Urho Vaakanainen scored with 3:51 left and the visiting Anaheim Ducks completed another third-period comeback with a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Radko Gudas had a goal and an assist, Cam Fowler also scored and John Gibson made 29 saves for the Ducks, who posted their sixth third-period comeback win of the season.
Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi scored, Ryan O’Reilly had two assists and Juuse Saros made 16 saves for the Predators, who have lost four in a row.
Vaakanainen took a wrist shot from above the left circle to beat Saros for the 3-2 lead.
Defensemen accounted for all three goals for the Ducks, who played without top-line forwards Trevor Zegras, who missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury, and Leo Carlsson, who was rested in the first of back-to-back road games.
Forsberg gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 1:03 of the second period.
The Ducks had just killed a penalty — their third of the game — that bridged the first and second periods when Alexandre Carrier took a wrist shot from the left circle that Forsberg deflected off Gibson’s chest and back to Forsberg, who batted the puck twice before in banked off the post and across the goal line.
Josi made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 14:28 of the second period.
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler turned the puck over in his end and Gibson made three straight saves before Josi scored on a drive from above the left circle to end Anaheim’s streak of 20 straight penalty kills.
Fowler got the goal back when he received a pass and skated into the right circle before beating Saros shortside with a wrist shot to cut it to 2-1 at 17:28 of the second.
Gudas tied it 2-2 at 4:11 of the third period when he joined the rush and received a pass from Troy Terry in the slot before banking the puck off the inside of the left post.
Both teams were missing key personnel.
The Predators announced earlier in the day that Tommy Novak would miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury. Novak is tied for second on Nashville in goals (six) and points (12).
–Field Level Media
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