The Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks has now turned into a best-of-three, with the series shifting back to Anaheim this evening. The team that comes away with a victory in Game Five will be one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final, and the Predators are looking forward to that chance.
However, Nashville will enter Game Five without the services of one of their top players. Center Ryan Johansen, who leads the team in scoring in these playoffs with 13 points, sustained a left thigh injury in Game Four that required emergency surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Johansen's surgery was successful, but he will miss the remainder of the playoffs for the Predators.
Game Four saw Nashville battle back once more in the third period to even the score at 2-2 with 35 seconds to play in regulation, courtesy of Filip Forsberg, but Corey Perry ended it in overtime to give the Ducks their second win of the series.