Ron & Don: Predators-Ducks Game 5 'most vicious' game ever seen

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has been fined thousands of dollars for making an "inappropriate remark" during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. But as the day wore on, the injuries kept mounting with Nashvilles Mike Fisher and Anaheims Rickard Rakell also missing the game.

The Predators took a 3-2 lead in the series thanks to a 3-1 win in Anaheim in Game 5 on Saturday night. To avoid a return trip for a Game 7 to test that once again, they can eliminate the Ducks on Monday night in Game 6.

Aberg and several other role players all came up big in the Predators' first game of the season without Johansen, their top-line center and leading postseason scorer.

Although the Predators didn't say how Johansen got hurt, he skated slowly to the Predators' bench late in Game 4 after absorbing a hard check on the boards from Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson. A tip-in from Aberg gave Nashville the lead with 8:59 remaining.

But the Western Conference final is taking the battle of attrition to another level. Bernier stopped 16 of 18 shots faced, while Gibson was a ideal 10-for-10 for the Ducks in the first period. "This was his first playoff game and he played like he's been in the League for 10 years", said star forward Filip Forsberg of Gaudreau, seeing his first action since January 8.

"So we come out and we play a nice clean road game and the crowd will be energized". We'll get ourselves ready.

Johansen's symptoms developed after finishing Game 4, a 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim. In four games against the Predators, the 24-year-old winger had scored one goal and two assists. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. The team might also be without the services of goalie John Gibson, who left Saturday's game with a lower-body injury but will be re-evaluated on Monday. Nashville will have an opportunity to clinch the first Stanley Cup finals berth in franchise history. The St. Louis Blues put up a valiant fight, but the Predators sent them packing in six games during the Western Conference Semifinals. "And we want to make sure that they understand that we're looking for those players to make a contribution to our group for 15 years, not five years". Eaves, the Ducks' top offensive trade acquisition in March, has already been sidelined for more than a week's worth of games. Wilson and Watson's goals were the second each have scored this postseason, Aberg's was his first. He shared the club scoring lead in the regular season with 61 points.

NOTES: C Frederick Gaudreau made his Stanley Cup playoff debut for Nashville, and veteran C Vern Fiddler returned from a two-game absence.

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