Predators 3, Ducks 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A two-game suspension was not enough to slow down Jordin Tootoo's offensive run.

Tootoo had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Nashville has won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month, while the Ducks have dropped three of four.

Nick Spaling and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville.

Andrew Gordon and Francois Beauchemin scored for Anaheim.

Josi's power-play goal at 2:33 of the third gave Nashville its first lead of the game.

Nashville captain Shea Weber found Josi at the center of the blue line, and Josi fired a slap shot over the glove of screened Anaheim goaltender Dan Ellis.

"I saw the direction that he was looking at, but once it came off of his stick, I had no idea where it went," Ellis said. "I just tried to push into a space. (Patric) Hornqvist was in front doing a good screen and I just couldn't see through our guys who were trying to block it. It just found its way through."

It was the Swiss defenseman's first career NHL goal.

"We were on the PP and I just got on the ice," Josi said. "(Weber) had the puck on the half wall and passed it to me. I saw there was a lot of traffic in front of the net, so I just shot it."

Just under three minutes later, Tootoo drove in from the left side, cut toward the Anaheim goal and beat Ellis high to the glove side.

Saturday night was Tootoo's first game back in the Nashville lineup after sitting out for a two-game suspension for charging Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller last Saturday night.

"(Kevin) Klein made a tremendous play," Tootoo said of the defenseman's pass.

"I was slicing through the ice and when we made eye contact, we both knew what the situation was going to be, and I got it and pulled the puck to my forehand and went top shelf."

Tootoo has four goals and four assists in his past eight games.

Anaheim drew within one on Beauchemin's goal at 13:24 of the third.

Coming down from the point, Beauchemin took a pass from Teemu Selanne and beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne for his fourth goal of the season.

"I thought it was an outstanding team game," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "It got a little closer than I wanted it to be, but other than that, they have some outstanding players. They are well-coached and we knew they were going to be really tough and hang in there until the end."

Rinne is 9-2-2 in 13 career regular-season games against Anaheim.

"Nashville was hungry, and they're good in their building," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It was hard to get through. They had the puck in our zone it seemed like the whole night. It's hard to score when that's the case."

Gordon scored the game's first goal at 38 seconds of the second period.

From below the goal line in the Nashville zone, Brandon McMillan found Gordon on the right side, where he had a step on Josi. Gordon's tough angle wrist shot beat Rinne just inside the far post.

Spaling tied the game at 1 at 12:03 of the second.

Colin Wilson carried the puck into the Anaheim zone on the left side. Spaling was trailing the play and Wilson found him in the low slot where he beat Ellis high to the stick side.

Notes: Selanne's assist on Beauchemin's goal was his 900th point scored as a Duck. Selanne also extended his point-scoring streak to five games. ... Nashville is 6-1-1 in its past eight regular-season home games against Anaheim. Nashville coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,013th game Saturday, third among games coached with one team behind the New York Islanders' Al Arbour and Buffalo's Lindy Ruff.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
00:38ANA Andrew Gordon (2) ASST: Brandon McMillan (4), Niklas Hagman (4) 1 - 0 ANA
12:03NSH Nick Spaling (4) ASST: Colin Wilson (11), Jordin Tootoo (7) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
02:33NSH PPG - Roman Josi (1) ASST: Shea Weber (15), Martin Erat (12) 2 - 1 NSH
05:25NSH Jordin Tootoo (4) ASST: Kevin Klein (4), Jerred Smithson (1) 3 - 1 NSH
13:24ANA Francois Beauchemin (4) ASST: Teemu Selanne (20), Corey Perry (12) 3 - 2 NSH
Three Stars of the Game
Jordin Tootoo
Jordin Tootoo
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 11:42
Nick Spaling
Nick Spaling
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:27
Roman Josi
Roman Josi
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 12:45
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:36NSH Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
02:36ANA George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
03:40ANA Andrew Gordon  Tripping against  Francis Bouillon
10:18ANA Bobby Ryan  Tripping against  Francis Bouillon
16:26NSH Shea Weber  Interference against  Corey Perry
2nd Period
04:00ANA Brandon McMillan  Holding against  Colin Wilson
3rd Period
00:58ANA Brandon McMillan  Slashing against  Jordin Tootoo
02:44NSH Mike Fisher  Fighting (maj) against  Bobby Ryan
02:44ANA Bobby Ryan  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Fisher
06:28NSH Shea Weber  Hooking against  Teemu Selanne
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/21/4
Faceoff Wins1731
Blocked Shots1212
Penalty Minutes1814
4C. FowlerD0011024:24
5L. SbisaD0000015:43
7A. CoglianoL0001015:32
8T. SelanneR0112019:18
9B. RyanR0001716:31
10C. PerryR0113023:16
12N. HagmanL01-11013:25
15R. GetzlafC0000024:24
16G. ParrosR000059:41
21S. BrookbankD0000016:42
23F. BeaucheminD1012030:26
32T. LydmanD00-10019:46
34N. GueninD00-10011:07
39M. BeleskeyL0002010:19
41A. GordonR10-1129:04
49M. MacenauerC0010013:31
51K. PalmieriR0003013:34
64B. McMillanL01-1046:22
38D. Ellis2528.89359:20
6S. WeberD0105427:21
8K. KleinD0112021:19
10M. EratR0101016:33
11D. LegwandC00-12021:28
12M. FisherC0004518:33
13N. SpalingC1003016:27
15C. SmithR00-10019:09
20R. SuterD0001028:52
22J. TootooR1112011:42
23B. McGrattanR000056:22
24M. HalischukR000007:33
25J. SmithsonC011009:14
27P. HornqvistR0002015:05
33C. WilsonL0102019:03
38J. HillenD00-10012:32
51F. BouillonD0011017:35
59R. JosiD10-11012:45
74S. KostitsynL0002014:37
35P. Rinne1517.88259:50