Pontus Aberg could be next Predators spark plug

Pontus Aberg could be next Predators spark plug

The Predators relied on lesser lights, such as minor-league call-up Pontus Aberg and depth forward Colin Wilson, for the offence in Game 5. Also defending for the Predators is P.K. Subban (76).

The Anaheim Ducks will continue to be without forwards Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves in Game 6 of their Western Conference finals series against the Nashville Predators.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The injuries keep mounting. Though he finished the period, backup goalie Jonathan Bernier began the second period.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Aberg played such a big role in Nashville's improbable win in Anaheim. Austin Watson would score on an empty net to make it 3-1. The Western Conference Final has been close throughout. Rinne, who made 32 saves, ended that frantic sequence prone in the starfish pose, frustrating the Ducks for the umpteenth time and earning his fifth victory in Nashville's seven playoff games at Honda Center over the past two seasons.

The Ducks rebounded from losing Game 3 by taking a day off in Nashville to shoot pool and throw darts. Pontus Aberg's first career Stanley Cup playoff goal counted as the victor.

Passing with flying colors, they took another step toward their first Stanley Cup finals appearance.

Getzlaf has scored 18 points in 15 playoff games during one of the best postseasons of his National Hockey League career.

The Predators have outscored the Ducks 6-0 in the third period of the last three games. Rinne was on fire in Saturday's win and should be able to carry that momentum with him to Nashville tonight. As Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said, "It's playoff hockey".

"I don't know what's going through his head out there".

- After last night's game, it is kinda hard to complain about the officiating after uncalled high stick penalties (yes I meant the plural) and especially the non-called trapezoid play.

After he left Game 5 with a lower-body injury, it was a minor sign of relief that John Gibson made the trip to Nashville on Sunday.

Gibson stopped all 10 shots he faced.

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Coach Peter Laviolette declined to give any details on Johansen's apparently serious injury before Game 5 against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

The fine will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Getzlaf, a leading candidate in the Conn Smythe Trophy discussion as the playoffs' most valuable player, has been captain of the Ducks since 2010 when he succeeded the retired Scott Niedermayer. He recorded 48 points (25-23-48) in 66 regular-season games in the AHL during the 2016-17 campaign, and tallied four points (3-1-4) in three games for the Admirals during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

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