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Preds keep hope alive, beat Ducks with 4-goal first period

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Fisher posted two goals and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Nashville kept its fledgling playoff hopes alive, as the team has 79 points and sits six back of idle Dallas for the final spot with five games to play.

Colin Wilson scored twice, Patric Hornqvist gave a goal and two assists while Matt Cullen had three helpers for the Predators, who have won five of seven. Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots in the win.

Kyle Palmieri and Daniel Winnik scored for the Ducks, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.

Jonas Hiller started and was pulled late in the first period, but was back on the ice for the third and stopped 13-of-17 shots. Frederik Andersen relieved Hiller in the first, but wasn't on the ice for the third as he appeared to be shaken up after getting hit in the mask with a shot and stopped 6-of-7 shots.

Anaheim holds a one-point lead over San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division and has a game in hand.

04/05 00:39:58 ET

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