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Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

That the Johansen line has combined for three goals and eight points in two games on the road, where they have seen a steady diet of slashes and hacks from Ryan Kesler and the Ducks' shutdown line, has been even more impressive. Johansen, between Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg, has been almost unstoppable this postseason-they've got 30 points among them, with Johansen pacing the team in assists with 10.

Nick Ritchie's tiebreaking goal at 17:07 of the second period was a wrister from the left faceoff circle that flew over Rinne's blocker into the net's roof.

Anaheim, which had trailed 2-0 and then 3-2 after Filip Forsberg's goal, scored three straight to take a 5-3 lead. Pekka Rinne has given up 20 goals on 343 shots faced.

Both goaltenders were superb in Game 1 but struggled Sunday night as they lost track of pucks, were beaten from bad angles, and fought the puck like a stubborn in-law for the better part of 60 minutes.

The lone goal of Game 2 came at 13:05 of the third, as Phil Kessel followed up his initial shot, which was blocked, and scored his sixth goal of the playoffs. If you hit it the right spot, it's on most goalies these days because they're all going down. Hampus Lindholm scored for his first goal of the playoffs to even the score.

"Personally, got to be better moving forward", Rinne said.

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Physically, no other team left in the playoffs can match up with the Ducks, who simply need to play smart and continue wearing down their opponent in this series. "It just doesn't make sense how he plays the game", Johansen said. "I am just trying to go out there and play hockey and it sucks when you got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift", said Johansen of American Kesler. The officials missed that one, as well as a two-hander to the back of the legs of Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban late in the third period.

Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, lower body), RW Logan Shaw (Questionable, lower body), RW Patrick Eaves (Out Indefinitely, lower body), D Simon Despres (Out Indefinitely, concussion). Last night's 5-3 loss in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals was nasty on multiple levels... and only some of the nastiness came from the expected sources.

Getzlaf is second in playoff scoring with 18 points, trailing only Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Our guys, I think they're accustomed to playing different types of games". "We understand that if you take your foot off the gas, you probably won't like the result".

Nashville has a serious challenge now, and adversity has arrived in the form of Ryan Kesler, the Ducks' defense-minded center.

In the last minute of the period, the Ducks found their chance to get on the board during a power play.

"There were some good looks there", said Crosby, who had just two shots in 23:32 of ice time. Gibson hasn't been strong enough in net to stop that volume of shots.

"Our players are really good at not fearing the outcome, and we play the way we play", Boucher said. The next summer they signed him to a six-year extension, that will keep him in Anaheim through 2022 at $6,875,000 a year.

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