Anaheim 5 vs. Nashville 3
May 14, 2017
Series tied 1-1
The Anaheim Ducks overcame a two-goal first-period deficit to defeat the Nashville Predators, 5-3, at Honda Center and tie the series, 1-1. Today's game marked the fourth time that Anaheim claimed victory after overcoming a multi-goal deficit this postseason. It was also the fifth overall comeback win by the Ducks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, co-leading the NHL with Ottawa (5).
Anaheim's first four goal scorers were 26 or under, including Jakob Silverberg (26), Sami Vatanen (25), Nick Ritchie (21) and Ondrej Kase (21). The Ducks have also played the last seven consecutive games with the same blueline that has averaged 23.6 years. The Ducks have now had 15 different goal scorers this postseason, tying Nashville for the most in the NHL.
Nick Ritchie scored his third goal of the playoffs and second GWG at 17:07 of the second period. Ritchie now has two goals in his last three games, each representing the GWG.
Ryan Getzlaf tied his playoff career high in assists (0-3=3) with his first multi-assist contest of the postseason (last: 3 assists on April 30, 2015 vs. CGY). Getzlaf ranks second in the NHL in playoff scoring (8-10=18) behind only Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin (6-13=19).
Jakob Silfverberg tied the game at 2-2, 39 seconds into the second period with his team-leading ninth goal of the playoffs. Silfverberg, who scored for the second consecutive game, moved into a tie with Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel for the league lead in playoff goals (9). Silfverberg (17-25=42) surpassed Paul Kariya (14) for fourth on the all-time franchise goals list while also passing Nicklas Lidstrom (41) for the third-most points by a Swedish-born NHL player before reaching the age of 27.
Cam Fowler collected his first multi-assist game of the playoffs (0-2=2) and has 1-3=4 points in his last five games. With the assists, Fowler passed Chris Pronger (30) for seventh on the all-time franchise scoring list and third among defensemen.
Ondrej Kase scored his first career playoff goal to tie the game, 3-3, at 10:41 of the second period. Shea Theodore and Josh Manson picked up the assists on the goal. Theodore leads all NHL rookies and ranks tied for third among all NHL defensemen in postseason assists (6).
Sami Vatanen scored his first goal of the postseason on the power play with 60 seconds remaining in the first period, tying Ruslan Salei (5) for fourth on the all-time franchise goals list for defensemen. Vatanen has points in consecutive games (1-1=2).
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
The Western Conference Final now shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Tuesday, May 16 at Bridgestone Arena (5 p.m. PT).
On the comeback victory
Everybody says we go about it the hard way. As long as we get the job done, that's all we're worried about.
On Nashville's push in the third period
They're a good team. That's what we expected. They have mobile defensemen that can really move the puck and skate. We knew they were going to come. Guys did a good job clearing the puck and blocking shots.
On the importance of this victory
We didn't want to go down 0-2 again going there. Hopefully we can get confidence and keep going with it.
On the victory
I think it's great. If we were losing 0-2, it would be so hard [to come back]. Now it's 1-1 and we can go win in Nashville.
On his goal
Nick Ritchie said 'Goal!' and I started [celebrating]. I was happy that it was a goal.
On the first period
I didn't think we played that bad at the start. They got a couple goals, but we have a calm group. We knew what we were doing. We kept pushing and got the win today.
On his power-play goal
We haven't scored many goals on the power play so far, but let's hope the ketchup bottle is open now and we can keep scoring.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the importance of this victory
It's huge. We know how important these games are. Every one gets more important as we go forward. Tonight's response after getting down 2-0 is a character builder for our group. We believe we can go into any building and play with the teams we're up against and give ourselves a chance for success.
On Kase's emergence
The one thing that's been consistent with him, he's been an energizer bunny that can play with pace, make plays in small areas, create space for himself and he's not afraid to go into those areas. Moving him up and down our lineup gives us some flexibility because he's a fearless player for his size. He goes into the areas and can make plays with good players.
On tonight's game
We played hard. I thought we played a solid first period and we got a power-play goal at the end there. For the most part it was a back and forth game, chances at both ends and I thought both teams played hard.
On Nashville's effort
I think the effort was all there. They got pretty good players over there too. Guys are going to make plays and guys are going to make shots and stuff like that. I thought, for the most part, we played a solid game. Got to give credit to them, they played well.
On the Ducks in tonight's game
They have good players. It's the Western Conference Final. They have a lot of talent out there. That's not going to go away. They're a good team. They found a way to claw back.
On his own play and keeping composure
I just have to focus on my game. It's tough, I think on their tying goal there, [that was] my guy. I feel like that cost us the game tonight. I made a mistake there and they scored so that kind of sucked but get some rest and just get back to doing what I do next game.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On the fast start and change
There was a penalty at the end of the first that changed it. Changed the game, changed the momentum.
On the Ducks' second period
I thought they came out, and like I said, they grabbed some momentum right at the end of the first period. They came out and scored another quick goal and I think the momentum just shifted a little bit. That being said, I think we did a pretty good job in the neutral zone. They're a good team that moves up and down the ice, they get speed. I thought from a defensive standpoint we could have been a little bit tighter, a little bit quicker to what we were doing, a little bit more mindful of what we were doing. Like I said, I think they just caught momentum and everything lit up.
On Pekka Rinne
That first one was a laser. I'm not sure if it hit Roman Josi's stick or not and got redirected but it was a canon. It was hard, it was quick, he got everything he had into it and he put it really into about only the spot he could. I thought there were some saves that he made that were really good. There were a couple scrambles in front of the net where we can do a better job of tying up in front of him. We've been pretty good in front of him.