Anaheim
Ducks
48-20-14
Nashville
Predators
51-23-8

36 SOG
20 SOG
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ANA
NSH
game recap

Predators 3, Ducks 0

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:16 PM

Associated Press

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Predators 3, Ducks 0
Anaheim Ducks 0, Nashville Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (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.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:52
NSH
Dan Hamhuis (4) Tip-in - ASST: Scott Hartnell (13), Alexander Radulov (11)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
00:56
NSH
PPG - Jason Arnott (20) Slapshot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (28), J-P Dumont (32)
2 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
19:47
NSH
PPG - Steve Sullivan (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Arnott (19), Paul Kariya (41)
3 - 0 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
13:58
NSH
Scott Nichol  Elbowing against  Dustin Penner
16:14
NSH
Scott Nichol  Diving against  Francois Beauchemin
16:14
NSH
Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Francois Beauchemin
17:08
ANA
Chris Pronger  Diving against  Steve Sullivan
17:08
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Slashing against  Chris Pronger
17:43
ANA
Richard Jackman  Holding against  David Legwand
2nd Period
00:43
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Slashing against  Steve Sullivan
04:35
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking
09:37
ANA
Dustin Penner  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tomas Vokoun
15:48
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Holding against  Greg Zanon
3rd Period
06:50
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Tripping against  Scott Nichol
10:36
ANA
Chris Pronger  Hi-sticking against  Alexander Radulov
10:36
ANA
Dustin Penner  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
10:36
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Dustin Penner
14:10
NSH
J-P Dumont  Roughing against  Chris Kunitz
14:10
ANA
Chris Kunitz  Roughing against  J-P Dumont
17:48
ANA
Andy McDonald  Hooking against  David Legwand
18:39
NSH
Shea Weber  Game misconduct
18:39
NSH
Shea Weber  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
18:39
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Misconduct (10 min)
18:39
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj)
18:39
ANA
Travis Moen  Game misconduct against  Shea Weber
18:39
ANA
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Shea Weber
18:39
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Game misconduct
18:39
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
18:39
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Instigator against  Scott Hartnell
19:36
ANA
Chris Pronger  Slashing
19:36
ANA
Andy McDonald  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 36TOI: 59:54
Saves: 36EV: 29 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3

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