ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Even one of the strongest teams in the
NHL couldn't keep up with the streaking Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Anaheim is 9-2-1 since the Olympics break, with Jean-Sebastien
Giguere in goal for seven of the wins. He made 36 saves Friday
The Ducks are also getting major contributions from their rookie
forwards. The trio of Getzlaf, Kuntiz and Perry generated two goals
and six assists Friday.
"We are playing great now," said Getzlaf, who set an Anaheim
rookie record with his four assists. "We are playing with the
little bit of confidence that you need."
McDonald also had a third-period goal for Anaheim, which has
scored 35 goals in its last nine games.
"We're trying to play our style of game," Perry said. "We
just go out every night and try to work as hard as we can and do
On Friday, the Ducks' style was to overwhelm a fourth-place
Predators team that was equally hot, having entered the game with a
five-game wining streak.
If the two teams maintain their current positions, they would
meet in the first-round of the playoffs. Anaheim won the season
"They turned it on and we couldn't match them," said Nashville
right wing Steve Sullivan, who extended his points streak to a
franchise-record nine games with a breakaway goal in the first and
an assist on Adam Hall's third-period goal.
Cliff Ronning had an eight-game scoring streak for the Predators
in November 2001.
After Sullivan gave Nashville an early 1-0 advantage, Selanne's
first goal of the game, on a late first-period power play, drew
Anaheim even, despite being out shot 16-8.
"I thought we had a really good first period and we didn't
capitalize on our chances," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We
had four or five outstanding chances and Giguere made some big
saves. Sometimes those come back to haunt you."
Anaheim's three skilled rookie forwards combined to give the
Ducks a 2-1 lead 1:48 into the second. Getzlaf carried the puck
into the Nashville zone and swept it to Perry cutting down the left
wing. Perry quickly sent the puck back through the crease to Kunitz
for a shot into a wide open net.
Selanne and Perry then scored in a 25 second span of the 12th
minute of the period to make it 4-1. McDonald put in a rebound of
Todd Fedoruk's shot to complete the second-period outburst with
1:52 to play in the period.
"Anything that happens out there, you don't see anyone
panicking," said Getzlaf. "We're keeping it together and those
are the things you have to do down the stretch."
McDonald scored his second of the game on a power play in the
Selanne's plus-25 rating is the highest for an Anaheim
player since Paul Kariya's plus-36 during the 96-97 season. ...
Kariya is the third NHL player to hold the single-season assist
record for two teams. He has a franchise-best 45 assists this
season for Nashville and had an Anaheim-record 62 in 1998-99. Wayne
Gretzky (Edmonton and Los Angeles) and Dennis Maruk (Cleveland and
Washington) are the only other players to hold multiteam assists
records. ... Jordin Tootoo also scored for Nashville.