Ducks captain Getzlaf fined for apparent homophobic slur

Johansen has helped spark the playoff run of the Predators, who are one victory shy of Nashville's first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Gibson finished 21-7-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and ripped off a 9-0-1 stretch late in the season that started with a 4-3 shootout win over visiting Nashville on March 7, but he has been limited to three relief appearances in the postseason. Pekka Rinne had one of his best games in the postseason, stopping 32 shots. Wilson and Watson's goals were the second each have scored this postseason, Aberg's was his first. John Gibson stopped all 10 shots he faced for Anaheim, but had to leave the game with an injury and he is questionable to play today.

Ryan Getzlaf - The Ducks' captain managed to avoid a suspension and then generated 11 shot attempts (6 SOG), but came up empty on the scoresheet and was on the wrong side of the ledger (15 for, 16 against, 48.4 CF%) when it came to shot differentials.

Both teams were missing significant players due to injuries.

Based on how physical Game 5 was, the Predators and Ducks were lucky they didnt lose any more players.

In a tight matchup, it's the goalies who often make the difference. As long as Rinne is one his game, Nashville should win. "But it needs to be other guys that step up".

With Fisher and Johansen pushed to the sidelines, Aberg got the promotion he deserved when he was moved onto a line with Forsberg, and he made sure Laviolette got rewarded for his decision.

"Peter is such a great motivator", Fiddler said.

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We get it. These are the playoffs.

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has been fined for apparently using a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. The team either has to win on Monday or there will not be a Game 7 in Anaheim.

"I had no idea it happened", Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. The place is going to be rocking, and you have to expect Nashville to find a way.

"For us, obviously our season's on the line", said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano. Even the significant trade acquisitions - such as Nashville's P.K. Subban, James Neal, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen, as well as Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg - were obtained in exchange for homegrown products.

With 40.3 seconds remaining in the second period, the Predators tied the game on a power play goal from Colin Wilson. Wagner followed the play to the net to convert the rebound.

The Preds might get Craig Smith back into the lineup tonight, reports suggest. Johansen sustained a season-ending thigh injury in Game 4 that required surgery with an expected recovery time of two to three months. Fisher took a hit to the head in Game 4.

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