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This was the first time in this playoff season that the Preds looked rattled at times.

Evidently, the pitched fish was meant to carry on a Nashville Predators tradition, although it also allowed the Ducks, at the start, to be only the second most-dead thing inside Honda Center.

The Anaheim Ducks look to regain home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead with a victory here. Kase scored the tying goal in the second period - his first of the playoffs - as part of a huge night for that line that saw Getzlaf collect three assists and Ritchie score the decisive tally, his second-game victor in three contests. They're 6-0 at home in these playoffs and have won 10 straight home playoff games dating to last season. "Obviously, we did a good job of bouncing back after last game's performance". "He's a fearless player for his size (6-foot, 180 pounds)". There's a real good chance he does so, but it won't be because Johansen isn't willing to go up against Kesler.

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Sami Vatanen, Jacob Silfverberg and Ondrej Kase each had a goal for the Ducks, who wiped out a two-goal deficit to prevail.

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Pekka Rinne has been the best and most consistent goaltender in the 2017 National Hockey League postseason.

The puck then deflected off someone or something and slipped free to Rinne's left, where Kase picked it up and slid it - just barely - into the goal. We just really keep the same approach. He never saw the puck pass the goal line. Worse yet, on the second non-goal, Nashville received a goalie interference penalty.

And so the Ducks survived another listless start. They might have outscored the Ducks by only one goal, but their efforts were that of a team desperate to overwhelm with aggressiveness and persistent in attempts to capitalize on some undisciplined play by the Ducks.

The game operations folks at Honda Center tried to help. Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan, left, celebrates with teammates Mark Stone (61) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) after scoring the game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the overtime period of Game 1 of the Eastern.

Despite those disappointments, the Predators remained focused and continued to swarm over the fading Ducks before they finally capitalized on that late power play.

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The second Nashville tally was particularly discouraging in that goaltender John Gibson lost sight of the puck so completely that James Neal could have scored using a spatula.

Filip Forsberg tied it up at 3:54 of the third as the Predators rallied for the win against an Anaheim team that has notched four comeback victories already when trailing by multiple goals this postseason.

That the Johansen line has combined for three goals and eight points in two games on the road, where they have seen a steady diet of slashes and hacks from Ryan Kesler and the Ducks' shutdown line, has been even more impressive. And I think we've been doing that. "If we were losing (the series) 2-0, it would be so hard".

But it wasnt the first time that Poile has taken a chance at shaking up his line-up. "I am just trying to go out there and play hockey and it sucks when you got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift", said Johansen of American Kesler.

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