The Predators announced the injury Friday after the club traveled to Anaheim to face the Ducks on Saturday night. "I hope I didn't offend anybody outside the circle that we trust".
If the Ducks come out with that same kind of start tonight, and continue to display the type of unwavering confidence they've shown throughout the postseason, is there anyone that can stand in their way?
Nashville then had a glorious chance to tie the game. 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. He was on the ice for Filip Forsberg's game-tying goal at 19:25 of the third period. We've got your way to watch game five via live stream at 7:15pm EST on May 20.
The game snapped the Predators 10 home game winning streak inside Bridgestone Arena, where they've been playing to boisterous crowds that have included some of country music's top stars, with fans such as Luke Bryan, 40, Dierks Bentley, 41, Carrie Underwood, 34, and the members of Lady Antebellum in the stands to cheer on the Predators.
Jonathan Bernier took over and stopped 16 shots in his first appearance in almost two weeks for the Ducks, who already were without 30-goal scorers Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves before losing Gibson to a lower-body injury.
Getzlaf has scored 18 points in 15 playoff games during one of the best postseasons of his National Hockey League career.
The Nashville Predators will advance to their first ever Stanley Cup Final if they can win this game. Shaw was also fined $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials during the same game and was required to undergo sensitivity training. Anaheim managed to outshoot Nashville in the win and were even on hits.More news: Security experts struggle in search for WannaCry clues
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"That's a factor, sure, that we're without Ryan", Laviolette said. "And we have the ability to always regroup, whether we're up or we're down or something bad happens". "We're trying to do all the good things we do". "We've won in that building before, so it doesn't really matter where we go".
"I think the last three or four years we've obviously gone through a lot, more downs in the playoffs than ups", said John Gibson. Afterward, doctors determined Johansen needed emergency surgery.
Now everyone is ready to hand the Ducks the series based off of Johansen's injury and the fact that Mike Fisher's status is uncertain after he left game four with an undisclosed ailment.
"We thought we were outcompeted last game, so it feels good to take care of business and get a split on the road and now it's best out of three", Ducks center Andrew Cogliano said. The duo combined for 65 regular-season goals.
Instead, they head into Game 5 with the series tied 2-2 and their best forward shelved for the rest of the playoffs.
Giving up not one, but two goals late in the third period didn't faze this group, which all of a sudden found themselves in overtime with the very-real possibility of going down 3-1 in the series.