Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

Filip Forsberg making a terrific play behind the net to find Ryan Ellis in the slot.

Nashville center Ryan Johansen vented his frustration at how Kesler plays after the Ducks rallied twice in pulling out a 5-3 win Sunday night that tied the Western Conference finals at a game apiece. "And I know everyone says that around the league". "Watching him play out there, how can his family and friends cheer for a guy like that?"

Ryan Johansen didn't hold back when asked about Ryan Kesler, but getting under the skin of those he plays against is nothing new for the Ducks pesky pivot.

They have gone 1-1 on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the Eastern Conference final.

Evidently, the pitched fish was meant to carry on a Nashville Predators tradition, although it also allowed the Ducks, at the start, to be only the second most-dead thing inside Honda Center.

Nashville is probably offering some value at the current adjusted series price of -135, especially with three of the next potential five games in this series being in Nashville where the Predators have yet to lose in the playoffs. "I'm just trying to play hockey, and it doesn't make sense when you have to pull a stick out of your groin every shift".

Game three is slated for Tuesday night at 8:00 ET.

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One word of caution: as Washington showed at times, Thomas can be limited if teams attack him aggressively due to his size. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown played with high energy and limited the Wizards backcourt by taking away their space.

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.

Although this conference final matches two Sun Belt clubs 2,000 miles apart, they have a feisty history. Neal scored from point-blank range on an assist from Johansen for his fifth goal of the postseason.

In yet another physical game, the first period was relatively uneventful with neither team scoring and only one penalty against Anaheim. One game in and the Senators have already done to the Penguins what Washington and Columbus could not: grab control of the series.

"You would try to throw them off the game", Lemieux said. The two could be seen jousting throughout Sunday's Game 2, with Kesler appearing to catch Johansen with an apparent elbow in the third period. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he hadn't heard or read Johansen's complaint about Kesler but defended his 24-year-old center.

The ocean continues to the third round of the playoffs for the Stanley Cup. In their Game 2 triumph, Vatanen scored while Cam Fowler had two assists and Shea Theodore, Josh Manson and Brandon Montour each had one. If we get into an offensive contest, well, we can give them the series right now. You can argue the Ducks have been the better team i nthe first two games of this series, but it's hard betting against the Preds at home with the way they've played throughout the playoffs overall. No one has gotten to the Predators since.

Perry's goal came just after the Ducks had a potential score waved off by referee Brad Meier. "He was a good defensive player when he got here". But, at the same time, we have the last change.

Hampus Lindholm, who missed significant time this season due to a contract dispute and injuries, might have experienced a down year offensively with just six goals and 20 points.