Neal's goal gives Predators OT win over Ducks
James Neal's goal gave the Nashville Predators a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks in game one of the Western Conference Finals.
The Predators were well rested and that might have been the difference on Friday as the Ducks struggled to keep pace with Nashville.
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for Nashville, who out-shot Anaheim 46-29, including 7-2 in overtime.
Neal scored nine minutes, 24 seconds into the extra period to give Nashville their win.
He now has four goals and one assist in 11 games this postseason.
Anaheim were playing in their third overtime game over the past five and their power-play woes continued Friday, going scoreless on those advantages.
The Ducks are now 0-for-21 on power plays since late in game two against the Edmonton Oilers on April 28.
Despite suffering the loss, Ducks goalie John Gibson had a playoff-career high 43 saves and was masterful.