Ducks Defeat Predators On Late Goal

Anaheim is 5-1-1 at home this season.

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Ducks Beat Predators 5-4 On Paul Mara Goal With 1.7 Seconds Left

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Paul Mara scored his first goal in a Ducks uniform with 1.7 seconds left in the third period, as Anaheim snuck past Nashville, 5-4, at the Honda Center. Saku Koivu scored two goals for the Ducks, who finished their homestand with a perfect 3-0 mark. Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which also got a goal from Lubomir Visnovsky.

Jonas Hiller stopped 20-of-24 shots for the victors.

"It was an ugly game, certainly not one we want to put in the archives," said forward Bobby Ryan. "We have to do a better job in front of Hillsy and a better job managing the puck through the neutral zone. It's something we'll focus on."

Patric Hornqvist, Cody Franson, and Cal O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have lost five in a row for the first time since January 18-29. Steve Sullivan also lit the lamp.

Anders Lindback turned aside 32-of-37 shots in defeat.

"The biggest thing is that it was a really tough loss," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "I like the resiliency we showed, but obviously I didn't like the outcome. We played hard enough to get at least a point out of here and go from there. But it's a tough loss from our standpoint."

With time winding down in regulation, Ryan gathered a loose puck at the bottom of the right circle for the Ducks. Ryan slid a perfect pass in front of the net for a streaking Mara, who chipped the puck into the net for the win with 1.7 seconds left.

The first period featured four goals. Ryan's slap shot from the left point set up a rebound in front. Selanne was right there to make it 1-0 just 52 seconds into the game, though Hornqvist's shot from the slot beat Hiller at the 2:34 mark.

Koivu and Sullivan scored at 10:49 and 17:16, respectively, to make it 2-2 heading into the second.

Visnovsky's shot from the slot beat Lindback just 49 seconds into the third stanza to give the Ducks a 3-2 edge.

Franson made it 3-3 with a shot from the right point at the 6:15 mark. Anaheim, though, went back ahead on Koivu's power-play goal at the 10:05 mark.

O'Reilly tied the game again with 3:47 to play. Franson controlled the puck at the bottom of the right circle and slid a pass in front for O'Reilly, who chipped the shot into the back of the net.

The Ducks have won nine of their last 11 at home over the Predators...Nashville forward Sergei Kostitsyn (undisclosed) missed the game...Nashville went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Ducks went 1- for-3...Koivu now has 700 career points.


Ducks Host Predators At Honda Center Looking To End Homestand Unbeaten

(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will attempt to wrap a three-game homestand perfect this evening when they welcome the Nashville Predators to the Honda Center. Victories over the Lightning and Penguins on this stand have given the Ducks their first two-game winning streak of the season. They have been solid at home in 2010-11, going 4-1-1.

After an overtime victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Anaheim got goals from Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu in a 3-2 triumph over Pittsburgh on Friday.

Teemu Selanne had an assist in his 1,200th career game, becoming the 87th player and 10th European-born skater to reach that milestone in NHL history. Jonas Hiller made 30 saves.

The 40-year-old Selanne has 15 points this season, giving support scoring to the top trio of Ryan, Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Those three have combined for 17 goals and 43 points this season.

"The three of us have chemistry," Ryan said. "We know where each other are and we play well off the puck. The most important thing is to realize that we can't all have it all at the same time and we have to support each other better."

Ryan, Getzlaf and Perry were all held off the scoresheet when the Ducks visited the Predators on Oct. 9, resulting in a 4-1 setback that was their third in four meetings with Nashville.

The Ducks, though, have still won eight of their last 10 at home over the Predators.

Hiller made 45 saves in the loss, falling to 2-4-0 with 2.18 goals-against average lifetime when facing Nashville.

That victory over the Ducks in the Predators' season opener began a 5-0-3 start to the season for Nashville, but the club has dropped four straight in regulation since. That includes a setback in each of the first three contests of a five-game swing that featured a 4-1 setback in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 22 shots before being lifted in favor of Anders Lindback, who made nine saves. Shane O'Brien finally got the Predators on the board when he scored his first goal of the season with 2:24 left in regulation.

"Everything that we know [the Kings] can do, they did tonight and we didn't really prevent them from doing a whole lot," Predators head coach Barry Trotz said. "They got off to a good start, they had a good low game going, and they beat us to the pucks all over the ice."

Forward Martin Erat missed the game with an upper-body injury for the Predators, who will try to avoid losing five straight for the first time since Jan. 18-29.

Rinne will likely get a chance to rebound in goal tonight and is 4-2-2 with a 2.06 GAA lifetime against the Ducks. He made 29 saves in the season-opening win.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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