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Ducks can’t stop Predators’ scoring machine in 6-1 loss

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates his goal against the Ducks during the second period om Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.
Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates his goal against the Ducks during the second period om Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.
(Mark Zaleski / Associated Press)

Roman Josi and Viktor Arvidsson each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Colton Sissons, Rocco Grimaldi, Mattias Ekholm and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for Nashville, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves to earn the victory and was sharp all night.

Ryan Getzlaf had the lone goal for Anaheim, losers of two straight. John Gibson started and gave up four goals on 19 shots through two periods before being replaced by Ryan Miller, who finished with nine saves.

Rinne denied Ondrej Kase on a breakaway with 2:47 remaining in the first with a glove save. Then at 3:15 of the second, he stopped a penalty shot by Troy Terry.

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Josi scored the game’s first goal at 11:23 of the opening period. With Nashville on a 5-on-3 power play, Josi beat Gibson with a wrist shot from the high slot.

Sissons made it 2-0 at 16:19 of the first, converting on a breakaway.

Just seconds after serving a slashing penalty, Sissons chased down a puck at the Anaheim blue line and beat Gibson with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot high to the far side.

Grimaldi, an Anaheim native, scored his first of the season at 35 seconds of the second period when he redirected a shot off of the stick of Nick Bonino.

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Ekholm converted on a shorthanded breakaway at 10:08 of the second.

Getzlaf ended Rinne’s shutout bid at 3:59 of the third, but Arvidsson answered right back 31 seconds later.

Jarnkrok concluded the game’s scoring at 8:19 of the third.


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