Preds win from ousting Ducks to reach 1st Stanley Cup Final

Fisher missed his first game of his scoreless postseason with an undisclosed injury after taking a hit to the head in Game 4.

Gibson played the first period of Game 5 on Saturday before leaving the game due to a lower-body injury. John Gibson couldn't answer the call and Jonathan Bernier had to replace him in the Ducks net. With less than a minute remaining and the Ducks net empty, Austin Watson made it 3-1.

The Ryan Johansen injury was expected to be a devastating injury that could derail a series, but don't tell that to the Nashville Predators.

Johansen hadn't missed a game since joining the Predators in a trade with Columbus in January 2016.

In a tight matchup, it's the goalies who often make the difference. The duo combined for 65 regular-season goals. As long as Rinne is one his game, Nashville should win.

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"A couple years ago, he was at 14 or 15 minutes a night", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "For a guy like Pontus, it a matter of stepping up when it is your time to produce. We've got to put our foot on the gas pedal again and make sure we're ready to play". The last team to beat the Ducks in a Game 5 at Honda Center also was Nashville.

Anaheim Ducks right wing Chris Wagner (21) celebrates after scoring against the Nashville Predators, during the second period of Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May. "There wasn't a positive response from Eaves's skating yesterday", Carlyle said. The place is going to be rocking, and you have to expect Nashville to find a way.

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It was midway through the third period when Aberg scored made it 2-1. Out of the 299:47 of ice time in the series, 265:24 of it has been played with a tie score or one-goal lead by either team. They had a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into the third period before the Preds came alive, scoring twice including Filip Forsberg's goal with 35 seconds on the clock to force OT. Brandon Montour penetrated into the deep slot for a wrist shot that Rinne could not control.

The Bad Some discipline issues in the first period, perhaps it was adjustment or being too jacked up... but giving the Ducks four power plays is usually not a good recipe for success. But the team could also be without captain Mike Fisher, who is listed as day-to-day after missing Game 5 with an unspecified injury. The 36-year-old center was injured in Game 4, didn't play in Game 5 and wasn't on the ice today. Anaheim did not dress C Rickard Rakell, D Korbinian Holzer, RW Patrick Eaves, C Logan Shaw, D Shea Theodore, C Sam Carrick and G Jhonas Enroth.

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