Maybe the crowd hasn’t been able to get to Game 1 on time, but the Anaheim Ducks weren’t stuck in traffic early vs. the Nashville Predators.
Instead, they’ve begun with a 1-0 lead, as Jakob Slifverberg beat Pekka Rinne with a beautiful shot from a bad angle to start the scoring on Friday.
There have been plenty of chances both ways early on – Nashville has been pressuring Anaheim since that tally in particular – so Rinne might need to be sharp. He’s been one of – if not the – best goalies so far in this postseason, yet the Ducks may serve as his best challenge so far.
Silfverberg’s off to a strong playoff, by the way; he now has 12 points in as many postseason games and has the rest of this contest to add to to his total.