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John Gibson of Ducks leaves Game 5 against Predators

Goalie sustains lower-body injury, replaced by backup Jonathan Bernier to start second period

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center on Saturday, but coach Randy Carlyle didn't rule him out for Game 6 in Nashville on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).


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"He made the statement that he'd be in the next game," Carlyle said of his postgame conversation with Gibson. "That's maybe adrenaline, or whatnot, flowing tonight. We'll do an assessment tomorrow and we'll do an assessment once we get to Nashville on Monday morning and see where that takes us."

The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Gibson, who was replaced by Jonathan Bernier to begin the second period, made saves on all 10 shots he faced in the first period.

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Bernier said he learned about five minutes into the first intermission that he'd be replacing Gibson. Bernier played two games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs prior to Saturday; his last appearance was in relief of Gibson in Game 6 of the second round against the Edmonton Oilers on May 7, when he allowed four goals on 29 shots in a 7-1 loss.

"It's a fast pace when you haven't played in a while, but I felt pretty good," Bernier said. "There are a lot of bodies in front and you've got to find a way to see the puck from the point, and that's probably the biggest adjustment."

Bernier made 16 saves on 18 shots. He allowed the tying goal to Colin Wilson with 41 seconds left in the second period and the game-winning goal to Pontus Aberg with 8:59 remaining in the third.

"It's not an ideal situation, but that's my job, is to come in and give my team a chance to win," Bernier said. "Obviously, we fell short there."

Bernier went 12-1-2 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .933 save percentage from March-April 9, starting 15 of Anaheim's final 19 games with Gibson recovering from a lower-body injury.

Gibson has started all 16 games of the playoffs. He is 9-5 with a 2.59 GAA and .918 save percentage.

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell was scratched because of a lower-body injury and is day to day.

Carlyle said forward Patrick Eaves has been upgraded to day to day. Eaves, who had four points (two goals, two assists) in the first seven playoff games, has missed the past nine with a lower-body injury. He skated for the first time since the injury Saturday morning.

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