David Perron

Predators force franchise's 1st Game 7, beat Ducks 3-1

By treating their elimination game like a Game 7, the Nashville Predators finally have pushed a playoff series to a seventh game.

Now they want to go back to Anaheim and finish off the Ducks.

James Neal scored the winning goal late in the second period, and the Predators beat Anaheim 3-1 on Monday night to force the second Game 7 in the first round of this postseason.

"Anything can happen," Nashville captain Shea Weber said. "It's obviously two good teams that are pretty equal and it is going to come down to the last game, and we'll see how it goes."

The Predators had lost the previous five Game 6s when needing a win to stay alive in the...