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Pekka Rinne Has To Be Better

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Late in the second period of the Predators' 5-2 loss to the Ducks in Game 5 on Saturday, Anaheim forward Ryan Garbutt forechecked hard, winning a battle along the end boards and stuffing the puck past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Conversation on social media turned toward whether Garbutt's goal should have counted, with certain replays leading some to believe the puck slipped under the net and behind Rinne, getting by him illegally.

"It's hard to see at that point," Rinne said. "You're just trying to play the puck at a bad angle. It's pretty much behind the net. He just banks it off me. It was a terrible goal to give up in a big game like that. It was a 1-1 game at the moment. Wish I could take it back."

Regardless, Rinne has allowed at least four goals in each of the past two games and has a .889 save percentage through five playoff games, doing little to dispel thoughts that he is no longer one of the NHL's best goaltenders.

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Ducks/Predators Tied At 2 Games Apiece

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Consider it an opportunity squandered.

The Predators had a two-game series advantage against the Ducks, the first in team history, and two home games to take a commanding lead in their first-round matchup or even win it.

A 4-1 loss in Game 4 on Thursday, however, has placed momentum firmly on the side of the Ducks, who reclaimed home-ice advantage in what has become a best-of-three series, starting with Game 5 on Saturday in Anaheim.

"Got to get the next one," Predators captain Shea Weber said. "Nothing we can do about the past two. We hadn't won anything after the first two, so it's a seven-game series for a reason. You've got to win four games, and the first team to do so wins."

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The Anaheim Ducks Play Their Game To Defeat The Nashville Predators

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

No griping or whining at the officials. No retaliatory or antagonistic pokes or chops at their combatants. No baffling breakdowns in their own zone.

It was just about playing hockey for the Ducks and they turned in a masterful Game 3 on Tuesday night, fulfilling their intent to make it a tight and tough playoff series with the Nashville Predators.

Jamie McGinn, Rickard Rakell and Chris Stewart scored goals and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots for his second career playoff shutout in the Ducks’ convincing 3-0 victory at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville still holds a 2-1 lead in the series, but the Ducks have an opportunity to tie it in a pivotal Game 4 on Thursday night.

“This is a resilient group and we never doubted our ability,” Stewart said. “We didn’t make it easy on us. At the end of the day, it’s a race to four. It’s 2-1 now and we got one more to play before we go home.”

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Today

Not in the best mood today but pretty honest.

 

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The Anaheim Ducks Go 0-2 At Home

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

It’s called home ice, not home nice, a fact that never has been clearer than it is today.

On Sunday, the Ducks were left to defend the frozen turf of suddenly hospitable Southern California in a postseason that has begun, locally at least, as a sobering thaw.

Instead, they just melted down by being “stupid” – Coach Bruce Boudreau’s assessment – and lost Game 2 of their first-round series against Nashville, 3-2.

After spending the final stretch of the regular season taffy pulling for the top of the Pacific Division, the Ducks and Kings ended up Nos. 1 and 2 but both still earned the purported advantage of starting the playoffs at home.

At this stage, identifying that advantage requires equal amounts of wild creativity and blind denial.

With this defeat, the Ducks dropped both their home games, just like the Kings did to San Jose, each team quickly turning an opening series into something that feels more like a closing ceremony.

Now, the Ducks are faced with the reality of having to win 4 of 5 against an opponent that so far has worked harder and smarter and executed more frequently.

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The Anaheim Ducks Drop Game 1 To The Nashville Predators

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Five years have passed since the Ducks and Nashville met in the Stanley Cup playoffs and the personnel has dramatically changed.

What hasn’t changed is the Predators coming into Honda Center and taking Game 1.

Filip Forsberg’s goal with 9:35 remaining was the difference this time as Nashville got the early jump in the best-of-7 first-round series with a 3-2 triumph Friday night. It is the first Game 1 loss for the Ducks since the 2014 Western Conference semifinals and just their second under Coach Bruce Boudreau.

“They’re a good hockey club,” Boudreau said. “They outplayed us tonight. I don’t know if we didn’t think they’re as good as they are because we haven’t played them in such a long time. We know they’re a good hockey club.”

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Ryan Kesler Is In Playoff Mode

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Love him. Loathe him. Ryan Kesler is not everyone’s favorite flavor and he knows it. Good with it. Even revels in it.

The feelings spread to the extremes at this point in the season. Teammates want him on their side when it is time for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Opposing players hate the idea of continuously seeing him over entire series. Fans either love or hate what he brings to the ice, depending on their allegiances.

Don’t like him? Bring it on.

“I don’t care,” Kesler said. “I’m off Twitter. I’m off all that stuff.”

Got to win with him, though. That’s how the Ducks view it.

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All Ryan Getzlaf

from the Anaheim Ducks,

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf shared his thoughts on the upcoming First Round series vs. the Nashville Predators.

On the concern level heading into the First Round with injuries

Health at this time is always kind of an issue. But with the injuries we have, we’re hoping this week can kind of heal some wounds and get some guys back in the lineup before Game 1. If not, our depth will have to continue to show through.

On where the team’s level of play is at heading into the series

I feel like we have to continue to play well. We know the way we can play, and we know what’s successful for us. It’s a matter of the preparation this week and getting ready for that first game.

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The Anaheim Ducks Do It With Defense

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Given a chance to win the Pacific Division title after the Kings squandered a three-goal lead over Winnipeg on Saturday and lost in overtime, the Ducks seized the moment Sunday. Their 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals clinched their fourth consecutive division championship, gave goaltenders John Gibson and Frederik Andersen the Jennings trophy for playing on the team that allowed the fewest goals (188), and also left the team No. 1 in the NHL in special-teams play with a power-play efficiency of 23.2 percent and penalty-killing success rate of 87.2%.

"It's been a roller coaster," right wing Corey Perry said in a postgame interview on Fox Sports Prime. "After Christmas we were the team we thought we could be."

The Ducks kinged the Kings, in essence, by retrenching and building a defense-first focus that offered players a way out of a deep deficit and paved the way for offense to follow.

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Frederik Andersen Has A Concussiona And David Perron A Separated Shoulder

via tweets from the Anaheim Ducks,

INJURY UPDATES: Perron (separated right shoulder) is out 4-6 weeks from his time of injury (March 20 at WPG).

INJURY UPDATES: Andersen is out with a concussion suffered in the game vs. CGY. Rakell (appendicitis) is out one week.

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