Published: Sun, May 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 5/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 5/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Despite both teams' being hobbled by injuries, there was no limping to the finish line as the Nashville Predators topped the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in a frenetic Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Once again, Filip Forsberg, who leads the team with seven goals and overtook Johansen with 14 points, was at the centre of it.

The 34-year-old Rinne stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced in Game 5, his second straight contest with at least 30 saves.

Moments before scoring the tie-breaking goal, Aberg took a tumble in the Ducks' zone where his head impacted the ice.

Prior to Game Five, Pontus Aberg only had 25 games of National Hockey League experience to his name, including the playoffs. However it would not stop them from winning the game 3 to 1 against the Anaheim Ducks. 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. "It's a big game for us, and it feels good to go home to play in front of our own fans". Bernier stopped 16 of 18 shots faced, while Gibson was a flawless 10-for-10 for the Ducks in the first period.

And now the unassuming Swede has another role for Nashville: He's the hero of the latest clutch victory in the Predators' Stanley Cup push.

The Predators lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Monday night in Tennessee. Fortunately for the Predators, they got all the secondary scoring they needed in Game 5 against the Ducks.

Aberg fell face-first to the ice with 11:24 to play in the third period but stayed in the game. "I knew I had to be good if we wanted to win this game".

Anaheim's collection of veteran stars and up-and-coming talent will have to win back-to-back elimination games to avoid crashing out in the conference finals for the second time in three years. "For guys like Freddie Gaudreau to come in and play the way that he did, for guys to just step up and maybe take on some more minutes; that was a huge win for us tonight". "We've got to move forward and there's a lot of trust and belief inside of our room that we can be successful". “Obviously we're going to miss him. So we're confident in our group.”. Johansen had emergency surgery shortly after Game 4 and was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs. And like so many others, he almost missed the opportunity because of an injury. The duo combined for 65 regular-season goals.

It was Wilson's second playoff goal this season and first since Nashville's first game against the St. Louis Blues on April 26.

Frederick Gaudreau was another who got the call, skating in the first postseason game of his career and looking like he had done it a hundred times before. F Miikka Salomaki also returned from five games off. F Nic Kerdiles made his third appearance of the postseason for Anaheim in Rakell's absence.

Nashville twice won Game 1 and went on to claim the previous two series with major help from Rinne, who usually has been at his inimitable best when facing the Ducks' scorers.

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