NHL Playoffs 2017: Corey Perry scores overtime victor in Game 4

The Predators closed the shot gap with a strong third period, but the Ducks ultimately finished with a 37-34 advantage. This has been the franchise's first time playing in the Western Conference Final.

Playing the Nashville Predators inside the NHL's toughest arena in almost 20 years sure isn't helping.

Anaheim had led 1-0 through 40 minutes but lost for the first time in the postseason when defending a lead in the third period. On Thursday, the Ducks outshot Nashville 14-2 in the first period and had a 2-0 lead by the midpoint of the second period, tying the largest deficit the Predators have faced at home this postseason.

"I was just trying to create traffic or create a bounce and create havoc in front", Perry said.

Fisher's status remains uncertain for Saturday's Game 5 in Anaheim. If you're inclined to pooh-pooh the idea of Nashville as a potential hockey town, ask yourself what you're really hoping to prove-and what would be so bad about non-traditional markets becoming traditional ones? It's not something you can plan for, but the Predators need to get out of this one unscathed to maintain their depth. Nashville resident Kelly Clarkson showed off her impressive pipes with her rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner", making her the first non-country anthem singer, and the second American Idol victor to take on the task.

The Ducks are a team that has come-from-behind all playoffs long and they will not be tentative in this moment. Also among the top 20 are three teams from the Montreal Canadiens' 1970s run and three from the New York Islanders' 1980s stretch when each dynasty captured four Stanley Cup titles in a row before passing the torch to Edmonton.

The Predators won Game 3 on a power play goal from Roman Josi, which was no small feat.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Predators are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -145 to win, while the Ducks are listed with a money line of +130 to prevail.

Thursday night's total is set at five goals.

Preds fans pour into the Bridgestone Arena Plaza from Lower Broadway for Tuesday night’s game against the Ducks
Preds fans pour into the Bridgestone Arena Plaza from Lower Broadway for Tuesday night’s game against the

"We were confident", right wing Viktor Arvidsson said. "It's so tight. The scores at this time of the year generally are fairly low", he said.

The head of the Pyeongchang Olympics organizing committee said Thursday that the NHL isn't being "greedy" preventing hockey stars going to the 2018 Games and he was willing to be flexible to meet its demands.

Prior to Game 4, Randy Carlyle stopped to get some gas.

But as Cogliano said, "I thought we played a solid game". "The fans are unbelievable. It's a special place to play, and it continues to get louder and louder as we go".

The Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry had a different idea of justice.

It could have been a goal that the Nashville Predators and their fans talked about for years. "They were quicker. They were first everywhere, more physical and that usually dictates the play".

It was clear the Preds needed a wake-up call as they had a chance to take control of the best-of-seven series. And it's effective and it's hard to play against. The win evened the series at two games apiece. It's all part of the style coach Peter Laviolette has instilled.

Vanderbilt is coming off its first bowl appearance under Mason. They opened the door for the Predators with some foolish penalties.

  • Steve Townsend