Anaheim 2 vs. Nashville 3 OT
May 12, 2017
Predators lead series 1-0
The Anaheim Ducks were defeated by the Nashville Predators, 3-2, in overtime at Honda Center in the opening game of the 2017 Western Conference Final. Nashville's James Neal scored the OT winner at 9:24 of the fourth period, snapping Anaheim's three-game playoff win streak in games going beyond regulation. Game 2 of the series will take place on Sunday, May 14 at Honda Center (4:30 p.m. PT).
Hampus Lindholm tied the game at two at the 7:21 mark of the third period with his first goal of the postseason. Nate Thompson earned the lone assist on the goal, his third of the playoffs. Thompson also finished the game winning 10-of-15 faceoff attempts, good for a 66.7% FOW%.
Jakob Silfverberg scored his eighth goal of the playoffs (unassisted) to give the Ducks the early lead at 5:15 of the first period. Silfverberg now has 6-3=9 points in eight games since the start of the Second Round against Edmonton. With the goal, Silfverberg tied Paul Kariya (14) for fourth on the franchise all-time goals list.
John Gibson made a postseason career-high 43 saves (previous best; 39 saves on May 12, 2014 vs. LA).
Cam Fowler appeared in his 57th career playoff game to surpass Scott Niedermayer (56) for seventh on the all-time franchise games played list and second among defensemen.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On the game
We have to get some momentum on the power play, or at least play well so our guys get going. When you kill a 5-on-3 like that, and then you get a power play, you have to [convert].
On the quick turnaround
This time of the year, you can't have excuses. You just have to go out there, play hard and win games. That's what it's all about. They wanted it a little more than us tonight.
On the second half of the game
We were starting to make plays out of our zone. We were forechecking and playing our game. We were creating havoc in front of Rinne. Once we did that, it started giving us momentum.
On the Predators
They're an aggressive team that can skate. They have good defensemen who can also skate. It's going to be a tough series.
On the game
We knew they were going to come hard. It was their first game in a while. We weren't our best, but we lost in overtime. If you look at the first period, they really came on us with a lot of pressure. We haven't played a team like that in a while. We got better as the game went on.
On the quick turnaround between series
That's the way it is. We didn't have a choice. We had a long break and didn't come out good in the last series. They had a break and came out good. It's hit or miss.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On if the extra rest paid off for the Predators
It did in the first period, for sure. They dominated us and we didn't move our feet. We got ourselves back on track in the second and third periods.
On what he'd like to see different in Game 2
We can't afford to have the start we had today. We were receiving the game and our goaltender should get full credit for keeping us in the game. We'll regroup on Sunday. We'll turn the page on this one and get ourselves prepared for Sunday afternoon.
On the Predators' power play
Both teams want their power play to do more than they did, but at the same time our penalty kill did a nice job today at not giving them much. Power play we can definitely work on.
On winning the first game of each series
The first two games in the other series haven't been the best, but we found a way to win and that's what the playoffs are about. You've got to find a way to win. It's going to go up and down.
On the team's performance
We try to play our game. We try to do all the good things we do, doesn't matter if it's home or on the road. We've been managing pretty well. I don't know what happened on that second goal, but we played really well in the third. I think we played well enough to win it right there, but it went to overtime and anything could happen. We took control of it for a bit there and we got some chances from that. It was nice to see that game-winner go in.
On winning Game 1
You get some momentum right away. It's a nice feeling for everyone in here. Tomorrow is going to be a lot easier. You get a smile on your face. It's a really good feeling, but we know we haven't done anything yet. We have to stay on for Game 2, and we know now we'll have that home-ice advantage again and we're comfortable both at home and on the road. It was good to get the first one.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On winning the first game of all three series
We played well in those two games. We realized we don't have home ice, and we're going to need to win on the road. The guys have played well in the first game tonight. We came out well. They pushed back, but we pushed back against them, then they pushed on us and tied it up. We didn't play well in the third, but in the overtime we got back to our game and back to playing again. There will probably be a lot of that going on in this series, but tonight it went our way in overtime.
On the team's depth
There's no different set of plans for different players or different lines. Everybody is on the same plan and the same page, but when you get to the playoffs and you have those opportunities to roll your lines and get your whole line up involved the way we have in those two series and the one tonight as well, it provides opportunity for those players. It's a big time of the year, and it's been a big part of our success, getting that balance and attack from everybody. In the first two rounds and now, we're getting contributions from everybody in different places. That team concept and that team mindset is a good way to do it.