Earlier this summer we reviewed the Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season, and now seems a fine time to look back at the team's playoff run...
As Nashville Predators fans braced for Game 5 of the opening round, the specter of 2010's Game 5 vs. Chicago lingered in the background; the series hung in the balance at this point, and with the Ducks back on home ice, the Preds faced an uphill battle to seize control.
Despite taking the early lead on a Kevin Klein goal, Anaheim tied things up in the 2nd and took the lead early in the 3rd, on that highlight-reel play by Bobby Ryan. Even though Joel Ward responded for the Preds, tying it back up again at 2-2 with 8:40 left to go, Jason Blake put the Ducks ahead minutes later, and Nashville was fighting to hang on right down to the wire.
That set the scene for a faceoff to the right of Ray Emery in the Anaheim zone with under a minute left to play, and Pekka Rinne pulled for the extra attacker. Mike Fisher won the draw cleanly back to Cody Franson, who, as a right-handed shot was well placed to feed the puck immediately over to Shea Weber on the opposite side. With forwards driving the net and Ducks scrambling to block the shooting lanes, The Captain snuck a wrist shot through high to the far side, tying the game at 3-3 and sending the Preds to overtime (more on that later in this series).
It was a classic, dramatic playoff goal, and set the stage for better things to come. While Weber got the goal, it was pretty much a whole-team effort, as the puck was moved like clockwork and traffic in front of net prevented Emery from making the save.