Game Recap

Predators 3, Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 3, Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Nashville Predators 3

After taking an early 1-0 lead in Nashville, the Ducks were unable to get anything else into the net and fell to the Predators 3-1.

For Anaheim (16-18-7), which found out earlier in the week that it was tied with three other teams (including Nashville) for the most Olympians with eight, the loss was its fourth straight on the road dating back to Dec . 23.

Jason Arnott broke a tie with his first goal in 10 games to help the Nashville Predators beat the Ducks.

Midway through the third period, Shea Weber carried the puck into the Anaheim zone and found Arnott on the left side. From just above the left faceoff dot, Arnott beat Jonas Hiller high to the stick side with a slap shot.

"We gave ourselves a chance," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "We missed an assignment on neutral ice, and Arnott made a big time shot."

Arnott's coach was happy to see the captain find the back of the net again.

"The last couple of nights, he's had some glorious chances, but the pucks been jumping, hitting him in the skates, getting into the Bermuda Triangle as a player would call it, and really locking him up," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Sometimes you can get a bit frustrated."

Anaheim's Mike Brown opened the scoring at 7:45 of the opening period. It was his fifth goal of the season, extending his career high in the category.

Evgeny Artyukhin sent the puck toward the Nashville net, but Pekka Rinne was unable to cover with his glove, and a sliding Brown was able to get his stick on it and put it by the Finnish goalie for his fifth goal of the season. Brown has scored in consecutive games for the first time in his 108-game NHL career.

Weber tied it at 1 with 4:33 left in the second period.

The goal came on a succession of slap shots from Weber. Hiller denied the Canadian Olympian on his first two attempts, but the third shot in an 11-second span sailed by the goalie's glove.

"Guys made some great plays getting me the puck, and I just tried to get shots through," Weber said. "Hiller played great in the first and did a great job for them. We could have been up a couple of goals coming out of the first."

Weber's goal was his first since Nov. 25, a span of 18 games. He tied a career high with 10 shots on goal in the game.

"We didn't play our best the first two periods," Hiller said. "We gave up a lot of scoring chances."

Rinne preserved the win with a glove save on James Wisniewski with eight seconds remaining in the third. Rinne finished with 25 saves.

David Legwand's empty-net goal at the buzzer accounted for the final scoring.

NOTES: The Ducks have scored just one power-play goal in their last six games. ... Nashville D Kevin Klein returned to the lineup after missing a game because of an upper-body injury. ... Arnott's goal was his 100th for Nashville.

scoring summary
1st Period
Mike Brown (5) ASST: Evgeny Artyukhin (2), Petteri Nokelainen (3)
1 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
Shea Weber (7) ASST: Jason Arnott (13), Patric Hornqvist (9)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
Jason Arnott (12) ASST: Shea Weber (16), Steve Sullivan (16)
2 - 1 NSH
EN - David Legwand (10) ASST: Joel Ward (15), Jason Arnott (14)
3 - 1 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Ryan Suter  Slashing against  Ryan Carter
Ryan Whitney  Cross checking against  J-P Dumont
3rd Period
Matt Beleskey  Hooking against  Ryan Jones
Cody Franson  Holding against  Evgeny Artyukhin
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 35TOI: 58:33
Saves: 33EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .943SH: 0 - 0
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
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