Ducks offense shows out in road win over Predators, 5-3

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The Ducks scored 5 in a row on their way to a nice victory in the first game of a 6-game road trip.

After their loss on Sunday to the Red Wings, the Ducks extended their losing streak to five games. As they headed to Nashville to begin a six-game road trip, the squad looked to snap the skid and gain some positive momentum. Things started off just as good as they could have hoped, with Anaheim scoring three first-period goals courtesy of Ryan Strome, Frank Vatrano, and Mason McTavish. The second period would bring more action for the Ducks, as they made it 4-0 on a score from Troy Terry. Once again, the lead was extended to begin the third and final period as Radko Gudas made it a 5-0 contest. However, the Predators would not go down without a fight. They made things interesting with three consecutive goals from Alexandre Carrier, Philip Tomasino, and Denis Gurianov. Eventually, the Ducks were able to hold off Nashville and escape Bridgestone Arena with a win to start the road trip on the right note.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Dostal saves 39 shots in a victorious effort

While the rest of the Ducks handled business in the goal-scoring department, goalie Lukas Dostal made sure to keep Nashville from securing a comeback win. Dostal was flawless for most of the game, keeping the Predators scoreless through the first two periods of the game. He did let things get a little shaky towards the end, as three goals in the final period for Nashville left the game feeling slightly less dominant for Anaheim. Nonetheless, Dostal managed to save an impressive 39/42 shots in the win. He was able to improve his record on the season to 6-9-1 and brought his SV% to .901 on the year. After the game, he shared his thoughts on the importance of a nice road win after a disappointing home stand.

Dostal and his fellow Anaheim goalie, John Gibson, will look to have their A-game ready as the Ducks try to shake off the rough home stand and embark on a big road trip.

Jackson LaCombe delivers some birthday magic

On his 23rd birthday, Jackson LaCombe did everything he could to make it a good one. The young defenseman delivered the very first multi-point game of his career with assists on the goals scored by Frank Vatrano and Radko Gudas.

The assist that landed LaCome his first career multi-point game.

LaCombe, who is in just the second season of his career, had only 4 assists all season prior to Tuesday night’s contest. He will look to develop some more momentum as well as some consistent playing time as the Ducks continue to become more reliant on him. After the game, he shared his thoughts on the big night.

Adam Henrique notches a big career milestone

Center Adam Henrique, who has been with the Ducks since the 2017-2018 season, secured another impressive milestone in the victory over the Predators. With his assist on Troy Terry’s second-period goal, Henrique grabbed the 500th point of his career.

Henrique secures point number 500 on his career.

So far this season, the 33-year-old has 10 goals, 10 assists, and 20 points. He’s been a big piece in the equation for Anaheim this season and will look to continue to help lead the squad as they try to turn things around. After the game, he shared his thoughts on the milestone and a nice team victory.

The Ducks will have a day off before returning to action on Thursday as they head to Carolina and take on the Hurricanes. At 22-13-5, Carolina currently holds second place in the Metropolitan Division and will present Anaheim with a tough challenge as they try to string some wins together.

The game is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. PT.