Predators 5, Ducks 4 (OT)

Tuesday, 01.09.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Predators 5, Ducks 4 (OT)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Nashville Predators have no pity for the ailing Anaheim Ducks, not when they're so busy chasing the Western Conference's best team.

Steve Sullivan scored with 1:48 left in overtime, and the Predators beat Anaheim 5-4 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory and 11th in 14 games. The Ducks lost for the fifth time in six games, but still lead Nashville in the West by four points.

 "It's probably no different than when we were up in their building," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said of a 4-0 loss in Anaheim on Dec. 6 "We were missing (David) Legwand and (Jason) Arnott. So no, I don't have any sympathy for them. They didn't have any sympathy for us."

Kimmo Timonen skated around the back of the net and backhanded a pass to Sullivan in the slot, and he beat Ilya Bryzgalov for his 13th goal this season. The victory was Nashville's first against Anaheim in this series since Oct. 8, 2005, when the Predators won in a shootout.

 "Kimmo, thank God, came off the bench," Sullivan said. "I was running out of options, and he's such a talented player. ... I was just waiting to see how I could get it to him."

 Anaheim at least picked up a point.

"It's better than no points," said Anaheim forward Todd Marchant, who played after missing the past six games. "We have to look at this game and learn from our mistakes and build and get better next game against Dallas on Thursday."

Timonen also had a goal for Nashville. Paul Kariya added a goal and an assist, and Legwand and Jean-Pierre Dumont also scored. Marek Zidlicky had three assists and Martin Erat added two assists.

Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf each scored for Anaheim, Dustin Penner added a goal and an assist, and Corey Perry had two assists.

The game marked the return of Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who had missed 21 games since tearing a ligament in his left hand Nov. 23. He gave up a goal on the first shot by Chris Kunitz. He stopped Selanne from up close in overtime and saved 27 of the 31 shots he faced.

 "It shows when your goalie doesn't have the best game that the team can overcome that, and that's the sign of good teams," Vokoun said.

Anaheim had won five of the last six against the Predators.

But the Ducks are hurting without defensemen Chris Pronger (fractured foot) and Francois Beauchemin (spleen). Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere missed his sixth consecutive with a strained groin. Coach Randy Carlyle doesn't want to use that as an excuse, not after falling behind 3-1 after the first 20 minutes.

 "It might have been the worst first period we played all season. We clawed our way back into it, but we weren't sharp as a group," Carlyle said.

Kariya, who holds the Ducks' career records for points, goals and assists, started the scoring with a slap shot in the opening minutes. Kariya also passed the puck while up against the boards to Erat, who set up Legwand for his wrister at 5:35 and a 2-1 lead.

Kariya got the assist on a slap shot by Timonen for a 3-1 lead late in the first.

The Predators went up 4-2 after Dumont scored his 10th goal of the season on a slap shot 7:14 into the second.

But the Ducks outshot (14-4) and outscored (3-1) Nashville in the second after scoring twice with the man advantage against a team that had killed 18 consecutive penalties before Penner scored on a power play at 3:16 of the second.

Getzlaf added his power-play goal at 12:00 to pull Anaheim within 4-3. Selanne tied it up with his sixth goal in six games at 17:30, beating Vokoun just past his glove with a shot from the slot.

Nashville had two power plays in the third, but had trouble generating offense and was outshot 7-5 in the period.

 "We are trying to chase them in the conference, " Sullivan said of the Ducks. "So for us to have such a great first period and such a bad second, to come out with a victory ... we'll take all the good out of it and continue on."

Notes: Nashville now is 6-3 in overtime, 17-6 in one-goal games and 19-9-2 when outshot. ... Marchant skated in his 100th game with the Ducks. ... Arnott had a goal for his eighth point in four games, and Dumont has six points (two goals, 4 assists) in his last four. ... Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer, named an All-Star starter during the game, had an assist for 10 points in the last seven games.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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