Before each game, Corey Perry said the
On Thursday, in Game 4 of the
The series, now a best-of -three, returns to Anaheim for Game 5 on Saturday at
"It doesn't matter when it's in the game. You've got to go back and think, what's on that list?" Perry said. "Adversity's one of them. We knew coming into overtime, you put that period behind you. And we got some chances. And we got a break."
And then they got a win 10:25 into overtime, with Perry’s centering pass from the right wing hitting the stick of Nashville defenseman
"I was just trying to create traffic … create havoc in front," Perry said. "That's what they say in overtime: You throw it on net, never know what's going to happen."
The game was actually two games in one, with the Ducks dominating for the first 21/2 periods, taking a 2-0 lead on goals from
A poor line change by the Predators halfway through the first period led to a 1-0 Ducks lead when Rakell, left alone at the blue line, collected a long pass from
On the other end, Ducks goalie John Gibson faced only two shots in the opening 20 minutes, the fewest allowed in a postseason period in franchise history.
Ritchie doubled the lead midway through the second period, using Nashville defenseman
The Ducks gave all that away in a sloppy third period, one in which they took four penalties — giving Nashville a two-man advantage for one 91-second stretch while going 13 minutes without a shot themselves.
“These ebbs and flows,” Ducks coach
"But we knew they were going to come out with more of a push."
The push started with 6:23 left in regulation, with Subban firing a slap shot through traffic and past Gibson from just inside the blue line before Forsberg tied the score on a controversial goal with 36 seconds left in regulation.
With the Nashville net empty and the Ducks running out the clock, defenseman Josh Manson tried to play the puck off the boards behind the Ducks goal. The Predators’
“It wasn’t ideal,” forward
But the mood in the dressing room was one of optimism, not dread. How to rebound from disaster, it turns out, is on the checklist too.
"The only thing you can control is how you reset yourself and how you plan to move forward," Carlyle said. "We did a good job of understanding that we can't change what just happened, but we sure can make an impression and go out and give us what you've got."
Perry did that, allowing the Ducks to breach the once-impenetrable walls of
The last visiting team to win a playoff game in Nashville? The Ducks, who beat the Predators in Game 4 of their first-round series last season.
"We deserved to win," Cogliano said. "That was probably our best game of the series. That's the biggest win we're going to get all season. And we needed it."