Especially not on home ice.
The Predators grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series with their 10th straight home win in the post-season going back to last season. The Predators are the first NHL team to win 10 straight playoff games at home since Detroit in 1997-98.
Defenceman Mattias Ekholm said the team feels comfortable on home ice.
“We have our fans standing up the whole third period literally and cheering us on. It gives us that extra boost and that extra energy that we needed.”
Filip Forsberg tied it up at 3:54 of the third as the Predators rallied for the win against an Anaheim team that has notched four comeback victories already when trailing by multiple goals this post-season.
“Gibby played well for us,” Perry said. “He kept us in that game.”
Forsberg tied it up with his third goal in as many games. When officials first waved off a would-be goal by Colton Sissons at 6:25 and then Ryan Johansen’s goal at 6:33, fans started tossing towels onto the ice.
Chris Wagner went to the box for high-sticking Nashville defenceman Ryan Ellis with 3:55 left in the Ducks’ offensive zone.
Nashville, 10-3 this post-season, has yet to lose consecutive games.
“We’re a confident team,” Josi said. “We know what we can do in the room … Nobody panicked. We knew we played a good game, and we had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. We need to play the same way, and they’re going to go in some time.”
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota waved the rally towel along with his offensive linemen from the band stage. Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan held up a big catfish, and Urban later was shown on the video board holding up a big catfish. It’s Nashville’s answer to the octopus Detroit fans traditionally throw on the ice for good luck.
“We didn’t play anywhere near where we’re capable of playing,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “And we received the game a lot. But we still had a chance. And that’s the most encouraging part, because we can play better than what we played tonight. We know that.”
Anaheim got the man advantage after Predators forward Cody McLeod fought Jared Boll of the Ducks, upset at a hard hit on teammate Harry Zolnierczyk. That earned McLeod an instigator penalty along with a game misconduct. Perry then squeezed a wrister past Rinne from a severe angle to the right of the net.