Two wins from the first NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville history, the Predators have all the makings of a team of destiny.
Roman Josi's power-play goal with less than four minutes remaining in game three gave the Predators a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks and a 2-1 edge in a Western Conference finals that has quickly shifted in their favour.
Backed again by stellar defensive play and more timely goal scoring, the Predators thoroughly outplayed the Ducks on Tuesday.
Josi, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg combined for 20 shots on goal, matching the total of the entire Ducks roster. They out-attempted Anaheim 75-38 and the possession numbers were equally lopsided.
Anaheim's Corey Perry opened the scoring with 15:35 played in the second period.
Forsberg then tied the game 3:54 into the third on a rebound and Josi caught Ducks goalie John Gibson looking the wrong way on a rebound for the easy game-winner.
Josi's goal was set up by a terrible penalty by the Ducks' Chris Wagner for high-sticking Ellis with 3:55 left. It snapped Nashville's 0-for-11 drought with the man advantage.
The Predators are the first NHL team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games.
Filip Forsberg, Predators - Forsberg has a goal in all three games in the series, bringing his playoff point total to 11.
John Gibson, Ducks - Gibson made 38 saves and was run over twice. His mental lapse on the final goal put a damper on an otherwise excellent performance that kept the Ducks in game three.
Roman Josi, Predators - Josi is tied with fellow defenseman Ryan Ellis with 10 points in these playoffs, second in the NHL behind Erik Karlsson.
Wednesday's game to watch
Eastern Conference finals: Penguins at Senators - Ottawa have effectively deployed their methodical trap system in all but one period so far in the series, however Phil Kessel exploited that lapse and it is now a best-of-five affair. The Sens will continue to do what has worked; it is up to the Penguins to capitalise on the few opportunities they will be afforded.
|Azarenka pulls out of US Open over childcare issue|
|Wayne Rooney scores 200th Premier League goal|
|Iturbe joins Tijuana on loan|
|Vardy fitness boost for Leicester ahead of Blades cup tie|
|Al Ain 0 Al Hilal 0: All square after scrappy quarter-final first leg|
|Clement reminds Abraham he´s ´not here on work experience´|
|FIA considering driverless safety car for F1 races|
|City to pay tribute to victims of Manchester and Catalonia attacks|
|De Ligt signs four-year Ajax extension|
|CAS dismisses Diack´s appeal against life ban|
|Chris Froome claims Vuelta red jersey, as Vincenzo Nibali wins stage three|
|Kondogbia departs Inter for Valencia loan|
|Carl Frampton splits from manager Barry McGuigan|
|Spurs star Kane unconcerned by continued August hoodoo|
|TIU investigating suspicious betting patterns around Dolgopolov-Monteiro|
|Cutrone to feature in Montella´s immediate Milan plans|
|Guardiola one of the best - Ederson had no doubts over Manchester City move|
|They´re just rumours - Nice´s Fournier plays down talk of Barca move for Seri|
|Chelsea´s ´great character´ key to Wembley win - David Luiz|
|Martial backs Pogba for Ballon d´Or within five years|
|This is not the movies - Ward ready to face Bellew at cruiserweight|
|So stupid - Muller rues knee injury after ´helicopter´ crash|
|Le´Veon Bell not leaving Steelers unless traded|
|Feyenoord sign winger Larsson from Heerenveen|
|Ritchie and Phillips return to Scotland squad for qualifiers|
|Gayle and Samuels return to West Indies ODI squad|
|Sakho asking price ´much too expensive´ for Palace boss De Boer|
|Costa calls Conte ´disrespectful´ over ´moment of madness´ text message|
|Ederson backs Neymar´s Ballon d´Or ambition|
|Pakistan to host World XI followed by Sri Lanka and West Indies|
|Burnley land Chris Wood in club-record transfer|
|Man City outcast Nasri joins Eto´o at Antalyaspor|
|Steve McClaren heads to Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Mayweather v McGregor: Five things the UFC star has to do to shock the world|
|Wake up Floyd, it´s all over - McGregor trolls Mayweather with knockout prophecy|
|Early hours third-round draw brings more ridicule for EFL Cup|
|Arsenal send Jenkinson and Bramall to Birmingham|
|Mayweather-McGregor is a circus and I´d beat them both - Horn|
|Roberto eyes Barca stay after revelling in midfield role|
|Dimitrov seeking to harness Masters momentum ahead of Flushing Meadows|
|Lewandowski irked by busy Bayern pre-season|
|Legend Ambrose blasts ´embarrassing, pathetic´ West Indies|
|Lealiifano to join Ulster on short-term deal|
|Coutinho should decide his future - Manchester City´s Ederson supports Barca target|
|Windies´ Brathwaite reported for suspect action|
|Ibrahimovic fighting fit for possible Manchester United return|
|Halep apologises to fans after Muguruza mauling|
|Rummenigge defends Barcelona´s Dembele bid|
|Titans sack Henry but deny rift with Hayne|
|Fernandinho sounds Rooney warning for Manchester City|
|Brighton sign Izquierdo in club-record deal|
|Avila saves Cubs with walk-off hit against Blue Jays|
|MLS Review: NYC, Sounders score stoppage-time winners|
|LeBron to Knicks? Griffin can see it happening|
|They shouldn´t be there! – Neymar hits out at Barca board|
|QLD boss Walters dismisses Titans links|
|Ramos highlights animosity towards Madrid after red card|
|Boldin in shock NFL retirement after joining Bills|
|Lakers respond to tampering allegations surrounding George|
|Baghdatis wins through, Dolgopolov suffers shock loss|
|Mourinho tells Rashford to embrace boo boys|
|Lucic-Baroni battles in New Haven, Cornet cruises|
|Zidane wants no more changes to Madrid squad|
|Pastore rules out leaving PSG in swap for Mbappe|
|Messi will sign Barcelona contract – Fernandez|
|Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos equals LaLiga record for red cards|
|Farah: I´ve run my last race for Great Britain|
|Stenson claims Wyndham Championship for first win of season|
|Spalletti eyes improvement despite convincing Inter win|
|Montella pleased with Milan´s winning start|