There’s a little bit of luck involved in the game-winner, but hey, that’s hockey!
Also leading the way from this game is Filip Forsberg, who had the game-tying goal for Nashville in the dying seconds for his seventh goal of the postseason.
That's the most encouraging thing for us." Gibson made his third consecutive start after missing 15 of 16 games because of a lower-body injury. But you put in a lot when you're hurt to come back and not miss a step." Anaheim leads the second-place Edmonton Oilers by four points, and they need just one more point to seal the division crown.
The Ducks end the regular season Sunday at home against the Los Angeles Kings, while the Oilers finish with two games against the Canucks -- in Vancouver on Saturday night and in Edmonton on Sunday.
"I thought he played outstanding," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
"We left him high and dry in some situations, and he made some big stops for us. "Sometimes, people might think you lose it or something.
The Western Conference Final is now a best-of-three series. Defenseman Cam Fowler sent a stretch pass up the ice to Rakell, who collected the puck and fired a blast past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne at in the first period.
An overtime goal from Corey Perry propelled the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win Thursday against the Predators in Nashville. Anaheim's lead ballooned to 2-0 midway in the second period, when Nick Ritchie skated into the Ducks' offensive zone, dragged the puck around Nashville's Roman Josi and scored on a wrist shot top shelf and glove side at . Subban and Filip Forsberg breathed life into a potential eighth come-from-behind victory for Nashville with third-period goals in the final of regulation to force overtime.
“You’re pressing, and a goaltender is good,” Nashville captain Mike Fisher said.Nashville registered just two shots on goal in the first period.The first came into the game courtesy of Viktor Arvidsson.We've been doing that lately." Goalie Corey Crawford made 22 saves for the Central Division champion Blackhawks, who have lost three in succession and five of seven.Chicago (50-23-8) finishes the regular season Saturday night in Los Angeles, and a victory against the Kings would set a team record for road wins with 25.Nashville finally looked out of sorts for the first time all playoffs, yet the Ducks threw a 2-0 lead away thanks to four third-period penalties.