They blew a two-goal lead in the third period, allowing the Predators to tie up the game with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation, in front of a crowd of 17,000 at Bridgestone Arena.
Nate Thompson was initially credited with the victor at 10:25 in overtime, though it looked like the pass that Corey Perry sent on net from the corner redirected off Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban.
And so a postseason journey that has been totally lacking in momentum or logic for the Ducks lurched back to home to Anaheim, for Game 5 on Saturday. Josi and Ellis each had a point, giving them each 10 points this postseason, a Nashville record for defensemen.
On the ice, this pivotal game four is a must-win for the Anaheim Ducks... they have to know that.
The Ducks have now reclaimed home-ice advantage and should be considered a favorite to make the Stanley Cup Final.
The Ducks can't continue to play the way they have been this series and expect to win games. You could tell they were more energized by taking the lead. But rather than bag-skate the team or drill the players to death in what they did wrong, he chose to give them the day off. Perry has three overtime goals this year. P.K. Subban scored the Predators' first goal at the 13:33 mark, just seconds after the end of a Nashville power play.
The Ducks are a team that has come-from-behind all playoffs long and they will not be tentative in this moment.
The 2017 NHL Playoffs certainly have been interesting for the Ducks.
A debatable dedication to defence is often referenced as to why the 2013 fourth-round pick has yet to play an National Hockey League regular-season game after two seasons with the Utica Comets. They are hoping to rebound from their game three loss and head home for game five with the series tied at two.
"I've said all along, we have two great goalies", Sullivan said Thursday. Nick Ritchie added a goal, his fourth of the postseason, midway through the second period, and with John Gibson looking sharp in the crease, the game appeared in Anaheim's control.
The Ducks countered with a three-on-two rush, but Rinne was equal to the task, turning away Rickard Rakell's attempt from close range.
The game-winning goal was more disappointing and some may say even lucky. With Nashville enjoying the advantage of last change, the Predators' top line was matched up primarily against a Ducks first line centered by captain Ryan Getzlaf. With all due respect to Viktor Arvidsson (who has been solid in his own right), Forsberg and Johansen took their games to another level last game. "More downs in the playoffs than up-I think we've learned from that, we have a sense of calmness and we have a sense to always regroup if we're up or we're down".
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle paid tribute to Gibson's shot-stopping work in goal.