Rookie Craig Smith leads Predators past Ducks 4-2
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Rookie Craig Smith had two goals and an assist, Martin Erat scored on a second-period penalty shot, and the Nashville Predators wrapped up a five-game trip with a 4-2 victory over the struggling Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist, and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves in the Predators' fifth win in seven games. Nashville has beaten Anaheim twice this season in rematches of the clubs' first-round playoff series last spring, won in six games by the Predators.
Cam Fowler and Francois Beauchemin scored for the road-weary Ducks, who have lost six straight and nine of 10.
Jonas Hiller stopped 28 shots, but the 2011 All-Star lost his fifth straight decision in Anaheim's return from a seven-game road trip.