The Nashville Predators played in and won the first Game 7 in their history Wednesday, defeating the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 to advance to face the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Second Round.
Nashville and San Jose have met twice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Sharks won each first-round series 4-1 (2006, 2007).
Forward Colin Wilson and defenseman Shea Weber each had two goals and three points to lead Nashville in scoring against Anaheim, which led the series 3-2. Defenseman Roman Josi and forwards Filip Forsberg, James Neal and Ryan Johansen each had three points. Goalie Pekka Rinne played the entire series and allowed two goals on 64 shots over the final two games.
The Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings in five games in their best-of-7 first-round series.
Defenseman Brent Burns' eight points (two goals, six assists) led San Jose. Center Joe Pavelski had five goals and an assist, and center Logan Couture had a goal and five assists. Goalie Martin Jones played every minute of the series, going 4-1-0 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
The Predators won two of three games against the Sharks during the regular season. Forward Calle Jarnkrok had three goals, and Weber had two goals and an assist. Johansen, Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro each had three points.
Rinne was 2-0-0, allowing three goals in two starts. Backup Carter Hutton made 38 saves but was on the losing end of a 3-2 shootout loss April 2.
Joe Thornton had four points (one goal, three assists), and Tomas Hertl had two goals. Jones was 0-2-0, allowing seven goals in two games (3.27 GAA, .868 save percentage). James Reimer made 28 saves in a win in his only start against Nashville with San Jose. Reimer was 1-1-0 in two games against the Predators when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded Feb. 27.
The Predators look to advance to the conference final for the first time in their history. The Sharks haven't been to the conference final since 2011, when they lost in five games to the Vancouver Canucks.