Predators' win puts them on verge of history

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

Anaheim Ducks winger Rickard Rakell (lower body) will not play in Game 6 on Monday versus the Nashville Predators.

The Predators, who will have to continue their best-ever run in the Stanley Cup playoffs without their top scorer Ryan Johansen, host game six on Monday. The morning skate before Game 6 had been labeled as an evaluation for Gibson's status, with backup Jonathan Bernier slated to make his first postseason start for Anaheim in the event Gibson is unable to go. They won game four in overtime in Nashville.

Pontus Aberg's first career playoff goal was the decisive score as the Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Saturday.

The Predators fly home today, they will arrive at 3:30 in their normal Signature Air location...


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. He had to be taken off the ice for medical evaluation immediately after his celebration.

"A situation like that, where I'm on the bench by myself, frustration set in", Getzlaf said. 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. Minutes later, Colin Wilson scored for Nashville on the power play to even things up.

"He's come up here and played [center] in training camp for us, a real smart player". "I thought that's what we did". Next man up... In my blog yesterday, I wrote that all the Anaheim Ducks needed to do was "show up and play their game" in order to win game five.

"You have to have quality players", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. He's another reason Nashville looks primed to win the Cup - and contend for years to come.


The league didn't specify what Getzlaf said and to whom. "We've got to do a better job maintaining what we want to do with our game plan, because they played hard tonight".

Gibson has been solid, if unspectacular, for the Ducks this postseason.

The Predators didn't go into prevent mode... they continued to push the attack, looking for any opportunity to extend the lead. With the way this game was going you had to wonder if another goal was going to happen. But we got depth in our roster. And he has been a consistent threat in these playoffs, with a pair of five-game points streaks. "So it's something we're focused on, but it's just about that next game and getting the next win". Anaheim squandered their 1-0 advantage in the third period and defenseman Roman Josi put the game-winner into the back of the net with under three minutes left in regulation. The duo combined for 65 regular-season goals.

The Anaheim Ducks need a big road victory here in order to force a game seven on Wednesday.


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