Both teams were coming off embarrassing losses. The Anaheim Ducks got blasted by the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0, on Friday night and the Nashville Predators looked like a minor league squad against the St. Louis Blues, losing 3-0, on Thursday. Something had to give.
In front of 17,174 at Honda Center, the Ducks used the shootout to down the Preds, 3-2.
Nashville went to a shootout in their first two games of the season, losing both as well.
Pekka Rinne was outstanding, making 20 saves and giving the Predators a chance to win. With the shootout loss, however, he fell to 0-1-3 on the year.
In his NHL debut, Viktor Fasth tended the nets for the Ducks, turning aside 19 Predators shots for his first career NHL victory.
The Preds wasted no time as their fourth line got things going. Just 1:52 into the contest, Brandon Yip stole the puck in the neutral zone, carried over the blueline, avoided a sliding Cam Fowler, gathered his own rebound and then buried it for the 1-0 lead.
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