ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves, and the Nashville Predators clamped down defensively on the high-flying Anaheim Ducks in a 4-1 victory in their first round playoff series opener Wednesday night.
Steve Sullivan got his first goal since mid-December, and captain Shea Weber also scored for the fifth seeded Predators, who got off to a great grinding start as they attempt to win a playoff series for the first time in six tries over seven seasons.
Teemu Selanne scored during a two-man advantage with 8:36 to play for the fourth-seeded Ducks, whose late-season offensive surge was no match for the imposing Rinne and Nashville’s defensive style.
Game 2 is Friday at Anaheim.
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