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Dan Hamhuis' overtime goal lifts Predators to 4-3 against Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Defenceman Dan Hamhuis scored 2:17 into overtime to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Joel Ward and J.P. Dumont also scored for the Predators, who have won four of the 19 games they've played in Anaheim.

Dan Ellis, coming off a franchise-record 54-save performance in Nashville's 4-3 overtime win at San Jose on Tuesday night, stopped 32 Anaheim shots.

Brendan Morrison, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, who played their first game since Bob Murray took over as general manager for Brian Burke. Teemu Selanne had three assists in his 600th game with Anaheim.

Hamhuis, whose previous goal was March 15 at Detroit, scored on a one-timer after Jason Arnott fed him the puck from the left corner. The loss was the third straight for the Ducks, who had won eight of nine.

Ward, who missed the previous two games because of an upper body injury, got his third goal of the season on a one-timer from the top of the left circle with 15:25 left in regulation to put Nashville ahead 3-2. The goal came while Anaheim's Bret Hedican was serving a holding penalty.

Getzlaf tied it during a goalmouth scramble with 10:27 left, while Radek Bonk was off for boarding.

Dumont gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 11:26 of the first. Shea Weber took a shot that went wide of the net, but the puck caromed off the end boards and Dumont beat Kunitz to it before tucking his third goal of the season just inside the left post.

Anaheim tied it at 15:05 of the period during a 5-on-3 advantage, after penalties against Jordin Tootoo for tripping and Greg Zanon for kneeing. Kunitz, who was fouled by both players during the same sequence, ended up scoring the equalizer with 31 seconds left on the power play after Selanne fanned on a shot from the left circle and the puck squirted into the low slot.

Jones also scored on a power play after drawing a penalty. Samuel Pahlsson was sent off for hooking the Predators' forward, who converted a rebound at 5:54 of the opening period after Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped a sharp-angle shot by Dan Hamhuis from the left circle. Giguere finished with 31 saves.

The Ducks opened the scoring at the 1:59 mark. Morrison got a pass from Selanne in the slot and was stopped by Ellis, but the puck fluttered in the air and Morrison batted the rebound over the goalie's right shoulder.

Notes: Selanne joined Steve Rucchin (616) and Paul Kariya (606) as the only players in franchise history to play in 600 regular-season games with Anaheim. All three of them served as team captain - Selanne in 1997-98 campaign while Kariya was a contract holdout. ... Brad May returned to the Anaheim lineup after missing six games with a sprained right knee. He got into a fight with Nick Tarnasky at 12:37 of the first period after Hamhuis rammed Ducks enforcer George Parros into the boards in the Nashville zone. ... Nashville RW Martin Erat missed his third straight game because of an upper body injury.

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