Gritty forward scores big goal, helps Anaheim take 3-2 series lead on Nashville
Shawn P. Roarke
/ NHL.com Director of Editorial
ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Ryan Garbutt is asked to play a simple game, but those who play the game the way Garbutt does know it is far from simple to execute.
Countless decisions have to be made at top speed, especially on the forecheck. The line between constructive aggression and the type of play that can leave a team shorthanded for two minutes is often razor-thin, and a forechecker is supposed to come out on the right side of those decisions every time.
Getzlaf, Perron, Vatanen each has two points; Anaheim first to win at home
/ NHL.com Correspondent
ANAHEIM -- Sami Vatanen scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, and Frederik Andersen made 26 saves to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 victory against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Honda Center on Saturday.
It was the first game won by the home team in the series.
Anaheim gets more physical entering Game 5 against Nashville
/ NHL Correspondent
ANAHEIM -- Home-ice advantage hasn't been an advantage at all for the Anaheim Ducks or the Nashville Predators in their Western Conference First Round series. But after winning the past two games on the road, the Ducks intend to gain an edge when they return home to host the Predators in Game 5 at Honda Center on Saturday (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME, FS-TN).
The Ducks started the postseason the same way they opened the regular season: with two uninspired, unimpressive losses. But they went to Nashville and evened the series with two wins, including a 4-1 victory in Game 4 on Thursday. Winning on the road is fine, but there's a greater sense of urgency to win Game 5 in Anaheim.