Ducks Hunt Down Predators, 4-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Andy McDonald, Jonathan Hedstrom, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Kunitz scored for the Ducks and JS Giguere stopped 32 shots as Anaheim beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night at the Arrowhead Pond.
The Ducks have now won six straight home games, tying their longest home winning streak in franchise history.
“We just wanted to keep on doing what we did the last couple games,” said McDonald.
“We played strong in our own zone. They took it to us in the third period, but Jiggy played outstanding and kept us in it.”
Former Mighty Duck Paul Kariya was held without a point in the contest.
“We got off to a really good start. We’ve struggled the last couple of games,” said Kariya.
“We’re taking a lot of stupid penalties and that’s costing us. We can’t give teams like Anaheim 10 or 12 opportunities on the power play. A lot of them were really lazy penalties and you just can’t do that, especially against a team that’s got a hot power play right now.”
Nashville's Yanic Perreault (5, Sullivan) got the Predators on the board in the contest first at 3:59 of the first period with his 200th career NHL goal.
Anaheim would take the play to Nashville after the first intermission with a three-goal outburst in the second period.
McDonald (6, Fedoruk, S. Niedermayer) scored just 17 seconds into the second period to get the Ducks even 1-1.
McDonald took a feed from Todd Fedoruk and used his speed on the fresh ice to streak past the Nashville defense on the left wing and stickhandled between the legs of Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun.
“I knew we had guys up ice and Mac was yelling for it and I just tried to get it up in the air a little bit, over the defenseman’s stick,” said Fedoruk.
“Mac was calling for it so I knew he was there and he skated into it and it was a breakwaway. Communication on the ice made that play happen.”
With a goal and an assist in the contest, McDonald now has seven points in his last six games.
The Ducks would take the lead for good when Hedstrom (3, McDonald, Selanne) scored the Ducks first power play goal at 5:08 of the second period. Hedstrom tipped a McDonald shot past Vokoun.
Scott Niedermayer (2, Selanne, Sykora) would cap what was arguably the Ducks’ best 20 minutes of hockey on the young season with a power play goal at 18:58 of the second period.
Niedermayer pinched in from his point position on the power play and took a one-timer from Teemu Selanne. He partially fanned on the one-time attempt and the puck knuckled over the shoulder of a sprawling Tomas Vokoun.
In the third period, JS Giguere kept the Ducks ahead by stopping 13 Nashville shots and Kunitz (1, Unassisted) scored his first career NHL goal on a breakaway at 17:02 to give the Ducks the 4-1 victory.
“It was a great game. They have a good team and we needed to have a good team effort,” said Giguere.
“We have lots of injuries, so we needed everybody to show up and that’s what we did tonight. We have a good team, great defense and great forwards who can score some goals, so it’s great to see that.”
The Mighty Ducks will face the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Thursday night at 6 PM PST and return to the Arrowhead Pond on Friday night at 7:30 PM PST to take-on the San Jose Sharks in a key divisional match-up (click here to purchase tickets).
NOTES: The Mighty Ducks were again without the services of Sergei Fedorov, Sandis Ozolinsh, Ryan Getzlaf, Travis Moen and Corey Perry due to injuries…Kariya has yet to register a goal at the Arrowhead Pond as an opponent. In his return on January 30, 2004 as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Kariya registered two assists in a 4-3 loss to the Ducks…JS Giguere has won his last four starts, posting a 2.00 GAA and a .935 SV%...Fedoruk extended his career high assist streak (0-5=5) to five games…With the victory tonight, the Ducks swept a homestand of four or more games for the third time in club history.