Ryan Getzlaf Leads Ducks Past Predators, 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) –– Ryan Getzlaf scored twice, Jonas Hiller made 36 saves and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Ducks entered the Olympic break with 87 points at 41-14-5, beating Nashville for the fifth straight time.
Emerson Etem gave Anaheim a 3-2 tie when he tipped Hampus Lindholm’s slap shot into the net 4:51 into the third. Mathieu Perreault sealed the victory 3 minutes later by tipping in Daniel Winnik’s pass.
Corey Perry scored his team-leading 30th goal, and Getzlaf reached 29 by scoring the first and last goals for the Ducks.
Viktor Stalberg and Mike Fisher scored for Nashville. The Predators have lost three straight and are last in the Central Division.
Stalberg opened the scoring with 8:25 left. Hiller blocked Victor Bartley’s slap shot, but Stalberg was there to fling a shot over the sprawling goalie.
Getzlaf tied it with 1:11 left in the period. The Canadian Olympian’s wrist shot from the left side deflected off Predators defenseman Roman Josi and by goalie Carter Hutton.
Perry scored midway through the second. With 49 seconds left in a four-minute power play, Perry flipped a backhander toward the crease. The puck bounced off the skate of a diving Bartley and into the net.
The Predators tied it early in the third on a power play that began in the second period. Fisher scored his 16th goal of the season on a slap shot 1:05 into the third.
Etem broke the tie, getting in front of Hutton at the last second and deflecting Lindholm’s slap shot. Getzlaf added an empty-net goal with 36 seconds left.
Notes: Lindholm had two assists. … Nashville has 60 points at 25-24-10.