NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – The Anaheim Ducks got off to a slow start falling behind 2-0 in the first period. Ryan Getzlaf certainly got them started in the second.
Getzlaf scored the first two goals in the second, and Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the period as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night.
Selanne’s fifth goal this season came on the power play at 18:52 of the second, capping a four-goal period for the Ducks. Getzlaf also had an assist on Corey Perry’s goal. Matt Beleskey had two assists.
“It seems like when we’re down and we’re not playing well, he takes it upon himself to do what he does until the other guys catch up,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said of Getzlaf. “And Corey does it too. Both of those guys are pretty magical as far as being tough to play against.”
The Ducks started a two-game road trip winning their fifth straight and 15th in 16 games. Getzlaf, who now has a team-high 52 points, said they have to figure out how to play better in the first 10 minutes of games.
Paul Gaustad, Craig Smith and Rich Clune scored a goal each for Nashville, and Matt Cullen had two assists. But the Predators lost for only the second time in regulation when scoring first, and it was their first loss when scoring at least three goals.
“At the end of the day, you look at the score sheet and it’s Getzlaf, Getzlaf, Perry, Selanne,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “I thought we played a pretty solid game but just mismanaged three or four shifts in the Getzlaf-Perry line.”
Capitals 4, Lightning 3
In Tampa, Eric Fehr had two goals, including a tiebreaking redirection with 51.5 seconds left in the third period, as Washington beat the hosts.
Panthers 2, Sabres 1 (SO)
In Buffalo, Brad Boyes scored in regulation and the shootout, lifting Florida over the Sabres.
Devils 1, Stars 0
In Newark, New Jersey, Cory Schneider earned his third shutout of the season and Michael Ryder scored his team-leading 15th goal as the Devils snapped a three-game winless streak with a victory over Dallas.
Hurricanes 6, Maple Leafs 1
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, and Jeff Skinner extended his offensive surge with a goal and an assist to lead the Hurricanes to a win over Toronto.
Wild 4, Coyotes 1
In Glendale, Arizona, Justin Fontaine scored three goals, Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 shots and Minnesota won its fourth straight game by beating Phoenix.
Sharks 4, Red Wings 1
In San Jose, Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a win over Detroit.
Dan Boyle and Andrew Desjardins also scored for San Jose.
Kings 4, Bruins 2
In Los Angeles, Justin Williams had a power-play goal and an assist in his 800th career game, Jonathan Quick made 20 saves and Los Angeles slowed its recent slide with a victory over Boston.
Blues 5, Flames 0
In Calgary, Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for his 28th career shutout and third this season to lead the Blues to their seventh straight victory.