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Predators score six, defeat Ducks for first win in three games

Arvidsson has two goals, Rinne makes 26 saves for Nashville

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Josi beats Gibson for PPG

ANA@NSH: Josi nets PPG with shot through traffic

Roman Josi snaps a quick wrister on the two-man advantage that beats John Gibson through traffic in front, giving the Predators a 1-0 lead

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NASHVILLE -- Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals in a 6-1 win for the Nashville Predators against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Roman Josi had a goal and an assist and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves, 14 in the first period, for the Predators (5-3-1), who won for the first time in three games.

"With a team like Anaheim, I feel like they've gotten off to a pretty strong start," Rinne said. "It was a physical game, emotional game. I thought that we weathered the second period really well. The first and second, I thought that Anaheim was good and made us defend and made us play a gutsy game, but we were smart and we generated enough chances to score goals."

 

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Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks (6-4-0), who have lost two in a row. Ryan Miller made nine saves on 11 shots in relief of John Gibson, who allowed four goals on 19 shots during the first two periods.

"I thought during the game we had some good parts of it and then some parts that weren't very good, but that's the ups and downs of a season," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "Our goal is to try to win every game, but the reality is we're going to have some valleys and the challenge here is get to practice tomorrow and get better."

Josi gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 11:23 of the first period, scoring on a wrist shot on a 5-on-3 power play. He received a pass from Matt Duchene and his shot through traffic beat Gibson.

Ryan Ellis assisted on Josi's goal and has nine assists in his past five games.

Colton Sissons gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 16:19 of the first period on a wrist shot from the right circle. Sissons had just come out of the penalty box and got the puck, which led to an odd-man rush.

Video: ANA@NSH: Sissons flees box, scores on rush

"We scored two goals in the first, but we let up some chances too off the rush," Arvidsson said. "[Rinne] made huge saves in the first so he kept us in it. I think other than that we played a great game."

Rocco Grimaldi gave Nashville a 3-0 lead 35 seconds into the second period on a redirection of a shot by Nick Bonino.

"I saw the rotation," Grimaldi said. "I saw [Bonino] did a good job of covering for our [defenseman] that was down. I saw that he had it and he didn't really have much, so I figured he was just going to put it at the net. So I tried moving closer to the net, and he delivered a good puck for me to be able to get a stick on."

Mattias Ekholm made it 4-0 at 10:08 of the second on a shorthanded breakaway. He intercepted the puck in the neutral zone and beat Gibson on the blocker side.

Video: ANA@NSH: Ekholm steals puck, roofs wrister for SHG

Getzlaf scored for the Ducks to make it 4-1 at 3:59 of the third period on a wrist shot from the slot.

Arvidsson gave the Predators a 5-1 lead at 4:30 of the third period on a wraparound.

"I think that's a big moment," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's a 4-0 game, they make it 4-1 and there's lots of time left on the clock and the next goal could make it 4-2. Even though 4-1 seems comfortable, I still think that next goal is a pivotal goal. The fact that we were able to come out just a few minutes later and get back that four-goal lead, I thought that was really important."

Arvidsson made it 6-1 at 8:19 of the third period.

Video: ANA@NSH: Arvidsson puts away loose puck in front

 

They said it

"I don't think you can really point to anything specifically. It was just one of those nights where the bounces didn't seem to go our way and all of the sudden we're down two, down three. We just couldn't get rolling. A couple of things didn't bounce our way, and we weren't able to get back in the hockey game. There's going to be nights like that, but we've got to be able to recoup and move on to the next one." -- Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler

"We're friends off the ice and it translates on the ice. I feel like we know each other well, and we can talk about things and stuff like that. He makes great plays out there. He's a smart hockey player and really underrated." -- Nashville forward Viktor Arvidsson on having Calle Jarnkrok on his line

 

Need to know

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg's point streak ended at three games. … Predators forward Kyle Turris has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Dallas Stars on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SW)

Predators: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

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