Selanne nets winner as Ducks edge Predators
Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night for their fifth straight win and 15th in 16 games.
Selanne’s fifth goal this season came on the power play at 18:52 of the second, capping a four-goal period for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf also scored two goals, and Corey Perry added a goal. Matt Beleskey had two assists.
Paul Gaustad, Craig Smith and Rich Clune scored a goal each for Nashville, and Matt Cullen had two assists. But the Predators lost for only the second time in regulation when scoring first.
Anaheim started a two-game road trip a bit sluggish as the Predators opened by quickly scoring twice. Gaustad scored 200th NHL point with his seventh goal this season at 1:52 on a wrister, and Smith got his 13th at 2:22 off a 2-on-1 with a nice pass from Kevin Klein.
The Ducks came out ready to play in the second when they outshot Nashville 17-8.
Perry tied it up with his own quick goals early in the second period. He got his first 55 seconds into the second on a wrister and beat Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec’s glove again at 4:36 with another wrist shot. Clune put Nashville ahead 3-2 when he swatted the puck out of the air past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen at 5:31 off a pass from Smith.
But Perry answered almost immediately beating Mazanec glove-side with a wrister at 6:27. Gabriel Bourque went to the box for holding Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy at 17:07, and Selanne scored on a snap shot at 18:52 off an assist from Patrick Maroon giving the Ducks their first lead of the game.
The Predators had the man advantage twice in the third and couldn’t beat Andersen. Mazanec at least kept them close when he stopped Ducks center Daniel Winnik on a breakaway with a pad save in the first seconds of the second power play. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau took his timeout with Nashville outshooting Anaheim 9-5 in the period.
Gaustad hit the side of the net on a chance with 5:19 left, and Andersen held off a flurry of shots in the final 95 seconds after Nashville pulled Mazanec.
NOTES: Anaheim improved to 23-1-2 when leading after the second period. … The Predators are 16-2-4 when scoring first. … Perry has goals in three straight games. … Ducks F Dustin Penner missed his second straight game with an upper body injury. … Anaheim now has won seven of its last eight road games. … The Predators brought back F Filip Forsberg to the active roster Thursday after he was named MVP at the IIHF World Junior Championships with Sweden.