Earlier this week at Centennial Park, a duck was stuck in ice and had to be freed by rescue officials. It turned out to not be a premonition when the Anaheim Ducks' visit to Bridgestone Arena Thursday night.
Ryan Getzlaf's three points (two goals, one assist) and Teemu Selanne's game-winner pushed the Ducks to a 4-3 victory, notching their fourth win in-a-row.
Going into the game, the Predators understood who they were up against and who they had to shut down –Getzlaf and Corey Perry. They did not shut down the top two scorers on the Ducks as they combined for four points.
Getzlaf scored twice to tie the game up after a fast Nashville start to the game. Paul Gaustad and Craig Smith scored thirty seconds apart at 1:52 and 2:22, respectively. Matt Beleskey fed the Anaheim captain for both of his goals at 0:55 and 4:36 into the second period.
Perry would respond twenty-six seconds after Rich Clune re-gained the one goal lead with 5:31 off the clock. A defensive meltdown allowed Perry to skate in alone on Marek Mazanec and score to tie the game at three.
Mazanec was victimized by bad defensive plays twice, but made twenty-four saves.
Getzlaf and Perry now combine for 99 points this season.
Selanne's power play game-winning-goal with 1:08 to go in the second would be the final goal of the game after a high scoring first two periods.
Frederik Andersen improves to 10-2-0 after turning away all twelve Nashville shots in the third period, for a total of twenty-three saves.
– Ryan Ellis had a superb third period on one shift, specifically, on the first unit of the man advantage with Seth Jones. Twice, Ellis kept the puck from leaving the offensive zone, sacrificing his body. The great effort earned him a standing ovation from the home town fans. Ellis ended the night with a +3 rating on 18:54 of ice time.
– It was a dirty, but smart, decision from Frederik Andersen to knock the net off its pegs while Shea Weber's slapper from the opposite end of the ice was coming full blast towards the net. Although it didn't go on net, it would have been interesting to see what would've occurred if the puck went into the net, despite it being loose. The first thought would be that it wouldn't be a goal, no matter what. Smart move by Andersen.
– Rich Clune had quite the role with Patric Hornqvist out of the lineup due to a lower body injury. Along with the goal and a fight (seen below), Clune was given the opportunity to stand in front of the net and be a pest in the dying moments of the game. It was innovative thinking by Trotz, which is something we could see more of while Hornqvist is injured. Anyways, enjoy the fight which he was rocked in!
NSH 0-1: Paul Gaustad – Bourque and Stalberg at 1:52 in the 1st
NSH 0-2: Craig Smith – Cullen and Hendricks at 2:22 in the 1st
ANA 1-2: Ryan Getzlaf – Beleskey at 0:55 in the 2nd
ANA 2-2: Ryan Getzlaf (2) – Beleskey (2) at 4:36 in the 2nd
NSH 2-3: Rich Clune – Smith and Cullen (2) at 5:31 in the 2nd
ANA 3-3: Corey Perry – Getzlaf at 6:27 in the 2nd
ANA 4-3: PP Teemu Selanne – Maroon and Perreault at 18:52 in the 2nd
NSH: Marek Mazanec (L) – 24 saves on 28 shots; played 59:33
ANA: Frederik Andersen (W) – 23 saves on 26 shots; played 59:05
My Three Stars
1. Ryan Getzlaf: 2 Goals, Assist
2. Ryan Ellis: +3 rating
3. Matt Cullen: 2 Assists
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Forsberg, Hornqvist and Bartley
Predators starters: Nystrom, Fisher, Wilson, Weber, Josi and Mazanec
Ducks scratches: Penner, Slifverberg and Yonkman
Ducks starters: Beleskey, Getzlaf, Perry, Beauchemin, Lindholm and Andersen