The Anaheim Ducks host the Nashville Predators in game five of the NHL Western Conference finals at 7:15pm EST on May 20.
Mattias Ekholm. Best game by him in a series where he's been the best defenseman by a country mile, plus he finally got to fight. "So both players are not available to us". "So we're the desperate team".
The Ducks held a significant advantage over the Predators at center, with the strength of the team down the middle of the ice, what with Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, Antoine Vermette and Nate Thompson.
"It's huge, especially in the playoffs", d-man Roman Josi said of the Preds depth stepping up.
"We need to find a way to maintain that sense of urgency, that desperation", Crosby said.
"I don't think our compete level was where it needed to be".
"We're all excited. It's so much fun". Jared Boll even had a shot on goal, what a pleasant surprise. While the Predators have received contributions from various sources, Forsberg has been their constant threat up front.
They're also determined not to allow his absence to stop their quest for their first berth in the Stanley Cup Final.
Of course, so are the Ducks.
Heading into the game, the question was whether the Predators could win without Ryan Johansen, who had undergone surgery after getting hurt in the previous game. They also were without captain Mike Fisher because of injury.
The veteran center will publicly address the fine after Game 5, the Ducks say.
Ducks forward Rickard Rakell will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference finals with a lower-body injury, leaving Anaheim without its top regular-season goal-scorer. And we had a quick meeting this morning before we got on the plane just to talk about some things. If the National Hockey League truly wants to rid the game of sexist, homophobic and demeaning language, they need to be consistent with their punishments, not vary them according subjective judgments on how hurtful the language may be or who the player is.
"Guys know what's at stake".
Less than seven minutes later, left winger Colin Wilson quieted them back down with a power play goal.
Predators center Vernon Fiddler said Laviolette's pregame talk went a long way toward convincing the team that it had a chance to win the game without its top two centers. "If we lose, we come back here, and we don't want to do that". "Like you said, 18 forwards is pretty impressive". He's proven to be a playoffs hero when it comes to post-regulation play, as this was Corey's third overtime goal in the post-season and the second of the Ducks/Predators series. "They're doing a good job in controlling our breakouts and when we get it we don't really get the opportunities that we want".
"This series especially, every game has told a different story", Pittsburgh forward Carl Hagelin said. "So we decided we'd leave him at home". Johansen was one of the biggest offensive threats for the Predators, having scored 3 goals along side 10 assists.
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