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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After enduring three straight home losses and scoring just two goals in the process, the Anaheim Ducks found their offense again Saturday night.

Left winger Emerson Etem's tip-in goal at 4:51 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and Anaheim captured a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

Center Mathieu Perreault tacked on his 12th goal of the season at 8:04 of the third after a giveaway by Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis and center Ryan Getzlaf tacked on an empty-net goal at 19:24, his second of the night and 29th of the season. The Ducks (41-14-5) head into a 20-day Olympic break with an NHL-best 87 points.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller (25-9-4) withstood a steady barrage from Nashville, stopping 36 shots to win for the first time since blanking Los Angeles 3-0 on Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium.

The Predators (25-24-10) lost their third straight game and missed out on a chance to move within two points of the Western Conference's final playoff spot.

Etem screened goalie Carter Hutton and tipped the shot of defenseman Hampus Lindholm into the net for his seventh goal. The play survived a video review from league offices in Toronto.

Nashville tied the game at 1:05 of the third period on a power play marker by center Mike Fisher, his 16th goal. Fisher took a pass from center David Legwand in the slot and one-timed it by Hiller's glove side.

The Predators took a 1-0 lead at 11:35 of the first period on a rebound goal by left winger Viktor Stalberg, his seventh of the season.

Anaheim tied it at 18:49 when Getzlaf's shot from the right corner deflected off defenseman Roman Josi and past a flailing Hutton.

Right winger Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 2-1 edge at 11:45 of the second with Fisher serving a double minor for high-sticking. Perry took a pass from Getzlaf and backhanded the puck toward Hutton, but it deflected off defenseman Victor Bartley's skate and into the net.

It was the 30th goal of the season for Perry and his 250th career goal.

Getzlaf added an empty netter in the last minute for his 29th goal of the season to close out the scoring.

Hutton (13-9-4) finished with 19 saves.

NOTES: Anaheim scratched RW Teemu Selanne to give him a few days off before he plays for his native Finland in the Sochi Olympics. ... Nashville C Matt Cullen, who missed four games with an upper-body injury before returning on Thursday night in Minnesota, sat out this one after leaving the morning skate early. The team recalled C Colton Sissons from Milwaukee of the AHL. ... Ducks C Nick Bonino and D Mark Fistric missed their fourth and third straight games, respectively, with lower-body injuries. ... Predators C Simon Moser picked up his first NHL point with an assist on the team's first goal Saturday night.

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