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Andersen, Ducks even series against Predators

Goalie makes 30 saves, Anaheim gets goals from four players in Game 4

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Frederik Andersen made 30 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday to tie their Western Conference First Round series.

Ryan Getzlaf, Nate Thompson, Jamie McGinn and Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks.

The road team has won each game in the best-of-7 series, which is tied 2-2. Game 5 is at Honda Center on Saturday (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). 

The Ducks started the season 12-15-6, but then went 34-10-5 the rest of the way to go from worst to first in the Pacific Division. So, losing the first two games of this series at home wasn't a big deal for them.

"We had a few adjustments, a few additions (prior to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline), but when you go through adversity in the season, you try and build back on that when you get into playoff time and crunch time."

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Fisher rips one-timer home on doorstep

After Mike Fisher tied it for Nashville at 11:26 of the second period, Anaheim scored the final three goals.

Thompson gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 17:04 on a shot from below the right faceoff circle. Forward Rickard Rakell made a cross-ice pass to Thompson, who was able to wait out Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and shoot it past him for his second goal of the series.

"Well, first off, [Getzlaf] had a great change," Thompson said. "He changed at the right time. When he changed, I sprinted on the ice and there was some open ice there. [Rakell] saw me, and I just kind of held on to it for a second. I saw an opening and put it in."

McGinn put the Ducks ahead by two goals when he scored with 1:04 left in the second on a redirection from the slot. The Predators failed to get the puck out of the defensive zone, and Ducks forward Chris Stewart corralled it and passed to McGinn, who got it past Rinne for his second goal.

"We were just thinking stay calm, stay the course," Thompson said "They were at home. They're going to make a push. They did that. They scored a big goal. We just kept our composure. We knew that we had to stick with it and push back, and we did that. We had some timely goals."

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Cogliano nets one-timer off faceoff

Cogliano gave Anaheim a 4-1 lead at 16:52 of the third period. Jakob Silfverberg stole the puck from Nashville defenseman Roman Josi off a faceoff, and Cogliano one-timed the puck past Rinne for his second goal.  

Getzlaf gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 1:02 of the first period on an odd-man rush. Forward David Perron took the initial shot, and Getzlaf was able to get to the rebound and slide the puck under Rinne for his second goal.

"Any time you can get a lead in a game is big when you can come out on the road, especially in a building like this," Getzlaf said. "Like I said, this place gets going. It was nice to be able to get that and calm down a little bit."

Fisher tied it 1-1 on a one-timer from the slot. Forward Colin Wilson got the puck behind the net and made a pass to Fisher, who was able to shoot it past Andersen for his first goal.

"That's the name of the playoffs," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "Playoffs go back and forth. That's why oftentimes it goes back and forth and there's ups and downs to it. You've got to respond to it. There's a day between games. Our guys will be ready to play in Anaheim. I'm sure of that. The effort was there tonight. The results we don't like, and we'll look to try and fix those and get better."

Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Andersen stops Weber's blast

Andersen has allowed one goal on 58 shots in two games. John Gibson started the first two games for Anaheim.

Predators forward Craig Smith missed Game 4 with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Forward Colton Sissons replaced Smith in the lineup.

The Predators went 0-for-6 on the power play in Game 4 and are 1-for-19 in the series.

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