ANAHEIM — If the Ducks hoped to even up the Western Conference quarterfinal series and guarantee a return to Anaheim, they had to find a way to get the puck past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
They succeeded in more ways than one, scoring on a 5-on-3, a man advantage and twice at even strength to knock off the Predators, 5-3, in Game 2 at Honda Center on Friday night.
The Ducks move on to Game 3 on Sunday in Nashville with the best-of-seven series tied, 1-1.
The Ducks received goals from their top four scoring threats. Corey Perry scored on a 5-on-3 in the first period and Teemu Selanne followed with a man-advantage goal less than a minute later.
After the Predators cut the deficit to 2-1 with a power-play goal early in the second, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf scored even-strength goals later in the period to give the Ducks a 4-1 lead and some much-needed breathing room against Rinne, who limited Anaheim to one goal in a Game 1 loss.
Nashville managed to cut the deficit to 4-3 in the third period, but Ryan scored into an empty-net goal with 52.6 left to seal the victory.
Ducks goalie Ray Emery made his first start since leaving midway through a regular-season game April 6 with a lower-body injury. He stopped 31 shots for his 19th career playoff victory.
More to come from the locker room.