The Nashville Predators said they "exorcised a little ghost" on Sunday. The Ducks have their own demons to worry about. Mike Fisher broke a tie at 10:21 of the third period and the Predators took advantage of Bobby Ryan sitting out the first of his two-game suspension by beating the Ducks 4-3 for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series. Anaheim's Teemu Selanne, who scored two of his team's goals, was angry after the game, and not just because the Ducks lost. It was how they lost. "We had no business in this game. No business," he said. "They wanted it more. They won the battles. We were lucky to even be in this game. I'm very disappointed." The Ducks clearly missed Ryan, part of the Ducks' top offensive line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and ranked second on the team with 34 goals and a career-high 71 points. The NHL suspended Ryan on Saturday for stomping Predators defenseman Jonathon Blum's foot late in the Ducks' 5-3 victory Friday night. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle started Brandon McMillan at left wing for Ryan in hopes of adding more speed over Ryan's size. "The first 30 minutes we stood around and really didn't get our feet moving," Carlyle said. "We committed some atrocious turnovers in the hockey game in the defensive zone. "If we don't play better defensively than we played tonight, then I don't think we can give ourselves much of a chance."
Ducks' defeat leaves Selanne's feathers ruffled
L.A. Daily News | Apr 18