Minus Ryan Johansen, Predators find a way to beat Ducks

Chris Wagner pounced on the rebound and buried the second-chance attempt on the doorstep.

Bernier took the loss in Game 5 as he stopped 16 of 18 shots, allowing goals to Colin Wilson and Pontus Aberg.

P.K. Subban was given a two-minute penalty for roughing the Ducks' Nate Thompson. They could hear the cheering fans the instant they stepped off the plane, and Laviolette said he knows Monday night will be insane. "Obviously they have a major injury themselves, but we've got a couple of guys that are very key players for us as well".

If Gibson can't play, Jonathan Bernier will make the first playoff start of his career.

Two third-period goals provided the Predators with the lead and insurance.

"That's why it's the hardest trophy to win in sports", said forward James Neal, who scored Nashville's overtime victor in Game 1. With less than a minute remaining and the Ducks net empty, Austin Watson made it 3-1.

The Predators lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Monday in Nashville.

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

The Ducks won Game 4 against Nashville in overtime and controlled long stretches of play in Game 5, but their depleted forwards repeatedly struggled to finish strong sequences against Rinne, who has beaten Anaheim in two previous playoff series. The Predators are without leading scoring Ryan Johansen for the rest of the playoffs after undergoing surgery. Once again, Filip Forsberg, who leads the team with seven goals and overtook Johansen with 14 points, was at the centre of it.

Johansen's absence Saturday night was alleviated, though, by timely depth scoring.

Eaves will miss his 10th consecutive game. "It is one game at a time, but we know that our next win puts us into contention for the Stanley Cup".

Nothing appeared illegal about Manson's contact with either Nashville center, but the Predators have been frustrated by Anaheim's hard-nosed approach to hockey. As Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said, "It's playoff hockey". "He's playing at a very high level right now, and so you have to make things uncomfortable for him while doing everything within the rules of hockey".

Getzlaf will publicly address the fine after Game 5, the Ducks say.

Who is Frederick Gaudreau?

The Ducks and Predators are scheduled to play Game 5 at Honda Center on Saturday night. He skated in nine games during the the regular season this year for Nashville, collecting one assist. They always catch the retaliation, and on the ensuing power play, Nashville finally made the Ducks pay for their transgression. Nashville and Anaheim split the first two games of the Western Conference finals.

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