Predators, without top two scorers, held scoreless at Anaheim

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 11:36pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators allowed two four-on-four goals 1:46 apart in the third period and lost 4-0 to the Ducks in Anaheim on Thursday.

The defeat came in the first of a four-game road trip and snapped the Predators’ three-game win streak. It was the fourth time in 14 games Nashville (6-7-1) has been held without a goal.

The Predators played without their top two scorers, forward J.P. Dumont and defenseman Shea Weber, both of whom were injured. They did, however, have Jason Arnott and Jordin Tootoo, who had missed seven and 13 games, respectively, with injuries.

Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne scored his second goal of the night at 8:05 of the third period, 13 seconds after Nashville’s Joel Ward (tripping) and Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan (diving) were sent to the penalty box.
Todd Marchant made it 3-0 at 9:51 in the third as the Ducks converted a takeaway in the Nashville end.

Selanne also scored a first-period power-play goal. That came 26 seconds after defenseman Kevin Klein was called for hooking. Both teams were called for seven penalties. Nashville was 0-5 on the power play, and Anaheim was 1-6.

Patric Hornqvist had a career-high 10 shots as Nashville outshot Anaheim 40-31.