Fifty goals are proof that Corey Perry has been heroic in more ways than one for the Ducks in his stellar season, but the forward displayed his greatest example in just how valuable he is to them.

Perry's shorthanded goal early in the third period triggered a three-goal outburst that powered the Ducks to a 6-3 victory Wednesday over the Nashville Predators, tying the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

The Ducks needed a win at a raucous Bridgestone Arena, especially coming off a dreadful Game 3 performance no one was happy about. As he's done for them all year, Perry came through in their time of need.

With Nashville forging a 3-3 tie and having power-play time left to start the third period, Perry got a drop pass from Brandon McMillan and beat Predators goalie Pekka Rinne with a backhand shot after making an inside move on Ryan Suter.

"McMillan got the puck and I just tried to make it a two-on-two," Perry said. "He created space by dropping it and going through to the middle of the net. He made a great screen and the puck found a way to get in."

Teemu Selanne said jokingly that the three-point night for Perry was just "average for him" but then suggested that the winger's goal might be the thing that makes the difference in this increasingly gritty series.

The goal seemed to the steam out of a sellout crowd of 17,113, which was called on by country singer Vince Gill to chant "Perry is a sissy" during the first intermission.