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Anaheim Ducks 4, Nashville Predators 1: Tie Series

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The effort was there. The plan was not.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

This game was more frustrating than the last. Why? The effort was there, but the plan was poor.

The Ducks controlled the middle of the ice, and Nashville settled for anxious, low-danger shots all night.

And again, it didn't work. It's the same recipe as the last game.

Random Observations

  • Ryan Getzlaf scored off a play that seemed like a designed play. He followed a shot, came into to Pekka Rinne's area unmarked, and beats Rinne low.
  • From that point, Rinne looked strong going through the second until the bad stuff started.
  • The first and second periods built and built until midway through the second, when some of the most inspired hockey you'll see was on display.
  • Mike Fisher scores off a slick pass from Colin Wilson, and the place. is. LIT.
  • Here's what you came here for: Viktor Arvidsson draws a slashing (looked more like tripping), and his skates are pointed the wrong way. He falls. He gets called for embellishment. And the Ducks avoid a penalty kill.
  • Nashville's 4v4 play looked like a PK and the result looked like a PK. 2-1.
  • And a sulking Preds team allows another marker for a 3-1 deficit in headed into the locker room after Mike Ribeiro goes all Corey Perry on Corey Perry.
And folks... there wasn't a moment in the third where Nashville looked like they had a great idea to score on Anaheim.

Same plan, same result. Outside shots, no traffic, no redirections, and nothing to show for them.


OTF's Super Duper Stars of the Game

  • Mike Fisher - He plays one way, all the time.
  • Kyle Hankins - The Prince tribute was nice.
  • That's.... that's about it. I should say that the building looked really cool.

Tweets of the Night

Boxscore - Game Summary - Event Summary - War-on-Ice - HockeyStats - Natural Stat Trick

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