Nashville wasn’t the Predators Tuesday

RYAN GETZLAF scored the first goal for the Anaheim Ducks they defeated the Nashville Predators in Honda Center on Tuesday (Flickr/Bridget Samuels photo).

For a team that’s just a few points out of last place, the Anaheim Ducks have been playing like a playoff contender, mostly. With a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at Honda Center, the Orange County team has won four of its last six games.

Additionally, with the win over the NHL Central Division’s second place team, the Ducks moved into a tie for sixth place in the Pacific Division with a 28-34-9 record. Their 65 points equals that of the Vancouver Canucks.

Anaheim took a 3-0 lead with goals by Ryan Getzlaf, Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Sprong, and then held off a two-goal rally by the Preds in the third period. In the net, John Gibson had 32 saves and won his 20th game of the season.

“I feel like we’ve been upping our game as of late,” Ducks captainGetzlafsaid. “It doesn’t really matter who our opponent is. We’ve been playing a better brand of hockey, and we’re trying to build something obviously for next season.”

The Ducks are next in action on Thursday, visiting the Arizona Coyotes.

NHL results on Tuesday:

  • Anaheim 3, Nashville 2
  • Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3
  • Columbus 7, Boston 4
  • Arizona 3, St. Louis 1
  • Montreal 3, Detroit 1
  • San Jose 5, Winnipeg 3
  • Calgary 9, New Jersey 4
  • Dallas 2, Buffalo 0.

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