May 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday’s National Hockey League playoff game:
Predators 3, Ducks 2 (OT)
James Neal scored at 9:24 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game One of the Western Conference final on Friday.
P.K. Subban got the puck at the left point after a scramble in front was knocked back. Subban then faked a shot and slid the puck to the right to Neal, who one-timed a slap shot that glanced off Corey Perry and into the net for the game-winner.
The goal was Neal’s fourth of the playoffs.
Austin Watson and Filip Forsberg scored goals for Nashville in regulation and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.
Anaheim received goals from Jakob Silfverberg and Hampus Lindholm in regulation and John Gibson stopped 43 Nashville shots.
Game Two of the best-of-seven series is scheduled to be played at Honda Center on Sunday.
Anaheim tied the game at 2-2 on Lindholm’s first goal of the playoffs at 7:22 of the third period to force overtime.
Lindholm’s wrist shot from the left point came off a faceoff win by Nate Thompson. Rinne was unable to track the puck through the traffic in front of the net and it beat him to his short stick side.
Anaheim took a 1-0 lead on Silfverberg’s unassisted goal, his eighth of the playoffs, at 5:15 of the opening period.
Silfverberg’s wrist shot beat Rinne to the stick side just inside the right post. It was Silfverberg’s 14th career playoff goal, tying him with Paul Kariya for fourth place on the all-time franchise list.
Nashville tied the score at 1-1 on Forsberg’s third goal of the playoffs at 12:34 of the first.
Forsberg got position in front of Anaheim’s Antoine Vermette to tip Matt Irwin’s point shot past Gibson with Ryan Johansen drawing the secondary assist.
The Predators took a 2-1 lead on Watson’s first goal of the post-season at 2:42 of the second period.
Watson one-timed a slap shot off a cross-ice feed from Johansen that deflected off Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen and into the net with Mattias Ekholm earning the additional assist.
The Ducks killed off a 5-on-3 man disadvantage midway through the third period to keep the game tied. Nashville outshot Anaheim 39-27 through regulation time. (Editing by John O‘Brien)