NHL

Predators edge Ducks 2-1 in Game 7, advance to 2nd round

  • Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, top, blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, top, blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner, left, checks Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner, left, checks Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad scored in the first period and the Nashville Predators hung on to win the franchise's first Game 7, advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Pekka Rinne made 36 saves for the wild-card Predators, who rallied from a 3-2 series deficit and ousted the Pacific Division champion Ducks with a gritty road victory. Nashville earned just the third playoff series victory in team history — the first since 2012, and the second over Anaheim.

Nashville will travel up the California coast to face the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Ducks blew a 3-2 series lead and lost a Game 7 at home.

Frederik Andersen made 18 saves and Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal early in the third period for the Ducks. They had numerous late chances to tie it while largely dominating the final two periods, but a redirected shot clanked off Rinne's post in the final minutes, and nothing went in during a frantic final minute.