Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Predators, 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014
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"It was a real big win," Boudreau said. "We didn't want to go the next 20 days knowing we lost four in a row. That puts a little bit of distance between us and San Jose (80 points). It brings us closer to 90 now without teams catching up to us."

Viktor Stalberg opened the scoring for the Predators with 8:25 left in the first period. Hiller blocked Victor Bartley's slap shot, but Stalberg was there to fling a shot over the sprawling goalie. Mike Fisher also bested Hiller on a power-play goal early in the third period for a brief 2-2 tie.

Otherwise, Hiller thwarted Nashville's best chances all night.

In the second period, he made a play on a slap shot by Shea Weber that knocked the stick out of Hiller's hands. Later, he emphatically snatched a wrist shot by Ryan Ellis. Hiller, who entered ranked 30th in the league with a .917 save percentage, will head to Sochi to play for Switzerland in his second Olympics.

"I thought Hiller was a big difference," Trotz said. "I thought we played a real solid game and the most scoring chances we've created on any team this year was against the No. 1 team in the league."

Despite just 24 shots by the Ducks, the Predators lost their third straight. Nashville will try to climb up from the bottom of the Central Division when it returns from the break.

"We just have to keep playing the same way and fight hard every game," Josi said. "From now on, every game is going to be a playoff game, and we just have to make a push."

Notes: Lindholm had two assists. ... Nashville has 60 points at 25-24-10 and is just one point behind Winnipeg. ... Ducks winger Teemu Selanne did not travel with the team to Nashville in order to gain some rest before joining Team Finland in Sochi for his sixth Olympics. ... Predators defenseman Michael Del Zotto played in his 300th game. ... Predators general manager David Poile, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic team, will not head to Sochi with Team USA after an puck hit him in the head on Thursday while in Minnesota. He had two successful surgeries on his nose and eye areas and remained in the hospital for further observation.