Ducks Even Series in NHL Playoffs

The Anaheim Ducks celebrate s 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim Calif. Wednesday

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He's now found the back of the net in each of the three games of the series. With the series heading to Nashville, where the Predators are 5-0 at home, look for Johansen to get a much-needed break from his pesky shadow.

As good as the Ryan trade is now for Ottawa, it has been superb for Anaheim as Silfverberg had 18 points in the 2015 postseason and this year is tied with captain Ryan Getzlaf for the team lead in goals with eight, one behind Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel for the most in the playoffs. Fans are waiting to see if the drama between the Predators' Ryan Johansen and the Ducks' Ryan Kesler will continue after some seriously brutal action in game two by the teams' centers.

Especially not on home ice.

A rare off night for Pekka Rinne cost the Nashville Predators in Game 2 as the Anaheim Ducks were able to pile on five goals on 27 shots en route to a 5-3 victory, tying the series at one game apiece in the process.

The Predators are the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games. The noise is unrelenting, whether because of what the home team is doing or the fans' choreographed cheers. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he hadn't heard or read Johansen's complaint about Kesler but defended his 24-year-old center.

Still, U.S. head coach Jeff Blashill saw room for improvement before the final group game against Russian Federation on Tuesday. And as a team that's - it gives us that extra boost.

Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, right, celebrates after scoring against Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette, center, and goalie John Gibson during the first period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference fi.

For Game 3 of the Nashville Predators' Western Conference finals matchup against the Anaheim Ducks, the Titans players were present at Bridgestone Arena in full force - with Ben Jones even bringing a dead catfish. "I don't know what's going through his head out there", Johansen said.

"We're going to need that", Cogliano said. After Game 2, we're still talking about it.

Game three of this series is scheduled for Tuesday in Nashville.

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.

So ... Johansen ... not a fan of Kesler.

The official Anaheim Ducks account tweeted out "a country-inspired #DucksHeadline" with an attached news headline that read "Ducks Take the Wheel", a riff on the popular Underwood bop, "Jesus, Take the Wheel".

Despite those disappointments, the Predators remained focused and continued to swarm over the fading Ducks before they finally capitalized on that late power play. Josi ended that drought with his wrister from the right circle off an assist from Viktor Arvidsson.

The second Nashville tally was particularly discouraging in that goaltender John Gibson lost sight of the puck so completely that James Neal could have scored using a spatula. If you look at the first period, they really came on us with a lot of pressure. "We played a solid defensive game, kept them on the outside". But it's hard on them and it's going to be harder as the games get going. But I think the most important thing is how you bounce back from it, because there will be ups and downs, how quickly you can turn the page and focus on the next day and the next game.

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