Predators Face Ducks For Game 6 In Nashville

But Marc-Andre Fleury will most likely be back in net in Game 5, and Penguins fans are hoping the home ice advantage will make him a little more comfortable after the Game 3 decimation, where he allowed 4 goals in under 13 minutes.

Johansen has helped spark the playoff run of the Predators, who are one victory shy of Nashville's first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. You cant find one of the four teams left standing that isnt missing a significant player or running out of ice at this time of year.

The Predators will need all the support they can receive.

The screams and chants filled the streets of downtown Nashville after the Predators scored the winning goal Saturday night. It was his first goal since Game 1 of the second round.

"Well, it seems that when the pressure's been applied, we've responded in the proper manner, and I would expect the same", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. Aberg had two points in 15 regular-season games for the Predators, and has two points (1 G, 1 A) in nine playoff contests.

"I thought we had energy coming out, and it deteriorated throughout the game", captain Ryan Getzlaf said. He is the second key Nashville player to incur a season-ending injury in the playoffs after young Swiss forward Kevin Fiala broke his leg in the opening game of the Predators' second-round series against St. Louis last month. Aberg eventually returned later in the third period, just in time for Nashvilles empty-netter. That had been the longest playoff winning streak since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings before Anaheim won 3-2 in overtime Thursday night. Gibson finished 21-7-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and ripped off a 9-0-1 stretch late in the season that started with a 4-3 shootout win over visiting Nashville on March 7, but he has been limited to three relief appearances in the postseason. "I thought that's what we did. So it's something we're focused on, but it is just about that next game, getting the next win".

"It's just the way that we were built", Forsberg said. The last team to beat the Ducks in a Game 5 at Honda Center also was Nashville.

With 40.3 seconds remaining in the second period, the Predators tied the game on a power play goal from Colin Wilson.

The Ducks have shown a style about them in these NHL Playoffs 2017 and they have in this series as well.

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

When Gibson failed to return for the second period, Bernier was abruptly sent into the fourth playoff game of his National Hockey League career, and he immediately made a handful of strong stops.

The Ducks also were hurting without Rakell, a surprise omission due to a lower-body injury, and Eaves, who missed his ninth straight game.

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