NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them.
At least the fans had Southern California's murderous Friday afternoon traffic as a good excuse.
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night in Nashville.
As the Predators realized, the Ducks had more than one agitator capable of knocking opponents off their game.More news: Emmanuel Macron appoints Edouard Philippe as French PM
"... I mean, you don't want to have any regrets and you don't want to look back at these home games as a missed chance, and we've been doing a really good job". Unfortunately, it's kind of their thing.
The Predators are the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games. Prior to Sunday, Rinne had never allowed more than three goals in any game this postseason and had only allowed 16 goals in his first 11 games. Jakob Silfverberg, who has a team-leading nine goals, has remained hot but Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Ondrej Kase, Nick Ritchie and Antoine Vermette also have scored.
The Ducks do nearly nothing easily. It's just a matter of how the Predators will respond, seeing as this series could get ugly on both the ice and scoreboard if they do so in the wrong fashion.
The Predators hadn't allowed four goals in any game during their excellent Stanley Cup playoff run before Anaheim finally got rolling for its sellout crowd.More news: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Enacts New Drug Crime Policy
"I think the guys will be fine", he said.
The Predators overcame back-to-back canceled-out goals in that rush to succeed, and there are at least some who wonder if they were crashing Gibson's net in a way that wasn't quite innocent.
Hornqvist for Neal has worked out for Nashville, too, but nothing like the three other swashbuckling moves Poile has made: getting then-prospect Filip Forsberg from Washington at the 2012 deadline for Martin Erat and Michael Latta, trading Seth Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen last season and shocking the hockey world by getting P.K. Subban from Montreal for Shea Weber last June. They might have outscored the Ducks by only one goal, but their efforts were that of a team desperate to overwhelm with aggressiveness and persistent in attempts to capitalize on some undisciplined play by the Ducks.
Anaheim seemed to steal ironman Andrew Cogliano from the Oilers in 2011 for a second-round pick and have gotten a higher-than-expected offensive output from Nate Thompson, who cost spare parts in a 2014 trade with Tampa Bay.More news: Portugal jubilant after singer's Eurovision victory
"I thought they came out and grabbed some momentum right at the end of the first period and they came out and scored another quick goal and I think the momentum shifted a little bit", Laviolette said. While Neal scored the victor, he was only open to score on P.K. Subban's pass because the defenceman froze the entire Anaheim defence with a picture-perfect shot fake. No one has gotten to the Predators since. Josi and Ellis each had a point, giving them each 10 points this postseason, a Nashville record for defensemen. The key for Pittsburgh in this series will be to get the first goal in as many games as possible. "We have to clean up. puck management and turning pucks over", Blashill said. It came at a good moment, but as we touched on, if I didn't get that goal, I'm sure someone else would've. And as a team that's - it gives us that extra boost.
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