Ducks 3, Penguins 2 (OT)
By Chris DiPierro
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Teemu Selanne scored the game winning goal on the power play 44 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at Honda Center.
The Ducks are now 11-0-4 with 26 standings points, tops in the National Hockey League. Anaheim has also earned points in 15 consecutive games, tying the longest streak in NHL history set by the 1984 Edmonton Oilers.
"That's what it's all about, going in and trying to come out with two points every night," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "Today we found a way to do it."
For Anaheim, who out shot the Penguins in the contest 40-17, it was Selanne who drew a tripping penalty to Pittsburgh defenseman Noah Welch during the extra period.
"Anytime you draw a penalty in overtime, that's a huge bonus," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "We worked to draw the penalties for the better part of the game."
On the ensuing 4-on-3 power play, the Ducks worked the puck down low to Scott Niedermayer at the side of the Penguins net. Niedermayer found Selanne through the crease and the veteran winger buried the shot for his fourth goal of the season.
"It was a great pass by Niedermayer and Selanne had the open net," said Pens center Sidney Crosby. "There's not much you can do on a play like that."
Chris Kunitz (7, Selanne, McDonald) started the scoring in the contest at 3:29 of the first period. Kunitz one-timed a Teemu Selanne pass in the left face off circle past Pittsburgh netminder Jocelyn Thibault for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The Penguins answered 21 seconds later as Dominic Moore (3, Thorburn, Leclair) drove to the net from the corner and got a shot by JS Giguere for his third goal of the season.
Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead at 10:49 of the first period. Chris Thorburn (1, Malkin, Crosby) got his first of the season off a rebound of an Evgeni Malkin shot.
Anaheim took 17 second period shots and took the play to the Penguins, helped along by four power play attempts.
Corey Perry (4, S. Niedermayer, Pronger) converted on the Ducks' sixth power play of the game at 13:13 of the second period. Scott Niedermayer's shot from the point was stopped by Thibault and Perry pounced on the rebound and jammed it in to tie the contest 2-2.
"Overall, work ethic has been strong and it's the strongest trait of our group," said Carlyle. "You can accept a lot of mistakes and a lot of things, but you can't accept a lack of work ethic and this group is buying into that."
The Ducks now head to the road for games on Thursday in Vancouver and Friday in Calgary. Anaheim returns home to Honda Center on Sunday for a 5:05 p.m. contest against the Minnesota Wild.
"They're one of the toughest teams we've played, for sure," said Thibault. "There's a reason they haven't had a loss in regulation. They create a lot of power plays and they skate so fast. They're a good team."
GAME LOG: ANAHEIM 3, PITTSBURGH 2 (OT)
0:44 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (4). Selanne gets a pass through the crease from Scott Niedermayer and buries the puck to give Anaheim the victory on the power play. Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf get assists.
0:21 - Noah Welch goes off for tripping Teemu Selanne to give the Ducks a 4-on-3 man advantage. Anaheim is 1-for-8 tonight.
0:00 - The Ducks and Penguins are under way in the 5:00 overtime period.
20:00 - END 3RD PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 14-39, PIT 7-17
17:07 - Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer and Pittsburgh's Mark Recchi go off with matching minors for holding creating 4-on-4 hockey with 2:53 remaining in the tie hockey game.
15:02 - After a melee in front of the Pittsburgh net several penalties are handed out. Nils Ekman and Colby Armstrong for Pittsburgh and Chris Pronger and Todd Marchant for Anaheim all get roughing minors. The teams stay even.
3:18 - PIT PEN - Bench minor for too many men on the ice. Anaheim is on their eighth power play of the game - they are 1-for-7 in the game.
0:00 - 3rd period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 17-25, PIT 4-10
17:05 - ANA PEN - Chris Kunitz goes off for interference wiping out the Ducks' seventh power play.
16:17 - PIT PEN - Chris Thorburn is called for boarding. Anaheim goes on their seventh power play - they are 1-for-6.
13:13 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - COREY PERRY (4). Perry picks up the rebound of a Scott Niedermayer shot and stuffs it home for his fourth goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. The assists to Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.
11:50 - PIT PEN - Dominic Moore is called for holding. Anaheim is 0-for-5 on the power play in the game.
5:52 - PIT PEN - Noah Welch takes another hooking minor. Anaheim is 0-for-4 on the power play.
2:49 - PIT PEN - Noah Welch takes a hooking minor.
0:00 - The second period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 8, PIT 6
19:11 - ANA PEN - Francois Beauchemin gets the gate for interference. Pittsburgh's first power play. The Penguins are operating their power play at 20.6% (6th NHL). Anaheim is killing at 88.2% (5th NHL).
14:05 - PIT PEN - Evgeni Malkin goes off for hooking. Anaheim is 0-for-2 on the power play.
11:24 - PIT PEN - Michel Ouellet goes off for high sticking. Anaheim is 0-for-1 on the power play.
10:49 - PITTSBURGH GOAL - CHRIS THORBURN (1). Thorburn puts home the rebound of a Evgeni Malkin shot for his first of the season. The assist go to Ouellet and Sidney Crosby.
6:28 - PIT PEN - Chris Thorburn takes Dustin Penner out driving to the net and will get the gate for hooking. This is Anaheim's first power play. The Ducks are operating at 22.9% with the man advantage (2nd NHL) and Pittsburgh is killing at 83.6% (16th NHL)
3:50 - PITTSBURGH GOAL - DOMINIC MOORE (3). Moore beats Shane O'Brien to the front of the net and gets a puck past Giguere to tie the game, 1-1. The assists go to Chris Thorburn and John LeClair.
3:29 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS KUNITZ (7). Kunitz takes a pass on the left circle and one-times the puck past Thibault. The assists go to Selanne and McDonald.
2:05 - Anaheim already with two scoring opportunities in front of Thibault. Teemu Selanne hit the outside of the left post and Todd Marchant had a shot deflect off a Pittsburgh defender.
0:00 - 1st period play is under way at Honda Center.
Starters / Scratches: Starting goaltenders - ANA 35 JS Giguere, PIT 41 Jocelyn Thibault
Scratches: ANA 33 D Joe DiPenta, 39 C Travis Green, 45 LW Shawn Thornton; PIT 5 D Rob Scuderi, 3 D Mark Eaton, 33 D Eric Cairns, 36 LW Andre Roy
The Ducks host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Honda Center.
Anaheim is the only team in the NHL to remain unbeaten in regulation and are the top team in the Western Conference at 10-0-4. The Ducks are coming off a 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night on home ice.
The Penguins arrive in town with a record of 7-4-0 and are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. Pittsburgh is led by a trio of young stars including 20-year-old Evgeni Malkin (7-4=11), 18-year-old Jordan Staal (5-1=6) and 19-year-old Crosby who leads the club in scoring with 18 points (6-12=18).
After tonight's contest, the Ducks hit the road to face Vancouver on Thursday and Calgary on Friday.