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ANAHEIM, Calif. - 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. "Its been a bumpy road for us but were 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; hes had a very successful career," Rinne said. "Ive had up and downs this season but its good to see the crew get the win. Were 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. "Its good to snap our losing streak against them," Wilson said. "We knew they are never out of a game. Were not out of the playoffs yet. Were 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 Fishers 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 Nashvilles lead to 4-1. Hiller, who was playing for the first time in three games, was immediately replaced by rookie Frederik Andersen following Hornqvsts goal. Andersen left the game after the second period after suffering an upper body injury. Hiller returned to the net for the third period. The Ducks cut the lead to 4-2 following Winniks fifth goal at 3:18 of the second, but Fisher got his second goal of the game with 4:00 left in the period. "They (Anaheim) are something like plus-36 in the second period, so I was concerned going into the second period," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Our fifth goal was huge for us. After that, I didnt feel any pressure in the third period." The Ducks, who outshot the Predators 24-16 in the first two periods, had two goals nullified late in the second. "We played a solid defensive game," Trotz said. "We got a couple early goals on Hiller and that helped us. Theres no quit in these guys. They are very professional about their jobs and weve been playing sharper lately." Despite the loss, Anaheim remains atop of the Pacific Division with 108 points, one point ahead of the second-place San Jose with both teams having four games remaining. The Ducks, who completed its three-game homestand on Friday, also trail the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues by three points for the overall points lead. Anaheim coach bruce Boudreau said his team has to start playing harder earlier in the game. "We cant let this happen," he said. "We have to find a way. Sometimes, for one reason or another, were not getting the job done early. Were a really good team with the lead, but we just havent had the lead lately. 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