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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pekka Rinne tied the Nashville franchise record for goaltender victories and centers Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher scored two goals apiece on Friday night as the Predators ended nearly two years of frustration against the Anaheim Ducks with a 5-2 victory at the Honda Center.

Nashville (34-32-11) had lost five in a row to Anaheim in two seasons before Rinne made 27 saves in tying Tomas Vokoun at 161 career victories for the Predators

The Ducks (50-19-8) had mounted come-from-behind victories in their past two games against Winnipeg (5-4 in overtime after trailing 4-0) and Edmonton (3-2 despite being down 2-0 in the third period), but this time they dug too deep a hole with another sluggish start.

The Predators shot Anaheim starting goaltender Jonas Hiller out of the game 17:05 into the first period. Frederik Anderson replaced Hiller after Wilson scored twice, at 5:36 and 12:41, followed by Fisher at 13:52 and then right winger Patric Hornqvist for a 4-1 Predators lead on just nine shots.

In the second period, left winger Daniel Winnik cut the Anaheim deficit in half with his fifth goal of the season at 3:18. But Fisher scored his second goal of the game and 20th of the season -- off ex-Duck Matt Cullen's third assist of the night -- at 16:00 to make it 5-2.

Anaheim nearly scored twice in the final two minutes of the second period, but one apparrent goal was disallowed because the whistle had blown, and a tip-in attempt by Ducks right winger Corey Perry was video-reviewed and also ruled no goal.

Wilson, who had ended a 33-game goal drought March 27 against Buffalo, took Nashville's first two shots of the game and tipped in his own rebound for the game's first goal. A little more than six minutes later, Wilson scored his 10th of the season on a backhander in front after the puck caromed to him off Anaheim defenseman Luca Sbisa's skate.

Fisher converted Hornqvist's behind-the-net feed for a 3-0 Predators lead. Right winger Kyle Palmeiri put the Ducks on the board at 15:00 of the first when he cut down the slot to convert left winger Patrick Maroon's feed from the side of the net into his 13th goal of the season.

Hornqvist, who has 18 points in 19 career gaves against Anaheim, then delivered Hiller's exit cue with his 18th goal of the season and third point of the period. Hiller returned to start the third period after Anderson finished the first and played the second but left because of an upper-body injury.

NOTES: Jonas Hiller's start in goal for Anaheim stopped rookie Frederick Andersen's starting streak at three games. It was Hiller's first start since March 23 at Edmonton. Hiller is tied for 11th in NHL victories with 29, but Andersen is 19-5-0 in his debut season. ... Hiller was pulled after Nashville took a 4-1 lead at 17:05 of the first period. ... Anaheim signed Nebraska-Omaha sophomore D Jaykob Megna, the Ducks' 2012 seventh-round draft pick, to a three-year, entry-level contract. ... Nashville C Matt Cullen, 37, broke into the NHL with Anaheim in 1997, and played with the Ducks through 2002-03. Cullen assisted on the Predators' third, fourth and fifth goals. ... Nashville rookie D Seth Jones (concussion) missed his fifth game in a row.

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