Gibson skates, could start as Ducks face elimination in Nashville
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 11:28
Johansen is out for the remainder of the playoffs.
The Ducks have been resilient all postseason, from scoring three goals to tie Edmonton in Game 5 of the second round before winning in overtime to snapping Nashville's 10-game winning streak on home ice.
"We have an opportunity to seal the deal, and we're going to make the most of it", Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm told Joe Rexrode of USA Today. "I hope I didn't offend anybody outside the circle that we trust". "We've got to move forward, and there's a lot of trust and belief inside of our room that we can be successful".
In between all the hits, the slashes and the post-whistle scrums, the teams found time to score a couple of goals. If you can read lips, it's a little bit harder, and I apologize for that.
Game 6 is Monday night in Nashville.
Gibson played the first period of Game 5 on Saturday before leaving the game due to a lower-body injury.
The NHL announced the fine several hours before Game 5 of the series in Anaheim.
"A situation like that, where I'm on the bench by myself, frustration set in", Getzlaf said. The Ducks are listed with odds of +125 to force a Game 7, while the over/under total is listed at 5 goals.
The Ducks scored once in both the first and second periods while Nashville still hadn't managed to get one in. "The process continues from there, and we believe in that process and it's turned out some really good hockey players for us". Gibson vowed to be back in the lineup Monday but coach Randy Carlyle was not as optimistic, telling reporters: "We'll do an assessment tomorrow and we'll do an assessment once we get to Nashville on Monday morning and see where that takes us". "The Predators were a natural group to collaborate with since the whole city is rallying around them, including us, ".
The hometown team is now just one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.
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. But if the injuries keep mounting, there wont be enough players remaining to finish the series. The Ducks lost high-scoring winger Rickard Rakell just before the start of the game with a lower-body injury and then Gibson after the first 20 minutes with a lower-body injury. The duo combined for 65 regular-season goals.
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the Finnish goalie's latest dominant playoff performance in Anaheim, where the Predators have won five of their last seven playoff games over two seasons. F Miikka Salomaki also returned from five games off. F Nic Kerdiles made his third appearance of the postseason for Anaheim in Rakell's absence.