Preds fans continue to troll Anaheim with dead ducks

That's right. You weren't dreaming. The other was a wrist shot from Ryan Johansen with 49 seconds left in the period.

Now the question was, which team wanted it more?

Perry ended the second overtime in this series with a goal originally credited to Thompson.

Game 4 in the series takes place in Nashville on Thursday.

They were staring at one of the most bitter losses in their playoff history, and that's no exaggeration. The Ducks aided the enemy.

The Nashville Predators host the Anaheim Ducks in game four of the NHL Western Conference final on May 18 at 8pm EST. On Thursday, the Ducks outshot Nashville 14-2 in the first period and had a 2-0 lead by the midpoint of the second period, tying the largest deficit the Predators have faced at home this postseason.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Perry, who was bumped off Anaheim's top line in Game 2, scored for only the second time in the past 11 contests on a bad-angle shot, but the Ducks were unable to generate sustained pressure and failed to notch a shot on goal in the final 11 minutes Tuesday.

A slash by Perry was killed off, eight minutes into the third period.




With Nashville taking the series opener, the Predators just need to keep it up to extend this franchise's already historic run. "And to allow one or two shots, whatever it was, in the first and come away with a 1-0 lead, that was huge for our group and a big momentum swing for us".

The Predators held a 5 on 3 advantage for 1:31. Sure, Fleury rightfully gets a lot of the blame for Game 3's demolition, but the Penguins defense was caught sleeping on a few occasions in the first period, including Mark Streit allowing Derick Brassard to take the right side of the crease nearly uncontested for the third goal.

But midway through, it was Nick Ritchie who gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead on a perfectly placed wrist shot from just above the face-off circle.

Nashville brought out inaugural American Idol victor Kelly Clarkson as the latest big name to sing the national anthem, and rock group Kings of Leon stirred up the crowd by waving from the bandstand in Music City's latest show of star power. But the Predators found new life late when Subban scored 13:33 into the third period.

The Ducks were crisp and alert from the start.

But that didn't stop them from forcing the game to overtime. Though the Ducks won a defensive zone draw to the left of John Gibson, Cam Fowler's attempt to play the puck to safety behind the Anaheim net was sorely miscalculated. According to ESPN, the pitch was 96 miles per hour, Teheran's fastest pitch in two seasons.

Game 5 shifts to Anaheim Saturday night.

Appropriately, Carrie Underwood - whose husband Mike Fisher plays for the Preds - was the first.

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