Ducks top goal-scorer Rickard Rakell misses Gm 5 with injury

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 on Saturday for apparently using a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators.

That's all the Predators need to punch their first-ever ticket to the Stanley Cup Final.

Nashville and Anaheim split the first two games of the Western Conference finals.

Ryan Johansen didn't play for the Predators because of a thigh injury that is side lining him for the rest of the postseason. In Game 5, his bid for the victor generated a rebound for right winger Pontus Aberg, who lit the lamp to put Nashville one win away from its first Stanley Cup finals appearance.

Aberg had to send himself flying across the crease to swat home a rebound of Filip Forsberg's shot for the Predators, epitomizing Nashville's persistent effort through a defensive victory.

The Ducks' goal was scored by Chris Wagner. He had to be taken off the ice for medical evaluation immediately after his celebration, but his teammates hung on to move one win away from playing for hockey's ultimate prize. Aberg had two points in 15 regular-season games for the Predators, and has two points (1 G, 1 A) in nine playoff contests.

"He's come up here and played [center] in training camp for us, a real smart player. I hope I didn't offend anybody outside the circle that we trust". "That's for sure. We've proven that time after time", Bieksa said. "We're going to have to go out, play hard and do the things we do well". SlapShot Radio is the longest running hockey show in the mid-south and Pete Weber and I bring you the best in hockey talk all playoffs long.

Aberg leads Nashville to a big road win; Rinne, Montour and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking. The Predators pounced on the opportunity when Colin Wilson scored his second goal of the post season to tie it up at 1-1.

Before the Predators traveled, they acknowledged an understanding of exactly what they're facing over the next six days, along with a confidence from past playoff success in Anaheim. Therefore it is possible for them to force a game seven, yet it will be hard.

The coach only confirmed that Johansen was hurt during Game 4, but played through the injury and finished the game.

"We have a lot of areas of concern off our performance tonight", Carlyle said.

We get it. These are the playoffs. "And we should be confident in our group. So it's something we're focused on, but it's just about that next game and getting the next win". If they win, they'll be heading to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead when they caught the Predators with their fourth line out against Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg line. Young forward Miikka Salomaki returned to the Preds' playoff lineup after a five-game absence, and veteran center Vern Fiddler also returned to Nashville's lineup after sitting out the past two games. Fisher left Game 4 in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

Based on how physical Game 5 was, the Predators and Ducks were lucky they didn't lose any more players.

Rookie left wing Nic Kerdiles likely will draw in for Rakell. They are built to push the pace and their puck-moving defense fuels the up-tempo game.

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