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"Quite frankly, I don't pay any attention to any of that stuff", Carlyle said. "From the flipside, the positive is we lost in overtime, so I think we were able to weather the storm in terms of how (Nashville) came out".

Well, that's up for debate.

Clearly, knocking Johansen off his game is important for Anaheim to advance.

Roman Josi scored on a power play late in the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks and a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference finals.

Bodies, bodies, bodies in front of Pekka Rinne is pretty much a necessity when facing Nashville's goaltender, a 6-5 deterrent who's about as inviting as a closed garage door. I thought (Ducks goalie John) Gibson played a strong game tonight, but guys stuck with it.

The second period saw Anaheim technically not score and then actually score. Hundreds of empty orange seats ringed the rink while the Nashville Predators largely dominated the first two periods of their 3-2 overtime victory. But for the first 20 minutes, it was as if the Ducks' skates were stuck in quicksand.

Nashville Predators' Mattias Ekholm (14) collides with Anaheim Ducks' Ondrej Kase (86) as they battle for the puck by the goal during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup pla.

It was somewhat humourous - and just a tad premature - when a reporter asked Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle if Sunday night's Game 2 against the Nashville Predators was of the "must-win" variety.

Still, Anaheim is playing with fire if it continues this. "I don't know how you can cheer for a player like that", the Nashville pivot said of his counterpart.

Anaheim center Ryan Kessler has the unenviable job of shutting down the opposing team's top line. Conspicuous by his absence in that group is captain Mike Fisher, who has yet to register a point in the playoffs through 11 games.

The Ducks arrived in Music City early Monday evening and found themselves defending one of their hardest workers. He led the tournament with a.955 save percentage in seven games, surrendering just five even-strength goals in that time. Filip Forsberg had a goal. Gibson was impenetrable in Russian Federation that year, giving up just two goals total in the medal round while facing shooters such as Mark Scheifele, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Tomas Hertl and, ironically, future Nashville standouts Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson. They faced relatively little adversity while steamrolling Chicago and St. Louis in the first two rounds on the way to the first conference finals in franchise history.

Arvidsson made a Erik Karlsson-like backhand lob pass over a cluster of defenders on Johansen's breakaway goal. Not only did the Predators kill off the penalty, they came back and eventually scored on a power play of their own to defeat the Ducks 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Pekka Rinne has been the best and most consistent goaltender in the 2017 National Hockey League postseason.

Just two days after surviving Edmonton, the Ducks had to face Nashville in an early-starting game - and they were promptly outskated and outclassed for long stretches by the well-rested Predators.

Nick Ritchie's tiebreaking goal at 17:07 of the second period was a wrister from the left faceoff circle that flew over Rinne's blocker into the net's roof. And the teams were just getting started.

Ritchie, with an assist from Getzlaf, lifted the Ducks to a 4-3 lead by scoring with 2:53 remaining in the second.


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