Predators 3, Ducks 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 10, 2011
Jordin Tootoo had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Nashville has won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month, while the Ducks have dropped three of four. Nick Spaling and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville. Andrew Gordon and Francois Beauchemin scored for Anaheim. Josi's power-play goal at 2:33 of the third gave Nashville its first lead of the game. Nashville captain Shea Weber found Josi at the center of the blue line, and Josi fired a slap shot over the glove of screened Anaheim goaltender Dan Ellis. Just under three minutes later, Tootoo drove in from the left side, cut toward the Anaheim goal and beat Ellis high to the glove side. Saturday night was Tootoo's first game back in the Nashville lineup after sitting out for a two-game suspension for charging Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller last Saturday night. Tootoo also had an assist in the game, giving him four goals and four assists in his past eight games. Anaheim drew within one on Beauchemin's goal at 13:24 of the third. Coming down from the point, Beauchemin took a pass from Teemu Selanne and beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne for his fourth goal of the season. Rinne is 9-2-2 in 13 career regular-season games against Anaheim. Gordon scored the game's first goal at 38 seconds of the second period. From below the goal line in the Nashville zone, Brandon McMillan found Gordon on the right side, where he had a step on Josi. Gordon's tough angle wrist shot beat Rinne just inside the far post. Spaling tied the game at 1 at 12:03 of the second. Colin Wilson carried the puck into the Anaheim zone on the left side. Spaling was trailing the play and Wilson found him in the low slot where he beat Ellis high to the stick side. Notes: Selanne's assist on Beauchemin's goal was his 900th point scored as a Duck. Selanne also extended his point-scoring streak to five games. ... Nashville is 6-1-1 in its past eight regular-season home games against Anaheim. Nashville coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,013th game Saturday, third among games coached with one team behind the New York Islanders' Al Arbour and Buffalo's Lindy Ruff.
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