Ducks' John Gibson expects to be back in goal for Game 6

One more win and the Nashville Predators clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. 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. Jonathan Bernier took the loss while stopping 16 of 18 shots after Gibson turned aside all 10 shots he faced.

Bernier has not lost in regulation in any of his past 13 starts, but all of those appearances came in the regular season. For Anaheim to win and send this series back to California they need to elevate their game in all areas. Eaves, the Ducks' top offensive trade acquisition in March, has already been sidelined for more than a week's worth of games.

Last week, Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended from two games after calling an Atlanta Braves pitcher a "faggot". Though they have won six of seven games at home during the playoffs and are now just a win away from reaching the Stanley Cup final, they are being held together with duct tape and spit at this point in the post-season.

Anaheim took a 1-0 lead on Wagner's second goal of the playoffs at 12:46 of the second period.

That quickly changed as the Predators scored three unanswered goals the rest of the way off the sticks of Colin Wilson, a player who desperately needed to get on the right track offensively, Pontus Aberg, and Austin Watson.

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

At this point of the playoffs, both teams are dealing with significant injuries, including some that are not made public.

In Game 5, because of Johansen's injury, Forsberg was split up from winger Viktor Arvidsson, the other remaining JoFA Line forward.

"We have won in Nashville before, and there is no reason we can not go into that building and win on Monday", Carlyle said.

"They go through a process of learning about the game and how to be a pro, how to compete, how to play at the next level", Laviolette said.

Despite missing centers Johansen and Mike Fisher because of injury, the Predators prevailed with a 3-1 road victory, pushing the Ducks to the brink of elimination.

In Game Four, the Ducks earned their second win of the series.

"And then we'll make a decision based off that". "That's for sure. We've proven that time after time", Bieksa said.

Prior to Game 5, Nashville was without its captain and its No. 1 centre. Fisher took a hit to the head in Game 4.

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

"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.

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