Predators draw first blood in Western Conference Final

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The Predators closed the shot gap with a strong third period, but the Ducks ultimately finished with a 37-34 advantage. That's right. You weren't dreaming. At left is Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17).

Now the question was, which team wanted it more? Perry also tied Teemu Selanne's franchise record with his eighth winning goal and moved past Selanne for sole possession of second in Ducks' history with his 36th postseason goal. "We've had situations in the playoffs where we've had to deal with that", said Thompson, who was in front of the net to screen Rinne and was initially credited with the victor before it was confirmed that Perry's shot had gone off Subban. But they have little time to un-flatten themselves, since games in this series are being played every other day. It was Perry's third overtime goal of these Stanley Cup playoffs, making him only the third player in National Hockey League history to perform that feat. The Ducks aided the enemy.

Forsberg, who started Nashville's comeback win in Game 3, ensured overtime crashing the net with two teammates and smashing the puck across the line.

For about 20 minutes of Game 3, the Predators were unstoppable.

The Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry sent a puck toward the goal that went off Subban's stick and past Pekka Rinne for the game-winning goal at the 10:25 mark in overtime.

And though they mounted a heck of a comeback in the third period and almost pulled off the impossible, the first 20 minutes were probably their worst of the playoffs. With 4:38 left, the Ducks had two players sitting in the penalty box. "And to allow one or two shots, whatever it was, in the first and come away with a 1-0 lead, that was huge for our group and a big momentum swing for us". "You know, so that's four games in six nights or seven nights".

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"It's tough when you give up that many goals in the first period you don't really give yourself or your team a chance in the game", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

But midway through, it was Nick Ritchie who gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead on a perfectly placed wrist shot from just above the face-off circle.

This is not the first time the Predators have found themselves in this position.

Nashville started this previous year against these very same Ducks. You could tell they were more energized by taking the lead. John Gibson continued to play quite well for the Ducks, but faced 40 shots in the game. The Nashville Predators erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period of Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks, including the tying goal with 35 seconds to go in regulation.

Fisher's status remains uncertain for Saturday's Game 5 in Anaheim. "But they obviously feel like they have the players and the speed to do that".