What we learned from the Ducks' 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators

What we learned from the Ducks' 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators
Kyle Palmieri is surrounded by his teammates after scoring a goal in the third period of the Ducks' 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Predators. (Christine Cotter / Associated Press)

It starts with a stern talking-to by Coach Bruce Boudreau in the second intermission. A third-period goal follows, and usually the home crowd’s roaring captures the on-ice energy.

The Ducks almost have their comeback knack down to a formula, the latest version coming in Sunday night’s 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Honda Center.

Down 2-0 after the second period, with just three shots on goal to show for those 20 minutes, the Ducks bombarded Predators standout goalie Pekka Rinne with 15 shots in the third, tying the score and taking the lead in a 35-second span.

“You’d think at this point of the year we’d learn from it, but our effort in the third period – if we play like that, we’re a very difficult team to handle,” Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said after scoring the final goal on a power-shot through traffic.

Takeaway No. 1: Message sent.

How little do the Predators want any part of the Ducks after losing for not only the eighth time in 10 games overall, but falling to 1-8 against Anaheim since 2012?

"It's big," Fowler said.

Forward Kyle Palmieri, who scored the tying goal, said the victory revealed “the confidence we have, that we just have to play our game” to win.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf tried to keep things slightly subdued.

"We're trying to just maintain. It's another win against a good team, we take confidence from that," Getzlaf said. "We've got to keep getting better, play a little better defensively."

Takeaway No. 2: Lesson learned.

No one flexed their muscle in the third like big Ducks forward Patrick Maroon, who was a healthy scratch in Minnesota on Friday when Matt Beleskey returned from a shoulder injury and had gone 11 games without a point.

On Sunday, Maroon had a secondary assist to set up Getzlaf's first goal and the primary assist on Fowler's capper. Maroon now has a career-high 30 points.

"When things aren't going your way, it's good to sit out," Maroon said. "For me, I just needed to play physical, protect pucks and create offense for my linemates.

"I've been getting away from that, wasn't playing good at all. I needed to find that consistency like I did toward the end of the season last year. Bring it and continue it going to the playoffs."

Takeaway No. 3: Bringing it home.


The Ducks now have a 13-point lead in the Pacific Division over Vancouver, which has 14 games remaining, while leading the Western Conference.


They have the same number of points as the New York Rangers, their coming Sunday opponent and Eastern Conference leader, but New York has played three fewer games.


"This made, for every team in our conference, tougher for them to catch us," Boudreau said. "Big two points at this stage.

"I'm still thinking divisional at this point."

Takeaway No. 4: Silfverberg’s OK.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg crashed to the ice after missing a shot on an empty net late in the third, skating in a gimpy manner to the bench.

After the game, Silfverberg was limping very lightly and said he was fine.

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