|Posted by Radatz on May 17, 2017 at 12:05 AM|
"Preds rally" say the headlines, but they didn't really. They outshot Anaheim in each period, finishing with a moderately(?) convincing 40-20 shot discrepancy. The Ducks' problem was that once Nashville did score and tie the game early in the 3rd they still didn't exactly pepper the net. Any thought of the Roadducks sustaining momentum of their 5-1 finish two nights ago evaporated. Nothing said it better than Wagner's dumb penalty with under 4 minutes to go. It was followed almost at once by the go-ahead goal, and Anaheim spent the rest of regulation in a bizarre trance minus the slightest semblance of urgency. Their best production came defending an empty net. They spent at least half of the last minute lolling around in their own end waiting for line changes and, apparently, for the perfect play to develop in front of them, instead of desperately forcing play. Watching a defenseman sit motionless in his own zone with the clock ticking from maybe 15 seconds to zero waiting for something wonderful to happen was about all these eyes could stand. Nashville ain't Disneyland.
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