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Predators 3, Ducks 0

Saturday, 02.3.2007 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Predators 3, Ducks 0


AP-The Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks have been fighting for supremacy in the Western Conference for most of the season.

The Predators continued to pad their lead in the West, shutting down the Ducks 3-0 Saturday night. It was the Predators' second straight win over Anaheim and their first regulation win against the Ducks since Oct. 9, 2003.

"I think both teams are similar in a lot of ways," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We both have the ability to skate, to create off the rush and the transition and we both have good goaltending.

"I think our defense many be a little deeper, but we don't have two studs like Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger who have loads of experience. Once they get Niedermayer back in there it will probably give them the edge up front with their top four just on experience."

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season and 19th overall. Vokoun stopped short of calling it his best outing since returning from a thumb injury Jan. 9.

"I'm getting there," Vokoun said. "Getting a shutout is a good thing. Our guys played smart defensively. They took a lot of shots, but most of them were from the outside. We had 20 shots, but we probably had more quality scoring chances than they did."

Vokoun started despite dealing with a flu bug that has been biting several members of the team.

"I'm not worried about whether I am feeling great or not," Vokoun said. "You can hear it in my voice. It is a work in progress. Some nights you don't feel good and you win the game. Sometimes you feel pretty good and you lose."

Jason Arnott scored a power-play goal and added an assist on Steve Sullivan's power-play goal. Dan Hamhuis scored the other goal for the Predators.

Hamhuis scored at 4:52 of the first period. He fired a slap shot from the left point that bounced off of Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and over goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere's shoulder.

Arnott scored 56 seconds into the second period. Kimmo Timonen, skating high in the slot, hit Arnott with a pass and he hammered a one-timer past Giguere from the left faceoff circle.

With 12 seconds left in the game, Sullivan struck on a 5-on-3 power play. Sullivan shoved the puck past Giguere in heavy traffic in front of the net.

"The puck wasn't rolling our way," Giguere said. "It didn't seem like we had the energy we usually have. It was frustrating game."

The game was a physical one with Nashville's Kimmo Timonen one target for Anaheim. Tempers flared in the final couple of minutes with Sean O'Donnell and Travis Moen of Anaheim both earning fighting majors and game misconducts at 18:39.

Nashville's Shea Weber was given a fighting major and a game misconduct for his part in the fighting. Nashville's Scott Hartnell received a fighting major in the melee and Darcy Hordihcuk was hit with a 10-minute misconduct.

"That's hockey," Arnott said. "You play a team like Anaheim, a playoff competitive team, and it is going to get rough out there. Frustrations are high when a team is down 2-0. Our guys stuck together. That's what you have to do."

Notes: The game was the Predators' first at home since the All-Star break. ... Arnott, who became the first Predators player to reach 20 goals this season, has a goal in each of his last four games and is on a seven-game points streak (four goals, five assists). ... Giguere had given up only two goals in his previous two games since the All-Star break.

 

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60


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