Kariya helps Preds get past former mates
Nashville, TN (Sportsbooks) - Paul Kariya scored the lone shootout goal, leading the Predators to a 3-2 win against his former team the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Kariya, Anaheim's all-time leading scorer, was held scoreless on the night, but he redeemed himself in the shootout. After Nashville came up empty on its first two attempts and Anaheim failed on all three of its tries, Kariya skated in and beat Mighty Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere high to the glove side to win the game for the Thrashers, who improved to 2-0.
"He (Kariya) studies the game. Paul knew exactly what he was gonna do against Giguere," said Predators coach Barry Trotz.
Anaheim, 1-1 on the season, opened up the scoring with the only goal of the first period on a score by Samuel Pahlsson 7:31 into the first stanza.
During the frame, Kariya had his best chance of the game, but shot high on a breakaway and the Predators went into the first intermission down 1-0.
It stayed that way until 7:22 into the second when Yanic Perreault got one past Giguere on the power play to tie it up 1-1.
Martin Erat had a great chance to breakup the tie halfway through the second on a breakaway from mid-ice, but Giguere, who had 33 saves on the night, made a beautiful save on the shot.
Perreault gave the Predators the lead 37 seconds into the third period with his second goal of the night. Perreault was signed on Monday after attending the Predators training camp on a tryout agreement.
"I didn't know if I had played my last game two years ago. So a game like this is terrific," said Perreault.
Petr Sykora tied the game 2-2 on a 3-on-2 rush, his first goal of the season, 13:19 into the third period.
After the overtime period, which didn't feature many serious threats, the shootout began with Anaheim shooters Sergei Fedorov, Teemu Selanne, and Andy McDonald failing to score on any of their shots. Nashville shooters Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky also fell short.
"On the road we get a point tonight and that's all right, it would have been nice to get the other point." said Ducks captain Rob Niedermayer.
Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun had 33 saves on the night.
Teemu Selanne had his 500th career assist...Nashville's first 2-0 start...Anaheim will have home opener on Monday against Edmonton...Nashville plays in Colorado on Wednesday.
October 9, 2005, at 12:03 AM ET
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