Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist to help the Nashville Predators open their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Shea Weber and Steve Sullivan each had a goal for the Predators, who have yet to win a playoff series as the team has been knocked out in the first round all five times they have made the postseason. Pekka Rinne made 27 stops for Nashville, which comes into the playoffs as the fifth-seed.
Teemu Selanne had the lone goal for the Ducks, who are back in the playoffs after missing out last season. Dan Ellis, a former Predator, was tagged for four goals on 24 shots in the loss. He was pulled early in the third period and Ray Emery made six stops the rest of the way. Game 2 is set for Friday in Anaheim.
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