For the past couple of years, it's held true: nothing's more fierce than a pissed-off Penguin (note: not true in nature). After blowing a 2-0 lead, everyone was expecting the Predators to finish the comeback with a win. Obviously, that changes things a bit.
Nashville brought out the inaugural American Idol victor in Kelly Clarkson as the latest big name to sing the national anthem, and rock group Kings of Leon rallying up the crowd by waving from the bandstand in Music City's latest show of star power. But Subban scored with 6:27 left, and Filip Forsberg tied it with 34.5 seconds remaining in regulation with his fourth goal in four games. But about 10 minutes into overtime, Perry was just trying to feed a teammate in front of the net when P.K. Subban deflected the pass right into his own net. "Adversity is one of them", Perry said. "Of course, that's a missed opportunity, but we battled back and obviously didn't have a good start".
Anaheim dominated the first period, and initiated scoring at 11:30.
"We've heard a lot about the way that team plays", Cogliano said.
Nate Thompson was initially credited with the victor at 10:25 in overtime, though it looked like the pass that Corey Perry sent on net from the corner redirected off Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban.
It was the sixth straight home playoff win for the Predators, who are the NHL's only unbeaten team at home.
It was the first home loss of the playoffs for the Predators, who in case you were wondering had practised on Wednesday and skated prior to Game 4.
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For the past few years, "Ducks hockey" meant something much less complimentary entirely during the playoffs. Nashville trailed in seven of those contests. "And that's what they say in overtime: You throw it on net, never know what's going to happen".
Rinne made a save on a Jakob Silfverberg's backhand attempt in the third period with his right pad to keep the game 2-0.
The team has the momentum and the crowd support going into Thursday night. Or nerve-wracking. Or exhilarating. The Ducks have bounced back throughout the 2017 NHL Playoffs, therefore this isn't new to them. There were five series in the first two rounds that were deadlocked through four games. If you're inclined to pooh-pooh the idea of Nashville as a potential hockey town, ask yourself what you're really hoping to prove-and what would be so bad about non-traditional markets becoming traditional ones? The Ducks, in their second round matchup with Edmonton, lost the first two and won the next two. If you want to listen to Pete Weber's sultry voice be sure to tune into 102.5 The Game. "We've done it before and we've got to do it again". O'Brien also played 10 games for the AHL's San Diego Gulls and had two assists.
If the ice was tilted, some credit has to go to the roiling sea of yellow helicoptering towels and screaming its heads off every night.
There are no guarantees in sports.
The puck has been scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.