No one gave them a chance. In their 11 wins so far, 10 different Predators have notched a game-winning goal in the playoffs.
Carlyle indicated Gibson told coaches he would be available for Game 6, but he still needs to be evaluated by medical staff. Rakell and Patrick Eaves, who hasn't played since Game 3 of the Second Round with a lower body injury, are both day-to-day, according to Carlyle. "We knew we were in for a tough test".
"We just talked about having a good start", said Perry, on what was discussed prior to Game 4. Before Saturday night, Johansen led the team in points (13), assists (10) and face-off win percentage (54.3 percent).
It was Wilson's second playoff goal this season and first since Nashville's first game against the St. Louis Blues on April 26. Bernier, who replaced injured starter John Gibson, couldn't handle a shot in his midsection and Aberg scooped up the rebound for his first career playoff goal.
"He was terrific", Laviolette said. "We played the right way". "We're not going to hang our head with doom and gloom".
Friday afternoon, the Predators got about the worst news possible as it was discovered that Ryan Johansen, who has been stellar throughout these playoffs, will miss the rest of the campaign after suffering a thigh injury which required emergency surgery. He was actually taking into concussion protocol after the goal was scored.
Rinne made 32 saves in Game 5. He's now allowed just 25 goals in 15 postseason games this spring.
The Predators can't seem to catch a break with playoff injuries.
Jarnkrok filled in admirably for Johansen on the team's top line, and Colton Sissons delivered an assist on Wilson's tying goal.
Without Johansen, it was mentioned yesterday the need for other members of the Predators to step up and fill the void offensively.
"It's just a little frustrating right now", Karlsson said. But we got depth in our roster. We'll re-energize our group, and we'll look forward to playing a better game.
In between all the hits, the slashes and the post-whistle scrums, the teams found time to score a couple of goals. "We answered the bell, and we've got one more to go". Cam Fowler was remarkably strong, and Kevin Bieksa had a successful return to the lineup. The last team to beat the Ducks in a Game 5 at Honda Center also was Nashville. He's Nashville's 24-year-old rookie, and he made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut on Saturday night, though it wasn't the first time he's worn a Predators sweater. Fisher hasn't scored a single point in the postseason but the Predators' leader has been a factor in every game, opening up space for his teammates.
Bernier played in 39 games this season and ended the year with a.915 save percentage.
"I usually tell him to shoot from the top of the circle because it's pretty heavy", Gibson said.
Nick Ritchie has been an unexpected sniper during the conference finals, beating Pekka Rinne with hard, rising shots in the Ducks' victories in Games 2 and 4.
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