Anaheim, meanwhile, is in the conference finals for the second time in three seasons, and seeking its first trip to the championship round since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.
The Anaheim Ducks host the Nashville Predators in game one of the NHL Western Conference Final on May 12 at 9pm EST. The Ducks were given four power plays and converted on none of them, barely even managing to set up in the Predators' zone.
The 2017 NHL Western Conference finals feature a rematch of a thrilling seven-game series from previous year, with the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators vying for a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Nashville Predators find themselves in the conference final for the first time in franchise history and truly look like a team that's peaking at the right time, as the cliche goes.
Botterill takes over three weeks after Tim Murray was sacked, and one day after Pittsburgh advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by defeating the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for the Predators, who improved to 9-2 in this National Hockey League postseason.
Jakob Silfverberg scored on the Ducks' first shot, and Gibson stopped 43 shots in a stellar performance.
Game 2 is in Anaheim on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Getzlaf's been playing like he's 10 years younger, and that's good news for a Ducks team looking to get back to the Finals for a shot at a 2nd Cup.
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for Nashville, which out-shot Anaheim 46-29, including 7-2 in overtime as James Neal scored 9:24 into the extra period to give Nashville yet another Game 1 playoff win over the Ducks. With a combination of Rust, Guentzel, and Sheary paired with him, Crosby has effectively taken over games at times, and is a threat every time he touches the puck.
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"No guy will use that as an excuse", said center Nate Thompson, who won the faceoff that led to Lindholm's tying goal. Ottawa won two of three meetings in the season series, with the home team prevailing each time.
"St. Louis played a physical game and I think Anaheim kind of does the same thing", Josi said.
Any pro hockey player is fine with a day's rest between games.
"We knew they were going to come hard", Gibson said. Ottawa on the other hand, has continuously pulled upsets after spoiling Boston and NY in the first two rounds.
Watson then put the Predators ahead early in the second period with his first playoff goal, banking his shot in off Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen.
"With each round and each series it's a new challenge and every team is going to play a little different".
NOTES: Anaheim remained without two key injured veterans. Anaheim did not dress D Kevin Bieksa, D Korbinian Holzer, RW Patrick Eaves and C Logan Shaw. They've had 23 skaters on the ice so far this post-season, and 15 of them have scored goals. The sellout crowd filled in throughout the night.
While penalty killing is usually the special-teams ingredient that equates to playoff success, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Saturday that their power play is a significant issue with his team trailing 1-0 in the series.