Patric Hornqvist added a goal and two assists as the Predators
jumped out to a 3-0 lead and improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven
games to pull within seven points of Phoenix for the second wild
card in the West. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to win for only the
second time in seven starts.
Kyle Palmieri and Daniel Winnik scored for the Ducks, who maintained
a one-point lead over San Jose atop the Pacific Division but
remained three points behind St. Louis and Boston in the race for
the Presidents' Trophy. Jonas Hiller (13 saves) was yanked after
allowing four goals in the first period but returned for the third
period after Frederik Andersen (six saves) sustained an upper-body
Wilson netted his second goal at the 12:41 mark of the first period
and Fisher scored on a backhander 71 seconds later for a 3-0 lead.
Palmieri converted in front off a pass from Patrick Maroon at the
15-minute mark, but Hornqvist answered two minutes later, collecting
a carom off the back boards and stuffing home a backhander to send
Hiller to the bench.
Winnik buried a shot from in front 3:18 into the second period cut
the deficit to 4-2 but Fisher quelled any comeback hopes with four
minutes left in the session. Captain Shea Weber unleashed a slap
shot that hit Andersen in the mask and led to a tap-in for Fisher.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Hornqvist has five goals and six assists during a
six-game point streak. ... Ducks C Mathieu Perreault assisted on
Palmieri's goal to give him 11 points in 11 games. ... Wilson has
three goals in his last four games after failing to score in his
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