After two strong periods, the
In 13 incredible minutes, the
"When you get the crowd into it, they always believe that can do it," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It makes life a little easier when you believe you can do it."
Anaheim scored four goals in 12:39 to earn its NHL-leading 11th victory when trailing after two periods. Those imposing numbers still don't capture the energy of Anaheim's comeback against a top defensive team fronting
When the Ducks finally got rolling, not even Nashville could contain them.
"It's like a momentum wave when we get the lines going like that," said Thompson, the grinding forward who got the tiebreaking goal with 10:09 left. "You could see it in the third period. We just have to be sure to sustain it throughout the game next time."
John Gibson made 25 saves as Anaheim won its second straight after a three-game skid, staying even with the
"Any time you go down a couple of goals, you have to have the belief that no matter what happens, you can still come back and make a game of it," Fowler said. "We've proven throughout the year that that's something we can do."
Nashville and Anaheim entered the game with identical records and a share of the conference lead with 11 games left in the regular season. After getting off to an awful start in March, the Predators were in position for another big win after edging the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday night.
"Obviously, any time you get to play for the top spot in the league, it's big," said Rinne, who stopped 24 shots. "We lost a big one, but we're still battling for home ice overall."
"They stepped up and made us turn the puck over too many times," Nashville forward Craig Smith said. "It's a tough game. It's tough when you lose a lead like that."
After a scoreless first period, Beck put the Predators ahead early in the second when
Anaheim didn't manage a shot in the first 13 minutes of the second period, continuing its season-long struggles in the middle frame.
But Getzlaf broke up Rinne's shutout bid with his 23rd goal on a setup by Perry. Seven minutes later, Palmieri was left alone to snap a perfectly placed shot past Rinne for his 13th goal.