Ducks score 4 in 3rd to beat Predators

Anaheim, CA ( - John Gibson made 25 saves and the Anaheim Ducks scored four goals in the third period for a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

The goals by Ryan Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri, Nate Thompson and Cam Fowler helped the Ducks take sole possession of first place in the Western Conference over Nashville and tie the New York Rangers for the NHL points lead with 95.

The Pacific Division leaders have won two in a row on the heels of a three- game losing streak and swept the three-game season series with Nashville.

Taylor Beck and Roman Josi both scored in the second period and Pekka Rinne had 24 saves for the Predators, who have lost eight of their last 10 (2-8-0).

"In the last 20 minutes, we completely got away from what we were doing for the first 40. They picked up their game and [our] response was not good," Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said.

St. Louis beat Dallas 3-0 on Sunday to tie Nashville for first place in the Central Division at 93 points.

Getzlaf finally got the Ducks on the board 2:12 into the third period with a shot from inside the left circle. Palmieri tied the score at 2-2 just over seven minutes later when he ended up with the puck in the right circle after it went off the end boards on a shot.

Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg executed a nice give-and-go for the lead 35 seconds later, with Thompson getting the puck back in the slot to score on a wrister.

Fowler scored on a power play with 5:09 remaining and the Predators didn't score despite pulling Rinne with more than 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

"Any time you go down a couple, you have to believe that no matter what happens, you can still come back," Fowler said.

Game Notes

Josi's goal at 6:49 of the second period came on a power play and gave the Preds a 2-0 lead ... The Ducks continue a three-game homestand on Wednesday against Los Angeles ... The Predators went 2-2-0 in a four-game road trip. They start a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Minnesota.