Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and the
Anaheim Ducks put the brakes on the Nashville Predators’ franchise-best nine-
game home winning streak with a 5-2 victory on Thursday.
The teams entered the game tied atop the NHL standings with 72 points apiece.
Sami Vatanen, Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who won
despite not having captain Ryan Getzlaf in the lineup. Getzlaf aggravated a
lower-body injury during warmups.
Frederik Andersen made 44 saves for Anaheim, which improved to 15-6-3 on the
road this season.
James Neal and Colin Wilson lit the lamp for the Predators, who lost at home
for the first time since Dec. 6.
Pekka Rinne stopped 21-of-25 shots in his return to the lineup. He missed
eight games with a knee injury.
Silfverberg gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead 3:08 into the first period while
shorthanded. He gained control of his own rebound and used a backhander to
Vatanen made it 2-0 at 13:04 on a shot from the right point that deflected
Beleskey one-timed a pass from Rickard Rakell from the slot past Rinne at 3:51
of the second period. Less than a minute later, Silfverberg redirected Cam
Fowler’s shot past Rinne.
Wilson put the Predators on the board four minutes into the third by jamming
home a rebound. Neal made it 4-2 with a power-play goal at 15:53.
But Perry scored an empty-net goal with 1:19 remaining to put the game out of
Getzlaf is listed as day-to-day … The Predators fell to 20-3-1 at home this
season … Nashville went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Anaheim went 0-
for-4 … The Ducks started a five-game road trip on Thursday.