Ducks Vs. Predators, Game 3: Nashville Takes Series Lead After 4-3 Win

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Ducks Vs. Predators Final Score: Nashville Holds Off Anaheim For 4-3 Victory

The Nashville Predators lead the Anaheim Ducks in this series, 2-1, following their 4-3 victory on Sunday. The Predators lost a two-goal lead, but picked up the win with a hard-fought third period.

The Predators held the early lead following goals by Martin Erat (on the power play) and Jordin Tootoo in a span of 40 seconds late in the first period. Following a second period that was marked by a number of penalties, Teemu Selanne tied the game at two with two goals in a span on 30 seconds. This happened with less than two minutes to go in the period.

So it came down to the third period, and the Predators came out early with a David Legwand goal. However, Matt Beleskey tied the game at three just over a minute later. But the Ducks came up short when Mike Fisher put an eight-foot wrister past Ray Emery for the game-winning goal.

The Predators put 37 shots up on Ray Emery and the Ducks (stopping 34 of them), while the Ducks were only able to get 16 shots on net. Pekka Rinne made 13 saves.

This series continues on Wednesday, April 20 with another game in Anaheim.

For more on the Predators, visit On The Forecheck. Head to Anaheim Calling for more Ducks info.

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Ducks Vs. Predators: Teemu Selanne Scores Two Goals, Ties Game

For the first 18 minutes of the second period, this game was easily in hand for the Nashville Predators, but Anaheim's Teemu Selanne roared back with two goals in 30 seconds, tying the game at two all.

Selanne's first goal came on a power play at the 18:10 mark. Corey Perry had a takeaway and got the puck to Selanne, who made the 10-foot wristshot. On the ensuing faceoff, Anaheim Nick Bonino won it, but Nashville's Kevin Klein eventually wound up with and then lost control of the puck. Selanne picked up the puck, sent it down the ice, but missed the net. But Corey Perry was there once again to feed the puck back to Selanne, who made the eight-foot wristshot to tie the game.

The period was marked by eight penalties, Shane O'Brien's elbowing penalty at 17:29 leading to the first Selanne goal.

The Predators continue to outshoot the Ducks, 27-10, but the latter will need to pick things up if they want to pull put the victory.

For more on the Predators, visit On The Forecheck. Head to Anaheim Calling for more Ducks info.

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Ducks Vs. Predators Score: Nashville Out To Early 2-0 Lead

The Nashville Predators are out to an early 2-0 lead over the Anaheim Ducks at the end of the first period. The Predators scored twice in the 16th minute of the period. On the power play, the Predators' Martin Erat put one past Ray Emery at the 15:00 mark. Only 38 seconds later, Jordin Tootoo widened the lead to 2-0.

The Ducks have barely gotten their offense going, taking only four shots so far. Meanwhile, Nashville has put 12 shots on net and made two. Pekka Rinne better stay sharp out there, lest he lose focus and allow an easy goal.

Anaheim had an early power play opportunity when Nashville's Jerred Smithson received two minutes for tripping Brad Winchester. But with the lack of many shots in the first period, it was a wasted power play.

Nashville is coming off a 5-3 loss on April 15 to the Ducks. The series is tied at one game apiece.

For more on the Predators, visit On The Forecheck. Head to Anaheim Calling for more Ducks info.

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