Pontus Aberg's goal puts Predators past Ducks 3-1 in Game 5

A shot on goal was tough to come by for the Ducks, while the Predators managed to score two goals in the waning moments of each game - rallying to win Game 3, rebounding from down 2-0 to force overtime in Game 4 and breaking a tie with an extra goal for emphasis in Game 5. Pekka Rinne has given up 25 goals on 433 shots faced. The Ducks goalie, John Gibson, left Saturday's game early. Wilson made the Ducks pay, slipping a hard backhand around Bernier for his second goal of the playoffs and the 13th of his Predators postseason career, tying four other Preds for the franchise lead.

Nashville had five days between when it eliminated the St. Louis Blues in the second round and when it played Game 1 against the Ducks.

In the end, Nashville's depth was better than Anaheim's. With less than a minute remaining and the Ducks net empty, Austin Watson made it 3-1. Aberg, especially, was extremely effective in his game-winning goal with nine minutes to play in the game. He has been sidelined since April 30.

The Predators' injury woes have led them to use 18 forwards during postseason play, which the National Hockey League has said is a record.

"I think it was a gutsy effort", Wilson said. He was actually taking into concussion protocol after the goal was scored.

A lower-body injury ended Ryan Johansen's 2017 playoff run prior to Game 5. Johansen skated slowly to the bench and grimaced in pain after a late-game check from Ducks defenseman Josh Manson, but it's still unclear whether the injury was caused by that innocuous hit. The 2007 Stanley Cup champion is the second-leading scorer in the current playoffs, trailing only Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.

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Prior to Game 5, Nashville was without it's captain and it's No. 1 centre.

The Predators returned home with a 3-2 Western Conference finals lead after beating the Ducks in Anaheim.

Jonathan Bernier took over for Gibson and stopped 16 shots in his first appearance in almost two weeks for the Ducks, calling it a "weird situation".

To address their sudden depth problems down the middle, the Predators could promote center Calle Jarnkrok to their top line while moving Colin Wilson from wing to center.

The 23-year-old Swede has only one goal in his 15 games of regular-season National Hockey League experience, but Nashville's injuries thrust him into a key role alongside Forsberg on its top line. However in this game they had more shot attempts but lost. A victory by the Predators will put them in the Stanley Cup final for the first time; a victory by the Ducks will result in a Game 7 being played Wednesday at Honda Center.

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