Wild west shootouts aren’t a thing of the past. The Anaheim Ducks won one Tuesday night at Honda Center, edging the Nashville Predators 4-3 after the locals overcame a two-goal deficit.
Patrick Eaves scored in the fifth round of the shootout, keeping the Ducks tied for second place in the NHL Pacific Division with a 34-22-10 mark. They are deadlocked with the Edmonton Oilers with 78 points.
“I’m usually a later-round shooter,” said Eaves. “I got called a little earlier tonight, and I was fortunate it went in.”
Nashville jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Ryan Getzlaf cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play goal at 14:16 of the period.
The Predators went up by two again at 3-1 at 11:29 of the second period on a goal by Filip Forsberg, but that would be the end of scoring for the Preds. Nick Ritchie and Rickard Rakell lit the red lamp twice to tie it up at 3-3. Each of those goals came on assists by Getzlaf.
It stayed in a deadlock through a scoreless third period and overtime, setting up Eaves’ winning shot. Goalie Jonathan Bernier had 24 saves for the Ducks, including four in overtime.
The Ducks are back in action on Thursday visiting the Blackhawks (42-18-5) in Chicago.
BAT-MEN AND WOMEN WIN FOUR
Scores for area high school baseball and softball games played on Tuesday. Locals won four of six contests.
- Pacifica 2, San Clemente 1
- Edison 5, Aliso Niguel 0
- Fountain Valley 11, Yorba Linda 2
- La Quinta 9, Laguna Beach 8
- Century 12, Westminster 0
- Anaheim 11, Orange 2