Predators 1, Ducks 0
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:41 AM
Josh Brewster - NHL.com Correspondent
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nashville rebounded after blowing a third-period lead in San Jose a night earlier, getting 31 saves from Pekka Rinne
and a first-period goal by Shea Weber
to beat the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 on Friday night.
The Predators had a third-period meltdown against the Sharks, allowing six goals in the third period of an 8-5 loss. But they showed no after-effects, as Rinne was flawless in goal and got good support from a defense that was nowhere in sight 24 hours earlier.
Rinne made a big save on Lubomir Visnovsky during the second period, and denied Jason Blake and Teemu Selanne from close-in during the third period.
Weber’s 5-on-3 power-play goal proved to be the all the offense Predators would need to improve to 2-3-0 since returning from the Olympic break and move into sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference with 79 points, two ahead of idle Calgary.
The Ducks' playoff hopes took another hit. Anaheim remained 13th in the West with 68 points, nine behind the eighth-place Flames, and fell to 0-4-1 since the Olympic break. The loss ended a 16-game streak at home in which the Ducks earned at least one point against the Predators.
A series of penalties in rapid succession resulted in the game’s first goal.
Six seconds after a boarding penalty to Aaron Ward expired, the Ducks’ defenseman returned to the penalty box for interfering with Weber. Just 17 seconds later, Ryan Getzlaf was called for high-sticking and the Predators took full advantage of the two- man advantage after an earlier call on Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist
Weber got what proved to be the game's only goal at 17:54 when he teed up a slap shot from the right point that beat Jonas Hiller on the glove side. It was Weber’s third goal in his last seven games and 13th of the season. Ryan Suter
and Jason Arnott assisted on the goal. It was Suter’s sixth point in his last seven games.
The Predators are now 21-1-0 when leading after the first period.
Hiller, who made 27 saves, kept the score close with big saves in the second period on two shots from in close by Marcel Goc
and another by Jonathan Tootoo.