Anaheim
Ducks
43-27-12
Nashville
Predators
49-25-8

36 SOG
23 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
ANA
NSH
game recap

Mighty Ducks 4, Predators 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:26 AM

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul has been impressed with the play of his team on the road lately.

Lupul scored two goals to spark the Mighty Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.

"To start out the road trip with a loss at Columbus, and then win the next two, especially this one against Nashville which has the best home record in the league is pretty impressive," said Lupul.

The two teams combined for five goals in the first period. The Predators jumped out to an early lead as Greg Johnson scored from the left side of the goal, shooting the puck behind Anaheim goaltender Ilja Bryzgalov at the 2:53 mark.

Yanic Perreault gave the Predators a 2-0 lead on a breakway, firing a wrist shot past Bryzgalov from the middle of the slot at 12:53.

Anaheim tied the game with consecutive goals from Lupul at 13:20 and 16:29.

"I thought we showed a tremendous amount of resilience in the fact that we got down 2-0, but we didn't change," said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. "We didn't stop working. We established our forechecking game and that gave us a chance. We worked right through to the end. We played a lot harder than we have in a lot of the games so far this season, specifically on the road. And we were rewarded."

The Mighty Ducks won their second road game in as many nights. They beat St. Louis 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday. It was the third loss in a row for the Predators.

"A little bit of a turning point is that they scored 17 seconds after we got a 2-0 lead," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. "You've got to prevent that from happening. That gave them a little bit of life. When you have a 2-0 lead you have to break the other team's will and keep going."

Scott Niedermayer's power play goal from the top edge of the left circle with 40 seconds left in the period capped a 21-shot performance by Anaheim against Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun in the first period.

"It was important for us as a team how we played when we got the lead," said Niedermayer. "We kept going at them. We didn't make it easy for them. There have been games this year where we haven't done that and let team's back into a game."

Anaheim made it a two-goal advantage at 17:03 of the second. A shot by Teemu Selanne bounced off Vokoun's pads and Jonathan Hedstrom skated in to shoot the rebound past Vokoun.

"I thought we gave them way too much room," said Trotz. "There is a fine line between respect and giving them too much respect. We were giving them a zone to create some speed."

The Mighty Ducks peppered Vokoun with 36 shots. Bryzgalov stopped 21-of-23 shots.

"They threw a lot of rubber at us," said Trotz. "The 21 shots in the first period were embarrassing. Most of those came in the final seven minutes when we were shorthanded. That's how they were scoring. You've got to get dirty and gritty in this league to score goals. We want to make the fancy play. They were throwing pucks at the net.

Notes: Lupul has 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in his last 15 games and has set a new career high in goals scored in a season with 15. Perreault has scored four goals in three games against Anaheim this season. Anaheim is 5-5-2 overall in back-to-back games and 3-2-1 in the second of back-to-back games.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:53
NSH
Greg Johnson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Scottie Upshall (8), Kimmo Timonen (23)
1 - 0 NSH
12:53
NSH
Yanic Perreault (13) Slapshot - ASST: Martin Erat (13), Danny Markov (9)
2 - 0 NSH
13:20
ANA
Joffrey Lupul (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (6), Todd Marchant (12)
2 - 1 NSH
16:29
ANA
Joffrey Lupul (15) Snap shot - ASST: Todd Marchant (13)
2 - 2 Tie
19:20
ANA
PPG - Scott Niedermayer (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (14), Petr Sykora (13)
3 - 2 ANA
2nd Period
17:03
ANA
Jonathan Hedstrom (8) Slapshot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (15)
4 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
05:34
ANA
Joe Dipenta  Interference
07:58
ANA
Todd Marchant  Hooking against  Scottie Upshall
10:16
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Holding against  Zenon Konopka
16:21
NSH
Yanic Perreault  Slashing
16:25
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Interference
18:10
NSH
Danny Markov  Hooking against  Teemu Selanne
2nd Period
02:19
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Cross checking
14:29
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Tripping against  Joffrey Lupul
18:44
NSH
Mark Eaton  Tripping
3rd Period
00:16
NSH
Tomas Vokoun  Hooking against  Teemu Selanne
06:08
NSH
Vernon Fiddler  Holding against  Teemu Selanne
09:00
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Holding the stick against  Marek Zidlicky
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 23TOI: 59:55
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 36TOI: 57:50
Saves: 32EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1

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