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

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

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

Gibson has 10 career playoff wins as he moved past Ilya Bryzgalov into fourth on the club's all-time list.

Nashville is probably offering some value at the current adjusted series price of -135, especially with three of the next potential five games in this series being in Nashville where the Predators have yet to lose in the playoffs.

In desperate need of an adrenaline-spiking spark, it helped that the Ducks had a player whose motor compares favorably to an American television icon, pink floppy ears and all. After a late power play goal to cut the score to 2-1, and some key intermission line-up shuffling from Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, Anaheim was able to slice through Nashville's coverage like butter on toast.

We are right in the middle of the Conference Finals in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and in this week's column, I'll be taking a look at how each series has played out to this point and what we can use moving forward to cash some playoff tickets on the ice. "He's a fearless player for his size (6-foot, 180 pounds). Obviously, we did a good job of bouncing back after last game's performance".

The Ducks tied the game at 7:21 of the third off a faceoff.

Minus the intermission, it was two goals in a span of 99 seconds for the Ducks. Pekka Rinne has given up 20 goals on 343 shots faced.

Kase's score Sunday was an example of the benefits of jamming the traffic in front of Rinne.

Roman Josi, Predators - Josi is tied with fellow defenseman Ryan Ellis with 10 points in these playoffs, second in the National Hockey League behind Erik Karlsson.

"Really, I can't even put a finger on it". He never saw the puck pass the goal line.

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Nick Ritchie's go-ahead goal was the worst of the lot at 17:07 of the second period.

And so the Ducks survived another listless start.

The overachieving Predators have been going full steam through the postseason and it appeared for awhile on Sunday that they weren't going to take their foot off the gas. The Ducks went scoreless on four power plays. Johansen, who has four points and has been on the ice for five of Nashville's six goals in the series, was visibly upset with Kesler following his team's 5-3 loss in Game 2.

The Ducks had been 5-0-0 in games they led after the second period, but the Predators didn't let them extend that streak.

The second Nashville tally was particularly discouraging in that goaltender John Gibson lost sight of the puck so completely that James Neal could have scored using a spatula.

Mookie Betts' three-run home run in the ninth inning Thursday lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

That the Johansen line has combined for three goals and eight points in two games on the road, where they have seen a steady diet of slashes and hacks from Ryan Kesler and the Ducks' shutdown line, has been even more impressive. I don't know what he's doing. "If we were losing (the series) 2-0, it would be so hard".

Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, lower body), RW Logan Shaw (Questionable, lower body), RW Patrick Eaves (Out Indefinitely, lower body), D Simon Despres (Out Indefinitely, concussion).

For some Ducks, this will be their first chance at hearing just how loud Bridgestone Arena is in the playoffs.

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