With tension rising, Predators host Ducks in Game 3

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne top left blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Friday

With tension rising, Predators host Ducks in Game 3

Well, that's up for debate. Kesler was plus-2 shot attempts in Game 2 and a minus-13 in Game 1.

Defenseman Roman Josi scored on the power play with 2:43 left in the third period to pace the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. I haven't been in a building with that much energy in my career. In sports, it's always critical.

"You see these elderly women out there with a sledge hammer taking a pounding at a auto that's got a Ducks logo on it", Carlyle said. Ottawa got outstanding goaltending from Craig Anderson who has played two fantastic games in net for them in a row, going back to the close out game against the New York Rangers in the second round. Either way, both goaltenders will have to be better for their teams if either one wants to take the lead Tuesday.

If the Anaheim Ducks thought they had taken control of the Western Conference finals after dropping five goals on the Nashville Predators on Sunday, they thought wrong.

It looked like they grabbed the lead moments later when Colton Sissons buried a rebound into an open net, but the referees blew the play dead prior to the goal when Harry Zolnierczyk was pushed into Gibson knocking him out of the play.

Because of it, fans were treated to a wild, back-and-forth game where every shot was a scoring chance and no lead was safe.

However, that was the only goal the Ducks managed against the Predators, who did a good job keeping Anaheim's big forwards away from the crease. They also won their third straight series opener on the road, continuing their month-long run of relentless postseason play. But for the first 20 minutes, it was as if the Ducks' skates were stuck in quicksand. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, the under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville and the over is 21-7-9 in the last 37 meetings.

Despite the late hits and constant slashes, Johansen still had a goal and an assist in Game 2 and he has a series-high four points in two games.

Once again, the Ducks had dug themselves a hole. Prior to Game 2, Arvidsson had scored only one point in his last seven playoff games.

Still, Anaheim is playing with fire if it continues this.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the win, while the Ducks' John Gibson stopped 38 shots. "We knew what was going to happen", Ducks right wing Corey Perry said. Johansen said he didn't know how anyone could cheer for a guy like that constantly prodding and poking. You can argue the Ducks have been the better team i nthe first two games of this series, but it's hard betting against the Preds at home with the way they've played throughout the playoffs overall. "I play the game hard, and obviously he doesn't like that", Kesler said in a post-game interview.

Here in Nashville, they've have learned just enough about the game to cheer for nearly anything, but they also know when the refs are screwing 'em. He bounced back with a far better effort in Game 3, but there were still some close calls, like when the Ducks cleared the puck the length of the ice and it almost skipped over Rinnes pads at the last moment.

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