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Nashville Predators 1, Anaheim Ducks 6: Special Teams Shine As Ducks Rout Preds

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The Predators put in a lackluster effort as Ducks dominate in Anaheim.

Nashville Predators v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

It was not Nashville’s night as Anaheim dominated from beginning to end tonight.

Anaheim wasted no time in the first period to take an early lead on a powerplay goal from Nick Ritchie. The Predators had some great chances on the man advantage, but could not convert in the end. The first period ended with the Ducks leading 1-0.

It didn’t take long for Anaheim to extend their lead with a 2-on-1 goal from Jakob Silfverberg. He wasn’t done there as Silfverberg add a powerplay goal later on in the second period. The Ducks added another goal on the stick of Corey Perry late in the period to give them a 4-0 lead. Perry’s goal caused a goaltending change for Nashville as Marek Mazanec came in for Pekka Rinne. Anaheim kept the heat on as Andrew Cogliano scored the second shorthanded goal of the night. The second period couldn’t have ended any sooner for the Preds, but not before Ryan Kesler add another goal to end the period with a 6-0 lead.

In the third period, the Predators finally got on the board on a goal from Colin Wilson on the powerplay. That was the only action the third period saw.

In the end, the Predators lack of effort resulted in a 6-1 loss. On to Los Angeles tomorrow night.

Random Observations

  • I am interested to see what defensive pairings that Peter Laviolette will end up going with long term. Hopefully all this shuffling around will lead to a final result soon.
  • Well that did not take long at all.
  • The Predators sure do look good on the powerplay. That is definitely a great thing considering there have been times over the past 2 seasons where Nashville couldn’t buy a man advantage goal. Now only if they could figure out this 5 v. 5 thing.
  • To clarify the previous comment above, I know that scoring goals would make it even better, but you have got to like the chances they are getting.
  • Is it just me, or does Honda Center seem like one of the deadest arenas in the league? I feel like the Predators’ twitter fans are more active than the crowd tonight.
  • I’m guessing the rules for a double minor penalty changed during the intermission, huh?
  • Man, the Preds just look....slow tonight. You would figure the team that had three days rest would be playing with some more gusto than the team who played an overtime game last night. But hey, what do I know?
  • Looks like the Pekka Rinne we were all scared of coming into the season has shown up tonight.
  • It was nice to see some fire in the team in the third period. Too bad it took a six goal deficit to get that fire.
  • I think the thing that worries me more is that Mazanec as a backup is quite worse than Rinne in net. I guess the team hasn’t seen enough of Juuse Saros to call him up and keep him on the main roster permanently.

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Jakob Silfverberg: He had two goals in this one to really break this game open in the second period for Anaheim.
  2. John Gibson: He kept the Ducks in the game early with some huge saves. He was locked in once his team got him a lead.
  3. Colin Wilson: Scored the only goal for the Preds tonight. I feel like I should have one Nashville player in here, so why not the lone goal scorer of the evening middle of the night.

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