- Associated Press - Saturday, April 5, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Nashville Predators took advantage of their breaks and preserved their slim playoff chances.

Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist, Colin Wilson also scored twice and the Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Friday night.

Patric Hornqvist also scored and had two assists and Matt Cullen added two assists as Nashville snapped a six-game losing streak to the Ducks.

“We got some good bounces around the net and that was key for us,” Hornqvist said. “It’s been a bumpy road for us but we’re not out of it yet. We have to fight to the end.”

Nashville, 10th in the Western Conference, trails eighth-place Phoenix by seven points with five games to play.

Hornqvist has 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in his last 10 games.

Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for the Predators, who led 4-1 after the first period. Rinne tied former Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun for most franchise wins with 161.

“It feels great to tie Tomas for most wins; he’s had a very successful career,” Rinne said. “I’ve had up and downs this season but it’s good to see the crew get the win. We’re going to battle to the end.”

Kyle Palmieri and Daniel Winnik scored for Anaheim.

Wilson jammed the puck past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller for his ninth goal of the season at 5:36 of the first to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.

Wilson added his second of the game and 10th of the season when he took advantage of an Anaheim miscue in front of the Ducks’ net and his backhander made it 2-0 with 7:19 left in the period.

“It’s good to snap our losing streak against them,” Wilson said. “We knew they are never out of a game. We’re not out of the playoffs yet. We’re looking forward to going into the ‘Shark Tank’ tomorrow and it will be fun against San Jose.”

Just 1:11 later, Fisher scooped up a loose puck behind the Ducks’ net and wrapped it around into an open net past Hiller to make it 3-0. It was Fisher’s 19th goal of the season.

Palmieri got Anaheim on the board with his 13th of the season when he beat Rinne with a wrist shot with 5:00 to go in the first.

Hornqvist scored his 18th goal as he drilled it past Hiller 2:05 later to increase Nashville’s lead to 4-1. Hiller, who was playing for the first time in three games, was immediately replaced by rookie Frederik Andersen following Hornqvst’s goal.

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