Roman Josi treated Smashville fans to a 10th straight Stanley Cup Playoffs home win with a game-winning power-play goal for the Nashville Predators in their win in Game 3 over the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday.
Nashville has yet to drop a game at home this postseason, and their winning streak at Bridgestone Arena goes back to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ducks in Game 6 of the First Round.
With Chris Wagner in the penalty box for highsticking and Nashville on the power-play, the initial shot came from Mattias Ekholm and banked off of Viktor Arvidsson, which teed up Josi to rush in and capitalize on the rebound. It was the first game-winning goal of Josi's Stanley Cup Playoffs career.
The Predators' late game heroics were part of an offensive surge in the third period that saw two disallowed goals after Filip Forsberg had tied the game 1-1 at 3:54. It was the fourth comeback win for Nashville this postseason.
"I think we're a confident team," Josi told reporters postgame. "We know what we can do in the room. Nobody panicked. We knew we played a good game. We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. We knew we just had to play the same way and they were going to go in some time. It doesn't matter what happens, we just try to stay positive and just stay with it."
Josi’s relentless positivity showed in his numbers. He had five shots on goal throughout the game and led the Predators with 26:23 of ice time, while also leading the power-play effort with 4:53. Over the course of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Swiss defenceman is 5-5—10. His 10 points match that of teammate Ryan Ellis (4-6—10) for a franchise record for points by a Preds defenceman in a single postseason, and places him second in the league among defenceman in the 2017 postseason.
Game 4 will be played in Music City Thursday with Nashville having the 2-1 series edge in the Western Conference Final.
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