Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Predators Top Anaheim to Force Game 7

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Predators Top Anaheim to Force Game 7

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. ? James Neal scored the winning goal late in the second period, and the Nashville Predators held on to beat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-1, on Monday night and force the first Game 7 in franchise history.

The Predators had lost the previous five Game 6s when needing a win to stay alive in the playoffs up until their win last night.

Shea Weber had an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left off an assist by Neal. Mattias Ekholm also scored a goal, and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for the win.

Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal for the Ducks. They return to Anaheim where they lost their last Game 7 last spring in the Western Conference finals to eventual Stanley Cup champ Chicago.

Rinne, who had been struggling in this series, came up big late. He stopped Corey Perry on a point-blank shot from in front with 6:40 left and turned away David Perron's wrist shot with less than 3 minutes to go. …

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