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Predators defeat Ducks in shootout

Fiala scores winner to hand Anaheim sixth loss in past seven games

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Kevin Fiala scored in the second period and in the shootout in a 3-2 win for the Nashville Predators against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

The Predators (16-7-3) are 11-2-1 in their past 14 games.

 

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"Obviously the first two periods were not good at all, but we stuck with it," Predators forward Filip Forsberg said. "[Goaltender Pekka Rinne] played unbelievable, kept us in the game. They got a goal and we just keep battling back, and the third period was good."

Video: ANA@NSH: Turris beats Miller to seal SO win for Preds

Rinne has won six of his past seven starts.

"I think this year in the third period we've given up a lot of goals and late leads, and things like that," Rinne said. "But we've still been able to win games, [overtime] and shootout. We talked about it a lot. We've been talking about it throughout these few home games. We really have to pay attention in the third period and keep going and keep attacking the game."

The Ducks (11-11-5) have lost six of their past seven games (1-4-2).

"I thought we battled real hard," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "I thought the game was played pretty much on an even balance there. It was a game that was physically challenging for both hockey clubs. We have to take the point and move on."

Calle Jarnkrok tied the game 2-2 for the Predators at 11:17 of the third period on the power play. Forsberg took the original shot, and Jarnkrok beat Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller on the rebound for his fourth goal.

"Always when we play these guys, it's a playoff game," Jarnkrok said. "It's a heavy game. I'm just happy we got the two points today."

Video: ANA@NSH: Rinne, Predators scramble to keep puck out

Cam Fowler gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 5:01 of the third period on a wrist shot on the rush. He entered the zone and shot around Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm and past Rinne for his third goal.

Fiala gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 8:00 of the second period on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle on the power play. He received a pass from Kyle Turris and beat Miller for his third goal.

"I thought it was a tough game," Fiala said. "Hits everywhere and a tight game. I think we did well. It was fast, but mostly heavy."

Corey Perry tied the game 1-1 at 12:44 on the power play. Adam Henrique one-timed a pass from Brandon Montour, and Perry tipped it for his fifth of the season.

Predators forward Ryan Johansen left in the second period after a collision with Fiala. The Predators did not have an update on his status.

"We crashed," Fiala said. "I don't know anything more about that. We just crashed."

Video: ANA@NSH: Perry deflects home Henrique's shot

 

Goal of the game

Jarnkrok's goal at 11:17 of the third period to tie the game 2-2.

Video: ANA@NSH: Jarnkrok pots rebound for game-tying PPG

 

Save of the game

Miller's save on Fiala at 12:11 of the third period to keep the game 2-2.

Video: ANA@NSH: Miller gets help to deny Preds in 3rd

 

Highlight of the game

Fiala's goal at 8:00 of the second period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.

Video: ANA@NSH: Fiala picks the corner for power-play goal

 

They said it

"When you're playing on the road, you've got to establish your style of game. And I thought we did a lot of good things in the hockey game. They're a good team. They rolled along and they find ways to be intimidating in this building, but I don't think we were intimidated by it one bit. I think that the issue for us is we're just going to have to continue to play our game and stay more disciplined in some of the things that are going on out there, and we'll find our way." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

"It gets pretty heated. It's kind of right on the borderline between if it's fair hockey or not. It gets a little bit nasty at times, but those are fun games. You get ready for those. Already a few years back, I feel like we have some history with Anaheim now over the years and over the playoff series, and things like that. It's gotten to a point where I feel like they don't really like us, and we don't like them. It's a good setup for a good match." -- Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne on the rivalry with the Ducks

 

Need to know

Fowler had two points (one goal, one assist) and seven shot attempts. He has two goals and three assists in his past five games. … Forsberg has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN1, PRIME, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Boston Bruins on Monday (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN, NESN, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Fiala, Turris lift Preds to 3-2 SO win against Ducks

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