NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two goals in rapid succession put the Anaheim Ducks in another early hole. But there were 57 minutes left for them to climb out of the rubble.
It was plenty of time for Ryan Getzlaf to get into action.
Getzlaf erased Nashville's two-goal lead by himself and set up another score in a four-goal second period finished off by Teemu Selanne as the Ducks rallied for a 4-3 win over the Predators to pull another win out of seeming defeat.
A five-game winning streak -- the fifth of its kind for the Ducks (33-8-5) -- is now part of a 15-1 run. Nine of those wins have been the comeback variety and three have been from two-goal deficits.
"The one thing about our group is that we've been there," Getzlaf said. "We never come in here thinking we're out of any hockey game. That's a good thing. Obviously the goal is to not have to do that.
"We never had the doubt in our mind that we can't win a hockey game. We just know we've got to out and play."
It is what the Ducks did after Nashville's Paul Gaustad and Craig Smith scored in the first 2:22. Getzlaf buried passes from Matt Beleskey past Predators goalie Marek Mazanec in the first 4:36 of the second.
Getzlaf, the NHL's fourth-leading scorer with 52 points, then caught the Predators in a line change, hitting Corey Perry perfectly in stride with a stretch pass so the winger could put his 25th goal between Mazanec's pads to answer Rich Clune's goal 56 seconds before.
"He's leading by example and guys are following his footsteps," Perry said. "He did that again tonight."
Selanne got his 109th career winning goal at 18:52 of the second when finished a neat behind-the-back pass from Patrick Maroon. The winger tied Brendan Shanahan on the all-time list for winners with his 680th career tally.
"You have to always be ready," Selanne said. "I was playing with Patty and I can read him pretty well, what he's doing. ... He looked like a playmaker, pass between the (defender's) legs. It was pretty cool."
SELANNE ACCEPTS ROLE
Teemu Selanne wants more playing time. The winger isn't going to hide what he covets.
Selanne also isn't going to be a distraction and plans to take what he gets. Not when the Ducks are rolling like no other NHL team and building up for a playoff run in his final season.
If it means playing -- and accepting -- a fourth-line role on some nights, so be it.
"I try not to think about too much," Selanne said. "The only thing on the mind is to do your best no matter what. And I think it's pretty easy after that. If you start thinking too much, it's not working.
"Plus the team's playing unbelievable. No complaints. It is what it is. You do your best every team. That's only what you can control."
Selanne made the most of his nearly 15 minutes of ice time Thursday as his power-play goal late in the second period ultimately was the 109th winning goal of his career in the Ducks' 4-3 victory over Nashville.
It came after a two-assist effort Tuesday against Boston that Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau called one of Selanne's best games of the season. The winger played a season-low 9:42 in Sunday's overtime win against Vancouver.
"It's always good," said Selanne, whose power-play time exists on the lesser-used second unit. "It gives you a lot of confidence. When you don't get as many chances as you're used to, when it comes, you take advantage of it."
Boudreau said the two have spoken about Selanne's reduced ice time.
"Some games, there's going to be a lot," Boudreau said. "Some games, it's not. If we don't have any power plays, it's hard for him to get the minutes up because he doesn't kill penalties or play four-on-four."
"Selanne simply said "the coach is the boss" and "if this would be the beginning of my career, that would be a different story."
"Right now, it's all about team," he continued. "I'm going to be in and let's see how far we can go. I take every second I can get. Do I like more? Yeah. But I'm not the guy who's going to complain about it.
"I'm going to be the best I can, even if I play 12 minutes or 18 minutes. But, technically, the old story is the more you play, the better you play. There's no secret with that."
ANDERSEN FIGHT BACK
It would have been easy for Frederik Andersen to feel shell-shocked after giving up two goals on the first three shots. But Andersen ultimately made enough key saves for the Ducks to come back and get him his 10th win in 12 games.
Andersen's best work came in the third when he made 12 of his 23 saves and helped snuff out two Nashville power plays. The key was moving past the early goals by Paul Gaustad and Craig Smith.
"I feel like it's just something that's one of my better skills," Andersen said. "I'm just pretty calm and don't really get rattled. So I think that's a good thing.
"You don't want to give up two goals in the first couple of minutes but it will happen sometimes. You can keep calm, get back into it and give the team a chance to come back like we did today."
After getting regular work for the Ducks' American Hockey League team in Norfolk (Va.), Andersen is dealing with sitting more often as Jonas Hiller has a grip on the No. 1 job. He has started five games since coming back up from Norfolk on Nov. 23.
"Even though we have so much success and you're part of it, you want to try to contribute yourself too with wins," Andersen said. "Obviously I have but not as much as I'm used to playing and stuff like that.
"It's a learning process too. You want to have these experiences too in your skill set. To be able to focus and be ready when you're called upon."
Dustin Penner sat out his second straight game because of an elbow injury. Boudreau said the goal is to try to get the winger back for either for Saturday's game in Phoenix or Sunday's at home against Detroit.
"He's not better today," Boudreau said. "I'm hoping by the weekend, he's better. It's a problem we don't want to get out of control." ...
Bryan Allen (foot) is not on the trip but Boudreau is hoping he will be able to resume skating early next week. ...
Jakob Silfverberg was scratched for the first time this season.
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