Nashville gets a chance to bolster a 1-0 lead into a 2-0 advantage in Game 2 in Anaheim on Sunday.
Nashville tied the score 1-1 on Forsberg's third goal of the playoffs at 12:34 of the first.
Neal took a feed from the point after P.K. Subban's fake shot, sending a one-timer from the top of the circle off of Perry and past Ducks goalie John Gibson.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - James Neal scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators kicked off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
But Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored a long-distance goal against Rinne to tie the game at 7:21 of the third, off a Nate Thompson faceoff win.
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for the Predators, who improved to 9-2 in this National Hockey League postseason.
- This one can not be laid at the feet of John Gibson, who stopped 43 of 46 Nashville shots and all 11 on power plays.
Anaheim is coming off a thrilling second-round Stanely Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers, which the Ducks claimed in seven games. The game 1 tips off on May 12th, 2017 9:00 PM EST in Honda Center and can be watched online live on FuboTV.
In the rematch, the Ducks hope to show the Predators what they learned last spring.
Anaheim had a somewhat more hard path to the conference final, having swept the Calgary Flames in the first round before needing seven games to dispose of the Edmonton Oilers. At times, Anaheim's players looked like they were skating in slush.
Nashville twice won Game 1 and went on to claim the previous two series with major help from Rinne, who usually has been at his inimitable best when facing the Ducks' scorers.
"It is going to be a battle every night and we are fighting for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup so everyone in our room is going to do whatever it takes".
"I feel like for years, they've been one of the top teams in the Western Conference", Rinne said after the Predators arrived in Orange County. The goal was the veteran forward's third in four games. Getzlaf's been playing like he's 10 years younger, and that's good news for a Ducks team looking to get back to the Finals for a shot at a 2nd Cup.
It was Lindholm's first of the postseason through 12 games. "We know what type of team we have in our dressing room". Thirteen different players have scored goals in the playoffs, including eight different players scoring game-winners through their eight playoff wins. They whitewashed the Chicago Blackhawks in the First Round, winning four straight games. "We continue to get contributions from everyone". For the final six games against Edmonton, Anaheim used a six-man group with nobody over 26 and averaging just 23.6 years old - the youngest group among the NHL's 16 playoff teams.