NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Teemu Selanne lifted the Anaheim
Ducks to a crucial win over the Nashville Predators for the
second time in a week.
Selanne scored the only shootout goal and the Ducks beat the
Predators, 2-1, on Tuesday night to move into a position for a
Anaheim climbed over Nashville into the eighth and final Western
Conference playoff spot with its fourth consecutive victory.
Both teams have 78 points with nine games left, but the Ducks
have one more victory than the Predators, who have lost three
Anaheim’s four-game winning streak started when Selanne scored a
power-play goal in overtime to give the Ducks a 4-3 win last
After the first three players for both teams were denied on
their shootout attempts, Selanne skated in on goaltender Pekka
Rinne and lifted a backhander just under the crossbar.
“He’s so big that when he goes down, he can cover the whole
bottom of the net from post-to-post,” Selanne said of Rinne, a
fellow Finn. “I had a chance to see what our three other
shooters were doing, and I decided to go with that move.”
Said Rinne: “He’s very good at the shootout because he has good
moves and fakes his shot really well. He was always my hero
watching national team games. It’s been nice to face him a few
Jean-Sebastien Giguere then stopped Nashville’s Radek Bonk to
seal the win for the Ducks.
“I just tried to react to what they were doing,” Giguere said.
“There’s no way to know what they are going to do, so it is more
of a guess.”
Selanne also helped Anaheim grab a 1-0 lead at 17:38 of the
second period. He carried the puck into the Nashville zone along
the right side before faking a shot to freeze Rinne. He then
passed to Drew Miller, who moved to the low slot before beating
Rinne with a wrister to the stick side.
Miller’s goal was his third in 18 games this season and second
in his last three. The rookie has spent most of the season with
Iowa of the American Hockey League.
“Points are at a premium,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
“Both teams are in desperation mode, but we were fortunate
enough to steal an extra point in the shootout.”
Shea Weber tied it at 1 with a power-play goal at 4:12 of the
third. David Legwand had the puck behind the Anaheim net, and
found Weber at the right faceoff dot.
Weber became the first Nashville defenseman to score 20 goals in
a season. His nine power-play goals lead the team.
Giguere finished with 31 saves. Rinne had 18 stops.