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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. The Predators are now one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

As many have already noted, the quality of hockey between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks as they exchange proverbial haymakers in their Western Conference Final has been top class.

The Predators can close out the series Monday night at Bridgestone Arena when they host Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. Laviolette also declined to give any update on the condition of center Mike Fisher, who took a hit to the head in Game 4 when he ducked in front of a leaping Manson.

Many articles didn't even acknowledge the kind of remark Getzlaf made, further blunting the incident as a teachable moment.

Yet Forsberg, now sporting hastily sewn stitches across the bridge of his nose from a cut he received at some point during Game 2, has evolved into more than an offensive weapon. The Predators are 52-32-13 overall and 30-9-9 at home while the Ducks are 56-28-14 overall and 22-17-9 on the road. "Again, we're always juggling numbers", said Laviolette.

"We have won in Nashville before, and there is no reason we can not go into that building and win on Monday", Carlyle said. "And we want to make sure that they understand that we're looking for those players to make a contribution to our group for 15 years, not five years". "He had a really good go here in the playoffs, especially, and we're definitely going to miss him". It was his second goal of the playoffs. "But we have such depth and such experience and players that have paid their dues in the minors that it didn't happen". Jonathan Bernier, who came on in relief on Saturday and allowed two goals on 18 shots, stayed out for extra work. "It is one game at a time, but we know our next win puts us in contention for the Stanley Cup".

Anaheim's collection of veteran stars and up-and-coming talent will have to win back-to-back elimination games to avoid crashing out in the conference finals for the second time in three years.

DUCKS' Getzlaf fined $10K for comment: Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 for making what the league called a "demeaning and disrespectful" comment to someone on the ice during Game 4 against the Ducks.

"I think Bernier has proven to us and to the hockey world that he's a quite capable goaltender", Carlyle said. Game one makes sense as it had to be hard to summon up the emotion less than 48 hours after beating Edmonton in game seven, getting King Kong off their backs, however... games 3 and five have something in common.

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