Pontus Aberg's goal puts Predators past Ducks 3-1 in Game 5

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has been fined thousands of dollars for making an "inappropriate remark" during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

The Ducks style in the NHL Playoffs 2017, may be over since they lost game five at home.

On Sunday, head coach Randy Carlyle said that forwards Patrick Eaves and Rickard Rakell did not travel with the team to Nashville and will not be available for Game 6 tomorrow. The Predators can punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history with a win at home in game six on Monday at 8:00 ET.

Standing in their way? However, the Predators have been the better team in this series overall and one could argue they've been the best team throughout these entire playoffs.

"As a result, he had no permanent injury to his muscle, nerves or blood vessels and we expect a full and complete recovery", Poile said. "It's time for us to take two games in a row here".

"We have two must-win games now and we don't have a choice whether to bring an effort or not now".

Predators center Vernon Fiddler said Laviolette's pregame talk went a long way toward convincing the team that it had a chance to win the game without its top two centers.

That leaves it up to the Predators to handle business on the ice. Nashville was keeping it scoreless until Rinne's huge mistake. Game 6 will be played in Nashville on Monday night. It was so bad that Nashville was winning key face-offs over them.

When asked about the onus to do more in Johansen's absence, Forsberg took the opportunity to praise teammates Aberg and Frederick Gaudreau, who was recalled from the American Hockey League to fill Fisher's spot centering the second line and power-play unit. He made 32 saves and aggressively played the puck to help hold off the Ducks.

Anaheim squandered their 1-0 advantage in the third period and defenseman Roman Josi put the game-winner into the back of the net with under three minutes left in regulation.

HollywoodLifers, who do you think will take this series, the Predators or the Ducks? Nashville leaned heavily on stalwart goalie Pekka Rinne and got barely enough offense to survive, with Colin Wilson scoring the tying goal late in the second period and Austin Watson adding an empty-netter. That's how Nashville has won each time in this series for their fifth comeback victory this postseason and the 31st overall of this postseason. We've got your way to watch game five via live stream at 7:15pm EST on May 20.

"We're capable of winning. So we have to make sure we're prepared for tomorrow".

The Ducks are dealing with injuries as well. Neither traveled to Nashville.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring with 46 seconds left in the first period when Maatta went down the left side and fired a short-side shot past on goalie Craig Anderson.

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. He had registered only one assist in eight games this postseason and appeared in only 15 career regular-season games.

The Ducks rebounded from losing Game 3 by taking a day off in Nashville to shoot pool and throw darts.

The Boys from Smashville hope the trip back to California won't be necessary.

  • Leroy Wright