Predators Face Ducks For Game 6 In Nashville

Both teams are dealing with injuries that could affect their offense.

Game One of the Western Conference Finals went to Nashville. It's been more like last man standing. Anaheim was missing its leading goal-scorer and big-name trade deadline rental.

But the biggest health issue may be that of goalie John Gibson.

"So it's exciting to see this hockey town turn into even more of a hockey town". He also has six assists in 15 playoff games.

- As I write this, there has been no word on if Corey Perry's abuse of an official late in game five will be addressed. "I felt pretty good". And like so many others, he almost missed the opportunity because of an injury. Aberg was pulled off the ice by concussion spotters shortly thereafter and didn't return to the game. It's the most any visiting goalie has ever recorded against the Ducks.

"I think Bernier has proven to us and to the hockey world that he's a quite capable goaltender", Carlyle said. "I lost my tooth, but it didn't hurt me".

The Predators returned home with a 3-2 Western Conference finals lead after a 3-1 victory over the Ducks in Anaheim on Saturday led by Rinne, who is 7-3 in the Honda Center in the postseason.

Poile says rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent complications and Johansen's symptoms began soon after Game 4. The Predators lost top-line center Ryan Johansen to a thigh injury that required surgery after Game 4 and center Mike Fisher to an apparent eye injury during Game 4.

Bernier came on in relief for Anaheim to start the second period.

Either way, Nashvilles depth was better than Anaheims.

"Our organization has done such a great job of developing players and that seems to be the key", Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban told reporters after Game 5. "We try to work hard and wear teams down". So that gives us a lot of confidence in his abilities. Not that anyone was making excuses. "You look at their line-up, they're depleted as well". Rickard Rakell missed Saturday's game with a lower-body injury, and forward Patrick Eaves has missed nine with his injury. "You're up in the series, you want to get that fourth win".

"We have won in Nashville before, and there is no reason we can not go into that building and win on Monday", Carlyle said. It seemed like everyone on the ice was holding a grudge, if not a death wish.

Anaheim was knocked out of the playoffs past year by Nashville, and the Ducks are facing their second elimination game of the postseason after winning Game 7 against Edmonton in the second round. The home crowd erupted with joy on Anaheim center Chris Wagner's goal.

But as the Predators have shown throughout this series, this is a team that gets better and better as the game wears on. They had a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into the third period before the Preds came alive, scoring twice including Filip Forsberg's goal with 35 seconds on the clock to force OT. In the third period, Nashville kept pouring it on. Jonathan Bernier stopped just 16 of the 18 shots he faced. With less than a minute remaining and the Ducks net empty, Austin Watson made it 3-1.

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