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Ducks top Predators, end four-game losing streak

Gibson makes 33 saves, Rakell has goal, assist; Nashville has lost seven of 10

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

Rakell's rebound goal

ANA@NSH: Rakell cleans up Getzlaf's rebound

Rickard Rakell crashes to the net and sweeps up Ryan Getzlaf's rebound past Juuse Saros to extend the Ducks' lead to 3-1 in the 2nd

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NASHVILLE -- Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson each had a goal and an assist for the Anaheim Ducks in a 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

John Gibson made 33 saves for the Ducks (18-24-5), who ended a four-game losing streak.

"It's nice to win games," Manson said. "It's never fun to lose, so we get that win and remind ourselves that we can do that. We can play for 60 minutes and stay on the gas the whole way."


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Viktor Arvidsson and Mikael Granlund scored, and Juuse Saros made 23 saves for the Predators (21-18-7), who have lost seven of their past 10 games (3-6-1).

"No one is going to give this group confidence," Predators coach John Hynes said. "Confidence comes through your preparation, how you're going to play, playing the game the right way and doing the right things. That's our task moving forward is getting this group mentally focused and (to have) more push-back in our game. Those are the things we're going to address with our group and try to continue moving forward."

Video: ANA@NSH: Henrique pushes home power-play goal

Manson gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 10:01 of the first period off a cross-ice pass from Ondrej Kase.

Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal to make it 2-0 at 12:22, jamming in a rebound in the crease after Saros stopped Rakell's one-timer.

Arvidsson cut it to 2-1 at 13:56 when he redirected Roman Josi's one-timer from the point.

Rakell gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead at 9:52 of the second period on a rebound, and Derek Grant, who missed the previous 12 games because of a shoulder injury, pushed the lead to 4-1 at 8:03 of the third period on a shorthanded breakaway.

"It just adds depth to the lineup," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "This is a good hockey team over there that we played. I thought we reacted well after a couple of days off."

Granlund scored a shorthanded goal for the Predators to make it 4-2 at 15:22 of the third.

"It feels like when we go down 1-0 or 2-0, it seems like we are just dead on the bench," Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi said. "And that's something we've got to take out of our game. We're going to get down in games, it's going to happen. … But we can't just sit and be like 'Here we go again.' I feel like that's sometimes how the mindset is on the bench. It gets quiet when we start getting down 1-0 or 2-0."

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg had two blocks in 18:06 of ice time in his return after missing the previous three games because of an upper-body injury.

"A little rusty, a little off on the timing, but I tried to work my way through it," Silfverberg said. "Obviously, I would like to have had one or two shots on net at the end of the night, but tonight was just all about finding that timing again and obviously a big win for us."

Video: ANA@NSH: Grant nets backhander for breakaway SHG


They said it

"I think we played as a full team tonight. [Gibson] was there when we needed him, the penalty kill stepped up, the power play got us one, too. I think it was a full team win tonight, and that's the kind of effort and kind of game that we expect of ourselves every night." -- Ducks defenseman Josh Manson

Video: ANA@NSH: Manson goes top shelf to open scoring

"You want to be able to have situational awareness where details are done. It's important that you coach it in the meetings of what we need to do in certain situations, and then I think you have to hold guys accountable when there are mental errors or mental mistakes. I think that's something that's important and is a big part of getting this group up and running." -- Predators coach John Hynes


Need to know

Anaheim is 2-6-1 in its past nine games with each win coming against Nashville (won 5-4 in a shootout on Jan. 5). … Josi has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in his past 15 games.


What's next

Ducks: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

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