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Predators 3, Ducks 0

Sunday, 02.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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.

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30


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