Ducks 3, Predators 2 (SO)

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NASHVILLE -- Life in the Fasth lane continues to treat Anaheim quite nicely.

Thirty-year old rookie Victor Fasth won his eighth straight start Saturday night, making 32 saves and then turning back two attempts in a shootout as the Ducks outlasted Nashville 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena.

Fasth is one win away from the NHL record for most wins to start a career, held by Ray Emery. Anaheim (11-2-1) got shootout goals from Nick Bonino and Corey Perry, while the Predators' Gabriel Bourque never got off a shot as he tried to force a fourth round.

Nashville (7-3-5) stormed the Anaheim zone early and often, ripping 14 shots at Fasth in the first period and taking a 1-0 lead when David Legwand stuffed Jonathan Blum's rebound through the goalie's pads at 13:31.

The Ducks evened the score at 17:25 when Matt Beleskey cashed in Corey Perry's pretty setup from behind the net, wristing a shot from the slot past Pekka Rinne. It was the first goal allowed by Rinne since the third period of a 3-0 loss Sunday night against Chicago.

After killing off a 1 minute, 54 seconds of 5-on-3 power play in the second period, Nashville regained the lead at 9:31 when Shea Weber wristed a shot from the blue line off an Anaheim defender and past Fasth.

Replays showed that the puck deflected off a player on the Ducks bench before Weber's goal, but the officials didn't whistle the play dead. It was the first goal of the season for the Predators' captain, and the 100th of his career.

Anaheim tied it up at 16:08 when Patrick Maroon camped in front of Rinne and deflected Kyle Palmieri's shot through his legs for the first goal of his career.

Neither team scored in the third period or overtime, with the Ducks required to kill off a bench minor for too many men on the ice at 19:32.

NOTES: Nashville defenseman Hal Gill, who was scratched the last two games as coach Barry Trotz opted to play a standard lineup of 12 forwards and six backliners, dressed and played in place of right wing Brandon Yip. Trotz went with seven defensemen against offensive-minded Anaheim. ... Ducks defensemen Sheldon Souray and Francois Beauchemin started the night tied for the NHL lead in plus-minus at plus 13. ... Nashville announced its 20th straight sellout crowd of 17,113, dating back to last season and including five playoff games. ... Anaheim's Teemu Selanne entered the night needing four points to tie Bryan Trottier for 15th on the NHL's all-time scoring list. Selanne has 1,421 in his 1,354-game career.
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