Colin Wilson got things rolling with two goals in the first period, followed by scores by Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist. The Ducks brought it back within a two-goal gap on a couple occasions, but Nashville was able to answer each time and keep them at bay, despite the Ducks out-shooting the Predators 16-7 in the second period.
Fisher (2G, 1A) Hornqvist (1G 2A) and Matt Cullen (3A) each enjoyed three-point night for the Preds.
Next up, the Predators (34-32-11) head north to face the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night.
- Apparently the extra days off helped the Preds, because they showed some real jump, especially in the early going.
- Hornqvist's goal ties him with Jason Arnott for 5th all-time on the Predators' list for even-strength goals (67).
- the big news for the Ducks was that Frederik Andersen, who relieved starter Jonas Hiller, left the game with an upper body injury, a development which could impact their goaltending depth heading into the playoffs.
- it was a relief to see Pekka Rinne enjoy a solid game, after having been roughed up in most of his recent outings.
- Fisher hit the 20-goal mark on the season, joining Craig Smith and Shea Weber. This is the 6th 20-goal season of his career.
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