Models of consistency: How the Predators, Ducks were built

They could hear the cheering fans the instant they stepped off the plane, and Laviolette said he knows Monday night will be insane. 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 stopped just 16 of the 18 shots he faced. In February, he scored back-to-back hat tricks as part of a stretch with 10 goals in five games. The Predators put the game out of reach with an empty-netter from Austin Watson.

After posting two multipoint games in Anaheim to open the series, Johansen went scoreless in the Predators' two home games against the Ducks.

But the Western Conference final is taking the battle of attrition to another level.

Nashville had tied the score at 1 on Wilson's power-play goal, his second goal of the playoffs, at 19:19 of the second period. But he'll be fine for Game 6. And now they will be without Ryan Johansen for the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs due to injury. To avoid a return trip for a Game 7 to test that once again, they can eliminate the Ducks on Monday night in Game 6.

Shortly after scoring midway through the third period on a Bobby Orr-like leap, Aberg fell face-first onto the ice, causing a concussion spotter to pull him from the game.

Eaves will miss his 10th consecutive game. "I also thought Gaudreau was excellent considering how little he played for us".

Now that it has happened, will we see more of the same? "If you think about Colton's season and how he's grown as a player, from the beginning of the year and finding himself on the fourth line, sometimes on the third line, sometimes out of the lineup, and for us really looking for him to define himself as a player". "I think we're here for a reason as well". Goalie Pekka Rinne protested about Anaheim's play around his net after Game 4, echoing a fairly common refrain from opponents in recent years struggling to match the physical game played by the Ducks, who don't take the laid-back approach suggested by their Southern California home. Last night, the Nashville Predators proved the old saying about the danger of a wounded animal. He had registered only one assist in eight games this postseason and appeared in only 15 career regular-season games. Two key guys missed the last game but at the same time a lot of guys stepped up.

Moments before scoring the tie-breaking goal, Aberg took a tumble in the Ducks' zone where his head impacted the ice. Rinne, who made 32 saves, ended that frantic sequence prone in the starfish pose, frustrating the Ducks for the umpteenth time and earning his fifth victory in Nashville's seven playoff games at Honda Center over the past two seasons.

  • Julie Sanders