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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Dustin Penner scored the tying goal early in the third period and Teemu Selanne got the deciding goal in a shootout, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.
In a battle of division leaders fighting it out for the top spot in the Western Conference, Selanne also scored his 39th goal of the season in his reunion with longtime Ducks linemate Paul Kariya. Selanne, who eclipsed Kariya's franchise records for goals and game-winners earlier this season, needs 20 points, 24 assists and three power-play goals to break Kariya's club records in those categories.
Penner extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, the longest by a rookie in Ducks history. Penner could have had two, but he hit the right post from close range with four minutes left in the first period.
Kimmo Timonen and J.P. Dumont scored first-period goals for the conference-leading Predators, who had a season-low 14 shots and none in OT after scoring at least four goals in each of their previous six games. Kariya scored their only goal in the shootout.
The point Nashville got in the defeat, coupled with Detroit's overtime loss to Colorado, put the Predators three points ahead of the Red Wings in the Central Division and four ahead of the Pacific Division-leading Ducks.
Nashville played without Peter Forsberg, David Legwand and Steve Sullivan, all out with minor injuries. Jason Arnott missed his second straight game with flulike symptoms.
Penner got the equalizer with 16:34 left in regulation, redirecting a one-timer from the left point by Chris Pronger past Tomas Vokoun for his 24th goal.
Center Rich Peverley made his NHL debut and set up the game's first goal. The 24-year-old center won a faceoff deep in the Anaheim zone and got the puck back to Timonen, who threaded a quick shot between Anaheim teammates Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz and through Giguere's pads at 8:48 of the opening period.
Giguere, who shut out the Predators on Dec. 6 in Anaheim, surrendered Dumont's 18th goal just four seconds before the end of the first period when Dumont's rising 45-foot slap shot went off the goalie's blocking pad. Kariya set up the goal, carrying the puck into the zone and leaving a perfect drop pass for Dumont that just missed hitting Selanne's stick.
Selanne answered Dumont's goal just 64 seconds into the second period. Kunitz blocked Marek Zidlicky's shot from just inside the Anaheim blue line and the puck caromed into the neutral zone, where Andy McDonald took off down the ice and got it to Selanne near the net as Zidlicky made an unsuccessful diving attempt to break up the pass.
Tempers flared in the final minute of the second period after former Ducks defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski took a run at McDonald in the Nashville zone. Travis Moen retaliated against Vishnevski and got a cross-checking penalty. Another scrum broke out behind the Anaheim net after the period ended, and Giguere left his crease while Vokoun stayed put. But referees Dave Jackson and Justin St. Pierre chose not to assess a minor penalty to Giguere.
Notes: Monday is the sixth anniversary of the trade in which the Ducks sent Selanne to the San Jose Sharks for LW Jeff Friesen and G Steve Shields. Selanne returned to Anaheim as a free agent in August 2005. In between his stints with the Ducks, their record was 104-110-17 with 30 ties. ... Kariya, Legwand, Sullivan and Scott Hartnell all are tied for the Predators lead with 22 goals - and Arnott has 21.
FINAL GAME LOG:
ANA 35 JS Giguere
NSH 29 Tomas Vokoun
1. ANA - R. Getzlaf - GOAL
2. NSH - A. Radulov - NO GOAL - SAVE
3. ANA - T. Selanne - GOAL
4. NSH - P. Kariya - GOAL
5. ANA - C. Perry - NO GOAL - SAVE
6. NSH - M. Erat - NO GOAL - POST
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 3-35, NSH 3-14
0:00 - Overtime is under way with the Ducks and Preds tied 2-2.
20:00 - END OF 3RD PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 13-32, NSH 3-11
6:29 - NSH PEN - 20 R. Suter. 2 min. holding. Anaheim is 0-for-4 on the power play.
3:26 - ANAHEIM GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER (24). Penner tips home a Chris Pronger slap shot to tie the contest 2-2. Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf get the assists. The goal give Penner a 4-game goal streak - the longest by a rookie in club history.
0:00 - The third period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 8-19, NSH 5-11.
20:00 - After a melee at the end of the second period - Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer and Nashville's JP Dumont pick up roughing minors.
19:13 - ANA PEN - 32 T. Moen - 2 min. cross checking. Nashville is 0-for-1 on the power play today.
16:51 - NSH PEN - 22 J. Tootoo - 2 min. tripping. Anaheim is 0-for-3 in the game.
4:33 - NSH PEN - 3 E. Zidlicky - 2 min. holding. The teams will skate 4-on-4.
3:53 - ANA PEN - 44 R. Niedermayer - 2 min. interference. Nashville gets their first power play. The Preds are operating at 17.6% with the man advantage (T-19th NHL). The Ducks are killing at 84.2% (17th NHL).
