Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night for their fifth straight win and 15th in 16 games. Selanne’s fifth goal this season came on the power play at 18:52 of the second, capping a four-goal period for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf also scored two goals, and Corey Perry added a goal. Matt Beleskey had two assists. Paul Gaustad, Craig Smith and Rich Clune scored a goal each for Nashville, and Matt Cullen had two assists. But the Predators lost for only the second time in regulation when scoring first. The Ducks started a two-game road trip a bit sluggish as the Predators opened by quickly scoring twice. Gaustad scored 200th NHL point with his seventh goal this season at 1:52 on a wrister, and Smith got his 13th at 2:22 off a 2-on-1 with a nice pass from Kevin Klein. The Ducks came out ready to play in the second when they outshot Nashville 17-8. Perry tied it up with his own quick goals early in the second period. He got his first 55 seconds into the second on a wrister and beat Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec’s glove again at 4:36 with another wrist shot. Clune put Nashville ahead 3-2 when he swatted the puck out of the air past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen at 5:31 off a pass from Smith. But Perry answered almost immediately beating Mazanec glove-side with a wrister at 6:27. Gabriel Bourque went to the box for holding Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy at 17:07, and Selanne scored on a snap shot at 18:52 off an assist from Patrick Maroon giving the Ducks their first lead of the game.
Teemu Selanne’s caps four-goal period as Ducks beat Predators
L.A. Daily News | Jan 10