Nick Ritchie's wrist shot after Rickard Rakell had opened the scoring at 11:30 in the first stanza. Filip Forsberg, stationed at the left post, poked home his own rebound to cap the team's second comeback from a two-goal deficit in the third period this postseason.

It became that when Corey Perry intercepted a clearing attempt by Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban and put the puck toward the net, hoping for a deflection or redirection. Perry now has three game-winning overtime goals in the playoffs.

Roman Josi scored the game-winning goal with 2:43 remaining in game 3.

Throwing dead animals on the ice is nothing new for Predators fans, but they've really stepped up their game against the Anaheim Ducks. In a postseason that has seen almost a record level of overtimes, this one proved to be one of the most exciting.

"We scored on our first shot of the game and then we got outshot 13-1", Carlyle said.

Game 5 is in Anaheim on Saturday. At left is Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17).

Preds fans pour into the Bridgestone Arena Plaza from Lower Broadway for Tuesday night’s game against the Ducks
Preds fans pour into the Bridgestone Arena Plaza from Lower Broadway for Tuesday night’s game against the

The Ducks killed off five penalties, including a 5 on 3 in the third.

They were staring at one of the most bitter losses in their playoff history, and that's no exaggeration.

"We're not bothered by what's said about our team", Brassard said.

"I thought we did a good job of getting back in the game", Subban said. It was a good sign for a team that had repeatedly expressed the need for better starts in the series.

Game 4 is Thursday night.

Once again, the Ducks made it more hard than it had to be. Defenseman Josh Manson even checked Rinne against the boards behind the net late in the second period.

Also, they didn't have much possession of the puck two less power plays.

Fisher, who is married to singer Carrie Underwood, had 18 goals and 24 assists during the regular season but has been held without a point in the playoffs. Anaheim allowed too many shots on goal. Thanks to Perry, the Ducks will return to Anaheim with the series tied at two games apiece.

"I liked the way we played in the first round better than in round two", Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said. Sullivan will announce the Game 4 starter in goal after Friday morning's skate. Overall, the unit combined for more shots on goal (21) in Game 3 than the Ducks (20) did as a team, led by nine from Ellis - who failed to notch a shot in Game 2. Not all shots are risky ones, of course, and the teams were tied in goals, 8-8.

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