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Nashville
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49-25-8
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43-27-12

39 SOG
30 SOG
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game recap

Mighty Ducks 6, Predators 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Mighty Ducks 6, Predators 3
Nashville Predators 3, Anaheim Ducks 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Even one of the strongest teams in the NHL couldn't keep up with the streaking Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Teemu Selanne had two goals and two assists and Ryan Getzlaf added four assists in Anaheim's fifth straight victory, 6-3 over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Selanne, Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry and Andy McDonald scored second-period goals to help the Ducks move into fifth place in Western Conference.

Anaheim is 9-2-1 since the Olympics break, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in goal for seven of the wins. He made 36 saves Friday night.

The Ducks are also getting major contributions from their rookie forwards. The trio of Getzlaf, Kuntiz and Perry generated two goals and six assists Friday.

"We are playing great now," said Getzlaf, who set an Anaheim rookie record with his four assists. "We are playing with the little bit of confidence that you need."

McDonald also had a third-period goal for Anaheim, which has scored 35 goals in its last nine games.

"We're trying to play our style of game," Perry said. "We just go out every night and try to work as hard as we can and do our thing."

On Friday, the Ducks' style was to overwhelm a fourth-place Predators team that was equally hot, having entered the game with a five-game wining streak.

If the two teams maintain their current positions, they would meet in the first-round of the playoffs. Anaheim won the season series 3-0-1.

"They turned it on and we couldn't match them," said Nashville right wing Steve Sullivan, who extended his points streak to a franchise-record nine games with a breakaway goal in the first and an assist on Adam Hall's third-period goal.

Cliff Ronning had an eight-game scoring streak for the Predators in November 2001.

After Sullivan gave Nashville an early 1-0 advantage, Selanne's first goal of the game, on a late first-period power play, drew Anaheim even, despite being out shot 16-8.

"I thought we had a really good first period and we didn't capitalize on our chances," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We had four or five outstanding chances and Giguere made some big saves. Sometimes those come back to haunt you."

Anaheim's three skilled rookie forwards combined to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead 1:48 into the second. Getzlaf carried the puck into the Nashville zone and swept it to Perry cutting down the left wing. Perry quickly sent the puck back through the crease to Kunitz for a shot into a wide open net.

Selanne and Perry then scored in a 25 second span of the 12th minute of the period to make it 4-1. McDonald put in a rebound of Todd Fedoruk's shot to complete the second-period outburst with 1:52 to play in the period.

"Anything that happens out there, you don't see anyone panicking," said Getzlaf. "We're keeping it together and those are the things you have to do down the stretch."

Chris Mason replaced Nashville starting goalie Tomas Vokoun for the third period.

McDonald scored his second of the game on a power play in the third.

Notes: Selanne's plus-25 rating is the highest for an Anaheim player since Paul Kariya's plus-36 during the 96-97 season. ... Kariya is the third NHL player to hold the single-season assist record for two teams. He has a franchise-best 45 assists this season for Nashville and had an Anaheim-record 62 in 1998-99. Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton and Los Angeles) and Dennis Maruk (Cleveland and Washington) are the only other players to hold multiteam assists records. ... Jordin Tootoo also scored for Nashville.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:35
NSH
Steve Sullivan (31) ASST: Mike Sillinger (29)
1 - 0 NSH
17:42
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (30) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (13), Andy McDonald (38)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:48
ANA
PPG - Chris Kunitz (15) ASST: Corey Perry (10), Ryan Getzlaf (14)
2 - 1 ANA
12:14
ANA
Teemu Selanne (31) ASST: Todd Fedoruk (15)
3 - 1 ANA
12:39
ANA
Corey Perry (10) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (15), Chris Kunitz (14)
4 - 1 ANA
18:08
ANA
Andy McDonald (27) ASST: Todd Fedoruk (16), Teemu Selanne (39)
5 - 1 ANA
3rd Period
08:29
NSH
PPG - Adam Hall (13) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (37), Steve Sullivan (35)
5 - 2 ANA
16:22
ANA
PPG - Andy McDonald (28) ASST: Teemu Selanne (40), Ryan Getzlaf (16)
6 - 2 ANA
19:28
NSH
Jordin Tootoo (4) ASST: Brendan Witt (12), Dan Hamhuis (28)
6 - 3 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:53
ANA
Corey Perry  Tripping
15:57
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking
17:04
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Tripping
17:31
NSH
Ryan Suter  Holding the stick
2nd Period
00:55
NSH
Brendan Witt  Holding the stick
03:18
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Hooking
03:18
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Unsportsmanlike conduct
07:39
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:34
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Cross checking
20:00
NSH
Adam Hall  Hooking
3rd Period
07:36
ANA
Vitaly Vishnevski  Interference
11:17
ANA
Joffrey Lupul  Interference on goalkeeper
14:33
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing
14:33
NSH
Shea Weber  Roughing
16:10
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 21TOI: 40:00
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .762SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
SA: 9TOI: 20:00
Saves: 8EV: 7 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0

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