Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Ducks defeat Predators 3-2 in overtime

Ducks defeat Predators 3-2 in overtime

The shot appeared to also potentially go off Predators defenseman P.K. Subban's stick.

"They caught a lucky bounce tonight on the redirect that ended up being a difference maker", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. Perry now has three game-winning overtime goals in the playoffs. It actually is the third time they have alternated wins and losses through the first four games of a playoff series. The Ducks, who had 20 total shots in Game 3, outshot the Predators 14-2 in the first period on Thursday night. In a postseason that has seen almost a record level of overtimes, this one proved to be one of the most exciting.

And if you're one of those fans who looks for reasons why their favourite team is losing, please know that Kelly Clarkson's wonderful anthem before the game is not the reason why Nashville lost.

The Ducks have four overtime goals in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when they won the Stanley Cup.

The puck has been scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. The Ducks' Jared Boll shouldered Nashville's Calle Jamkrok right in the chops, without a call, and Ryan Getzlaf sent Victor Arvidsson face-frirst into the boards and didn't get a boarding whistle. They saw two goals waved off in eight seconds, shortly after Forsberg's equalizer at 3:55 of the third period made it 1-1.

Finally, with this game's potential as the biggest game in franchise history MAKE IT LOUD PREDS FANS.

Subban scored off a blast from the blue line to revive the standing-room only crowd with Forsberg helping screen Gibson.

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Ultimately the Ducks came away with a 3-2 overtime win. "I don't think we showed up in the first, and then after that we played better". I know they struggled a little bit in the post-season prior to our series, but they are a terrific penalty killing team.

Twice they thought they had the game-winner buried.

Clarkson sang the National anthem ahead of the game.

But the Ducks stabilized things in overtime, and victory sprang from the most innocent of plays. They are a great group who cared, were selfless and played some great hockey.

Fisher, who is married to singer Carrie Underwood, had 18 goals and 24 assists during the regular season but has been held without a point in the playoffs. He's ceded just seven goals on 174 shots in six home games during the postseason, and has permitted only one marker in each of the last five home contests.

But in the third period, the Ducks came unglued. The Ducks have to find a way to change the tempo of this series and limit what Nashville is doing on offense. Sullivan will announce the Game 4 starter in goal after Friday morning's skate. The Nashville Predators have lost three straight games when allowing more than two goals.

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