Series (Game 1 of 4)

Nashville leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 9th
Game 2: Friday, November 21st
Game 3: Friday, February 20th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 23rd

Ducks 1

(0-2-0, 0 pts)

Predators 3

(1-0-0, 2 pts)

8:00 PM ET, October 9, 2003

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
ANA 0 0 11
NSH 0 2 13

Top Skaters

Anaheim: S. Fedorov - 1 A, 5 SOG, +1

Nashville: M. Eaton - 1 G, 2 SOG, +2

Predators snap 15-game winless streak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Andreas Johansson and Mark Eaton each scored in the second period and David Legwand added a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1 Thursday night.

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.

Game notes

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 last season.

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