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NHL Perry pots winner, Ducks level playoff series 2-2

NHL Perry pots winner, Ducks level playoff series 2-2”

"Adversity is one of them", Perry said.

"You could sense going into that third period the guys were saying the right things".

Perry matched Mel Hill (1939) and Maurice Richard (1951) for the most OT goals in a single postseason in National Hockey League history. With the win, the Ducks tied the series at 2-2 heading back to Anaheim while producing their fourth overtime win of the postseason.

The result ended the Predators' 10-game winning streak at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway through the first period to chase goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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The Ducks had crafted a 2-0 lead on a shot by Nick Richie that eluded Preds goalie Pekka Rinne, who was late to catch up with the laser shot. "We've had situations in the playoffs where we've had to deal with that", said Thompson, who was in front of the net to screen Rinne and was initially credited with the victor before it was confirmed that Perry's shot had gone off Subban. Perry stopped the puck as the Predators tried to clear and shot from the right boards at a severe angle.

It became that when Corey Perry intercepted a clearing attempt by Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban and put the puck toward the net, hoping for a deflection or redirection. "You can't score if you don't get pucks towards the net with traffic and second opportunities", Perry told reporters.

Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher exited Thursday night's Game 4 of the Western Conference final with an undisclosed injury and did not return. His seventh goal of the playoffs tied forward Joel Ward (2011) for most goals by a Nashville player in a single postseason.

The Ducks have four overtime goals in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when they won the Stanley Cup. Game 5 is Saturday at Anaheim (6:15 p.m., NBC).

Chris Wagner went to the box for high-sticking Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis with 3:55 left in the Ducks' offensive zone.

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The Predators, who had two goals waved off in the third period, outshot the Ducks 12-7 in the final 20 minutes and 40-20 overall.

The Predators are used to trailing in playoff games.

Subban scored off a blast from the blue line to revive the standing-room only crowd with Forsberg helping screen Gibson.

"We've got to win a game", Subban said. I know they struggled a little bit in the post-season prior to our series, but they are a terrific penalty killing team. There have been multiple games where they blew the lead and lost the game. With Frederik Andersen in need of a new contract, the team traded him to Toronto and decided that 23-year-old John Gibson was ready to assume the No. 1 job. They played pool and refreshed their bodies and their minds, and they were physically and mentally strong when they needed to be on Thursday. Sure, Fleury rightfully gets a lot of the blame for Game 3's demolition, but the Penguins defense was caught sleeping on a few occasions in the first period, including Mark Streit allowing Derick Brassard to take the right side of the crease nearly uncontested for the third goal.

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