LATE GOAL GIVES PREDATORS SERIES LEAD, EXTENDS HOME WIN STREAK
Ryan Ellis assisted on the tying goal early in the third period and Roman Josi scored the go-ahead goal with 2:43 remaining in the third period, and the Nashville Predators extended their playoff home winning streak to 10 games to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.
* The Predators' 10-game winning streak in home playoff games -- including 6-0 at Bridgestone Arena in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- began in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference First Round against the Ducks. The run marks the 15th instance in NHL history of a team winning at least 10 consecutive home playoff games, with Nashville being the 10th team to accomplish the feat in the League's expansion era (since 1967-68).
* The Predators joined the Colorado Avalanche (11-0 from 1996-97) and Detroit Red Wings (10-0 from 1997-98) as the only teams to win at least 10 consecutive home playoff games over the past 28 years.
* Josi, who scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL playoff career (43 GP), became the seventh player to score a go-ahead goal in the final five minutes of the third period this postseason.
* Josi (5-5-10) and Ellis (4-6-10) each earned their 10th point of the playoffs to establish a record for points by a Predators defenseman in a single postseason. They share second in the League in scoring among defensemen, with P.K. Subban (1-7-8; t-4th) and Mattias Ekholm (0-7-7; t-7th) also in the top 10.
* Elias notes that the Predators lead the League with 36 points from defensemen in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and have had an NHL-high 36.7% of their points come from their defense.
Video: Josi's late PPG lifts Preds to 2-1 victory in Game 3
Home Team in Caps
NASHVILLE 2, Anaheim 1 -- NSH leads 2-1
PREDATORS THE LATEST TEAM TO COME BACK, WIN BY NARROW MARGIN
Nashville's victory continued the themes of comeback wins and one-goal margins that have highlighted the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
* Game 2 of the Western Conference Final was the 46th one-goal game this postseason (73 GP, 63%). The NHL record for one-goal games in a single playoff year is 51, set in 81 games in 2007 (63%). The Predators improved to 6-2 in one-goal games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the Ducks fell to 6-3 in such games.
* The Predators earned their fourth come-from-behind win this postseason, marking the 30th comeback victory in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (73 GP, 41.1%). Elias notes that the NHL record for comeback wins in a postseason was set in 1990, when 45 of 85 gamese (52.9%) saw the winning team rally from down at least one goal.
POILE, DORION, CHIARELLI NAMED FINALISTS FOR GM OF THE YEAR AWARD
David Poile of the Predators, Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators and Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers were named finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday.
Voting was conducted among general managers, a panel of League executives, and print and broadcast media following the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21.
"ALL ACCESS: QUEST FOR THE STANLEY CUP" RETURNING TO SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME Sports will reprise its unprecedented behind-the-scenes documentary series with a second season of ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup. The series, which provides intimate access to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, will premiere on Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME with subsequent weekly episodes premiering Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT throughout the pressure-packed postseason.
ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final with exclusive access to the four final NHL teams -- Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins -- battling for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, one of the oldest and most iconic trophies in sports.
When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 205-99, including 3-2 this postseason . . . Corey Perry scored his 35th NHL postseason goal to tie Teemu Selanne (35) for second place on Anaheim's all-time playoff list . . . Predators forward Filip Forsberg tied the game with his sixth goal of the playoffs, one shy of tying Nashville's record for goals in a single playoff year (Joel Ward: 7 in 2011) . . . Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne allowed one goal against or fewer for the seventh time this postseason (7-0, 0.71 GAA, .974 SV%, 2 SO) . . . The Vegas Golden Knights announced that the Chicago Wolves will serve as their AHL affiliate.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY'S ACTION
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