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Anaheim Ducks 4, Nashville Predators 1 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Anaheim Ducks 4, Nashville Predators 1 FINAL
Anaheim Ducks 4, Nashville Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are doing their best to end this season well, even if it's nowhere near as good as last year.

Sandis Ozolinsh had a power-play goal and Petr Sykora also scored, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Tuesday night for their fourth victory in five games.

With the win, the defending Western Conference champs avoided being eliminated from the playoffs _ for at least one more game.

``Unfortunately, it's a little too late,'' Anaheim captain Steve Rucchin said. ``We want to play, but it's pretty disappointing. We're happy about the win, but it's tough to go out here knowing we're out of the hunt. We're playing for pride right now.''

Vaclav Prospal added a goal and an assist, Sergei Fedorov scored an empty-netter and Rucchin had a pair of assists for Anaheim, which avoided being swept in the four-game season series between the teams.

The Predators could take a lesson from Anaheim in their quest for the six-year franchise's first playoff berth. Nashville remained tied with idle Edmonton for seventh in the West and needed this win with only four home games left. But the Predators, who tied the franchise record with their 34th victory at Calgary on Saturday, couldn't have come out flatter.

``That's not the team we're accustomed to seeing,'' Rucchin said. ``They're a fast and a skilled team.''

But Anaheim scored on two of its first three power plays and outshot Nashville 18-7 in the second period alone in taking a 3-1 lead. Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who stopped 26 shots, couldn't explain the lack of emotion.

``I wish I knew. We were sorely mistaken if we thought they were just going to pack it in and let us win, because nobody's going to do that,'' he said.

Coach Barry Trotz tried to liven up his Predators by shortening shifts and giving rookie Jordin Tootoo, who leads the team in penalty minutes, extra shifts. But he isn't ready to worry yet.

``Our margin of error is nothing. It's a six-game sprint right now. That's what it amounted to,'' he said of the loss.

The Predators had plenty of chances, but went 1-for-9 on the power play and 0-for-5 in the third period, which included a five-on-three in the final seconds. Anaheim goalie Martin Gerber stopped Nashville's best chance when he used his left leg to stop Steve Sullivan midway through the period.

Anaheim coach Mike Babcock had some advice for the Predators.

``They've done a great job to get themselves in this situation, and they've just got to allow themselves to play and they'll be fine,'' Babcock said.

Prospal put the Mighty Ducks up when he scored a power-play goal on the first shot of the game at 2:28 of the opening period. His 19th this season came as he put back a rebound of Rucchin's long shot.

Nashville tied the game at 1 when Scott Walker got his 24th and 100th of his career on a nearly textbook power-play goal off passes from Marek Zidlicky and Sullivan.

But Ozolinsh broke the tie with his fifth goal this season on a one-timer in the high slot near the blue line midway in the second period for a 2-1 lead. Sykora padded the lead as he took advantage of Vokoun being pulled away from the net with 23 seconds left in the period and scored into the open cage.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:28
ANA
PPG - Vinny Prospal (19) ASST: Steve Rucchin (20), Niclas Havelid (19)
1 - 0 ANA
06:17
NSH
PPG - Scott Walker (24) ASST: Steve Sullivan (44), Marek Zidlicky (37)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
11:35
ANA
PPG - Sandis Ozolinsh (5) ASST: Vinny Prospal (33), Martin Skoula (20)
2 - 1 ANA
19:37
ANA
Petr Sykora (22) ASST: Steve Rucchin (21), Ruslan Salei (11)
3 - 1 ANA
3rd Period
18:47
ANA
SHG - EN - Sergei Fedorov (30) ASST: Samuel Pahlsson (14)
4 - 1 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
01:27
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hi-sticking
03:15
ANA
Lance Ward  Holding the stick against  Jordin Tootoo
05:06
ANA
Keith Carney  Slashing against  Andreas Johansson
15:42
ANA
Vinny Prospal  Tripping - Obstruction
2nd Period
03:47
NSH
Greg Johnson  Slashing
07:13
ANA
Andy McDonald  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Tomas Vokoun
10:57
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Tripping
16:11
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Hi-sticking against  Ruslan Salei
3rd Period
02:23
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Holding against  Dan Hamhuis
08:27
ANA
Cam Severson  Interference
10:15
ANA
Keith Carney  Hi-sticking
11:08
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Interference
18:05
ANA
Petr Sykora  Hi-sticking
18:05
ANA
Petr Sykora  Hi-sticking
19:31
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Holding
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 26TOI: 59:56
Saves: 25EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .962SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 28TOI: 58:58
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0