(The Ducks have used 15, and defenseman Korbinian Holzer took a few shifts up front in one game.) Nashville's depth was especially crucial in Game 5, when rookie Frederick Gaudreau won 10 of 14 faceoffs in his National Hockey League playoff debut, rookie Pontus Aberg scored the victor and depth center Colton Sissons did a good job after being moved up to the top six because of the injuries to Fisher and Johansen.
The Predators almost came storming back in Game 4 to take a commanding lead in the Western Conference final, but the Anaheim Ducks won in overtime after an unlucky Nashville bounce. The injury pokes another hole in a Nashville team that's now a win away from its first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Prior to Game 5, Rickard Rakell was a late scratch.
"On Thursday, May 25, Ryan Johansen was treated for an acute compartment syndrome of the left thigh".
The depth scoring came up huge for Nashville right when they needed it the most.
Frederick Gaudreau made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in their absence, centering a line with Colin Wilson and Austin Watson early on. I mean, just coming here for them, like on a Sunday afternoon supporting us, it means the world to us. "We've got to move forward, and there's a lot of trust and belief inside of our room that we can be successful". "We've seen Freddy a couple times". Game 6 goes Monday night in Nashville.
"That's why it's the hardest trophy to win in sports", said forward James Neal, who scored Nashville's overtime victor in Game 1.
Ducks goaltender John Gibson missed the final two periods with a lower-body injury.
Anaheim's collection of veteran stars and up-and-coming talent will have to win back-to-back elimination games to avoid crashing out in the conference finals for the second time in three years.
Nothing changes for us, I don't think, Mattias Ekholm said of the injury to Johansen. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Gibson wants to play in Game 6, but will be re-evaluated. We want to put people into situations that they can have success. "We're not going to hang our head with doom and gloom". We've got a job to do tonight. "So it's something we're focused on, but it's just about that next game and getting the next win".
Pontus Aberg, who played only 15 games with the Predators all season, scored the victor on his first career playoff goal.
Nashville had tied the score at 1 on Wilson's power-play goal, his second goal of the playoffs, at 19:19 of the second period.
Eaves will miss his 10th consecutive game. The duo combined for 65 regular-season goals. Both have made the playoffs nine times since the lockout. Forsberg has scored two third-period goals, equalizers in Games 3 and 4, and he added the primary assist on the potentially series-swinging, final-frame goal in Game 5. Nashville ended Anaheim's streak of seven consecutive Game 5 victories at home since 2011.
Last week, Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended from two games after calling an Atlanta Braves pitcher a "faggot".