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Predators, up 2-0, have 'a lot of work left to do'

Nashville can get within a win of second round

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators know their work isn't done in their Western Conference First Round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Predators won the first two games of the series at Honda Center to take a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. It was the second time that the Predators have won back-to-back road games in the same series (2012 vs. Detroit Red Wings).

They will look to take a 3-0 series lead in Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET, PRIME, FS-TN, USA, SN360, TVA Sports).

"We believe in ourselves," Predators forward Ryan Johansen said. "I think there's a different view from outsiders looking in, but we feel like we came here and we had a game plan and we executed it well. That's why we're leaving with two wins. We've got a great hockey team here with a lot of great players. Definitely I think the League will start to take some notice and put us on their radar because we feel very comfortable and confident with ourselves and with our game."

Nashville was able to score timely goals in the first two games, particularly in Game 2 on Sunday. Defensemen Mattias Ekholm and Shea Weber each scored goals in the final minutes of the first and second periods to help Nashville to a 3-2 win.

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The Predators are happy with two road wins, but they feel like their work is only going to get more difficult as the series progresses.

"Well it doesn't get you anywhere," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "We've got a lot of work to do. We're playing a really good hockey team. I think the guys realize that. We all realize that. Winning games out there doesn't do any good if you don't win any more. I think the guys are over it, they're past it and looking forward toward [Tuesday] getting back in our building with our fans. It should be good, but there's still a lot of work left to do."

The Ducks have gone with goaltender John Gibson in the first two games of the series after rotating him with Frederik Andersen for the majority of the regular season. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau didn't comment on which goaltender would start, but said the team could have discussions about making changes to the lineup.

"Well, we think about it," Boudreau said. "We discuss it and then we make decisions on, is this change for the sake of change or is it change for making us a better team?"

The Ducks are aiming to play a simpler style of hockey on the road and hoping that simplification will lead to better results in Game 3.

"We've been comfortable on the road all year, and we're hoping to simplify the game and simplify our system in terms of how we need to play, and we need to play some good road games like they've played," forward Andrew Cogliano told the Ducks website. "We just need to focus on [Tuesday]."

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