*Playoff Game 5: Predators 4 Ducks 3 *

Predators lead series 3-2.

Quick Recap

In a game 5 at Honda Center, the Predators grabbed a 3-2 series lead off an overtime winner during the first game of this series to hit overtime.

Nashville took a lead halfway through the first off of a tip in from Kevin Klein, but no one would hold much of a lead or for too long in this game.

Entering the third period tied at 1, it was looking to be a close game in need of a tie breaker.

It would be both of those things, but not the 2-1 win you may have been suspecting.

Bobby Ryan, back off of a two game suspension, notched one behind Rinne just 40 seconds into the third period and started the back and forth with a beautiful unassisted attack.

Nashville’s Ward answered tying the game at 2.

A second goal from Duck’s James Blake and a slapshot from Shea Weber with 36 seconds to go in the game tied the match at 3 and forced overtime.

It was Jerred Smithson of the Pred’s third line to get the early overtime winning goal rushing the net off of an assist from Tootoo.

The series moves back to a Anaheim must win in Nashville, Sunday at 6 p.m.

Scoring Summary

First Period:

NSH GOAL 8:32 Kevin Klein (1) Tip-In – Assists: J. Tootoo (1) & N. Spaling (1)

Second Period

ANA GOAL 13:39 PPG – Jason Blake (1) Tip-In – Assists: S. Koivu (4) & L. Sbisa (1)

Third Period

ANA GOAL 00:40 Bobby Ryan (3) Backhand – Assists: none

NSH GOAL 11:20 Joel Ward (3) Slap Shot – Assists: D. Legwand (2)

ANA GOAL 14:16 Jason Blake (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: T. Selanne (1) & S. Koivu (5)

NSH GOAL 19:24 Shea Weber (3) Slap Shot – Assists: C. Franson (4) & M. Fisher (3)


NSH GOAL 1:57 Jerred Smithson (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: J. Tootoo (2) & N. Spaling (2)

3 Stars

3rd Star: Jason Blake, Anaheim (2 goals)
2nd Star: Jordin Tootoo, Nashville (2 assists)
1st Star: Jerred Smithson, Nashville (OT winner)

News and Notes

Suspension update

Right Wing Bobby Ryan returned to last night’s game from a 2 game suspension for stomping during Game 2 of the series. Jarkko Ruutu will return for the Ducks during the must win Sunday night after serving a one game suspension for a late hit on Martin Erat.

First Playoff win in franchise history?

Founded in 1997, the Predators have made the playoffs 4 times in franchise history each time losing in the first round. They lost to Detroit in 2004 and 2008, and to San Jose in 2006 and 2007. During the home game 6 on Sunday, they have a chance to advance to the second round for the first time ever in the history of the hockey club.