ANAHEIM, Calif. – Teemu Selanne scored Anaheim’s third power-play goal 34 seconds into overtime for his 1,200th NHL point, rookies Andrew Ebbett and Bobby Ryan also connected with the man advantage, and the Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Corey Perry also scored for Anaheim, Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf each had two assists and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves. With 72 points, the Ducks are three points behind eighth-place Edmonton in the Western Conference playoff race.
Joel Ward had two goals for Nashville, J.P. Dumont had a goal and an assist and Ryan Suter had three assists. The Predators are seventh in the conference. Captain and leading goal-scorer Jason Arnott missed his fourth straight game because of an upper body injury.
Nashville centre Vernon Fiddler tripped Pronger with 49 seconds left in regulation, giving Anaheim the power play that stretched into overtime. Pronger sent a slap pass from the right point to Selanne at the left of the net for the redirection past rookie goaltender Pekka Rinne.
The goal was Selanne’s 22nd this season and 574th of his career, overtaking Mike Bossy for 18th place on the NHL career list. Pronger earned his 600th NHL point.
Ward took an unnecessary penalty for tripping Ryan behind the Ducks net with 10:58 left in the third, and the Predators paid for the mistake. Rinne stopped Pronger’s wrist shot from the right point, but Nashville defenceman Dan Hamhuis couldn’t clear the rebound and Ryan slammed in his 24th goal to put Anaheim ahead 3-2.
Ward atoned with his 14th goal, scored with 2:45 left in regulation.
Ryan’s two points, including an assist on Perry’s first-period goal, gave him 45 this season and tied the Ducks’ rookie record set by Dustin Penner in the 2006-07 championship season.
There were 21 seconds remaining on Ryan Whitney’s tripping penalty when Anaheim teammate Todd Marchant received a boarding penalty for checking Martin Erat face-first into the glass.
Dumont scored his 15th goal with 13 seconds left on the two-man advantage, giving Nashville a 2-1 lead at 6:05 of the second period.
The Ducks, 1-for-28 on the power play over their previous eight games, tied it at 11:13 of the second with Ebbett’s fifth goal.
Perry opened the scoring at 4:19 of the first with his 23rd of the season. The Predators tied it at 10:09 when Dumont’s wrist shot from the right circle glanced off Ward’s body and past Giguere’s glove while Marchant was off for tripping Steve Sullivan.
Notes: Anaheim LW Rob Niedermayer has no points in 19 games since his winning goal on Jan. 27 at Phoenix. He is minus-13 in that stretch. … The Ducks haven’t won more than two games in a row since a four-game streak Nov. 22-30. … The Predators have won only four of 20 games they’ve played in Anaheim, including three in overtime. … Ducks D Bret Hedican missed his seventh straight game because of back spasms.