Ducks Use Four-goal Second Period to Defeat Predators

NASHVILLE -- The Anaheim Ducks scored four times in the second period Thursday to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena.

Ryan Getzlaf scored his 21st and 22nd goals, and Corey Perry his 25th, but Teemu Selanne had the game-winner on the power play with 68 seconds left in the second.

Anaheim, which trailed 2-0, capitalized on a penalty on Nashville wing Gabriel Bourque, who was called for holding Ben Lovejoy, with 2:53 to go. Anaheim's Mathieu Perreault spun down low and found Selanne on the opposite side, allowing him to deliver the puck into an open net for his fifth goal of the season.

It was Bourque's second minor of the game after he was a healthy scratch Tuesday.

The NHL-leading Ducks won for the 15th time in their past 16 games. They have lost once in regulation over the past six weeks.

Comeback victories are nothing new for the Ducks, who are a league-best 14-5-1 when their opponent scores first. No other NHL team owns a .500-or-better record when allowing the first goal.

"It’s confidence," said Selanne. "Like tonight, we were down two goals and it didn’t really bother us. We kept coming. Everybody is doing their jobs. That’s the key for us."

Nashville scored on two of its first three shots to take the 2-0 lead 2:22 into the game. Its first goal came from excellent work on the cycle by the line of Bourque, Paul Gaustad and Viktor Stalberg.

Stalberg threw the puck behind the net to Bourque, who sent it into the slot where Gaustad smacked it in at 1:52. It was his seventh goal of the season.

Bourque got back into the lineup because right wing Patric Hornqvist was out with a lower-body injury.

Thirty seconds later, Craig Smith converted a 2-on-1 from Matt Cullen for Smith's team-leading 13th goal.

The game turned early in the second. Fifty-five seconds into the period, Getzlaf scored with a wrist shot from near the left faceoff dot that beat right-handed catching Marek Mazanec to the short side over his glove.

Getzlaf tied the game at 4:36 when Nashville defenseman Shea Weber mishandled the puck and Anaheim turned it into a 3-on-2. Matt Beleskey dropped the puck for Getzlaf, who wristed home his second goal of the game.

Rich Clune helped the Predators briefly retake the lead at 5:31. He got two swipes at a shot Smith threw at the goal from the side of the net and knocked the puck out of the air and in past goalie Frederik Andersen. Smith was on the ice because Matt Hendricks' skate blade fell out a few shifts earlier when he crashed into the boards and had to go for an equipment fix.

Perry tied the score at 3-3 via a breakaway. He caught Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm flat-footed in the neutral zone and Getzlaf sprung his linemate with a long pass. Perry beat Mazanec with an 18-foot wrist shot at 6:27.

The Ducks went 1-for-4 on the power play in tonight's game, just two days after scoring three with the man advantage in a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at Honda Center.

"We know how important special teams are, and we haven’t done a good job," said Selanne. "But, we’re still winning games. If we keep playing five-on-five and we get the power play going, we’re going to be even better. We want to take more pride in it."

The Ducks also neutralized the league's seventh-best power play team, going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 23 shots for his 10th victory of the season. Andersen is now 10-2-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:52NSH Paul Gaustad (7) ASST: Gabriel Bourque (9), Viktor Stalberg (8) 1 - 0 NSH
02:22NSH Craig Smith (13) ASST: Matt Cullen (13), Matt Hendricks (2) 2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
00:55ANA Ryan Getzlaf (21) ASST: Matt Beleskey (8) 2 - 1 NSH
04:36ANA Ryan Getzlaf (22) ASST: Matt Beleskey (9) 2 - 2 Tie
05:31NSH Rich Clune (2) ASST: Craig Smith (14), Matt Cullen (14) 3 - 2 NSH
06:27ANA Corey Perry (25) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (30) 3 - 3 Tie
18:52ANA PPG - Teemu Selanne (5) ASST: Patrick Maroon (6), Mathieu Perreault (13) 4 - 3 ANA
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Getzlaf
Ryan Getzlaf
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 22:17
Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:16
Matt Beleskey
Matt Beleskey
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:35
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:55ANA Patrick Maroon  Fighting (maj) against  Rich Clune
01:55NSH Rich Clune  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Maroon
04:29NSH Gabriel Bourque  Holding against  Corey Perry
15:26NSH Viktor Stalberg  Hi-sticking against  Mathieu Perreault
15:43ANA Nick Bonino  Holding against  Matt Hendricks
2nd Period
17:07NSH Gabriel Bourque  Holding against  Ben Lovejoy
3rd Period
01:00NSH Viktor Stalberg  Too many men/ice - bench
03:13ANA Francois Beauchemin  Slashing against  Roman Josi
09:53ANA Mathieu Perreault  Hi-sticking against  Viktor Stalberg
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/40/3
Faceoff Wins2630
Blocked Shots1116
Penalty Minutes1113
4C. FowlerD0001025:43
6B. LovejoyD0000020:36
7A. CoglianoL00-11016:22
8T. SelanneR10-12014:58
10C. PerryR1033019:44
11S. KoivuC0002017:06
13N. BoninoC00-23213:31
15R. GetzlafC2134022:17
18T. JackmanR00-2105:46
21K. PalmieriR00-12011:46
22M. PerreaultC01-10214:09
23F. BeaucheminD0011225:11
28M. FistricD00-10011:48
34D. WinnikL0001017:58
39M. BeleskeyL0235016:35
45S. VatanenD00-11012:19
47H. LindholmD0010020:57
62P. MaroonL01-1158:09
31F. Andersen2326.88559:05
3S. JonesD00-11021:46
4R. EllisD0032018:54
6S. WeberD00-24024:27
7M. CullenC0222017:16
8K. KleinD0030015:10
11D. LegwandC0001018:08
12M. FisherC00-32018:09
13N. SpalingC0001018:11
15C. SmithR1123019:00
16R. CluneL101256:59
24E. NystromL00-3007:49
25V. StalbergL0111215:55
26M. HendricksL0110010:00
28P. GaustadC1012016:29
33C. WilsonL00-31012:03
42M. EkholmD00-10014:08
57G. BourqueR0112413:36
59R. JosiD00-22025:35
39M. Mazanec2428.85758:40