Frederik Andersen made a season-high 44 saves, including 22 in the third period, to lead the Ducks past the Predators and to their eighth victory in their past 10 contests.
With the win, the Ducks (34-12-6, 74 points) leapfrogged the Predators (33-12-6, 72 points) for first place in the NHL standings. Nashville, however, holds one game in hand and owns the ROW tiebreaker (NSH: 29, ANA: 27).
The Ducks improved to 7-1-0 in their past eight meetings with the Predators dating to Jan. 26, 2013 (NSH: 1-4-3). These clubs face off one more time in 2014-15, on March 15 at Honda Center.
Andersen earned his 29th victory of the season to move into a share of first place in the NHL (with Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne). His 44 saves were five shy of his career high, established on March 2, 2014 vs. CAR (49 saves in 5-3 W).
Jakob Silfverberg (2-0—2) recorded his fourth career multi-goal game and second of the season to power the Ducks to a 4-0 lead after two periods. Silfverberg also notched his fourth career shorthanded marker and first since April 9, 2014 vs. SJS.
Matt Beleskey reached the 20-goal milestone for the first time in his career. He also tallied his seventh game-winning goal of the season, tied for the most in the NHL.
Corey Perry added an empty-net goal for his team-leading 22nd marker of the season. Sami Vatanen also found the back of the net; he shares seventh among defensemen with 11 goals in 2014-15.
Frederik Andersen On facing 24 shots in the third period We knew they were going to come at us pretty hard. I was just trying to stand tall. We had a pretty good lead. We had a couple of goals to give, but we really didn’t want to. Good thing we managed to get the win. On facing Pekka Rinne When you play against one of the best goalies in the league, and against one of the top teams, you want to perform. It turned out pretty good today. I did my job.
Jakob Silfverberg On the victory We didn’t get frustrated in the third period despite not getting a lot of shots on net. We had to play defense pretty much the whole period, but we stuck with it. Freddy [Andersen] played a heck of a game. It’s a tough building to win in, but we did it today, and that’s great.
On his two goals On the first one, I don’t think [Shea] Weber expected [Pekka] Rinne to play the puck. I just pokechecked it to myself and put it in. The second one was a good shot by Cam [Fowler] that I managed to get my stick on and deflect into the net. Two good goals for me. It was a good feeling.