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Predators Force Franchise’s First Game 7 with 3-1 win over Ducks

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NASHVILLE-The Anaheim Ducks were planning to push hard to close the first-round series against the Nashville Predators. Prior to Game 6, the Ducks led the series 3-2.

But the Predators lived to see another day, as they defeated the Ducks 3-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night.

Because Nashville forced a Game 7, the San Jose Sharks and their employees (including myself) received an extra day off.

The Predators have had a hard time solving Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, who is 3-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage since he entered the series in Game 3. Nashville also wanted to create more traffic in front of him to try and break through offensively.

Let’s break down the game.

After a scoreless first period, Nashville finally opened the scoring.

Mattias Ekholm carried the puck to the top of the right circle and wristed a shot past Andersen to make it 1-0 Predators at 8:10.

James Neal received Ryan Johansen‘s pass and fired it past Anderson to give Nashville a 2-0 lead at 17:45.

The Ducks cut the Predators’ lead in half with just 14 seconds left in the second. After Corey Perry‘s deflection trickled past Pekka Rinne, Ryan Kesler dove towards the net, burying the puck for a power play goal.

Shea Weber sealed Nashville’s victory with an empty net goal with just 10 seconds left in regulation.

The Predators took Game 6 with a 3-1 win over the Ducks. Rinne made 26 saves for Nashville. Andersen made 23 saves for Anaheim.

The series is tied 3-3.

Follow me on Twitter @AnaKieu.

Notes:
Ducks
Injured: Josh Manson (upper body), Clayton Stoner (undisclosed), Brandon Pirri (upper body)

Scratched: Chris Wagner, Mike Santorelli, Korbinian Holzer

Predators
Injured: Craig Smith (lower body), Gabriel Bourque (upper body)

Scratched: Eric Nystrom, Austin Watson, Petter Granberg

Up Next: Predators visit the Ducks at Honda Center for Game 7 on Wednesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm PT on NBCSN, TVAS, SN, FS-W, FS-TN.

NOTE: This article was written by hockey writer Ana Kieu.

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