Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final

Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final

P.K. Subban got the puck at the left point after defense partner Mattias Ekholm drove to the net with the puck and sent it back to Subban from the corner after a scramble in front.

This time, however, they passed any regret on to the young Oilers, who were left thinking about the three-goal lead they gave away in the final 3:16 of regulation of Game 5 among the critical turning points.

The Oilers called a time out with 2:03 remaining, and when play resumed they pulled Talbot and fired a flurry of shots at Gibson. John Gibson has made some big saves for the Ducks, but he's been far from flawless this postseason. Each team had a blowout win (6-1 for the Ducks and 5-0 for the Preds), and Anaheim won the third game in a shootout.

A top Conn Smythe Trophy candidate thus far is Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a moderately disappointing regular season by his usual high standards. This season, coach Peter Laviolette's team has received goals from 15 players, led by Neal, fellow forward Filip Forsberg and defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi with four each. "We'll turn the page on this one and get ourselves prepared for Sunday afternoon".

Despite Neal scoring the winning goal, he gave full credit to Rinne for the victory.

"In a grief reaction as part of the stages you often get anger and denial and people can act out". "From past year, finishing near the bottom of the league ... we grew as a group and we took that next step".

The team that no one can easily get rid of put on its work boots and stomped on a rival that set all sorts of regular-season records but came up small in the biggest of games for the second straight postseason.

"Obviously, it's a new year, new teams, (but) for some of us, it means a little bit more", Anaheim center Ryan Kesler said.

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This series is the sort that I think the Ducks will actually sorely miss Patrick Eaves. Nashville could win the first two and lose the next two. Gibson did come up big in Game 7 against Edmonton, but still finished with just an.895 save percentage for the series against the Oilers. They were the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. "They're a good hockey club, and it's going to be a tough series".

Andrew Cogliano scored halfway through the second period to tie the game 1-1.

"No guy will use that as an excuse", said center Nate Thompson, who won the faceoff that led to Lindholm's tying goal.

Predators netminder Pekka Rinne has looked phenomenal up to this point. They scored one more goal than we did and unfortunately that decided the series. Silfverberg's wrist shot beat Rinne to the stick side just inside the right post. It was his first goal of postseason.

Edmonton jumped on top thanks to Caggiula's unassisted goal, his third of the postseason at 3:31 of the first period.

Anaheim and Nashville meet in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals with the victor advancing to play for the Stanley Cup. Johansen has been a key piece in Nashville's run to the franchise's first ever berth in the Western Conference finals.

John Gibson, his counterpart in the Anaheim net, has been merely adequate, entering the series with a.908 over eleven starts. The Ducks exorcised their home-ice Game 7 demons by beating Edmonton Wednesday; now it's time to deal with their Preds issues.

NOTES: Edmonton scratched D Andrej Sekera, D Mark Fayne, D Griffin Reinhart, LW Matt Hendricks, RW Iiro Pakarinen, C Anton Lander, LW Jujhar Khaira, D Jordan Oesterle and D Joey LaLeggia. What hurts more is Nashville being a combined 6-of-18 on defensive zone draws - perhaps the most important time to win a face-off. The Ducks reassigned LW Nicolas Kerdiles and C Sam Carrick to their AHL San Diego affiliate. Nashville made quick work of the heavily favoured Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round and then wasted the St. Louis Blues in the second round then played a textbook series opening road game against the Ducks who had to have been exhausted after a seven game series with the young and speedy Oilers.