Ducks Handled By Predators At Honda Center, 4-1

The Ducks' Saku Koivu has scored four goals in three games against the Predators this season.

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Ducks Vs. Predators: Nashville Defeats Anaheim, 4-1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Patric Hornqvist and Sergei Kostitsyn both registered a goal and one assist to guide Nashville to a 4-1 victory over Anaheim at Honda Center. Jerred Smithson and Shea Weber also tallied for the Predators, who have won three straight -- all by the same 4-1 score -- on the heels of a five-game slide. Pekka Rinne turned aside 40 shots to collect the win. "We are playing a good team game which is the biggest thing," Smithson said. "For the most part we are playing solid defensively. We have a little work to do in our own zone. We're not going to score a lot of goals -- that is just how our team is made up. We have to be solid in our zone to win games."

Saku Koivu scored in the third period for the Ducks, who were aiming for a fifth straight home win. Jonas Hiller made 20 saves in defeat. "We fired a lot of blanks. It just seemed like the puck was doing funny things for us," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.

Anaheim got on the board with 8:14 to go in regulation. The Ducks won a battle for possession along the boards and Koivu wound up flicking a shot over the left shoulder of Rinne. The Nashville goalie was called for tripping with 3:47 remaining, but Anaheim couldn't convert on the power play. The Predators then sealed the win with a pair of empty-net goals by Kostitsyn and Weber inside the final minute.

Smithson staked the Predators to a 1-0 lead at the 5:10 mark of the first period. Smithson charged in from the left corner and attempted to jam the puck past Hiller. The call on the ice was no goal, but a video review determined the puck indeed slide behind the Anaheim netminder. Nashville doubled its advantage when Kostitsyn took a return feed from Ryan Suter and fired a shot that deflected in off Hornqvist's skate at 3:56 of the middle frame.

Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein and forward Joel Ward both played in their 200th career NHL game...The Ducks finished 0-for-4 on the power play...Koivu has scored four goals in three games against the Predators this season.

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

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Ducks Host Predators At Honda Center Looking For Fourth Straight Win

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators begin a road-heavy portion of their schedule tonight as they visit the Anaheim Ducks and the Honda Center aiming for a third straight victory. The Predators have won back-to-back 4-1 games since a five-game slide, picking up their latest victory on Sunday over Columbus. The Blue Jackets scored the game's first goal just 37 seconds in, but the Predators responded with four unanswered.

"I don't think that's what we want to do," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "If you ever want to suck the energy out of a building just give up a goal on the first shift. But I thought for the most part, after the first period, I thought we got our act together." Shea Weber had a goal and two assists, Patric Hornqvist scored and set up another goal and Nick Spaling and Sergei Kostitsyn each lit the lamp for the Predators. Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots in the win, which was Nashville's 15th straight at home over Columbus.

The Predators did lose Cal O'Reilly to a broken right fibula in the game after he fell untouched during the third period. Nashville will play three straight and 10 of its next 12 games on the road, where it is 10-9-1 this season.

The Ducks come into this game having won three straight, including the first two contests of a six-game homestand that comes after a 3-4-0 road trip. Anaheim is 13-6-1 as the host this year following Sunday's 2-1 victory over Chicago. A fourth straight victory tonight would give the Ducks their longest winning streak since a season-best run of six in a row from Nov. 3-12.

Andreas Lilja and Corey Perry scored in Sunday's win, while Jonas Hiller finished with 39 saves. Anaheim was outshot, 19-2, in the third period, but Hiller turned each one away. Hiller did allow a game-tying goal late in the first period before Perry notched the game-winner early in the second. "I made the first save," Hiller said. "Then we were fighting for the puck and it might have even been me who put it in. It wasn't nice to get scored on in the first. I tried not to think about it too much and kept going."

Teemu Selanne was stoned on a penalty shot in the third period for the Ducks, who are four points behind Dallas for first place in the Pacific Division. Playing a second straight game without captain Ryan Getzlaf (nasal/sinus fractures), Jason Blake left Sunday's win with a shoulder injury and is questionable for tonight. The Predators and Ducks have split two meetings this year, with each team winning once on home ice. Anaheim recorded a 5-4 home victory in the last meeting on Nov. 7, giving it a victory in nine of the last 11 played at the Honda Center in this series.

Hiller is 3-4-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average versus the Preds, while Rinne is 4-2-2 with a 2.06 GAA when facing the Ducks.

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

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