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Roman Josi's late goal sends Predators past Ducks in Game 3

Defenseman scores with 2:43 left to help Nashville take series lead, stay undefeated at home in playoffs

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Roman Josi scored with 2:43 left in the third period, and the Nashville Predators remained undefeated at home in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Game 4 here Thursday.

Nashville received a power play when Chris Wagner was called for a high-sticking penalty with 3:55 remaining. Mattias Ekholm took a shot from the point that went off teammate Viktor Arvidsson, and Josi shot the rebound past John Gibson for his fifth goal of the postseason to make it 2-1. 

"I think we're a confident team," Josi said. "We know what we can do in the room. Nobody panicked. We knew we played a good game. We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots (40). We knew we just had to play the same way and they were going to go in sometime. It doesn't matter what happens, we just try to stay positive and just stay with it."

 

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Nashville is 6-0 at home during these playoffs and has won 10 consecutive postseason home games dating to the 2016 Western Conference First Round against Anaheim.

Filip Forsberg scored for Nashville to tie it 1-1 at 3:54 of the third period on a wrist shot from the left circle.

"That's what we pay him for," Ekholm said of Forsberg. "No, but he's just one of those players. He deserves the spotlight that he's getting, the attention he's getting because he's that good of a player. This is the time where everyone wants to step up and doing something good, and he's really done it."

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm3: Rinne slides across to deny Theodore

The Predators had two goals disallowed in the third period after Forsberg tied the game.

Harry Zolnierczyk was in the crease and fell on Gibson prior to Colton Sissons scoring. The goal was disallowed on the ice.

Ekholm was called for goalie interference at 6:33 after skating in on Gibson and knocking him over prior to Ryan Johansen scoring.

"I thought that was just fruit of whatever we put in throughout the 40 minutes before," Forsberg said. "Obviously we wanted those goals to be counted, but at the same time we just kept playing. I don't think anyone said anything negatively or anything. Just kept playing, kept being focused and then obviously that power play came up huge."

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm3: Perry scores PPG on sharp-angle shot

Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 15:35 of the second on a shot from below the right circle. He took a wrist shot that bounced off Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and into the net for his third goal.

"We didn't do a very good job in front of [Gibson] as far as managing the puck and then managing the people that were inside," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "Through the comparison we look at, they worked harder to get inside than we did tonight."

Gibson made 38 saves. The Predators held the Ducks without a shot for the first 11:43 of the second period and the last 11:23 of the third.

 

Goal of the game

Josi's game-winning goal came off of a fortunate bounce off Arvidsson's leg. The defenseman got to the rebound and beat Gibson before the goaltender realized where the puck was.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm3: Forsberg lifts rebound past Gibson

 

Save of the game

Gibson made a save on a wrist shot by Forsberg in the second period on a Predators power play. Forsberg tried to beat Gibson on the glove side, but he made the save and the rebound was out of reach.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm3: Gibson gets pad on Forsberg's wrister

 

Unsung performance of the game

Rinne made a save on a redirection by Rickard Rakell on a 2-on-1 with Cam Fowler in the first period to keep the game 0-0.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm3: Rinne kicks away Rakell's redirect

 

Highlight of the game

Ryan Ellis' shot came from the top of the left circle and Forsberg got the rebound, scoring his sixth goal of the playoffs and third of the series.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm3: Josi buries PPG for late lead

 

They said it

"We didn't play anywhere near where we're capable of playing, and we received the game a lot. But we still had a chance. And that's the most encouraging part because we can play better than what we played tonight. We know that. And we take two offensive zone penalties in the third period, you just can't do that, not in playoffs." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

"Sometimes in games like that, you get frustrated. You're pressing. Their goaltender was good, and the key is just stick with it and believe you're going to get one at some point if you keep going, and that's kind of what we did. We just didn't give up." -- Predators captain Mike Fisher

 

Need to know

Ducks centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler combined to go 12-for-31 on faceoffs (38.7 percent). … Ellis (four goals, six assists) and Josi (five goals, five assists) are tied for the Predators record for most points (10) by a defenseman in a single playoffs. ... This was the first NHL conference final game ever played in Nashville. … The team that wins Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in a best-of-7 series is 205-99, including 3-2 this postseason.

 

What's next

Game 4 of Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports)

 

Video: Josi's late PPG lifts Preds to 2-1 victory in Game 3

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