As the Conference Finals continue we’ll give you a recap from last night’s game and what to look for in tonight’s action.
Western Conference Final Game 4
It looked a though Anaheim might have an easy time containing Nashville's offense on Thursday night, but it turned out to be a chore late in the game as the Ducks blew a 2-0 third-period lead at Bridgestone Arena. They did, however, recover in overtime as Corey Perry wired a wrist shot off of P.K. Subban and past Pekka Rinne.
That goal gave the Ducks a 3-2 win, ending a 10-game playoffs home win streak for the Predators and tying the series at two games apiece.
For the second game in a row, John Gibson shut out the Preds through two periods. He was fantastic last night, following up his 38-save performance on Tuesday with a 32-save showing. Pekka Rinne played well, stopping 34 of 37 shots, but didn't get the bounce in overtime.
The two teams went a combined 0-for-7 on the powerplay, including an 0-for-5 night from Nashville. If Nashville cashes in on of those many opportunities, we're looking at a totally different series right now.
We are even once again in this series as we shift gears and return to Anaheim for game five, which is slated for Saturday night at 7:15 ET.
- Brett Finger
Eastern Conference Final Game 4
Today’s Eastern Conference Final preview is brought to you by the makers of Revenge. It tastes so sweet, if you can achieve it.
Here are three things to watch.
Who’s In Net? Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t hit by a flurry of shots last game (5-for-9 on saves), so it was a pretty hard demise to watch for Penguins fans. He’s been playoff tested for nearly a decade, so one would hope he could rebound without trouble. But after Matt Murray only allowed one goal in relief, facing 20 shots, PIttsburgh may leave Murray in to finish off the away segment and get Fleury to home ice. But that’s a strong maybe.
Keep Guard, Anderson After a humiliating loss, the Penguins are going to forecheck and speed their way to an early goal. For the past couple of years, it’s held true: nothing’s more fierce than a pissed-off Penguin (note: not true in nature). Craig Anderson has only allowed one goal in each game he’s played in this Eastern Conference series. If he can keep it that way tonight, it’ll be an outstanding performance for Anderson, who has never seen a conference finals before this year.
So About That Defense… Sure, Fleury rightfully gets a lot of the blame for Game 3’s demolition, but the Penguins defense was caught sleeping on a few occasions in the first period, including Mark Streit allowing Derick Brassard to take the right side of the crease almost uncontested for the third goal. It’s going to be tough without Kris Letang and Justin Schultz off the ice tonight, but many of the Penguins are playoff tested and need to talk of energy into the defense, especially the reserves.
- Jake Crouse