Energized Ducks even Western finals

Game three of the NHL Western Conference final series moves to Nashville as the Predators and the Anaheim Ducks are tied 1-1.

Anaheims Ryan Kesler was booed nearly every time he touched the puck on Tuesday night, but most of the venom during the third period was saved for referees Brad Meier and Wes McCauley, who had the audacity to disallow two Nashville goals.

Jakob Silfverberg scored on the Ducks' first shot, and Gibson stopped 43 shots in a stellar performance.

The situation has worsened after the opening minutes of the second half - Johansen and Neil to the middle of the first period provided the "Nashville" tangible advantage.

Just when it seemed like the Ducks were about to throw in the towel on the period and get out in a 2 goal deficit, Sami Vatanen launched an absolute bomb from the left circle to beat Rinne short side with just a minute left.

As defenseman Shea Theodore sent the puck toward the Predators' goal, no less than five players - including Kase, Getzlaf and Ritchie - congested the front of the net. "We have to clean up. puck management and turning pucks over", Blashill said. "We need to play the same way, and they're going to go in some time". "And if I didn't, I'm going to keep doing the same things and playing defense like I have been". Theodore leads the blue line with eight points in the playoffs, while Fowler has seven and Montour six.

Nashville outshot the Ducks 28-13 through 40 minutes and 40-20 for the game.

One would expect a more aggressive Anaheim attack in Game 4, even with that contest in Nashville. 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.

Laviolette admitted however that he had wondered if the Ducks would be able to defend their lead after watching Gibson's display in goal.

His ability to respond after a defeat has mirrored his team. Their goaltender played well and gave them a chance to hang in there and win a hockey game.

"I don't know what's going through his head over there", he added. They even had less power plays but converted on half of them.

"So nobody should expect to go through the playoffs and not ever lose a game".

Because of it, fans were treated to a wild, back-and-forth game where every shot was a scoring chance and no lead was safe. "And our guys have been pretty good at that".

Weeks after he was hired, Rutherford acquired Patric Hornqvist from Nashville for James Neal at the 2014 draft.

Vatanen's goal came on the powerplay which has been weak part of the Ducks' game lately.

As the Conference Finals continue we'll give you a recap from last night's game and what to look for in tonight's action. They're finding holes better. Oh, they attempted to show more life early on Sunday, although, frankly, it would have been hard for that not to happen.

Game Three is 7pm tomorrow at Bridgestone Arena. If Zolnierczyk draws in, Vernon Fiddler could come out. Craig Smith and Miikka Salomaki are also expected to be scratched.

“Gibson played great, ” said Forsberg, who scored his sixth of the playoffs.

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