Pontus Aberg's goal puts Predators past Ducks 3-1 in Game 5

The Ducks also were hurting without Rakell, a surprise omission due to a lower-body injury, and Eaves, who missed his ninth straight game.

The Stanley Cup playoffs often make heroes out of lesser lights, and Aberg continues that legacy.

Fisher had been without a point in the playoffs, but his absence was still significant, not only because of his leadership — he is the only player on the team to have played in the Stanley Cup final — but also because of the position he plays.

Standing in their way?

"Guys come up who just played a little bit during the regular season, but then in their first playoff game, they look like they've been in the league for 10 years", Forsberg said.

Regardless, Carlyle is confident his team can bring the series back to Anaheim for Game 7 Wednesday night, and why not? Rickard Rakell missed last night and John Gibson's status is unknown. A 3-1 win at Honda Center on Saturday has Music City thinking a first shot at the Cup is becoming real. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. They could hear the cheering fans the instant they stepped off the plane, and Laviolette said he knows Monday night will be insane. The Predators have the chance to claim it for the first time in franchise history and not touch it, as has become custom for the Western Conference champions to signify that's not the trophy they want to carry around the ice.

"We got to put our foot on the gas pedal again, and make sure we're ready to play", Laviolette said.


Ryan Johansen left game 4 and required emergency hip surgery which will cost him and the Preds the remainder of the playoffs.

Aberg leads Nashville to a big road win; Rinne, Montour and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

That quickly changed as the Predators scored three unanswered goals the rest of the way off the sticks of Colin Wilson, a player who desperately needed to get on the right track offensively, Pontus Aberg, and Austin Watson. Nashville and Anaheim split the first two games of the Western Conference finals.

Rinne, who shut out the Blackhawks twice in Chicago to open this postseason, played arguably his best game yet. "Anaheim" on the rights of the owner began powerfully, but "DAX" even in the majority are unable to punch the goalkeeper "Nashville" Pekka Rinne.

Rakell was tied for second in team scoring with seven goals and 13 points in 15 games.

"There's no pressure on us [to close out the series]", said Predators defenseman Roman Josi. "It's awesome. It's unbelievable".


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