Rangers 4, Ducks 3 (OT)
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jaromir Jagr scored the game winning goal on the power play at 3:09 of overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center.
The Ducks were victimized by nine Rangers power plays, the last coming in overtime when defenseman Francois Beauchemin took a roughing minor to set up the game winning power play goal. Two of the Rangers' four goals came with the man advantage.
"Our challenge right now is to realize that we haven't been at the top of our game lately," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "We have to get back there and fight and do everything we can do to get focused on what we have to do as a team when we're playing our best."
Selanne (2, Kunitz, McDonald) scored his first goal since Oct. 7 to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 6:30 of the first period. The veteran right wing fired a wrist shot past the blocker of Rangers goaltender Kevin Weekes for his 494th career NHL goal.
The Rangers evened things at 17:18 of the first when Blair Betts (2, Ward, Tyutin) notched his second goal of the season. Betts got around defenseman Scott Niedermayer and beat JSGiguere stick-side to tie the game 1-1.
The Ducks got into penalty trouble early in the second period. After starting the period shorthanded, Anaheim gave New York two more power plays in the first five minutes of the second. Brendan Shanahan (11, Jagr, Nylander) made the Ducks pay with his league-leading 11th goal of the season on the power play at 5:17.
"We took a lot of penalties tonight and to win games we have to keep that down for sure," said Beauchemin. "We have to find a way to stay out of the box."
In the second period, Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle took a timeout to regroup and his club responded offensively.
Pronger (2, unassisted) rifled a wrist shot past Weekes to tie the contest 2-2 at 10:36 of the second.
Less than three minutes later, Anaheim regained the lead when Getzlaf (5, unassisted) one-timed a loose puck through Weekes for his fifth goal of the season at 12:59.
Petr Prucha (3, Cullen, Shanahan) tied the contest at 3-3 at 4:47 of the third period with his third goal of the season.
In overtime, Beauchemin was called for roughing in front of the New York net. Jagr (4, Roszival, Shanahan) took advantage of the 4-on-3 overtime power play, New York's ninth of the game, to give the Rangers the victory.
"I got punched in the back and punched in the face and I retaliated. I thought he was going to call both of us, but I was the only one in the box," said Beauchemin. "Then they scored the PP goal."
The Ducks continue this brief three-game homestand on Friday against the Phoenix Coyotes at 7:05 p.m.
GAME LOG - RANGERS 4, DUCKS 3 (OT)
3:09 - RANGERS GOAL - POWER PLAY - 68 JAROMIR JAGR (4). Jagr blasts a one-time slap shot on the power play to Giguere's right. The assists go to Roszival and Shanahan.
2:50 - ANA PEN - Francois Beauchemin is called for roughing. New York will have their ninth power play of the game. They are 1-for-8.
0:00 - Start of overtime
20:00 - End of 3rd Period - Shots on goal after three periods ANA 30, NYR 32
14:27 - NYR PEN - Petr Prucha gets called for hooking. Anaheim is 0-for-5 on the power play to this point.
9:35 - NYR PEN - Michal Rozsival gets caught holding. The Ducks will have 1:25 of power play time after 35 seconds of 4-on-4 hockey. Anaheim is 0-for-4 on the power play.
8:10 - ANA PEN - Francois Beauchemin goes off for a trip. New York is 1-for-7 on the power play tonight.
4:47 - RANGERS GOAL - 25 Petr Prucha (3). Prucha picks up a loose puck in front of the Ducks net and beats Giguere to tie the game 3-3. The assists go to Matt Cullen and Brendan Shanahan.
0:00 - 3rd period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 2nd Period. Shots after two periods: ANA 17, NYR 25
16:06 - Anaheim's Shane O'Brien and New York's Ryan Hollweg throw in the first fight of the evening. O'Brien takes exception to a hard hit by Hollweg on teammate Teemu Selanne. O'Brien gets the 2:00 extra for instigating and a 10:00 misconduct. Both receive fighting majors. New York goes on their sixth power play - they are 1-for-6.
12:59 - ANAHEIM GOAL - 15 RYAN GETZLAF (5). Getzlaf fires an laser slap shot through New York netminder Kevin Weekes for his fifth of the season to give Anaheim a 3-2 lead. The goal comes unassisted.
