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Palmieri’s hat trick leads Ducks over Predators

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Kyle Palmieri #51 (L) of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates with Corey Perry #10 after scoring his second of three goals in a row for the Ducks' third goal of the first period against the Nashville Predators at Honda Center on February 27, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kyle Palmieri #51 (L) of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates with Corey Perry #10 after scoring his second of three goals in a row for the Ducks’ third goal of the first period against the Nashville Predators at Honda Center on February 27, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Kyle Palmieri ended a 10-game goal drought with his first NHL hat trick, Viktor Fasth made 20 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 Wednesday night for their seventh straight home victory.

Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu also scored for Anaheim. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf assisted on all three goals by Palmieri, who hadn’t scored since netting back-to-back game-winners on Feb. 1-2 against Minnesota and Los Angeles.

Palmieri completed his outburst against Pekka Rinne 1:07 into the second period, during a power play after Nashville had too many men on the ice.

It was the sixth natural hat trick in club history and marked the third career multigoal game for the 22-year-old forward, selected by the Ducks in the first round of the 2009 draft.

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