The victory was the Predators' first since March 7, snapping a
15-game winless skid that concluded last season. It also marked
only their second season-opening victory in six tries. The other
was in 2000 when they beat Pittsburgh in Japan.
The Mighty Ducks, the defending Western Conference champs, have
started this season with two straight losses, and they have managed
only one goal in each.
Anaheim rested goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere after he gave up four goals in Wednesday night's loss to Dallas, and Martin
Gerber wasn't tested much early as Nashville took only six shots in
the first period.
The Predators outshot Anaheim 13-10 in the second, and they
finally got to Gerber at 5:18 when Johansson scored on a one-timer
past his glove. Eaton made it 2-0 at 11:50 when he put in the
rebound from the slot off Adam Hall's missed shot from the boards
near the right circle.
Anaheim finally got on the board 42 seconds into the third when
Sergei Fedorov found Rob Niedermayer in front of the net, and
Niedermayer scored his second this season.
Jordin Tootoo made history as the first person of Inuit descent to play in the NHL when he entered the game in the opening minute.
He showed why the Predators kept the 20-year-old right wing on the
roster in the third.
He drew a roughing penalty on Garrett Burnett, and the Predators finally scored on their fourth power play of the game 34 seconds
later. Legwand, their leading scorer last season, scored from the
right circle off assists from Kimmo Timonen and Marek Zidlicky.
Wade Brookbank, Dan Hamhuis and Zidlicky also made their
NHL debuts. Hamhuis, 20, became the youngest defenseman to skate in
a game for Nashville. ... Nashville RW Scott Walker played in his
500th NHL game. ... Fedorov came into the game as the leading
scorer against Nashville with 30 points in 25 games with Detroit.
... Nashville scored only four goals in four games with Anaheim