Preda­tors rally to beat Ducks, 2-1

Home ice helps Nashville take 2-1 lead in West­ern fi­nal se­ries

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TERESA M. WALKER

NASHVILLE — Ro­man Josi scored a pow­er­play goal with 2:43 left, and the Nashville Preda­tors ral­lied to beat the Ana­heim Ducks, 2-1, on Tues­day night in their first-ever home game in the Na­tional Hockey League’s West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nal.

The Preds grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of­seven se­ries with their 10th straight home win in the post-sea­son go­ing back to last sea­son.

Filip Fors­berg tied it up at 3:54 of the third as the Preda­tors ral­lied for the win against an Ana­heim team that has notched four come­back vic­to­ries al­ready when trail­ing by mul­ti­ple goals this post-sea­son.

The Preda­tors thought they had taken the lead ear­lier in the pe­riod only to have two goals within the span of eight se­conds waved off for goalie in­ter­fer­ence.

Josi scored Nashville’s first power-play goal of the se­ries for the win.

Ducks goalie John Gib­son made 38 saves, and Corey Perry scored a power-play goal in the sec­ond pe­riod for Ana­heim. Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville. Fors­berg tied it up shortly af­ter be­ing poked by Gib­son af­ter the whis­tle, up­set af­ter a shot went off him. That revved up the home crowd, and they tossed tow­els onto the ice af­ter of­fi­cials waved off first a would-be goal by Colton Sis­sons at 6:25 and then Ryan Jo­hansen’s goal at 6:33.

Chris Wag­ner went to the box for high­stick­ing Nashville de­fence­man Ryan El­lis with 3:55 left. Nashville had been 0 of 11 on the power play in this se­ries. Josi ended that drought with his wris­ter from the right cir­cle off an as­sist from Vik­tor Arvids­son.

The Preda­tors didn’t hold back on star power for the big­gest game in fran­chise his­tory.

Keith Ur­ban per­formed the na­tional an­them, the lat­est coun­try star to take a turn, and his wife, ac­tress Ni­cole Kid­man, joined him in the stands decked out in her own Preda­tors’ sweater. Ten­nessee Ti­tans quar­ter­back Marcus Mar­i­ota waved the rally towel along with his of­fen­sive line­men from the band stage.

The Ducks fi­nally got the faster start they missed in the first two games in Ana­heim, out­shoot­ing Nashville 8-4 to open the game.

But the Preda­tors took the next 11 shots and out­shot Ana­heim 40-20 for the game.

BRUCE BEN­NETT, GETTY IM­AGES

Filip Fors­berg of the Preda­tors cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter scor­ing a goal in the third pe­riod against the Ana­heim Ducks at Bridge­stone Arena in Nashville on Tues­day night.

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