By Adam Tenenbaum
The Ducks played host to the Nashville Predators for their third and final match-up of the season between the clubs. The teams split the first 1-1, each taking a game at home. In net was Pekka Rinne for the Predators and Jonathan Bernier for the Ducks.
In the first, the Ducks got behind the eight ball fast as they surrendered two goals in three minutes. The first one coming from Colin Wilson and then two minutes later by Ryan Ellis, giving the Predators an early 2-0 lead. Later in the period, the Ducks would cash in on the powerplay, courtesy of captain Ryan Getzlaf who cut the lead in half, as the Ducks now trailed 2-1. The first period also featured two fights as Cody Mcleod and Jared Boll dropped the mitts early in the period, followed later by Austin Watson and Kevin Bieksa exchanging fisticuffs. The period would end 2-1 after one period. Shots in the first 12 to 10 in favor of Nashville.
In the second, the Predators regained their two-goal lead as Filip Forsberg scored short-handed to give the Predators a 3-1 lead. The Ducks answered back two minutes later, as Nick Ritchie scored to cut the lead to one as the Ducks trailed 3-2. Later in the period, Rickard Rakell would tie up the game as he scores his 27th of the year to tie up the game at 3. The period would end 3 to 3 after two periods of play. Shots in the second were 16 to 5 in favor of Anaheim.
In the third, the Ducks dominated the majority of the period but could not get the go-ahead goal. The Predators had some dangerous chances late but each team settled with at least one point as it remained tied 3-to-3 after regulation play. Shots in the third were 15 to 6 in favor of the Ducks.
The overtime period was pretty even the first two minutes of play. The Predators would get two odd man rushes but Jonathan Bernier came off big to keep the game tied. Neither team would score as it went to a shootout. Shots in overtime were 4-1 in favor of the Predators.
Star of the Game:
Ryan Getzlaf– The captain had one goal and two assists as he was a key factor in the win over Nashville.
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March 8th, 2017