ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ducks defenseman Paul Mara scored his first goal since February 2009 with 1.7 seconds left, and Anaheim beat the slumping Nashville Predators 5-4 on Sunday night after blowing the lead four times.
Saku Koivu had two goals for Anaheim. Teemu Selanne added a goal and an assist, and Lubomir Visnovsky also scored. Jonas Hiller made 20 saves to help the Ducks win their third straight and send the Predators to their fifth consecutive loss.
Patric Hornqvist, Steve Sullivan, Cody Franson and Cal O'Reilly scored for Nashville.
The Ducks didn't get their first power-play opportunity until Shane O'Brien was sent off for holding Visnovsky with 11:55 left. They took a 4-3 lead 2 minutes later when Koivu redirected Toni Lydman's shot from the top of the left circle past Anders Lindback for his fifth goal of the season and 700th NHL point.
O'Reilly tied it with 3:47 to go, converting Franson's centering pass from the right corner.
Visnovsky, who spent a good portion of the game jumping into the play when the Ducks had the puck in the Nashville zone, beat Lindback with a screened 25-foot wrist shot from the slot just 49 seconds into the third period for a 3-2 lead after George Parros tried to jam the puck inside the left post.
But Nashville pulled even when Franson, whose main objective was to keep the puck in the Anaheim zone, threw it toward the net and it deflected off a Ducks player before tricking in off Hiller's pads with 13:45 left.
Corey Perry started the play that led to the winning goal, getting the puck to Bobby Ryan in the left circle before Ryan spotted Mara all alone in the slot. He beat Lindback to the stick side while Nashville's Marcel Goc trailed the play.
Koivu, whose multigoal game was the 23rd of his career, gave Anaheim a 2-1 edge at 10:49 of the first period on a perfect setup in front by Selanne, but the opportunistic Predators converted a sloppy turnover by Ryan into the tying goal at 17:16.
Hornqvist intercepted Ryan's attempted clearing pass inside the blue line and quickly headmanned it to Sullivan, who sped between Visnovsky and rookie defenseman Cam Fowler and beat Hiller with a short backhander that ended his nine-game goal drought and gave him five for the season.
Lindback, making his fifth start following a four-game stretch in which Pekka Rinne allowed 16 goals, fell behind 1-0 just 52 seconds after the opening faceoff. Selanne banged home a rebound of Ryan's slap shot from the top of the left circle for his seventh of the season and 613th of his career.
The Ducks' lead lasted less than 2 minutes, as Hornqvist parked himself at the edge of the crease and tipped in O'Reilly's 45-foot wrist shot from the slot after it changed direction off Visnovsky's leg. It was the fifth goal this season for Hornqvist, who signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract extension in August after leading the Predators with 30 goals in 2009-10.
Nashville's Barry Trotz coached his 915th regular-season game, breaking a tie with Montreal's Toe Blake for the fifth-most with one team behind Al Arbour (N.Y. Islanders), Billy Reay (Chicago), Lindy Ruff (Buffalo) and Jack Adams (Detroit).
Trotz, in his 12th season with the Predators, is the only coach they've ever had. The record for most consecutive seasons by an NHL coach at the beginning of a team's history is held by Lester Patrick, who guided the New York Rangers through their first 13 seasons (1926-27 to 1938-39).
NOTES: Nashville was 0 for 4 on the power play, and has scored only twice in 38 opportunities over its last 10 games. ... Predators D Shane O'Brien was an eighth-round draft pick by Anaheim in 2003 and played 62 games for them as a rookie before he was traded to Tampa Bay in February 2007 — four months before the Ducks won the Stanley Cup. ... Nashville concludes its five-game road trip Wednesday night at St. Louis. The Predators will return home to face the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, then go back on the road for their next four. ... The Predators had losing streaks of five and six games last season, but still managed to finish with 100 points for the third time in franchise history.