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Ducks recover for OT win against Predators in Game 4

Corey Perry scores at 10:25 to even series after Nashville ties it late in third period

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Corey Perry scored at 10:25 of overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 at Anaheim on Saturday.

Perry shot the puck toward the net from the right boards and it redirected off Predators defenseman P.K. Subban's stick and past Pekka Rinne.


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"Like we've been saying all playoffs, we have a checklist that we go through every single day," Perry said. "It doesn't matter when it is in the game, you've got to go back, you've got to think of what's on that list and adversity is one of them, ebbs and flows of a game.

"We knew coming into overtime, you put that jersey on you, go out and play like you did in the first period; hard-nosed, pucks in deep. We kind of changed the momentum there. We got some chances, and we got the break."

Predators forward Filip Forsberg tied it 2-2 with 34.5 seconds left in the third period. Viktor Arvidsson centered the puck from behind the net and Forsberg beat John Gibson through the five-hole for his seventh goal.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Forsberg ties game in final minute

Subban made it 2-1 at 13:33 on a slap shot from the right point. His shot got through traffic and beat Gibson for his second goal.

"I thought we did a good job of getting back in the game," Subban said. "We had an opportunity in overtime and just an unlucky bounce so turn the page and get ready for next game."

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Subban rips a goal through screen

Rickard Rakell gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 11:30 of the first period with his seventh goal of the postseason.

"It's the ebbs and flows of a game," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "The one thing we wanted to make that we established was a strong start, and we did that with an exclamation mark. With our performance the other night, we felt we were flat and we didn't have the necessary emotion and energy to play to the level that they played to."

Nick Ritchie gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at 10:22 of the second on a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle on the rush. He shot the puck through the legs of Predators defenseman Roman Josi and past Rinne for his fourth goal.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Ritchie sweeps a wrister top shelf

The Predators had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:31 in the third period but did not score.

The Ducks allowed two shots on goal in the first period, an Anaheim record for fewest shots allowed in a period of a Stanley Cup Playoff game.


Goal of the game

Rakell's slap shot cleanly beat Rinne from the top of the left faceoff circle on the blocker side. The Ducks caught the Predators in a line change.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Rakell cranks a slapper past Rinne

Save of the game

Rinne made a save on a Jakob Silfverberg's backhand attempt in the third period with his right pad to keep the game 2-0.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Rinne lays out for tremendous stop

Unsung performance of the game

Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who returned to the lineup after missing the past nine games because of a lower-body injury, dove to knock the puck away from Forsberg at the net 6:24 into overtime.


Highlight of the game

Perry's goal started when he stopped the puck on a rimming attempt from Subban and shot it toward the net. It was his third overtime goal of the 2017 playoffs.

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Perry nets OT winner off deflection

They said it

"I thought we had some energy and we were on our toes. You look at that period and that's exactly how we play, and that's when we're at our best and when we're effective. And to allow one or two shots, whatever it was, in the first and come away with a 1-0 lead, that was huge for our group and a big momentum swing for us." -- Ducks forward Corey Perry on the first period


"They're a good team so we know every game is going to be a battle. I think if there's a positive that we showed tonight, it's that when we want to play our game we can't be stopped. I felt we did a good job in the third period of battling back, giving ourselves an opportunity to win the game. We had chances in overtime, didn't go our way. You throw pucks at the net, good things will happen, and they threw one in. It went off of my stick and in. Tough one." -- Predators defenseman P.K. Subban


Need to know

The Ducks have four overtime goals in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when they won the Stanley Cup. Bieksa replaced Shea Theodore in the lineup. ... Forsberg is the first player in Predators history to score a goal in four straight playoff games. His seventh goal of the playoffs tied forward Joel Ward (2011) for most goals by a Nashville player in a single postseason. Center Mike Fisher did not play in overtime because of an undisclosed injury and Predators coach Peter Laviolette said he was being evaluated.


What's next

Game 5 of Western Conference Final at Honda Center on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports)


Video: Perry's OT goal gives Ducks 3-2 win in Game 4

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