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Conference Final

Ducks confident they can rebound, win Game 4

Anaheim remains resolute despite 2-1 deficit against Predators in Western Conference Final

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- Focusing on the process, not the result, has given the Anaheim Ducks the ability to bounce back from all kinds of adversity this season.

They're counting on their resiliency to help them in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Ducks are behind 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

"We found that when we took on the mantra that we had to be better than we were the last game, it just relieves the focus on the outcome vs. the process," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday. "What did you have to do in the game within the game? Was it your forecheck that made the difference? Was it your defensive-zone faceoffs? Was it your power play? Your penalty killing?

"Then look at the game that way vs. looking at the result. We're always going to focus on the process first, then the results should take care of themselves."

Video: The NHL Tonight crew previews NSH-ANA for game 4

Six of the Ducks' nine wins during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have involved some kind of comeback. In two of those victories, one against the Calgary Flames in the first round and one against the Edmonton Oilers in the second round, they rallied from down three goals to win in overtime.

Anaheim lost the first two games against Edmonton but won the series in seven games.

"It didn't start with any specific game or something," Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour said. "We just have a resilient group here. … We have a good way of not quitting until the whole game is over. Whether the score is 5-0 [for] us or against us, I still feel like we're pushing to win that game. The group we have, we do a good job of it.

"We don't want to be down and have to come back like that, but we feel like we're a good team and we've been doing it quite a bit."

The Ducks never panic, defenseman Hampus Lindholm said.

"Every game you know that even if you're down after the first or second [period], the game is not over," he said. "We know, especially in some of these playoff games, momentum can swing pretty quick. Get one goal and you can often feed off that. So when you're down, you know the game is not over."

That mindset never wavers, though some comeback attempts haven't been successful, Lindholm said.

"We had a game in Washington [Feb. 11] when we were down 4-1 and tied it in the third, but then lost [6-4] on a fluky goal," he said. "But we knew we were capable of coming back like that. When you have that in the back of your head, you can come back."

Video: Morosi joins the panel as the Predators take the lead

After losing 2-1 against the Predators in Game 3, the Ducks took Wednesday off, preferring rest over practice.

"We weren't ourselves [in Game 3]," Montour said. "Games 1 and 3, it felt like we weren't quite as aware out there, have that oomph. We'll be good to go. We had a good day off [Wednesday]."

Veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who has been out because of a lower-body injury sustained in Game 1 against the Oilers, was an option to go into the lineup for Game 4 but Carlyle wasn't ready to commit to a lineup after the morning skate.

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