Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Home win streak is NHL's longest in two decades

Home win streak is NHL's longest in two decades

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal.

The Ducks managed a win in Game 2 despite being outshot once again.

The Nashville Predators look to protect their home ice and take a 2-1 series lead. With the 35th goal of his playoff career, RW Corey Perry tied Teemu Selanne (35) for second on the all-time franchise postseason goals list, two behind Ryan Getzlaf. Kase scored the tying goal in the second period - his first of the playoffs - as part of a huge night for that line that saw Getzlaf collect three assists and Ritchie score the decisive tally, his second-game victor in three contests. Jakob Silfverberg, who has a team-leading nine goals, has remained hot but Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Ondrej Kase, Nick Ritchie and Antoine Vermette also have scored. Just before he was out of range, Perry banked a wrist shot off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne and into the net with 4:25 left.

The Ducks got just one shot on goal in the first 13 minutes of Game 1, but Silfverberg put it into Rinne's far top corner for his eighth goal in 12 games this spring, matching his goal total in 48 games over his previous six trips to the postseason. John Gibson made 30 saves for the Ducks.

Instead, Anaheim rallied from a two-goal or larger deficit to win for the fourth time this postseason, matching wins in Game 3 against Calgary in the first round, and Game 4 and Game 5 against Edmonton in the second round.

"I wish we didn't get down in the first place, but I think we have three or four lines that get going and just keep punching through", Ducks forward Rickard Rakell said. It means I'm doing my job.

"I just lost sight of it for a second", said Gibson, who says little when he plays well, and even less the rest of the time.

"I knew at some point those pucks I'd been chasing all year long, they were going to come", Ryan said after picking up his fifth goal of the playoffs. Through the first two games, Predators center Ryan Johansen has four points, including two in the first ten minutes of Game 2. One game in and the Senators have already done to the Penguins what Washington and Columbus could not: grab control of the series.

Johansen may not have to worry about Kesler's stick as often the next two games, including Game 3 Tuesday night. "It's a tough break, tough play. for sure, I want to have that back". "All night, we had a lot of chances and we didn't give them a lot". Rinne had been fantastic throughout the first two rounds and Game 1 of the playoffs.

"We didn't play anywhere near where we're capable of playing", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. We've been a good team on the road. They won't be able to shut it down completely, but it's a necessity to match Anaheim's push with one of their own. After the game, he said he just has to focus on his game.

The ocean continues to the third round of the playoffs for the Stanley Cup. He stood tall in the net and he gave us a chance. He's eager to remind everyone that he's only one component of a defensive group that has driven the Predators to these unprecedented post-season heights.

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