Pekka Rinne had no one to blame but himself for the slow start.
It was the play of his teammates that resulted in an early finish for the Nashville Predators goalie, though.
Rinne was pulled after two periods and the Predators were whipped 5-1 by the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at Anaheim. He allowed five goals in 21 shots, including two of the first three as Nashville was outplayed right from the start.
It was the first time this season he did not go the distance in a game he started.
Rinne committed a turnover behind his net that led to the first goal. Nick Bonino converted the miscue into a 1-0 Anaheim lead when he fired the puck into the unprotected net 2:48 into the contest.
Kyle Palmieri made it 2-0 61 seconds later and recorded his first career hat trick when he made it 4-0 with a power play goal 1:07 into the second period. Corey Perry and Ryan Getlzlaf assisted on all three of Palmieri’s goals.
Craig Smith’s second goal is as many games finally got Nashville on the board at 9:27 of the second, but the Predators never threatened.
The one-sided nature of the contest was in stark contrast to the first two meetings of the season between the teams. Each of those went to a shootout, and the Ducks won both 3-2 to sweep the season series for the first time since 1999-00.
Nashville was outshot 28-21. The Ducks converted two of three power play opportunities, and the Predators were 0-2.
The return of Paul Gaustad, who missed the previous three games with an injury, did have a positive effect in the faceoff circle. Gaustad won 16 of 19 draws, which had a lot to do with the fact that Nashville won 33 of 55 in the contest.