Anaheim Ducks even NHL Western Conference playoff finals with overtime win at Nashville

Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie, right, celebrates with goalie John Gibson after the Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators in overtime of Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. The Ducks won 3-2. (AP photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2.

Perry’s shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban’s stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators’ 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

“I was just trying to create traffic or create a bounce and create havoc in front,” Perry said. “And that’s what they say in overtime: You throw it on net, never know what’s going to happen.”

Perry matched Mel Hill (1939) and Maurice Richard (1951) for the most OT goals in a single postseason in NHL history. Perry also tied Teemu Selanne’s franchise record with his eighth winning goal and moved past Selanne for sole possession of second in Ducks’ history with his 36th postseason goal.

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. 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.

Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell celebrates his goal in the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference final against the Nashville Predators in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP photo)

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.

Perry ended the second overtime in the series with a goal originally credited to Nate Thompson. Perry stopped the puck as the Predators tried to clear and shot from the right boards at a severe angle. Subban stuck out his stick trying to poke-check the puck away only to re-direct it past goalie Pekka Rinne.