Hockey player Ryan Getzlaf fined $10000 for using homophobic slur

Getzlaf has scored 18 points in 16 playoff games during one of the best post-seasons of his National Hockey League career, but he has been held scoreless in six of the Ducks' last seven games, including Game 5.

The Ryan Johansen injury was expected to be a devastating injury that could derail a series, but don't tell that to the Nashville Predators. Goaltender John Gibson left Saturday's game after the first period with a lower-body injury and will be re-assessed at Monday morning's skate.

With all these issues hanging over their heads, the Ducks assumed the pressure's-on-them, backs-against-the-wall stance and will take the same approach that won them Game 7 of the second round.

"In my opinion, you can put [Forsberg] in the category of maybe two other guys, top three guys in terms of his skill and what he can do with the puck every night", Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban said.

The Ducks' Corey Perry was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty while Nick Ritchie received a roughing penalty for fighting Mattias Ekholm, who was given a five-minute major. Johansen was one of the biggest offensive threats for the Predators, having scored 3 goals along side 10 assists.

NOTES: C Frederick Gaudreau made his Stanley Cup playoff debut for Nashville, and veteran C Vern Fiddler returned from a two-game absence.

"A situation like that, where I'm on the bench by myself, frustration set in", Getzlaf said.

The goaltending advantage has been clearly in Nashville's favor, Pekka Rinne continues his outstanding netminding in the playoffs, causing plenty of writers to have to grudgingly eat their words.

"I feel like that's always been our team", Cogliano continued.

"That's why it's the hardest trophy to win in sports", said forward James Neal, who scored Nashville's overtime victor in Game 1.

"We have a lot of areas of concern off our performance tonight", Carlyle said. Nashville has outscored the Ducks 6-0 in the third period of the last three games.

Pontus Aberg played the role of hero for the visiting Predators with a third-period goal that put his team up 2-1 with 8:59 to play. And it's up to us to score more goals than they do. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Fleury has always been up and down in the postseason, and thankfully his team is solid enough to earn him a fourth game win rather than go down 3-1.

In Game 5, each team was guilty of a bad change that led to a goal against, something to keep an eye on for Game 6, Pearn said.

PIT vs. OTT - PIT leads 3-2 - Game six is tomorrow in Ottawa.

  • Julie Sanders