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Ward's 2-Goal Night Nets Preds A Point

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

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Ward's 2-Goal Night Nets Preds A Point
Nashville Predators 3, Anaheim Ducks 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -The only number that mattered to the Anaheim Ducks was the two points they earned in a big overtime victory over the Nashville Predators.

Teemu Selanne scored Anaheim's third power-play goal 34 seconds into the extra session for his 1,200th NHL point, rookies Andrew Ebbett and Bobby Ryan also connected with the man advantage, and the Ducks beat the Predators 4-3 on Wednesday night.

"It was huge - not just because of the points, but I think the morale was kind of dropping there a little bit because we were losing games at home," Ryan said. "We've felt like we've played good enough to win some games."

Corey Perry also scored for Anaheim, Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf each had two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves. With 72 points, the 12th-place Ducks are three behind eighth-place Edmonton in the Western Conference playoff race with 12 games remaining.

Preds Continue To Find New Ways To Pick Up Points

The Predators continue to find new ways to earn points. After opening the season 8-14-2 in their first 24 road games, the Preds have gone 6-4-1 on the road since the All-Star Break, including 2-0-1 on the first three games of their current road trip.

The Predators opened the road trip with their league-high ninth shutout of the season for a 2-0 win at Phoenix.

On Monday night at Los Angeles the Predators surrendered the game's opening goal, but rallied behind Ryan Jones's first career game-winning goal with 2:18 remaining in regulation to pick up the two points.

Tonight it took a two-goal performance from Joel Ward and five assists from the defensive pairing of Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to walk out of Anaheim with a point. And even then, the Preds needed a goal with 2:45 remaining in regulation -- Ward's second of the night -- to tie the game 3-3, force overtime, and secure the Preds a valuable point in the standings.

All this coming from a Nashville squad that entered the road trip 6-24-2 when allowing the first goal, but surrendered the first goal in each of the last two games, and yet found a way to rally for three points in those contests.

By finding different ways to scratch out points, the Predators have moved themselves in to seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
--Jay Levin,

"We've dug ourselves a pretty big hole, and we're the only ones who can dig ourselves out," Pronger said. "There are too many teams vying for what essentially is turning into probably one playoff spot. So we've got to worry about ourselves and not about getting any help because we're probably not going to get it."

Selanne's goal was his 22nd this season and 574th of his career, overtaking Mike Bossy for 18th place on the NHL career list. Pronger earned his 600th NHL point with the assist. Ryan's two points, including an assist on Perry's first-period goal, gave him 45 this season and tied the Ducks' rookie record set by Dustin Penner in the 2006-07 championship season.

Joel Ward had two goals, J.P. Dumont had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Suter had three assists for the Predators, seventh in the conference. Captain and leading goal-scorer Jason Arnott missed his fourth straight game because of an upper body injury.

Nashville center Vernon Fiddler tripped Pronger with 49 seconds left in regulation, giving Anaheim the power play that carried into overtime. Pronger sent a slap pass from the right point to Selanne at the left of the net for the redirection past rookie goaltender Pekka Rinne.

"I was just pump-faking to give Teemu time to get over there," Pronger said. "We kind of made eye contact, so he knew we were going to try that tip play. Scotty (Niedermayer) was going toward the net, drawing their defenseman over there, so I just needed the pump-fake to get a lane open - and then Teemu did the rest."

Ward took an unnecessary penalty for tripping Ryan behind the Ducks net with 10:58 left in the third, and the Predators paid for the mistake. Rinne stopped Pronger's wrist shot from the right point, but Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis couldn't clear the rebound and Ryan slammed in his 24th goal to put Anaheim ahead 3-2.

"We knew they had a really good power play, and they really executed," Rinne said. "Their power play won the game for them. We played an undisciplined game and took some unnecessary penalties."

Ward atoned for the costly penalty with his 14th goal, scoring with 2:45 left in regulation.

"We needed those two points and we got them, so you have to be happy with that. But I'm still not very happy with how we played," Selanne said. "When you get that 3-2 lead, you shouldn't let the other team score anymore. You've got to play solid and mistake-free."

There were 21 seconds remaining on Ryan Whitney's tripping penalty when Anaheim teammate Todd Marchant received a boarding penalty for checking Martin Erat face-first into the glass. Dumont scored his 15th goal with 13 seconds left on the two-man advantage, giving Nashville a 2-1 lead at 6:05 of the second period.

The Ducks, 1-for-28 with the man advantage over their previous eight games, tied it at 11:13 of the second with Ebbett's fifth goal.

"The power play hasn't been very good lately," said Selanne, who leads Anaheim with 15 power-play goals. "We know we can win games with a good power play, and tonight was a good example."

Perry opened the scoring at 4:19 of the first with his 23rd of the season. The Predators tied it at 10:09 when Dumont's wrist shot from the right circle glanced off Ward's body and past Giguere's glove while Marchant was off for tripping Steve Sullivan.

Notes: Anaheim LW Rob Niedermayer has no points in 19 games since his winning goal on Jan. 27 at Phoenix, and he is minus-13 in that stretch. ... The Predators killed off all but two of 36 short-handed situations in their previous 12 games after giving up five power-play goals on six opportunities at Detroit on Feb. 18. ... The Ducks haven't won more than two games in a row since a four-game streak Nov. 22-30. ... The Predators have won only four of 20 games they've played in Anaheim, including three in overtime. ... Ducks D Bret Hedican missed his seventh straight game because of back spasms.

scoring summary
1st Period
Corey Perry (23) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (52), Bobby Ryan (21)
1 - 0 ANA
PPG - Joel Ward (13) ASST: J-P Dumont (42), Ryan Suter (34)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
PPG - J-P Dumont (15) ASST: Ryan Suter (35), Shea Weber (25)
2 - 1 NSH
PPG - Andrew Ebbett (5) ASST: James Wisniewski (12), Erik Christensen (17)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Bobby Ryan (24) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (35), Chris Pronger (31)
3 - 2 ANA
Joel Ward (14) ASST: Shea Weber (26), Ryan Suter (36)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
PPG - Teemu Selanne (22) ASST: Chris Pronger (32), Ryan Getzlaf (53)
4 - 3 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
Greg De Vries  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Nichol
Scott Nichol  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
Todd Marchant  Tripping against  Steve Sullivan
2nd Period
Ryan Whitney  Tripping against  Steve Sullivan
Todd Marchant  Boarding against  Martin Erat
Scott Nichol  Tripping against  Chris Pronger
Shea Weber  Cross checking against  Ryan Carter
3rd Period
Joel Ward  Tripping against  Bobby Ryan
Vernon Fiddler  Tripping against  Chris Pronger
OT Period
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
SA: 31TOI: 60:34
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 8
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 24TOI: 60:33
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0 is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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