Depth a key factor now for Ducks, Predators in West finals

ANAHEIM CA- MAY 20 Pontus Aberg #46 of the Nashville Predators scores a goal as he falls to the ice against goaltender Jonathan Bernier #1 of the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2017 Stanley Cu

ANAHEIM CA- MAY 20 Pontus Aberg #46 of the Nashville Predators scores a goal as he falls to the ice against goaltender Jonathan Bernier #1 of the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2017 Stanley Cu

The second period was tighter, but an unfortunate play combined with the lack of footspeed by the fourth line and a very fluky bounce lead to the Ducks taking a 1-0 lead off a rebound.

Johansen, who is tied for the Predators lead in the playoffs with three goals and 13 points in 14 games, is expected to make a full recovery.

"That hasn't surprised anyone", Subban said.

Both teams found the back of the net in the 2nd period, though. Rinne, who made 32 saves, ended that frantic sequence prone in the starfish pose, frustrating the Ducks for the umpteenth time and earning his fifth victory in Nashville's seven playoff games at Honda Center over the past two seasons. And he has been a consistent threat in these playoffs, with a pair of five-game points streaks.

The Anaheim Ducks are now up against the wall, down 3-2 in this series.

Coach Peter Laviolette said Monday that he felt comfortable using Gaudreau at center even though Gaudreau mostly played on the wing for the Predators' American Hockey League farm team in Milwaukee.

Less than seven minutes later, left winger Colin Wilson quieted them back down with a power play goal.

Late in the second period, Filip Forsberg drew a high stick on Josh Manson.

Playing without their top two centers, Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher, the Predators delivered a spirited effort Saturday night in Anaheim to reclaim the series lead.

The same Ducks who once seemed to own the third period in these Stanley Cup Playoffs.

One year ago, Chicago forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for one game and fined $5,000 for directing a homophobic slur toward an official during a playoff game.

Ducks - RW L. Shaw (Questionable Monday, lower body), G J. Gibson (Questionable Monday, lower body), C R. Rakell (Out Monday, lower body), RW P. Eaves (Out indefinitely, lower body), D S. Despres (Out indefinitely, concussion).

You had Arvidsson, Jarnkrok, Ekholm, Forsberg, and Åberg al involved in that goal.

Betting line: The Predators opened as -140 favorites (wager $140 to win $100); the total is at five goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

The team concept in Nashville has been more candor than cant, going beyond locker room platitudes and manifesting itself on the ice.

Anaheim Ducks' Nate Thompson (44) and Ryan Getzlaf (15) watch as a shot gets past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, for the winning goal in overtime in Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. "Obviously they have a major injury themselves, but we've got a couple of guys that are very key players for us as well".

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