John Gibson (lower-body injury) seems confident he’ll be ready for Game 6


The Anaheim Ducks now need a win to force a seventh game in the Western Conference Final. They’ll have the opportunity on Monday, as the series shifts back to Nashville.

Ducks goalie John Gibson left Saturday’s Game 5 after the first period and didn’t return because of a lower-body injury.

Jonathan Bernier replaced Gibson and gave up two goals on 18 shots, as Anaheim lost 3-1 on home ice and now sits on the brink of elimination.

Despite his injury Saturday, Gibson seems pretty confident he’ll be ready for Game 6.

“He made the statement he’d be in the next game for us when canvassed him after the game,” coach Randy Carlyle told reporters.

“We can’t risk him. Maybe that’s the adrenaline and whatnot. We’ll do an assessment tomorrow, and we’ll do an assessment once we get to Nashville Monday morning, and we’ll see where that takes us.”

Injuries have become a huge story in this series — for both teams. The Ducks were already without Patrick Eaves and just prior to puck drop Saturday, it was revealed Rickard Rakell would not play because of a lower-body injury.

According to Carlyle after the game, Eaves and Rakell are both considered day to day.

Eaves skated earlier in the day, which is promising for the Ducks.