Selanne's shootout goal leads Ducks past Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Teemu Selanne lifted the Anaheim

Ducks to a crucial win over the Nashville Predators for the

second time in a week.

Selanne scored the only shootout goal and the Ducks beat the

Predators, 2-1, on Tuesday night to move into a position for a

postseason berth.

Anaheim climbed over Nashville into the eighth and final Western

Conference playoff spot with its fourth consecutive victory.

Both teams have 78 points with nine games left, but the Ducks

have one more victory than the Predators, who have lost three

straight.

Anaheim's four-game winning streak started when Selanne scored a

power-play goal in overtime to give the Ducks a 4-3 win last

Wednesday.

After the first three players for both teams were denied on

their shootout attempts, Selanne skated in on goaltender Pekka

Rinne and lifted a backhander just under the crossbar.

"He's so big that when he goes down, he can cover the whole

bottom of the net from post-to-post," Selanne said of Rinne, a

fellow Finn. "I had a chance to see what our three other

shooters were doing, and I decided to go with that move."

Said Rinne: "He's very good at the shootout because he has good

moves and fakes his shot really well. He was always my hero

watching national team games. It's been nice to face him a few

times."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere then stopped Nashville's Radek Bonk to

seal the win for the Ducks.

"I just tried to react to what they were doing," Giguere said.

"There's no way to know what they are going to do, so it is more

of a guess."

Selanne also helped Anaheim grab a 1-0 lead at 17:38 of the

second period. He carried the puck into the Nashville zone along

the right side before faking a shot to freeze Rinne. He then

passed to Drew Miller, who moved to the low slot before beating

Rinne with a wrister to the stick side.

Miller's goal was his third in 18 games this season and second

in his last three. The rookie has spent most of the season with

Iowa of the American Hockey League.

"Points are at a premium," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

"Both teams are in desperation mode, but we were fortunate

enough to steal an extra point in the shootout."

Shea Weber tied it at 1 with a power-play goal at 4:12 of the

third. David Legwand had the puck behind the Anaheim net, and

found Weber at the right faceoff dot.

Weber became the first Nashville defenseman to score 20 goals in

a season. His nine power-play goals lead the team.

Giguere finished with 31 saves. Rinne had 18 stops.

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