Stanley Cup playoffs: Predators edge ahead of Ducks

The Nashville Predators took another step towards the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

After a scoreless first period, Chris Wagner put the Ducks ahead 1-0 but Colin Wilson was able to tie it up on a power-play goal late in the second period.

Pontus Aberg owned the game-winning goal for the Predators, who added an empty-net goal through Austin Watson to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Predators, who will have to continue their best-ever run in the Stanley Cup playoffs without their top scorer Ryan Johansen, host game six on Monday.

Ducks goaltender John Gibson missed the final two periods with a lower-body injury.

Game five of the Western Conference Finals turned ugly with just under 10 seconds remaining.

P.K. Subban was given a two-minute penalty for roughing the Ducks' Nate Thompson.

Anaheim, frustrated with the home loss that put the team on the brink of elimination, let their emotions run wild as separate fights ensued.

The Ducks' Corey Perry was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty while Nick Ritchie received a roughing penalty for fighting Mattias Ekholm, who was given a five-minute major.

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