But it's hard on them and it's going to be harder as the games get going. The message seemed to be received, though, in the form of a 5-3 loss.
Notes: Perry tied Teemu Selanne (35) for the second-most playoff goals in franchise history.
I think P.K. has had a terrific year, Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said earlier in the series. The Under is 3-0-2 in Nashville's five home playoff games to this point, with the trends pointing toward a lower scoring pair of games coming up in Music City between the Ducks and Predators in this series. Since the start of February, Getzlaf has put up 16 goals and 50 points in 40 games. The team's committed multiple penalties during the second period, including ones for a fight that broke out between the Preds' Cody McLeod and the Ducks' Jared Boll. "So you watch throughout the series and throughout the playoffs, so far he takes pride in throwing guys off their game". Gibson and several of his teammates also prevented Nashville from tying the score in the third period with saves on several shots from close range with 5:41 remaining.
With Nashville leading 3-2, Rinne gave a up a rebound of Shea Theodore's point shot through traffic. Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots for Nashville. On the whole, though, this is one he'll like to forget.
The Ducks have been outshot by a total of 119-76 through three games in the Western Conference Final. SlapShot Radio is the longest running hockey show in the mid-south and Pete Weber and I bring you the best in hockey talk all playoffs long.
The Nashville Predators finally are facing their first real adversity this postseason, with the Anaheim Ducks eager to push, hit and poke them out of what's already been a historic run.
Nashville had been 0 of 11 on the power play in this series.
In that span-which lasted six full games-the Ducks finished 0 for 4 in four of those contests.
Things got chippy as the teams established a level of hatred one would expect with a conference final. They have to finish and ensure their frenetic energy actually gets the puck in the net. "From the flip side, the positive is we lost in overtime, so I think we were able to weather the storm in terms of how (Nashville) came out".
So maybe it wasn't a surprise to see him and Predators top-line center Ryan Johansen going head-to-head from the opening draw of Game 2.
Said Kesler to Sportsnet's Christine Simpson: "He's a skilled player and I play the game hard".
The two both played big roles on Sunday.
"To start the game, it didn't feel like the conference finals, to be honest", Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said Saturday after a short practice at the Ducks' training rink.
- Ryan Johansen's postgame quotes about Ryan Kesler was a pretty clear indication of the frustration of this team... how he handles the Kesler pre and post whistle crap will be a critical factor in this series. Kesler threw a mean elbow into Johansen's head while the latter high sticked Kesler in the face.
"I can tell you that I just saw him on the plane, and he's composed", Laviolette said.
This is certainly going to be the battle within the war to pay the most attention to.
Game 4 is set for Thursday in Nashville. There's a real good chance he does so, but it won't be because Johansen isn't willing to go up against Kesler.