Predators top Ducks in overtime in Game 1 of Western Conference Finals

Anaheim Ducks centre Andrew Cogliano left celebrates after scoring in Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers

Anaheim Ducks centre Andrew Cogliano left celebrates after scoring in Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers

For the third consecutive series, Nashville won Game 1 on the road, improving its overall postseason record to 9-2. That was on Sunday.

- Although Gibson's statistics haven't been that gaudy in the playoffs, it is noteworthy that his save percentage in 5-on-5 situations was.938 going into Game 1.

It's been successful for the Predators, who made a victorious Western Conference final debut against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

They attacked the Ducks in waves, with their defence, which had entered Game 1 having contributed 32% of the team's goals, acting as fourth and fifth forwards.

This coming 48 hours after a stingy 2-1 win in Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Pearn said a concern will be the faceoff edge the Ducks often have.

The now-familiar ominous hush fell over Honda Center, but the Ducks got going in an unlikely scenario.

Just two days after surviving Edmonton, the Ducks had to face Nashville in an early-starting game - and they were promptly outskated and outclassed for long stretches by the well-rested Predators. How much of a role could the Ducks' revenge factor play with a Stanley Cup final appearance at stake?

Where the Predators hold the advantage is that they have had all week to prepare for a high-octane offense. "Their success has come from fast starts and scoring quickly to put pressure on their opponents and we must avoid that". There will be no catching Roman Josi flatfooted.

"We played well, but we can be even better", defenseman P.K. Subban said. There is no easy way through the neutral zone against a 1-3-1 trap.

The Predators come away with a crucial road win in this series, effectively stealing home-ice advantage from Anaheim.

Anaheim did win Games 5 and 7 on home ice, and both were monumental wins for obvious reasons.

The Ducks netminder stopped 43 of 46 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss in Game One to Nashville. And even then it did not come without some controversy. The Ducks gifted Nashville with back-to-back delay-of-game penalties by Ryan Getzlaf and Nate Thompson for shooting the puck over the glass, but the Ducks killed the penalties. The Preds have won Game 1 in both series so far. I thought that we created a lot, and eventually we were going to get one by him.

It was that kind of start for the Ducks and their fans. Three previous times they prevailed in what seemed to be destiny. Whether or not it works will hinge on their ability to adapt on the fly. Some players play with broken hand, broken leg because it's the playoffs.

Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for the Predators, who improved to 9-2 in this National Hockey League postseason. He's got a $3.75 million cap hit for two more seasons, so he's paid at a reasonable clip, but there's a good chance the Ducks will want to protect four defensemen. If Game 1 - or the opening round matchup between these two clubs a year ago, for that matter - is any indication, there will be plenty of close games in this series. They outshot the Ducks 15-6 through 20 minutes.

The Preds beat the Ducks just last postseason.

The Predators goalie, who had looked so hopeless on the game's first shot - granted, it was the eighth goal of the playoffs for Silfverberg - was considerably sharper on the following shots he faced.

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle sees a big obstacle, literally and figuratively, in Nashville's Pekka Rinne.

- The goaltending they have received from Pekka Rinne has been dynamite. "We'll turn the page on this one and get ourselves prepared for Sunday afternoon".