Ducks captain Getzlaf fined for apparent homophobic slur

An update from the Predators on Sunday indicated the seriousness of Johansen's condition before the procedure and identified the injury as acute compartment syndrome.

Aberg had to send himself flying across the crease to swat home a rebound of Filip Forsberg's shot for the Predators, epitomizing Nashville's persistent effort through a defensive victory. Andrew Cogliano called his team confident and desperate not to see its season end, crediting Carlyle with keeping them headed in the right direction whenever it appeared they're about to go sideways.

That leaves it up to the Predators to handle business on the ice.

"I face-planted there and lost my tooth, but it didn't hurt my head", Aberg said with a smile. The 2007 Stanley Cup champion is the second-leading scorer in the current playoffs, trailing only Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin. Wagner opened the scoring at the 12:46 mark of second period. I thought I did a pretty good job of that tonight. "I think we've always been a team that's done things the hard way for a reason". We showed a lot of character. "With regard to our players' heads, they've been in the right place, I think, through the entire playoffs, and they remain in the right place".

Game 6 is Monday night in Nashville. Also defending for the Predators is P.K. Subban (76). Jonathan Bernier took over and gave up two goals (Nashville's third was an empty-netter) and stopped 16 shots in his first appearance in almost two weeks for the Ducks, who already were without 30-goal scorers Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves.

Pontus Aberg, who played only 15 games with the Predators all season, scored the victor on his first career playoff goal. "If we lose, we come back here, and we don't want to do that".

The league didn't specify what Getzlaf said and to whom.

Jonathan Bernier took over for Gibson and stopped 16 shots in his first appearance in almost two weeks for the Ducks, calling it a "weird situation". There was hope that Eaves might be on the radar in terms of potential availability when the coach said after Game 5 that he has moved to day-to-day status but that has dimmed. Win and there's a Game 7 on Wednesday in Anaheim. We'll re-energize our group, and we'll look forward to playing a better game. A 3-1 win at Honda Center on Saturday has Music City thinking a first shot at the Cup is becoming real.

Johansen led the Predators with 13 points in 14 playoff games while centering their unsafe top line alongside Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson.

Being in position to win the Campbell Bowl on home ice seemed remote Friday when the Predators announced their top scorer, center Ryan Johansen, would miss the rest of the postseason after emergency surgery to fix compartment syndrome on his left thigh. But the team could also be without captain Mike Fisher, who is listed as day-to-day after missing Game 5 with an unspecified injury. Rinne is 11-4 in these playoffs, and his 1.62 goals-against average is the fourth-lowest with his.942 save percentage the fourth-highest in National Hockey League history with a minimum of 15 games played. The duo combined for 65 regular-season goals.

The Predators are 10-1 at Bridgestone Arena the past two postseasons, and another record crowd is expected for what will be the biggest sporting event in Nashville history not counting the fans watching just outside the building.

Rookie left wing Nic Kerdiles likely will draw in for Rakell.

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