The Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks continue their quest for the Stanley Cup. Nashville leads the Western Conference final 2-1.
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Just over tow minutes to go in the first period. Nashville is getting a power play after Ryan Getzlaf is called for cross-checking Filip Forsberg. Shots are 14-1 in Anaheim’s favor, so a power play goal here would do wonders for the Pred
Nashville kills the penalty. There are three minutes left in the first period and the shots are 12-1 Ducks.
The Ducks are going to the power play. Filip Forsberg got called for cross-checking Jakob Silfverberg. Silfverberg and Kessler were causing a ruckus in front of Rinne, and Rinne took exception to that.
Yeah, I don’t know about that one.
Rickard Rakell gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead. A bad line change and Rakell capitalized on it with a slap shot from the faceoff circle. That’s a goal that Pekka Rinne should not give up.
Nashville is having a really hard time getting into the offensive zone. Looks like Ducks’ head coach Randy Carlye decided to go with a neutral zone trap to try and counter the Preds’ speed.The Ducks are off to another good start. They look much sharper than what they turned into during Game 3, and their passes are much crisper. Remember though, they started strong to start the last game before completely falling flat.
Bridgestone Arena is loud. Water is wet.
The physical play is starting early again, and both teams are coming out with a jump. Anaheim has three early shots, but Nashville looks primed to start setting up some offensive chances. Just give it time.
No surprise at this point, but no Craig Smith on the ice. Harry Zolnierczyk is also absent. PA Parenteau and Pontus Aberg are out for the warm-ups.
For the Ducks, it looks like Kevin Bieska will pair with Sami Vatenen.