NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks got off to a slow start falling behind 2-0 in the first period. Ryan Getzlaf certainly got them started in the second.
Getzlaf scored the first two goals in the second, and Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the period as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night.
Selanne's fifth goal this season came on the power play at 18:52 of the second, capping a four-goal period for the Ducks. Getzlaf also had an assist on Corey Perry's goal. Matt Beleskey had two assists.
"It seems like when we're down and we're not playing well, he takes it upon himself to do what he does until the other guys catch up," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said of Getzlaf. "And Corey does it too. Both of those guys are pretty magical as far as being tough to play against.
The Ducks started a two-game road trip winning their fifth straight and 15th in 16 games. Getzlaf, who now has a team-high 52 points, said they have to figure out how to play better in the first 10 minutes of games.
"I thought our guys did a great job in that second half of that first period turning the momentum a little bit and obviously, we came out on fire in the second," Getzlaf said. "I knew we needed to get at least one for our group. That's what we try to do every night, and tonight we got a couple."
Paul Gaustad, Craig Smith and Rich Clune scored a goal each for Nashville, and Matt Cullen had two assists. But the Predators lost for only the second time in regulation when scoring first, and it was their first loss when scoring at least three goals.
"At the end of the day, you look at the score sheet and it's Getzlaf, Getzlaf, Perry, Selanne," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought we played a pretty solid game but just mismanaged three or four shifts in the Getzlaf-Perry line."
Anaheim started a two-game road trip a bit sluggish as the Predators opened by quickly scoring twice. Gaustad scored 200th NHL point with his seventh goal this season at 1:52 on a wrister, and Smith got his 13th at 2:22 off a 2-on-1 with a nice pass from Kevin Klein.
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