They've done a nice job thwarting plenty of Nashville power plays, but they also can't bank on another comeback or two to fall in their favor against such a potent opponent - and one that has both entertained and dominated on home ice. The scoreboard read 2-1 Predators. The Predators have outscored the opposition 16-9 in the third period and have yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason (the Ducks won Game 2 5-3 on Sunday).
Obviously, we wanted the goals to be counted, said Filip Forsberg.
Prior to Game 3 of the series, Nashville's country superstar Keith Urban sang his rendition of the National Anthem, but even he was outdone by the members of the Titans offensive line.
Gibson was helpless on the game victor, which was set up when a shot by Ekholm hit teammate Viktor Arvidsson and caromed to Josi in the right circle.
They find themselves tied up at one game a piece with the Anaheim Ducks, with the victor advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.
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.
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.
"Going out for the third, I think our guys stepped on the gas a little bit more", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.
On Anaheim's side, the Ducks must alleviate the pressure on Gibson, who has mostly stood tall to slow a wild Preds offense.
The Ducks took advantage of their first power play to score with 4:25 left in the second period.
Youve got to be in here to feel the energy, said Josi, who credited the crowd as much as Viktor Arvidsson, who set up the goal, for the assist. "They came hard. They had their push". The team has only lost four times in the entire postseason so far, and will need to keep up the pace if they want any chance at a Stanley Cup run.
Forsberg tied it up with his third goal in as many games.
Perry's goal came just after the Ducks had a potential score waved off by referee Brad Meier. Luckily for Nashville, defenceman Mattias Ekholm knocked the net off before the puck could cross the line.
"That's the way it is - playoff hockey", Gibson said of taking a few tumbles.
On the ensuing power play, Corey Perry delivered the knockout blow that McLeod couldnt.