First Period Recap: For the first five minutes, the only real action came as a result of Preds goalie Carter Hutton being very aggressive in playing the puck, but even those weren't as dangerous as they could have been. The game really opened up with the first penalty of the game, a hooking minor called against Daniel Winnik.

The Ducks actually had the best chance while shorthanded when Andrew Cogliano and Matt Beleskey went in on a 2-on-1 but were thwarted by a great sliding play from Ryan Ellis to get his stick into the passing lane, but Hiller also had to make a couple of good saves.

About three minutes after the kill Nashville opened the scoring. Victor Bartley took a shot from the point that was redirected nicely on net. Hiller did well to get a pad on it but Victor Stalberg was there to chip the rebound over the Swiss netminder. Unfortunately as the puck floated over him, Hiller reached back and knocked it into his own net.

Nashville took the momentum of that goal and had a strong next shift which ended Bryan Allen cross checking Rich Clune (who had a rough night overall) away from the play for going hard to the net. The ensuing PK for the Ducks was atrocious. They didn't get to any loose pucks, Preds were all over the crease and getting shots through. The only semi-decent part of the kill was Hiller and he was fantastic.

Just as Allen was released from the box the puck came to him and he sent Cogliano on a 2-on-1 with Jacob Silfverberg. Cogs shot for the far pad creating a rebound for Silfverberg and Hutton made the save of the game to keep Nashville in the lead for the moment.

It was starting to look like a carbon copy of the past few games where the Ducks couldn't get anything going offensively. More than the shutdown effort we saw against Dallas and Columbus, this time it was due in large part to the Predators controlling the puck in the Ducks zone and the Ducks being completely scattered defensivley. That is, until Ryan Getzlaf flung a puck toward Corey Perry on the back post and it deflected in off of Roman Josi to tie the game.

The period ended with Nashville doubling up the Ducks on shots 14-7, but even where it counts.

Second Period Recap: At the start of the second, the Ducks continued to scramble around the defensive zone, forcing Hiller to come up with more very good saves. About three minutes in, Shea Weber got hit in the face with a puck off the stick of Dustin Penner. After the play Weber's Olympic teammate, Corey Perry checked to see if he was alright. Clearly he was, since he stayed on the ice for the next shift.

Speaking of that next shift, it finally gave the Ducks some momentum as the PPG line was firing on all cylinders. Perry and Penner each had chances off of rebounds, but Hutton was up to the task.

Eight and a half minutes into the period Mike Fisher went off for a high sticking double minor against Winnik behind the Preds' net. It took a while for the Ducks to get set up on the PP, but with about 20 seconds left on the first penalty they finally did. Perry had a golden chance at the side of the net, but chose to try and get it to Francois Beauchemin on the far post instead and was stopped by the stick of Hutton.

During the second minor to Fisher, Perry had a very similar chance at the side of the net, but this time when he tried zipping it across the crease it deflected off the skate of Bartley and into the top of the net. Another lucky goal gave the Ducks their first lead in three and a half games.

The Ducks went on the power play next and it was another wide open affair with chances at both ends. Eric Nystrom nearly got free twice for shorthanded opportunities, but Cam Fowler stopped him (probably getting away with a penalty on at least one).

With just under three minutes remaining Hutton came up big once again, stopping Beleskey and Winnik in close and as the whistle sounded Rich Clune and Bryan Allen dropped the gloves. Decision goes to Allen as he landed a couple of heavy hits with a major reach advantage.