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Ducks have shown comeback ability in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Anaheim believes it will respond against Predators in Game 2 of Western Final

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The ability to come from behind might not be something Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle puts high on his many lists, but they have made it a trend during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Ducks need to bounce back again in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators on Sunday after losing the opener of the best-of-7 series 3-2 in overtime at home on Friday.

"It's always a strength if you can have the ability to play through things and not get sidetracked on different things that are going on in the game, whether it's penalties, goals against, anything like that," Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We've been able to stick with our game plan and hopefully pull it off in the end. Last night, obviously, we didn't, but it's about rebounding now and getting ready for [Game 2 at Anaheim on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)]."

 

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The Ducks have come from behind in five of their eight postseason victories, won two other games after surrendering a multiple-goal lead, and trailed the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 in the second round before winning that series in seven games.

"We need to emotionally get ourselves involved in the game right away," Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. "[The Predators are] good, they're a team that comes at you really hard, forces you to make plays under pressure, gives you absolutely nothing of free ice, but we've got to earn it [Sunday]. [Sunday] is the game that we need to establish our home ice and show what we're about."

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Cogliano said the Ducks need to approach Game 2 like they did Game 7 against the Oilers. Anaheim gave up a bad goal in the opening minutes but settled in and played its best checking game of the postseason in the 2-1 win.

"We've got to get going here," he said. "These are the games now that are the important ones, and you want to make the best out of them, so I think there's a sense that we let [Game 1] get away from us. We have to now realize where we are and get ready for [Sunday]."

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Anaheim scored 5:15 into Game 1 against Nashville but was outshot 13-1 over the first 13 minutes and eventually fell behind 2-1. The Ducks rallied to tie for the seventh time this postseason but lost on a goal by James Neal 9:24 into overtime.

"We had a 1-0 lead and it was our first shot on net, but obviously the territorial advantage they displayed, we can't accept that," Carlyle said.

The Ducks, 8-4 in the playoffs, have scored first and led the entire game in one victory, 3-1 in Game 4 of their first-round sweep of the Calgary Flames.

During the regular season, Anaheim was 4-9-6 (.211) when trailing after the first period and 2-19-7 (.071) when trailing after the second, winning percentages that ranked in the bottom five in the NHL.

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In three overtime playoff victories, the Ducks trailed by multiple goals, most memorably making a three-goal comeback with goaltender John Gibson pulled in the final 3:16 of the third period in Game 5 against the Oilers. Anaheim won 4-3 in double overtime, the first time in Stanley Cup Playoff history a team scored three goals to tie a game with that little time remaining.

"We always have the belief we can win, no matter what situation we're in," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "On the flip side, it might show a little inconsistency in our game, that we're not able to put 60 minutes together and hold a lead and maintain that pace of play."

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