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Smith, Rinne lead Predators to 3-2 win over Ducks in Game 2

The Nashville Predators crowded around Pekka Rinne at the final horn and basked in the relative silence at Honda Center.

After a remarkable two-game start to the postseason, the Predators are halfway to a playoff series victory that almost nobody outside their dressing room expected.

Craig Smith had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves and the Predators confidently claimed their second straight road victory to open the series, 3-2 over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 on Sunday night.

Shea Weber and Mattias Ekholm also scored as Nashville took a 2-0 playoff series lead for the first time in franchise history with another win over the Pacific Division...