Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) congratulates center Nate Thompson (44) and right wing Corey Perry (10) after the Ducks beat the Nashville Predators in overtime in Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.
They lost the first two games of the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers and won in seven games, and have tied the conference final twice before when trailing. Gibson finished 21-7-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and ripped off a 9-0-1 stretch late in the season that started with a 4-3 shootout win over visiting Nashville on March 7, but he has been limited to three relief appearances in the postseason.
They still have Pekka Rinne in net.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Pontus Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Nashville Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night.
Standing in their way? Losing two of their top three centers did not hurt the Predators in Game 5 but it could catch up with them in Game 6.
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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. "We have a lot of great centermen and a lot of forwards who can contribute offensively". And we know that they'll be loud tomorrow. "So it's something we're focused on, but it's just about that next game and getting the next win". The Bridgestone Plaza Party begins at 4 p.m. Saturday night was not for the faint of heart, as Anaheim's Josh Manson caught player after player with big after big hit, and Nashville's Filip Forsberg wielded his stick around like it was a sword. "Whether that's traffic in front, or stopping right in front of him when he makes a save, we try and play hard, but we try and play fair, too". They also must stay healthy and be physical. It was his second goal of the playoffs.
Rinne, who shut out the Blackhawks twice in Chicago to open this postseason, played arguably his best game yet. John Gibson, the Ducks' goalkeeper, had 30 saves on the night.
In Game 5, because of Johansen's injury, Forsberg was split up from winger Viktor Arvidsson, the other remaining JoFA Line forward.
Nothing can be taken for granted in this series.
Nashville had five days between when it eliminated the St. Louis Blues in the second round and when it played Game 1 against the Ducks. The tally, Aberg's first of the playoffs, came just a few minutes after the Swede lost a tooth on a face-plant while generating another scoring opportunity.