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Predators Pull Off Late Comeback But Ultimately Drop Game Four
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Predators Pull Off Late Comeback But Ultimately Drop Game Four

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The Predators couldn’t pull off the improbable comeback in Game Four.

This goes without saying, but Game Four between the Ducks and Predators was huge. Nashville entered the contest leading the series 2-1 looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead on home ice while Anaheim was looking for the exact opposite.

The Predators found themselves down for the majority of the contest and while they were able to tie things up and force overtime, it was the Ducks that took Game Four to knot the series up at 2-2.

With a huge opportunity to put the Ducks’ back against the wall with a strong first period in front of a record breaking crowd, the Preds played perhaps their worst 20 minute stretch of hockey this season.

While the first five or so minutes featured a lot of back-and-forth action, the Ducks grabbed a 1-0 lead 11:30 into the contest thanks to Rickard Rakell and the Ducks catching the Preds on a shift change.

That would stand to be the lone goal in the first frame and the Ducks out shot the Preds by a whopping margin of 14-2. Anaheim had 20 shot attempts while Nashville had just six during 5-on-5 play in the opening 20 minutes.

The second period saw the Preds out shoot the Ducks by a count of 18-12, but that didn’t keep the Ducks from doubling up their lead.

With 9:38 left in the period, Nick Ritchie sent a wicked wrist shot high on Pekka Rinne to light the lamp for Anaheim.

Roman Josi made a strong play on the puck, but couldn’t close out the shooting slot enough as Ritchie beat Rinne.

The story of the second period for the Preds was them focusing a bit more on connecting on hits than creating quality scoring chances.

The third period started out much like the second did, but Nashville finally did find its stride. P.K. Subban zipped a shot through traffic with 6:27 left to cut the Anaheim lead in half.

From that moment forward, the game tilted to Nashville.

The Ducks took two questionable minor penalties after the Subban goal and while the Preds didn’t capitalize on the chances, it still gave them hope and apparently that went a long way as this one went to overtime.

The Preds pulled Rinne with just over two minutes left in regulation and with 36 seconds left Filip Forsberg poked home the puck to tie things up and force the game into overtime. Viktor Arvidsson and James Neal had the assists on the goal.

After 60 minutes of play the Ducks and Preds each had 31 shots on net while Nashville out shot Anaheim 11-5 in the third period.

The momentum was without a doubt on the Predators’ side. After the improbable tying goal, things looked to be gong Nashville’s way, but the Ducks had different plans.

Just over the halfway point of the overtime period, Corey Perry zipped a shot towards the net that caught Subban’s stick and deflected into the back of the net to give the Ducks a 3-2 overtime win.

When it was all said and done, Anaheim out shot Nashville 37-34 on the night. The loss was Nashville’s first on home ice this postseason.

The Preds and Ducks will do battle in Game Five on Saturday night in Anaheim at 6:15 p.m. CST.

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