Ducks’ Ryan Kesler now knows he’s rattled Preds’ Johansen

When Ottawa scores the first goal, as they did in Game 1, they can tighten the screws with their modified trap and make it hard for Pittsburgh to produce scoring chances created with their speed through the middle of the ice, which they are used to doing against many teams. He’s now found the back of the net in each of the three games of the series.


A Corey Perry Power Play goal in the second period gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead entering the third, but there was no stopping the Preds.

Almost a year after David Poile shocked the hockey world by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, the Nashville Predators GM was named a finalist — along with Edmontons Peter Chiarelli and Ottawas Pierre Dorion — for the NHL general manager of the year award. The Subban deal has worked out just as well, with the defenceman scoring 10 goals and 40 points in 66 games this season, while assuming a shutdown role in the playoffs.

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Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf (eight goals) and Rickard Rakell (six goals) had largely been carrying the scoring load and Andrew Cogliano said it was imperative that others gave them some assistance.

“So I just closed my eyes and shot it in there”, Vatanen said with his usual Finnish deadpan delivery. “I thought we were ready for it”. But he sailed his shot well over Gibson.

Anaheim’s three second-period goals, netted by Jakob Silfverberg, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie, were the most any team has scored on Rinne in one period all postseason, and last night was the first time that he’s allowed more than three goals in a game.

“It’s huge”, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of the win.

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said Kesler would be in his head a little bit if he was playing against one of the finalists for the Selke trophy given to the NHL’s best defensive forward. They we’re the most positive meetings I’ve been a part of in two or three years but you still have to scrutinize and examine parts of the their specific game that have to be improved. With Nashville deriving the last shift change due to home-ice advantage, coach Peter Laviolette could opt to keep Johansen away from Kesler.

“The scores at this time of the year generally are fairly low”. They can’t afford to go into another 0-2 deficit, heading to Music City. If Nashville is going to advance to the Stanley Cup Final they need Arvidsson to deliver in the offensive zone. Their second period goal differential is +4 compared to their first period, and their third period is even higher (not adjusting for empty net goals).

The Ducks’ style might be taking a toll on the Predators’ power play. Neal scored from point-blank range on an assist from Johansen for his fifth goal of the postseason.

Perhaps most beneficial in the long run is that Gibson’s cap hit is just $2.3 million this season – and it will stay that way until the summer of 2019.

The U.S. moved to the top of Group A, one point ahead of Russian Federation, which has a game in hand. The Predators now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Getzlaf said it was partly the Ducks’ own fault. “And we received the game a lot”.

“We’re a confident team”, Josi said.


Two days after Nashville’s 3-2 overtime victory at Honda Center in the series opener, Johansen and Neal scored in the opening 8:32 of Game 2. The noise is unrelenting, whether because of what the home team is doing or the fans’ choreographed cheers.

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