1:34 - Anaheim's George Parros and Nashville's Darcy Hordichuk engage in a spirited tilt in front of the Nashville bench. Parros lands several right hands and the fight ends with the Ducks' enforcer wrestling Hordichuk to the ice. Both pugilists receive 5 minute fighting majors.
1:04 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (39). Selanne and Andy McDonald get in 2-on-0 on Vokoun. Selanne slides the puck 5-hole to cut the Nashville lead to 2-1. McDonald and Chris Kunitz get the assists.
0:00 - The second period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS: ANA 11, NSH 6
19:56 - NASHVILLE GOAL - JP DUMONT (23). Dumont shoots a bouncing puck that seems to knuckle past JS Giguere to give Nashville a 2-0 lead with only four seconds left in the first period. Paul Kariya and Dan Hamhuis get the assists.
17:05 - NSH PEN - 47 A. Radulov - 2 min. hooking. Anaheim is 0-for-1 on the power play in the game.
8:48 - NASHVILLE GOAL - KIMMO TIMONEN (10). Center Rich Peverley wins an in-zone face off back to Timonen who one-times a slap shot by JS Giguere to give Nashville a 1-0 lead. Peverley gets the lone assist.
3:55 - NSH PEN - 5 G. Zanon - 2 min. holding. Anaheim is operating at 21.6% with the man advantage this season (3rd NHL). The Predators are killing at 84.5% (5th NHL).
0:00 - The first period is under way.
0:00 - Several key Predators out of the lineup tonight: David Legwand (upper body injury), Jason Arnott (flu-like symptoms), Peter Forsberg (upper body injury).
Starters: ANA G 35 JS Giguere, D 23 F. Beauchemin, D 27 S. Niedermayer, RW 8 T. Selanne, C 19 A. McDonald, LW 14 C. Kunitz; NSH G 29 T. Vokoun, D 2 D. Hamhuis, D 6 S. Weber, RW R. Abid, C S. Nichol, LW M. Erat
Scratches: ANA D 5 R. Jackman, C 22 T. Marchant, LW 24 B. May, RW 38 R. Shannon; NSH C 11 D. Legwand, C 19 J. Arnott, 21 C P. Forsberg, 26 RW S. Sullivan
Referees: 8 Dave Jackson, 45 Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: 77 Tim Nowak, 71 Brad Kovachik
The Predators look to create some space between themselves and the rest of the West when they visit the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
Nashville (43-18-4) beat Los Angeles 6-3 on Saturday to move two points ahead of Detroit for first place in both the Central Division and the conference. The Predators have won four straight games, a run which started Feb. 24 with a 4-3 home victory over the Red Wings.
Forsberg, acquired from Philadelphia on Feb. 15, had three assists in Saturday's victory. He has a goal and five assists in his last four games - including the game-winning overtime score against Detroit - after failing to record a point in his first three games with the Predators.
Nashville, which is playing the fourth of a five-game road trip, is 5-1-1 since picking up the veteran center.
"A year ago, would you ever think that Peter Forsberg would be available at the trade deadline? I wouldn't, and I don't think too many people around the league would think that," said Predators forward Paul Kariya, whose two goals Saturday came on assists from Forsberg. "He's the ultimate professional and he makes players around him better. There's no higher a compliment that you can give a player than that. I've never seen him take a shift off."
Kariya, who spent the first nine seasons of his career in Anaheim and is the Ducks' all-time leader with 669 points, has five goals and an assist in his last four games. He has two goals and four assists in nine career games against his former club, which he left before the 2003-04 season.
Two of Forsberg's assists Saturday came on power-play goals. The Predators went 3-for-7 with the man advantage, and are 6-for-17 in their last three games.
Anaheim (38-17-11), meanwhile, is 3-0-1 in its last four games and coming off Friday's 3-1 win over San Jose. Dustin Penner scored his fourth goal in the last three games, extending his team rookie record to 23 on the season.
"When you get more ice time, you get more confidence and it's kind of a snowball effect," Penner said. "Our line now has more onuses to contribute and score goals night in and night out. Management has shown this is the team they want for the playoffs, and that's a big boost for us."
The Ducks, who lead the Pacific by six points over second-place Dallas, are in third place in the Western Conference, five points behind Nashville and three back of Detroit.
Friday's contest opened an eight-game homestand that matches the longest in team history. Anaheim improved to 20-5-7 at the Honda Center.
"Tonight it was a really good effort by everybody," Ducks forward Teemu Selanne said. "When this team plays with passion, we're a very good hockey team."- Associated Press