Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) celebrates with center
Paul Gaustad after Weber scored an empty-net goal against
the Anaheim Ducks in the final seconds of the third period
to give the Predators a 3-1 win in Game 6 of an NHL hockey
first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Monday, April 25,
2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators evened the series
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Colin Wilson
and Paul Gaustad scored in the first period and the Nashville
Predators hung on to win the franchise's first Game 7, advancing
to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory
over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Pekka Rinne made 36 saves for the
wild-card Predators, who rallied from a 3-2 series deficit and
ousted the Pacific Division champion Ducks with a gritty road
victory. Nashville earned just the third playoff series victory in
team history — the first since 2012, and the second over
Nashville will travel up the
California coast to face the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
For the fourth consecutive season,
the Ducks blew a 3-2 series lead and lost a Game 7 at home.
Frederik Andersen made 18 saves and
Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal early in the third period for
the Ducks. They had numerous late chances to tie it while largely
dominating the final two periods, but a redirected shot clanked
off the post in the final minutes, and nothing went in during a
frantic final minute.
This season's playoff collapse
included three losses on home ice. Bruce Boudreau dropped to 1-7
in seventh games in his NHL coaching career, including six
consecutive losses in Anaheim and Washington.
Corey Perry didn't score a goal in
the seven-game series, and the former NHL MVP missed an open net
for a tying goal in the third period. He finished with a minus-7
rating for the Ducks, who didn't score an even-strength goal in
the final two games.
ISLANDERS 5, LIGHTNING 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Shane Prince
scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had
a goal and an assist in New York's victory over Tampa Bay in Game
1 of the second-round playoff series.
Taking up where he left off in
helping the Islanders advance beyond the first round for the first
time in 23 years, Tavares assisted on Travis Hamonic's goal that
erased an early deficit and scored his sixth postseason goal on a
blistering shot from the left circle to give New York a 4-1 lead
in the second.
The Islanders needed overtime to
get three of four victories against the Florida Panthers in the
opening round. This one was never seriously in doubt after New
York wiped out the 1-0 lead Tampa Bay took on Ondrel Palat's goal
just over three minutes into the game.
Tampa Bay pulled to 4-3 on
third-period goals by Nikita Kucherov and Valtteri Filppula before
Cal Clutterbuck's empty-netter sealed the victory in the final
Thomas Greiss, who won one game in
overtime and two in double overtime against Florida, finished with
33 saves for the Islanders. They were outshot 28-10 over the last
Game 2 is Saturday at Amalie Arena.