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Josi extends point streak to 10 for Predators in shootout loss to Ducks

Sets team record by defenseman; Henrique has two goals, assist

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

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Ryan Getzlaf skates in and beats Juuse Saros in the shootout with a wrist shot to lift the Ducks to a 5-4 victory

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ANAHEIM -- Roman Josi extended his point streak to 10 games for the Nashville Predators in a 5-4 shootout loss against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Josi passed Shea Weber for the longest point streak by a defenseman in Predators history when he got an assist on Rocco Grimaldi's game-tying goal at 6:30 of the third period to make it 4-4. He has seven goals and 11 assists during the streak.

Weber's nine-game point streak (three goals, 10 assists) lasted from Dec. 31, 2010 to Jan. 16, 2011.


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Craig Smith scored two goals and Juuse Saros made 43 saves for Nashville (19-15-7), which is 1-3-1 in its past five games.

"Wish we got the two points, and we should have," Josi said.

Adam Henrique had two goals and an assist and Ryan Getzlaf had three assists for Anaheim (17-20-5), which has one regulation win in its past 14 games (5-8-1). John Gibson made 22 saves.

Video: NSH@ANA: Henrique uses skate to put home PPG

Ondrej Kase scored in the first round of the shootout and Getzlaf won it in the fifth. 

"We stuck with it," Getzlaf said. "Our goaltender made some big saves in that shootout to keep us in that thing and keep us alive."

After the Ducks scored three goals in 4:48 during the second period to take a 4-2 lead, the Predators scored twice early in the third to tie the game.

Smith scored his second goal on a rebound to make it 4-3 at 4:13.

Josi then made a move into the slot with the puck to set up Grimaldi for a one-timer that tied it 4-4.

Video: NSH@ANA: Grimaldi finishes off the feed from Josi

Grimaldi had a chance to win the game on a breakaway 42 seconds into overtime, but Gibson used his left pad to keep the puck from crossing the goal line.

"You always want the points, but it was good character comeback," Josi said. "Just have to find a way to win it." 

Cam Fowler scored on a wrist shot between two defenders to tie it 2-2 at 12:34 of the second period.

Daniel Sprong and Henrique followed with back-to-back power play goals at 14:52 and 17:22 to give Anaheim a 4-2 lead.

"We kept pushing," Henrique said. "We didn't get frustrated. Eventually we got a few. That was big for us."

Henrique made it 1-0 at 12:06 of the first period after his initial shot went off Saros' mask and he followed up with a backhand from the slot.

Video: NSH@ANA: Henrique fires backhander past Saros

Austin Watson tipped in a point shot with 49 seconds left in the first period to tie it 1-1.

The Ducks outshot Nashville 21-4 in the first.

Smith scored on a power play at 2:59 of the second period to give the Predators a 2-1 lead.

"The first period didn't go the way we wanted," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "Then we came out in the second, I thought we were doing the right things."


They said it

"It was a good comeback tonight. We weren't happy with the way we were playing in the first. I thought we battled back and stayed with it." -- Predators defenseman Roman Josi

"If we're getting shot volume, that means we're not spending time in our zone. We have to continue doing those things and keep building from our net out." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf


Need to know

Josi is tied for the fourth-longest point streak by an NHL defenseman since the 1999-2000 season; Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers had a 15-game streak in 2015-16. … Smith has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in the past nine games. ... Nashville center Matt Duchene (illness) and defenseman Dante Fabbro (upper body) each missed their second straight game. ... Predators defenseman Alexandre Carrier played 8:44 in his season debut after being called up from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Friday. ... Henrique's first goal gave him 100 points with the Ducks (51 goals, 49 assists). ... Anaheim is 3-12-3 when it outshoots its opponent this season. ... Sprong played his second game of the season with the Ducks after being recalled from San Diego of the AHL on Saturday. ... The Ducks are 4-1 in shootouts this season, winning their past four, all since Dec. 10.


What's next

Predators: Host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-TN, NESN, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-O, NHL.TV)

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