Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 2/28/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kyle Palmieri ended a 10-game goal drought with his first NHL hat trick, Viktor Fasth made 20 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 Wednesday night for their seventh straight home victory. Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu also scored for Anaheim. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf assisted on all three goals by Palmieri, who hadn't scored since netting back-to-back game-winners on Feb. 1-2 against Minnesota and Los Angeles. Palmieri completed his outburst against Pekka Rinne 1:07 into the second period, during a power play after Nashville had too many men on the ice. It was the sixth natural hat trick in club history and marked the third career multigoal game for the 22-year-old forward, selected by the Ducks in the first round of the 2009 draft. Anaheim (14-3-1) tied Montreal for the second-most points in the NHL behind Chicago's 35. The Ducks have won seven of eight overall. Rinne gave up five goals on 21 shots before he was replaced at the start of the third period, and Craig Smith scored Nashville's goal. Rinne allowed at least four goals for the third game in a row after coming in with a 1.90 goals-against average and a league-best three shutouts. Rinne was 7-0-2 with a 1.58 GAA in his previous nine starts against Anaheim -- both losses coming this season in shootouts. The Predators fell behind 2-0 before getting their first shot at 6:11 of the first period. Anaheim's first goal came on a simple dump-in play, as Rinne mishandled the puck behind the net. Rookie Emerson Etem, recalled from the minors on Tuesday, came in hard and fed a pass in front to Bonino, who scored his fifth goal of the season at 2:48. Palmieri finished off a 2-on-2 rush with Perry 61 seconds later, getting a pass in the left circle and swerving around Predators captain Shea Weber before cutting in front of the crease and jamming the puck past Rinne's outstretched left leg at 3:49. Palmieri connected again at 16:57 of the first, converting Perry's pass from behind the net after Getzlaf won a faceoff in the Nashville zone. NOTES: The first-period goals by Bonino and Palmieri gave Anaheim nine players with five or more, the most of any team. ... Palmieri is the second-youngest player to get a hat trick for the Ducks. The youngest was Bobby Ryan, who did it at age 21 on Jan. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles. ... The Ducks' home winning streak is their longest since a club-record 11-game stretch in the 2009-10 season. ... The Ducks were 11-2 in February, tying the franchise record for wins in a month. ... The Predators were 0 for 10 on the power play during the Ducks' three-game, season-series sweep. ... Palmieri's final goal ended a run of 15 unsuccessful power plays by the Ducks against Nashville in the regular season. ... Anaheim C Daniel Winnik, the first player in franchise history with five goals in the first four games, hasn't scored in 14 games since. ... The Ducks are 8 for 14 on the power play in their last four games.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Penguins win Stanley Cup Final Game 1 despite going 37 minutes without a shot on goal

NHL won’t participate in 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

NFLPA to rookies: Be like Gronkowski, Beckham Jr.

Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges

Bryce Alford defends Lonzo Ball: He 'doesn't deserve' criticism

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Clippers ‘overwhelming favorite’ to keep Chris Paul

Giants owner: Signing Kaepernick would anger fans

Mike Trout to undergo MRI after suffering thumb injury

Report: ‘Multiple’ teams open to giving Nerlens Noel max contract

John Wall: Bench was cause of Wizards’ ‘downfall’

Arum says Pacquiao would fight McGregor if Mayweather won't

The 'Hope your Cup runneth over this Memorial Day' quiz

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Hope your Cup runneth over this Memorial Day' quiz

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker