Pontus Aberg could be next Predators spark plug

Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to take a 3-2 series lead Saturday night.

The hometown team is now just one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. Game 6 goes Monday night in Nashville. "It kind of has to be behind us already, and we have to focus on the next one", he said, "Of course, that's a missed opportunity, but we battled back and obviously didn't have a good start".

In the second period, Anaheim continued to put pressure on the defense of "Nashville" and still achieved the result. The Anaheim Ducks, the only team to beat them in their home rink in the playoffs over the past two postseasons.

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

At this point of the playoffs, both teams are dealing with significant injuries, including some that are not made public.

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Yet Forsberg, now sporting hastily sewn stitches across the bridge of his nose from a cut he received at some point during Game 2, has evolved into more than an offensive weapon.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was forced to shake up his lines, putting Frederick Gaudreau into the lineup for his playoff debut. "After he was done with his speech, we did not do the pregame warmup, we were ready to play the game". He was just the fourth player in Milwaukee Admirals history to pot more than 30 goals.

Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher - Nashville went into Game Five merely missing their top two centres.

"I like our first pass, I didn't like our second pass", Carlyle said. The 23-year-old center has seven points in 15 playoff games, almost as many as he had in the entire regular season (10). Fisher left Game 4 in the third period with an undisclosed injury. Nashville leaned heavily on stalwart goalie Pekka Rinne and got barely enough offense to survive, with Colin Wilson scoring the tying goal late in the second period and Austin Watson adding an empty-netter. "We have won in Nashville before, and there is no reason we can not go into that building and win Monday". Forsberg has been an initiator and sometimes a closer, but plenty of others have followed his example. He recorded 48 points (25-23-48) in 66 regular-season games in the AHL during the 2016-17 campaign, and tallied four points (3-1-4) in three games for the Admirals during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The tight play continued as each team looked for an advantage in the second, and Anaheim found it. Rinne got handcuffed on a shot, bobbled the rebound and the Ducks Chris Wagner, the goat in game three, becomes a hero in game five by banging home the rebound and giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Forsberg screamed for the puck from Mattias Ekholm on the Game 5-winning play as he surged ahead of an Anaheim defense who got caught pinching in a push for a go-ahead goal.

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