While Gibson turned aside 30 shots for the 5-3 win in Game 2, Rinne gave up a howler to Nick Ritchie on the game-winning goal.
Hornqvist for Neal has worked out for Nashville, too, but nothing like the three other swashbuckling moves Poile has made: getting then-prospect Filip Forsberg from Washington at the 2012 deadline for Martin Erat and Michael Latta, trading Seth Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen last season and shocking the hockey world by getting P.K. Subban from Montreal for Shea Weber last June.
Nashville took a 1-0 lead at 4:18 in the first period when Viktor Arvidsson sprung Ryan Johansen on a breakaway. It was 39 seconds into the second period when Johansen temporarily lost his man at the side of the net, allowing Silfverberg to tie the game with his ninth goal of the playoffs.
"Our fans, I really didn't think they could bring it to a new level, but they did tonight", said Predators defenseman Roman Josi, who scored the winning goal with 2:43 remaining.
Perry's score came from just below the Nashville goal line, rifling a shot off Rinne's skate and into the net.
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The Predators overcame back-to-back canceled-out goals in that rush to succeed, and there are at least some who wonder if they were crashing Gibson's net in a way that wasn't quite innocent.
In total, Anaheim has held a lead for less than 24 minutes in the past 255 minutes of game time over its last five outings.
Anaheims Ryan Kesler was booed nearly every time he touched the puck on Tuesday night, but most of the venom during the third period was saved for referees Brad Meier and Wes McCauley, who had the audacity to disallow two Nashville goals. Hes a terrific player, and I think hes just worked on fitting inside of the concept of how we want to play as a team..
The Ducks' style might be taking a toll on the Predators' power play. Jason came off stage, we were all backstage...me, him, Kane (Brown), a big group of people all watching the Preds game, when they took game one from Anaheim. Quite possibly. The matchup of both Kesler and Johansen will certainly draw the attention of the officials as this series continues.
Nashville's chance to make it 11 comes in Game 4 on Thursday (7 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
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Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei played their first game since joining the side following the New York Rangers' elimination from the National Hockey League playoffs. When the game was on the line, in the third period, Anaheim won 57% of the draws during this critical period.
"The deeper you go into the playoffs, the more games you play, you're going to see inconsistencies", said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. Unfortunately for them, they didn't carry that over into the middle or the end of the story that was Game 2. We just kept coming at them and had a lot of chances.
"Moving him up and down in our lineup gives us some flexibility", Carlyle said. Ron Hainsey hit the crossbar early and Patric Hornqvist dinged the left post but that's as close as Pittsburgh would get to slipping one by Anderson.
No matter. The Senators did what they've done repeatedly during their surprising run to the NHL's final four: they found a way.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Gibson is getting better as the pressure mounts. Anaheim's defense outscored Nashville's six points to two.
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