NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Nashville|
(Tuesday, March 24th)
Final Score: Anaheim 2, Nashville 1 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne netted the decisive goal in the
fourth round of the shootout, as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Nashville
Predators, 2-1, in a clash at Sommet Center between clubs battling for a
playoff spot in the tightly-bunched Western Conference.
Drew Miller lit the lamp for the Ducks, who have won four games in a row.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 31 saves in the win.
"It feels good to be able to close it out and get the big win at the end of
the game," said Giguere. "It was obviously a big game for us. We need the two
points and it was a playoff game tonight."
Shea Weber found the net for the Predators, who have dropped three straight --
all beyond regulation -- and recorded at least a point in five consecutive
games (2-0-3). Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in the loss.
With the win, Anaheim moved into a tie with Nashville for the eighth spot in
the West. Each club has 78 points.
Predators forward David Legwand says they need to get two points every game
"We needed the two points," said Legwand. "It's obviously going to come down
to the finish."
After three scoreless rounds in the shootout, Selanne came down the middle of
the ice and lifted a backhander over Rinne. Giguere then kicked out the left
pad to deny Radek Bonk's bid on the backhand to seal the win.
Anaheim used a perfectly executed 3-on-2 rush to open the scoring. Selanne
glided down the right wing and faked a shot before sliding the puck over to
the slot for Miller, who rifled it past Rinne with 2:22 remaining in the
Ducks forward Corey Perry was called for delay of game early in the third
period and the penalty proved costly as Weber lit the lamp for the home team.
Legwand dished out from behind the enemy cage to Weber sneaking in from
the right point and he hammered the puck past Giguere at the 4:12 mark.
Weber became the third defenseman this season to reach the 20-goal plateau,
joining Washington's Mike Green and Edmonton's Sheldon Souray.
The Ducks split the four-game season series with the Preds...Nashville
finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Anaheim failed to score on its one
chance with the extra skater.
03/25 03:07:08 ET