Friday, May 19, 2017 1:00 am
Predators see home streak end
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Corey Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night that evened the Western Conference finals at 2-2.
John Gibson made 32 saves for Anaheim, which was the last team to beat the Predators in Nashville in the playoffs last spring in Game 4 of their first-round series.
Rickard Rakell and Nick Ritchie staked the Ducks to a 2-0 lead. But Subban scored with 6:27 left, and Filip Forsberg tied it with 34.5 seconds remaining in regulation with his fourth goal in four games.
The Predators had matched the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings with their 10-game winning streak but missed matching Colorado's 11-0 playoff run in 1996-97.
Perry ended the second overtime in this series with a goal originally credited to Thompson.
Game 5 is Saturday night in Anaheim.
Olympic official: NHL not greedy
The head of the Pyeongchang Olympics organizing committee said Thursday that the NHL isn't being “greedy” preventing hockey stars going to the 2018 Games and he was willing to be flexible to meet its demands.
Organizing committee president Lee Hee-beom told The Associated Press on Thursday that “we are ready to cooperate.” Lee says he's doesn't know what the NHL's conditions are “but whatever they ask – if it is acceptable for us – we will do our best.”
During an interview in London, Lee added that “so far I don't think they were so ... greedy and they didn't ask too many requests beyond our expectations.”
The International Ice Hockey Federation also has been willing to discuss options, but acknowledged a “game-changer” offer was likely needed for NHL team owners to change their minds about halting the league schedule for three weeks. The best players in the world have played in every Olympics since 1998.
The IIHF had already agreed to meet players' travel and insurance costs when the International Olympic Committee ended its long-time commitment to pay. The NHL sought more concessions, but the IOC would not concede a share of marketing rights to a commercial league.