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Nashville Predators 3 – Anaheim Ducks 4

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks
January 4, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. Central Time
Final 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Nashville Predators 0 3 0 0 1 4
Anaheim Ducks 1 1 1 0 2 5

Scoring Summary

Period Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Current Score
1st Period 12:15 ANA M. Beleskey (17) R. Kesler (18) 1-0 ANA
2nd Period 1:38 NSH M. Ekholm (3) M. Ribeiro (24) F. Forsberg (23) 1-1 Tied
2nd Period 2:52 ANA C. Perry (15) R. Bourque (6) R. Getzlaf (31) 2-1 ANA
2nd Period 13:50 NSH S. Jones (2) Power Play R. Ellis (12) M. Ribeiro (25) 2-2 Tied
2nd Period 17:14 NSH C. Smith (12) Power Play R. Ellis (13) M. Ribeiro (26) 3-2 NSH
3rd Period 17:43 ANA F. Beauchemin (2) N. Thompson (6) H. Lindholm (12) 3-3 Tied

Penalty Summary

Period Time Team Player Penalty PIM
2nd Period 5:44 NSH M. Fisher Tripping 2:00
2nd Period 12:41 ANA F. Beauchemin Holding the stick 2:00
2nd Period 15:32 ANA C. Perry Tripping 2:00
2nd Period 17:23 ANA B. Jackman Elbowing 2:00
2nd Period 19:18 ANA F. Andersen Served by J. Silverberg Roughing 2:00
3rd Period 2:52 NSH M. Ekholm Holding 2:00
3rd Period 7:33 NSH O. Jokinen Slashing 2:00

Shots on Goal

By Period 1 2 3 OT Total
Nashville Predators 9 13 3 5 30
Anaheim Ducks 14 5 14 0 33

Optimistic Thoughts: Allowed the first goal? No Problem! The Predators fought back after being behind with the resurgence of the power play. Two consecutive man advantage goals in the second period gave the Predators the lead. The power play is quickly becoming a strength of the team after being a huge weakness for much of the season. Carter Hutton got the start and played reasonably well besides the opening goal. This was clash of two Titans in the Western Conference as the Ducks currently sit atop of the Pacific Division.  A solid road point on a back to back without Rinne.

Pessimistic Thoughts: A shaky start from Hutton once again as a simple shot from the right point was able to get through early in the game. Nashville was outplayed for much of the first period and seemed to get bailed out by the Ducks inability to stay out of the box to end the second period. Another day, another blown lead. The Predators lost another lead late in the third which has now become a routine nightmare. That came back to bite them as they fall in the shootout.