Ducks' Ryan Kesler now knows he's rattled Preds' Johansen

That includes Jared Boll, who had only three points in 51 games during the regular season but has played each of the first two games against Nashville. Game 4 will be played in Nashville on Thursday night. May.

At least the fans had Southern California's murderous Friday afternoon traffic as a good excuse.

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators.

Said Kesler to Sportsnet's Christine Simpson: "He's a skilled player and I play the game hard".

The Ducks would never blame their fan base for their own sluggishness.

The Ducks seem to be talking about the need to get a fast start more often then not now these days.

The Nashville Predators have not had home-ice advantage in any playoff series the last two years.

The Ducks started this season slowly as well, but surged down the stretch to a fifth straight division crown and a first-round sweep of Calgary.

The Ducks do nearly nothing easily. Mike Trout crossed Katella Avenue to support the Ducks for the second time in three playoff games.

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The Predators overcame back-to-back canceled-out goals in that rush to succeed, and there are at least some who wonder if they were crashing Gibson's net in a way that wasn't quite innocent.

Nashville's top two scorers in the playoffs are forwards Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen; their next three top point producers are all defensemen, which indicates just how balanced a team they are from a scoring perspective.

- James Neal also tied the franchise record for playoff goals last night, his first period goal was the 13th of his career as a Predator, tying him with Shea Weber and David Legwand.

Josi scored on the first power-play tally of the series for Nashville, burying the rebound after Mattias Ekholm's effort cannoned off Viktor Arvidsson.

Neal put a long shot past a sprawled Gibson after a prolonged threat by the Predators that left Anaheim's defense in disarray. For a fleeting moment two minutes into the game, the overhead scoreboards listed the Ducks as having 99 shots on goal instead of the one they actually had at that point.

"We knew they were going to come hard", Gibson said. While Neal scored the victor, he was only open to score on P.K. Subban's pass because the defenceman froze the entire Anaheim defence with a picture-perfect shot fake. Now I'm getting to redeem myself a little bit. "I'm just trying to go out there and play hockey and it sucks when you have to pull a stick out of your groin every shift". "(Neal) did a good job getting open". "So you watch throughout the series and throughout the Playoffs, so far he takes pride in throwing guys off their game", Mason explained.

Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. Luckily, the Ducks thrive in rowdy arenas. After a late power play goal to cut the score to 2-1, and some key intermission line-up shuffling from Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, Anaheim was able to slice through Nashville's coverage like butter on toast.

"You've got to be in here to feel the energy", Josi said.

A finalist for the Selke award given to the NHL's best defensive forward, Kesler said he won't be changing how he plays no matter what Johansen says because his goal is helping Anaheim win the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.