Better to save it for when it mattered the most. "The game before, I would say that they had a lot more bodies to the net than we did". Bridgestone Arena's attendance of 17,423 set a hockey attendance record Thursday night; that same crowed also set a decibel record of 129.4 after the game tying goal.
The Ducks team needed that extra rest on Thursday, in what was a wild game of momentum swings.
Fisher appeared to be hurt late in the third period of Nashville's 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Ducks.
Nate Thompson was initially credited with the victor at 10:25 in overtime, though it looked like the pass that Corey Perry sent on net from the corner redirected off Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban.
The Ducks evened the series with a 3-2 overtime victory on Thursday on Corey Perry's third overtime goal of the playoffs, matching the National Hockey League record for most OT tallies in a playoff year with Mel Hill in 1939 and Maurice Richard in 1951.
Nashville came out strong, continuing to press the play but Anaheim didn't get the memo that the game was essentially over... and another theme came back. overtime. the Ducks managed to wrest some momentum by taking a page from the Predators book... their work paid off with a lucky bounce. Thanks to Corey Perry, the Ducks were able to do so. Just like that, the Predators' top center and playoff points leader removed from the lineup. "We did not a good first period but we battled back and showed a lot of character".
Nashville then had a glorious chance to tie the game.
The Predators had swept the top seed Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and overpowered the St. Louis Blues in the second round. Ultimately, they would out-shoot Anaheim 18-12 in the second.
Getting by the Predators won't be easy but if Perry continues to find the net then Ducks fans can start buying tickets to the Finals. 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. Instead, Anaheim ramped up the physicality and played keep-away.
Johansen was injured in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks.
- Pekka Rinne was once again outstanding and was the only reason Nashville was within shouting distance when the third period began. After the game, Laviolette stated that his team has a standard of play they expect out of themselves, and that the club was nowhere near reaching that level in the opening frame. With 6:27 remaining, the Predators finally put one past John Gibson when Subban blasted a shot from the point that banked in off the post and past Gibson.
Johansen had one goal and three assists in four games against the Ducks, who deployed their shutdown defensive line centered by Ryan Kesler against Nashville's top line. Nothing came of it.