10:36 - ANAHEIM GOAL - 25 CHRIS PRONGER (2). Pronger rifles a wrist shot from the high slot high blocker on Weekes. The goal is unassisted.
6:36 - ANA PEN - Travis Moen goes off for interference. NYR is 1-for-5 on the power play in the game.
5:17 - RANGERS GOAL - POWER PLAY - 14 BRENDAN SHANAHAN (11). Shanahan gets the power play goal after a scramble in front of the Anaheim net. The assists go to Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander.
4:30 - ANA PEN - Andy McDonald gets called for a trip. New York is 0-for-4 on the power play so far in the game.
0:21 - ANA PEN - Rob Niedermayer goes off for hooking to creating a 46 second two-man-advantage for New York.
0:00 - Start of 2nd period. The Rangers begin the period with 1:07 of power play time.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 12, NYR 14
19:06 - ANA PEN - Bench minor for too many men on the ice. Corey Perry serves it. The Rangers will get 1:23 of PP time out of it. They are 0-for-2 thus far with the man advantage.
17:43 - NYR PEN - Ryan Hollweg goes off for interference. Anaheim is 0-for-3 on the power play.
17:18 - RANGERS GOAL - BLAIR BETTS (2). Betts gets around Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and in alone on JS Giguere. Betts beats Giguere blocker side. The assists go to Aaron Ward and Fedor Tyutin.
11:28 - ANA PEN - Travis Moen gets the gate for holding the stick. The Rangers are 0-for-1 on the power play thus far.
9:11 - NYR PEN - Michal Rozsival gets whistled for hooking to create 28 seconds of two-man-advantage.
7:49 - NYR PEN - Brendan Shanahan gets two minutes for holding. Anaheim is 0-for-1 so far on the power play.
6:30 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (2). Selanne fires a hard wrist shot from the top of the slot and past the blocker of NYR netminder Kevin Weekes. Assists go to Chris Kunitz and Andy McDonald. Selanne is now six goals away from his 500th career tally.
3:50 - ANA PEN - Rob Niedermayer is called for hooking. The Rangers power play is operating at 16.9% (T-13th NHL) and the Anaheim PK is at 88.7% (6th NHL)
0:37 - NYR PEN - Bench minor for too many men on the ice. The Anaheim power play is operating at 22.8% (4th NHL) and the New York kill is at 81.2% (22nd NHL). Michael Nylander will serve the penalty for NYR.
0:00 - 1st period is under way.
STARTERS / SCRATCHES:
Starting Goaltenders - ANA 35 JS Giguere, NYR 80 Kevin Weekes
Scratches - ANA 18 D Ian Moran, 24 LW Stanislav Chistov, 39 C Travis Green; NYR - 22 D Thomas Pock, 81 LW Marcel Hossa
The Ducks return to Honda Center tonight to host Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers.
Anaheim brings their conference-best 21 standings points (tied with Buffalo for NHL-best) into tonight's game after three-game road trip where the Ducks went 2-0-1. The Ducks had their best October in history posting a 9-0-3 record.
Defenseman Scott Niedermayer is leading the Ducks offensively with 11 points (4-7=11). Winger Corey Perry (3-7=10) and another defenseman, Chris Pronger, (1-8=9) also sit atop Anaheim's points category. Forward Chris Kunitz leads the team with five goals.
In goal, JS Giguere is among the league leaders in the early going posting a 7-0-3 record with a 2.12 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
The Rangers will see the Honda Center ice for the first time since February 21, 2003. New York is coming into the contest at 5-6-0 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. They dropped a 4-1 decision to the Kings on Monday night in Los Angeles.
Offensively, the Rangers are led by future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr (3-15=18) whose 18 points and 15 assists lead the NHL. Former Red Wing great Brendan Shanahan's 10 goals leads the Rangers and is tied for the league lead.
Henrik Lundqvist is the New York netminder and is 5-5-0 with a 3.57 GAA and a .878 save percentage.
Beginning tonight, the Ducks will play 10 home games during the month of November. Tonight's game marks the beginning of a three-game tilt on Honda Center ice that continues Friday against Phoenix and Monday against Pittsburgh.
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