AHL Call-Up Wirtanen Helps Ducks Edge Preds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Petteri Wirtanen, the last player cut by Anaheim after training camp, scored the go-ahead goal 4:47 into the third period of his NHL debut and the Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Drew Miller also scored his first goal in his third NHL game, Corey Perry connected in the final minute of the first period and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves in his second start of an injury-delayed season.

Ryan Suter tied it 2:24 into the third, converting a pass from behind the net by Alexander Radolov. But Wirtanen, recalled from the AHL on Monday, slid the puck under goalie Chris Mason's stick after reaching out to tip teammate George Parros' centering pass away from defenseman Greg de Vries.

Miller made it 3-1 on a breakaway with 7:37 remaining.

Perry opened the scoring just 20 seconds before the first intermission. He carried the puck from behind the net and whipped his fifth goal past Mason's glove while Nashville defenseman Suter tied up Chris Kunitz in the crease.

Mason, who allowed 15 goals in his previous three starts, got a couple of breaks in the second period. After making the save on Miller's 40-foot wrist shot, Mason tried to poke the rebound out of harm's way and fanned on the attempt. Miller regained possession of the puck, did a full spin in the slot and backhanded a shot just wide of the right post with Mason scrambling to get back in the crease.

The Ducks kept up the pressure, and at 13:20 of the period Travis Moen rang a 30-foot wrist shot off the crossbar.

The Predators have lost 10 of 12 games at Anaheim. The other two were overtime victories.


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