Anaheim got the memo that it couldn't win this series by letting the Predators dominate the shot count. But Ritchie gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at 10:22 with a wrister from the right circle, beating Rinne's blocker for his fourth this postseason.
Ryan Johansen had to have emergency surgery, and is out for the remainder of the playoffs.
"It kind of has to be behind us already, and we have to focus on the next one", he said, "Of course, that's a missed opportunity, but we battled back and obviously didn't have a good start".
The Predators forward notched a goal for the fourth straight game of the four-game-old Western Conference Final on Thursday, making him the first Predators player in franchise history to do so, and the first National Hockey League player to do so since Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien did it against San Jose in 2010. The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Ducks and Predators, and Nashville hasn't been the same team on the road these playoffs as it has been at home. With 6:27 remaining, the Predators finally put one past Gibson when P.K. Subban blasted a shot from the point that banked in off the post. Not only was it a big goal for his team, but it was a big goal for Forsberg himself.More news: Jurgen Klopp says talks have begun in exciting revelation
"That's why it's the hardest trophy to win in sports", said forward James Neal, who scored Nashville's overtime victor in Game 1.
Three minutes later, Perry would end the game, with help from Subban.
Nashville had tied the score at 1 on Wilson's power-play goal, his second goal of the playoffs, at 19:19 of the second period.
The Ducks have started Gibson in every playoff game so far - that's 15 matches and counting - but he's responded admirably considering that he missed almost all of March with a lower-body injury. The goal was set up by Nashville's inability to convert a breakout pass from behind its net.More news: Tillerson: US Reviewing Climate Policies, Will Not Be Rushed into Decision
Perry stopped the puck as the Predators tried to clear and shot from the right boards at a severe angle. Then, the third goal being.well, just an unfortunate one for the Senators, as Brian Dumoulin redirects the puck off the skate of Dion Phaneuf as he chases Evgeni Malkin away from the crease.
This story has been corrected to show Perry tied Teemu Selanne with his eighth winning goal, not his ninth.
An unassisted Austin Watson goal sealed the deal for the Preds in the game's final minute. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also was on hand with a franchise-record 17,423 fans.
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