Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, .
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.
It had been that kind of series for Rinne, who had uncharacteristically struggled in Game 2, allowing four or more goals for the first time in the playoffs. The Predators now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
Anaheims Ryan Kesler was booed nearly every time he touched the puck on Tuesday night, but most of the venom during the third period was saved for referees Brad Meier and Wes McCauley, who had the audacity to disallow two Nashville goals.
Nashville dominated the tired Ducks, and Forsberg forced a turnover on a forecheck before tipping Matt Irwin's shot through Gibson for his fourth goal. However, Nashville was able to break through in Game 3, scoring both of its goals in the final frame.
Eric Sogard and Orlando Arcia hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off Matt Harvey, spoiling the choppy return of the New York Mets' starter from a three-game suspension in the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-4 win on Friday night.More news: Tulsa Cop Acquitted In Shooting Death Of Unarmed Black Man
Perry's score came from just below the Nashville goal line, rifling a shot off Rinne's skate and into the net.
Sweden's Jakob Silfverberg, Sami Vatanen, Ondrej Kase and Antoine Vermette, into an empty net, also scored for the Ducks, who avoided going into an 0-2 hole for the second straight series with the win.
The Predators had tied it at 1-1 with 16:06 left in the third after Filip Forsberg pounced on a rebound from a Ryan Ellis shot to thread the puck through a crowded crease for the score. "We have to clean up. puck management and turning pucks over", Blashill said.
Anaheim had led 1-0 through 40 minutes but lost for the first time in the postseason when defending a lead in the third period.
"We believe that we can go in any building and play with the teams that we're up against and give ourselves a chance for success", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
"He is Mr. Clutch right now, and he has been", Predators forward Harry Zolnierczyk said of Forsberg, who sparked a comeback with two goals in the third period of Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.More news: Ajax manager Bosz throws slant at Man Utd playing style
"Obviously, it seemed like he was a bit rattled, so I'm going to go out and play my game like I always do", Kesler said.
Halfway through the period, the Ducks did what they do best and created havoc in front of the Nashville net.
Johansen wasn't among the Predators who spoke once they landed in Nashville. He has been marvelous throughout the playoffs in between the pipes for the Predators but had his worst game of the postseason on Sunday night. However things picked up in the second period, and only continued to gain traction in the third.
"Being at home here, I think, is an advantage for us because of the environment and the atmosphere that the fans bring", coach Peter Laviolette said. "I don't know what's going through his head over there". "All night, we had a lot of chances and we didn't give them a lot".
The Ducks see the problem as largely mental, and they intend to address it in the hours before the series resumes.More news: 1 in 6 newlyweds' spouse is of different race or ethnicity
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