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Predators top Ducks, take first-ever 2-0 series lead

Ekholm, Smith and Weber score from Nashville; Rinne makes 27 saves

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Nashville Predators won the first two games of a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time in franchise history by holding off the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round on Sunday at Honda Center.

Mattias Ekholm, Craig Smith and Shea Weber scored for the Predators, and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves. The series continues Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena (9:30 p.m. ET: USA, SN360, TVA Sports 2, PRIME, FS-TN).

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Five keys for Predators vs. Ducks, Game 2

Anaheim needs to get tougher; Nashville must stay out of penalty box

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ANAHEIM - The Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators play Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round series at Honda Center on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, FS-TN, FS-W, TVA Sports). Predators lead, 1-0.

Here are five keys for Game 2:

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Ellis, beard stealing show for Predators

Gritty defenseman big reason Nashville takes lead into Game 2 against Anaheim

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Ellis might be considered undersized, but his beard most definitely is not.

The red facial hair on the 5-foot-10 Nashville Predators defenseman is already three rounds deeper into the playoffs than the playoffs themselves. But it wouldn't be postseason hockey without outsized beards and unsung players making big plays.

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Ducks' Bieksa returns for Game 2 vs. Predators

Defenseman has been sidelined since March 24 with upper-body injury

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent


Western Conference First Round

Nashville leads best-of-7 series 1-0

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, FS-TN, FS-W

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa returns to the lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Nashville Predators on Sunday at Honda Center. 

Bieksa, who had four goals and 11 assists in 71 games in the regular season, has been sidelined with an upper-body in jury since March 24. Coach Bruce Boudreau labeled the defenseman as "100 percent."

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Bieksa could return on defense for Ducks in Game 2

Manson misses practice after leaving Game 1 loss to Predators

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Defenseman Josh Manson did not skate at the Anaheim Ducks' optional practice Saturday, but defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Korbinian Holzer did.

Manson took a hit from Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg in the final seconds of the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round on Friday. Forsberg was not penalized and scored the winning goal in Nashville's 3-2 victory.

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