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Predators top Ducks, move within one win of Stanley Cup Final

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Home Team in Caps
Nashville 3, ANAHEIM 1 (Nashville leads best-of-7 series 3-2)


Colin Wilson tied the game late in the second period and Pontus Aberg scored the go-ahead goal with 8:59 remaining in regulation to help the Nashville Predators take a 3-2 series lead against the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-1 victory and move within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

* The Predators, who began play in 1998-99 and are competing in their 10th postseason, improved to 11-4 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 11-7 in 18 all-time postseason meetings against the Ducks (7-3 at Anaheim).

* Nashville became the first road team to win a Game 5 in Anaheim since the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, snapping the Ducks' seven-game winning streak in such contests. The Predators posted a 4-3 overtime victory in that game to take a 3-2 series lead before earning a series-clinching win on home ice in Game 6.

* The Predators own a 3-2 series lead for the third time in franchise history. They have won Game 6 in each of the two previous instances: the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim and the 2017 Second Round vs. the St. Louis Blues.

* Aberg, a second-round selection (No. 37) in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first career playoff goal (1-1-2 in 11 GP). The 23-year-old Stockholm native scored in his third career regular-season game on Nov. 17, 2016 at the Ottawa Senators and had 1-1-2 in 15 games in 2016-17.

Video: NSH@ANA, Gm5: Aberg lays out to net go-ahead goal

* Wilson (13-11-24) scored his 13th career postseason goal (all w/ Nashville) to move into a tie for the most goals in franchise playoff history and within four points of David Legwand (13-15-28) and Shea Weber (13-15-28) for the most career playoff points in a Predators uniform.

* Pekka Rinne made 32 saves to improve to 11-4 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (1.62 GAA, .942 save percentage, 2 SO), including an 8-0 record when allowing fewer than two goals.

* When teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 198-54, including a 5-0 mark this postseason.

Video: Predators take a 3-2 series lead over the Ducks



The Western Conference Final, which has been tied or within one goal for 89 percent of total playing time (284:38 of 319:49), has seen the winning team overcome a deficit (of any margin) in four of five games -- including all three victories by the Predators.

* The Predators earned their fifth come-from-behind win this postseason, marking the 31st comeback victory overall in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (77 GP, 40.3%). The NHL record for comeback wins in a postseason was set in 1990, when 45 of 85 games (52.9%) saw the winning team erase a deficit of at least one goal.

* Six of the nine games played in the conference finals thus far have been decided by one goal; two others were decided by two goals following an empty-net goal.

Video: NSH@ANA, Gm5: Laviolette, Subban, Aberg on Game 5 win



Nashville has not lost consecutive games since the regular season, when they lost to the Blues and Islanders on April 2 and April 4, respectively. … Predators forward Filip Forsberg had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (4-2-6). Forsberg has 7-6-13 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (15 GP), tied for the most points in a single postseason in franchise history. … The Predators have had 10 different player score a game-winning goal this postseason. … Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 for directing an inappropriate remark toward another on-ice participant in Game 4. … Canada will face Sweden in the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship gold medal game on Sunday. Injured Nashville forward Ryan Johansen received a visit from his dog and tweeted throughout the Predators' Game 5 victory, which he watched alongside teammate Kevin Fiala .



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