take 2-0 series lead over Ducks
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[April 18, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - Shea Weber
and Craig Smith scored in the second period to give the Nashville
Predators a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in the second game of
their Stanley Cup Western Conference quarterfinal series Sunday night in
front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at the Honda Center.
Mattias Ekholm added a goal, Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each
contributed two assists and goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for
the Predators, who take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The
third and fourth games will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone
Arena on Tuesday night and Thursday night, respectively.
Andrew Cogliano and Nate Thompson scored for the Ducks, who killed
four of five penalties while receiving 24 saves from goalie John
The Predators never held a 2-0 lead in any of their previous 11
playoff series dating from 2004. The Ducks have never won a playoff
series after losing the first two games.
Smith broke a 1-1 tie at 9:55 of the second period. Roman Josi
intercepted a pass from Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm near the
right corner and sent the puck to Filip Forsberg behind the net.
Forsberg quickly passed to Smith, who dragged wrist shot into the
upper-left corner of the net for his third career playoff goal in
his 10th playoff game.
Weber extended the Predators' lead with 38.8 seconds remaining in
the period on a power play. With nine seconds left on David Perron's
penalty, Weber one-timed a slap shot from the left point.
Thompson drew Anaheim within one goal by shoveling a backhanded shot
from the top of the slot with 2:42 to play.
Before Cogliano began the scoring, Anaheim played short-handed for
four minutes in a span of 4 minutes, 30 seconds early in the first
period. Corey Perry went to the penalty box for hooking at 7:16,
then 30 seconds after his teammates defused that situation, Perry
returned to serve an interference penalty at 9:46.
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But Nashville managed only two total shots during both power plays.
Cogliano gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 14:20 of the period. Weber
tried to pass the puck from the left boards in the neutral zone but
Cogliano intercepted the pass, went on a breakaway and deposited the
puck between Rinne's legs for his first goal of the playoffs.
Nashville responded with 55.4 seconds left in the period, when
Ekholm tied the score with his first goal. Colin Wilson dug the puck
out from the left corner and passed to Ekholm, whose backhanded shot
in front of the crease deflected off Gibson's right forearm.
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