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Ducks continue comeback trend vs. Predators in Western Conference Final

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

The Ducks overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final even the series 1-1. It was the 29th comeback victory in 71 games (40.8 percent) during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and 14th multi-goal comeback win this postseason (19.7 percent).

* The 14 multi-goal comeback victories are one shy of matching the NHL record for most such wins in a playoff year, a mark set in 2014 when 15 of 93 games (16.1 percent) were won by a team that erased a deficit of at least two goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

* The Ducks have four of the multigoal comeback wins this postseason, marking the sixth time in NHL history that a team has earned at least four such victories in a single postseason. The other instances: the Montreal Canadiens in 1973 and 1979 (four in each), the St. Louis Blues in 1986 (four), the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987 (five) and the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 (four).

* Elias adds that the NHL record for comeback wins in a postseason was set in 1990, when 45 of 85 games (52.9 percent) saw the winning team erase a deficit of at least one goal.



Home Team in Caps

ANAHEIM 5, Nashville 3 - series tied 1-1



The Ducks tied the game twice in the second period before forward Nick Ritchie scored the game-winning goal with 2:53 remaining in the second.

* The Ducks overcame a deficit of any margin to win for the sixth time this postseason, with Game 2 being their fourth multigoal comeback win. They also did it against the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round and against the Edmonton Oilers in Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference Second Round. Per Elias, the Ducks overcame a multigoal deficit to win four times during the 2016-17 regular season.

* Ritchie, the 10th selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored his second game-winning goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His other one came against the Oilers in Game 7 of the second round. He had three game-winning goals in 77 regular-season games.

* Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg scored his ninth goal of the postseason to tie Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel for the most in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only two players in Ducks history have scored more goals in a single postseason: Andy McDonald (10 in 2007) and Corey Perry (10 in 2015).

* When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 205-99, including a 3-2 mark this postseason.

Video: Ducks rally past Preds to win Game 2 and even series



Ryan Getzlaf (8-10-18 in 13 GP) had three assists for his second three-point game of the postseason; he had two goals and two assists against the Oilers in Game 4 of the second round. He has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 13 games, one point being the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (6-13-19) for the League lead.

* Getzlaf's 18 points are tied for the second-most in a single postseason by a Ducks player, two points shy of tying the club record he set during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he had 20 points (two goals, 18 assists) in 16 games. He is the Ducks' all-time leader in playoff goals (37), assists (80) and points (117) in 117 games.

* Among the 348 players with at least 100 NHL postseason games, 20 have averaged at least one point per game, with Getzlaf at 1.00 points per game being one of three active players on that list. Penguins center Sidney Crosby has 15 1 points (53 goals, 98 assists in 136 games for 1.11 points per game, and Malkin had 148 points (54 goals, 94 assists) in 137 games for a 1.08 average.



There have been 44 one-goal games this postseason, with another nine decided by two goals following an empty-net goal (combined, 74.7 percent). … Ducks forward Ondrej Kase scored his first NHL playoff goal in his fifth postseason game. … Predators forward Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist in Game 2 for his third consecutive multipoint game to give him a Predators-best 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 12 postseason games and equal the Predators record for most points in one playoff year. … Predators forward James Neal scored his 13th NHL playoff goal in 32 postseason games with the Predators, tying David Legwand (47 games) and Shea Weber (59 games) for the most in Predators history. ICYMI: Neal was mic'd up when he scored the overtime winner in Game 1. … Nashville mayor Megan Barry and Anaheim mayor Tom Tait made a friendly wager based on the outcome of the Western Conference Final.



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