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Predators might get C Fisher back for Final

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Nashville Predators got past the Anaheim Ducks without their top two centers, but they might have one of them back for the start of the Stanley Cup Final.

Ryan Johansen has been lost for the season, but general manager David Poile said Wednesday he hopes captain Mike Fisher can practice on Thursday and added that there is "a real good chance" Fisher will be able to play in Game 1 of the Final.

The Predators will play the winner of Thursday's Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators.


Red Wings sign D Sulak to entry-level contract

(TSX / STATS) -- The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Libor Sulak to a two-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday.

Sulak, 23, spent the past two seasons playing for Orli Znojmo, a Czech team that competes in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, the top professional league in Austria.


Hoffman goal helps Sens force Game 7 vs. Penguins

(TSX / STATS) -- OTTAWA -- Mike Hoffman says there was never a doubt.

Anybody and everybody who watched Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final -- or two periods of Game 6 -- might have disagreed.


Predators finish off Ducks, advance to first Finals

(TSX / STATS) -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No matter the shot margin, no matter how dire the situation looked for a stretch of the third period, the Nashville Predators were determined to keep their date with history Monday night.

Their veteran goalie and a young forward who was a healthy scratch from some key late-season games pushed them over the Western Conference finish line.


Former Blackhawks D White dead at 77

(TSX / STATS) -- Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Bill White, who played in six NHL All-Star games, has died at age 77.

The team released a statement Monday on the passing of White.


Preds' Johansen diagnosed with rare syndrome

(TSX / STATS) -- Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen is recovering from emergency surgery after he sustained a serious left thigh injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

An update from the Predators on Sunday indicated the seriousness of Johansen's condition before the procedure and identified the injury.


Penguins pulverize Senators to take 3-2 series lead

(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- Offense seemingly came by the eyedropper for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first four games of the Eastern Conference final.

They managed just six goals in those games, including a single goal in three games, and yet they managed to enter Game 5 in a 2-2 series tie with the Ottawa Senators.


Predators pounce on Ducks, take 3-2 series lead

(TSX / STATS) -- ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In the battle of attrition that was Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, an unheralded and relatively unknown player made the play to place the Nashville Predators on the doorstep of the Stanley Cup finals.

Pontus Aberg's first career playoff goal was the decisive score as the Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Saturday.


Ducks G Gibson exits with apparent injury

(TSX / STATS) -- ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks backup goalie Jonathan Bernier replaced John Gibson at the start of the second period in Saturday's Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators, apparently due to an injury.

Gibson wasn't on the bench later in the period, but the team made no immediate announcement about his status.


Ducks F Rakell out for Game 5

(TSX / STATS) -- Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the visiting Nashville Predators on Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Rakell has collected seven goals and six assists in 15 playoff games for Anaheim, which entered Saturday's tilt tied 2-2 in the series. The 24-year-old Swede led the team with a career-high 33 goals this season to go along with 18 assists.