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Goalie Jonathan Bernier, making his first postseason start because of a lower-body injury to first-stringer John Gibson, had a forgettable night Monday, stopping only 12 of the 16 shots he faced in the Anaheim Ducks' 6-3 loss to the Predators in Nashville.

The Preds, who qualified for the first Stanley Cup Final in their history with the victory in the sixth game of the Western Conference Final, scored on Bernier on two of their first three shots. Bernier settled down somewhat after that but didn't get much work and allowed four goals on 16 Nashville shots. Bernier's postseason goals-against average in four appearances was 3.28 and his save percentage, .873.
May 22 - 11:53 PM

Anaheim defenseman Sam Vatanen had two assists in the Ducks' 6-3 loss to the Nashville Predators in the sixth and final game of the Western Conference Final series Monday night.

Vatanen drew assists on goals by Ondrej Kase (second of the playoffs) and Cam Fowler (also his second). Chris Wagner scored the Ducks' other goal, his third of the postseason.
May 22 - 11:42 PM

John Gibson (lower body) isn't dressing for Game 6 Monday night.

Gibson was hurt during Game 5 on Saturday. He participated in Monday's morning skate, which led to some hope that he would be available for Game 6, but Jonathan Bernier will instead get the start while Jhonas Enroth is serving as the backup goaltender.
May 22 - 8:05 PM

Jhonas Enroth will serve as the Ducks' backup goaltender on Monday.

John Gibson is unavailable due to a lower-body injury. Enroth has only ever appeared in one playoff game, but he's played in 153 career regular season contests.
May 22 - 8:00 PM

Jonathan Bernier will play between the pipes in Game 6 Monday night.

John Gibson suffered a lower-body injury in Game 5. He skated Monday morning and the hope was that he would be available, but that ultimately wasn't the case. Bernier has a 2.90 GAA and .905 save percentage in three playoff games this year, but this will be his first postseason start of the Ducks' run.
May 22 - 7:56 PM

John Gibson (lower body) took part in Monday's morning skate.

Gibson left Game 5 after he suffered the injury. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle took that as a good sign, but he'll naturally need to consult with the goaltender and the training staff before he has a final answer regarding Gibson's availability for Game 6 Monday night.
May 22 - 12:48 PM

Sam Steel, the Ducks first round pick in 2016, is travelling with the team to Nashville for Game 6.

Steel led the Western Hockey League with 131 points in the regular season and was second in playoff scoring with 30 so the Ducks picked a good one with the 30th selection. While it is doubtful he will get into the lineup, the experience of being with the playoff team will be invaluable to Steel in the future. Grab him in keeper leagues but don't expect him to crack the Ducks lineup next season.
May 22 - 7:54 AM

Patrick Eaves did not travel with the Ducks to Nashville and is doubtful on Monday with a leg injury.

Coach Randy Carlyle gave Ducks fans some hope after Game 5 that Eaves would return as he was upgraded to day-to-day but Sunday was a different story. "There wasn’t a positive response from Eaves’s skating yesterday," Carlyle said. "So we decided we’d leave him at home." Eaves was injured in the series against Edmonton and has not played since April 30. His scoring has been missed in the Ducks lineup.
May 22 - 7:47 AM

John Gibson is questionable for Game 6 with a lower body injury.

Gibson was pulled in Game 5 when he suffered a lower body injury and although he did travel with the team to Nashville, a decision on his status will be made after the morning skate. "We’ll do a reassessment tomorrow morning at our morning skate," coach Randy Carlyle said. If Gibson is unable to go, Jonathan Bernier will get the start and Jhonas Enroth will be the backup. Stay tuned.
May 22 - 7:43 AM

Rickard Rakell (lower body) will not play in Game 6 on Monday.

Rakell missed Game 5 as a surprise scratch but is obviously ailing as he did not make the trip to Nashville for Monday's game. Rakell led the Ducks in goals this season with 33 goals and his loss from the lineup may be pivotal.
May 22 - 7:39 AM

Saku Koivu has been inducted into the IIHF's Hall of Fame.

Koivu retired after the 2013-14 campaign, ending an NHL career that spanned 1,124 games. He scored 244 goals and 832 points, which makes him the fourth highest all-time scorer among Finnish-born players. Koivu also frequently represented Finland internationally and won a gold medal at the World Championship as well as an Olympic silver medal and three Olympic bronze medals.
May 21 - 12:14 PM

Rickard Rakell (lower body) is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Randy Carlyle.

Rakell was a surprise scratch ahead of tonight's game against the Predators. It's unclear if he'll be available for Monday's elimination game in Nashville. We'll provide an update on his status as soon as the Ducks make one available.
May 20 - 11:26 PM

John Gibson (lower body) told head coach Randy Carlyle that he can play in Game 6 against Nashville on Monday night.

That doesn't mean that Gibson will actually be available to play in that contest. Gibson left Game 5 after the first period and never returned. The Ducks are now on the brink of elimination after dropping Game 5.
May 20 - 11:23 PM

Jonathan Bernier allowed two goals on 18 shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

Bernier entered the game in the second period after starter John Gibson left with a lower-body injury. The Ducks held a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Predators scored three unanswered goals to close out the game. The Ducks now trail the best-of-seven series 3-2. One more loss and they'll officially be eliminated from the postseason. Game 6 will be played in Nashville on Monday night. It'll be interesting to see if Anaheim will have to turn to Bernier in that do-or-die game.
May 20 - 11:12 PM

Chris Wagner scored a goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Nashville in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

Wagner opened the scoring at the 12:46 mark of second period. Brandon Montour and Jakob Silfverberg picked up the assists on Anaheim's only goal. This was Wagner's first goal since Game 3 of their second-round series against Edmonton. Wagner has two goals in 16 games during the postseason. The Ducks are now on the brink of elimination, as they trail the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 will be played in Nashville on Monday.
May 20 - 11:07 PM


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