The beat goes on for the red-hot Anaheim Ducks and their netminder Viktor Fasth.
The Ducks completed their season-long six-game road trip with a gritty 3-2 shootout win in Nashville.
Anaheim went 5-1-0 (.833 win percentage) on the trip marking the club's best road trip of 5 games-or-more (by win percentage) in club history. Additionally, Anaheim's 7-1-1 road mark is the club's best-ever and ranks second in the NHL (Chicago, 8-0-2).
Viktor Fasth extended his perfect record to 8-0-0 tonight, becoming the third NHL goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight-or-more career decisions. The two others are Ray Emery of Ottawa (NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003 through 2005) and Bob Froese of Philadelphia (8-0-0 in January of 1983).
The Ducks (11-2-1) own the second-best record in the NHL and co-lead the league in wins (Chicago, 11-0-3). The Ducks also own the league's longest active winning streak (4), active home winning streak (4), and are tied with Chicago for the longest current road win streak (4).
"[Fasth is] playing exceptionally well, and guys are playing well in front of him," Perry said.
Anaheim had to kill off a Nashville power play at the start of overtime due to a bench minor for too many men near the end of regulation. Mike Fisher had a redirection that went off the crossbar.
Rinne allowed his first goal in almost eight periods, and Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored his first of the season.
Weber's goal, the 100th of his career, was a long shot from the right-wing boards that likely deflected off Anaheim defenseman Luca Sbisa and went past Fasth at 9:31 of the second period. It came 30 seconds after Nashville killed off a 5-on-3 power play during which it allowed just one shot on goal.
For Weber, who signed a 14-year, $110 million contract this offseason, it was his third point and first regular-season goal since March 31, 2012.
Ducks forward Patrick Maroon scored his first NHL goal to tie the game 2-2 at 16:08 of the second. Kyle Palmieri skated out from behind the Nashville net, up the left-wing boards, turned and took a shot that Maroon -- a 24-year-old picked in the 2007 draft -- deflected past Rinne.
Anaheim's Matt Beleskey tied the game 1-1 when his hard shot from the slot off a behind-the-net feed from Perry beat Rinne glove side with 2:35 left in the first. That ended Rinne's scoreless streak at 155:06. He had not allowed a goal since Chicago's Patrick Kane scored 4:27 into the third period of a 3-0 loss to the Blackhawks on Feb. 10. Rinne shut out the San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes in his next two starts.
NOTE: Fasth is the first goalie to start a season 8-0-0 since Tim Thomas (BOS) in 2010. Fasth's 8-game win streak is the longest in the NHL since a 9-game streak by Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) from Feb. 21-Mar. 17, 2012.
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