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Predators looking to clinch series on home ice Monday

25 May 2017

Since the 2005 National Hockey League lockout, few teams have been as consistently successful as the two teams battling in the Western Conference finals, the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators. However it would not stop them from winning the game 3 to 1 against the Anaheim Ducks. He also has six assists in 15 playoff games.

Pontus Aberg's first career playoff goal was the decisive score as the Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.

It was Forsberg who's shot hit Bernier and kicked out to Aberg who drove to the net and made it 2-1.

It was Anaheim that actually broke the ice and took the first lead of the hockey game.

The 22-year-old Swede now finds himself at the fore of a group of Predators shouldering additional weight in the absence of leading scorer Ryan Johansen and team captain Mike Fisher.

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Nashville trailed 1-0 in each of its three wins in the series.

"We knew coming into tonight that we've just got to come together, play well defensively and grind it out", Rinne said. We showed a lot of character. "We've seen Freddy a couple times".

Game One of the Western Conference Finals went to Nashville.

That win could come Monday night during Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators pounced on the opportunity when Colin Wilson scored his second goal of the post season to tie it up at 1-1. He has been sidelined since April 30.

"I think we're very deep up front", Wilson said. Fortunately for the Predators, they got all the secondary scoring they needed in Game 5 against the Ducks.

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ABOUT THE DUCKS: The murky status of Gibson - "We can't risk him", Carlyle said - could have Anaheim pinnning its must-win hopes on backup Jonathan Bernier, who turned aside 16 of 18 shots Saturday but hasn't made a start since April 9. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Gibson wants to play in Game 6, but will be re-evaluated. He's a guy in my opinion who could have been playing on our team all year. "We're not going to hang our head with doom and gloom. And not knowing how he would handle that responsibility that he got the other night, we think he did a terrific job". "So it's something we're focused on, but it's just about that next game and getting the next win".

"Nashville" away out "Anaheim" and was one win away from the Stanley Cup finals. Fisher left Game 4 in the third period with an undisclosed injury. He shared the club scoring lead with Arvidsson in the regular season, posting 61 points.

Johansen leads the Predators with 13 points in 14 playoff games while centering their top line with Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson. Nashville ended Anaheim's streak of seven consecutive Game 5 victories at home since 2011.

Goalie John Gibson also has a lower-body injury, which knocked him out of the last two periods of Game 5.

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Predators looking to clinch series on home ice Monday