Game 1 - Ducks 5, Vancouver 1
April 25, 2007 at Honda Center
McDonald had two goals in the first and added one in the third for his first career hat trick.
Andy McDonald had his first career hat trick and was part of a Ducks first line that scored three first period goals, after being mostly quiet in the first round. McDonald scored two in the opening 20 minutes, Teemu Selanne added the third and Chris Kunitz assisted on all three as the Ducks jumped to a 3-1 lead after the first period and never looked back.
The Ducks came into the game having not played in six days after beating Minnesota in Game 5 last Thursday. Vancouver had just taken down Dallas in Game 7 two nights prior.
"I guess you're worried with the break about how you're going to come out and how you're going to respond," McDonald said. "But we had a pretty good first period and came out with a lot of speed. That was the difference."
The Ducks looked rusty for the first few minutes, and the Canucks opened the scoring for the series at 7:07 into the first when Scott Niedermayer made a rare turnover in the Anaheim zone. Vancouver winger Jeff Cowan intercepted the puck, slipped in front of the recovering Niedermayer and wristed a shot that glanced off J.S. Giguere's right shoulder and hit the net.
But the Ducks came back with a vengeance, their first strike coming from McDonald just more than two minutes later. Chris Pronger's ripped one-timer from the blueline was blocked in front (later determined to be touched by Kunitz) and bounced to McDonald. He put his stick on it and sent it back toward the net, through a crowd of skaters and Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.
With 5:04 left in the period, Teemu Selanne gave the Ducks the lead with just his second goal of the playoffs. Kunitz fought for the puck along the right boards and sent it to McDonald, who made a nice feed to Selanne in the slot. Selanne quickly dragged it to his own backhand and wristed under the crossbar.
McDonald got his second of the period on another pretty Anaheim goal. Selanne glided down the right side on a 2 on 1 and fed McDonald streaking down the middle. McDonald held it for a split second before delivering it through Luongo's legs. Kunitz, who got the puck to Selanne, got the second assist.
That gave the line eight points in the first period, after they combined for only three in the five games of the first round with Minnesota. Kunitz had none in that series.
"To have our first line step up and do what they did and kind of take control of the game, that's what we need them to do every night," said Ryan Getzlaf, who also had a goal. "The boys rallied behind them."
The second period saw nothing hit the net, though the Ducks still held the advantage on Vancouver, outshooting them 14-6.
The so-called PPG line of Corey Perry, Dustin Penner and Getzlaf gave the Ducks some insurance midway through the third, with a nice game of tic-tac-toe. From behind the net, Perry slid the puck to Penner at the left circle. Penner cycled it to Getzlaf on the right, who one-timed it over Luongo's shoulder. It was Getzlaf's third of the postseason and forced Vancouver to pull Luongo in favor of Dany Sabourin.
Luongo had been the star for the Canucks against Dallas in the first round, posting a 1.41 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.
On the other side of the ice, Giguere had 26 saves in just his second start of the playoffs. He helped the Ducks shut down a Vancouver power play that continues to have problems in these playoffs. Vancouver was 0-7 in the game, which made them 3-45 in the playoffs.
McDonald's third came on a 5 on 3 for the Ducks, as he held the puck for a few seconds and finally fired one that went through Sabourin's legs. The Honda Center ice became littered with hats and orange towels. McDonald's first career hat trick was also his first multi-goal game in the playoffs.
"It's pretty exciting," McDonald said. "I'm pretty fortunate to play with some good players. Teemu and Kuni have been good for us all year long and they were great for us tonight."
The Ducks and Canucks face off again at Honda Center in Game 2 on Friday at 7 p.m.
With tonight's win, the Ducks now have a 33-25 record in the postseason (.569 win %). The club has improved their overall home playoff record to 20-7. In addition, the Ducks have an overall postseason record of 29-13 since the start of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Ducks have scored at least one power play goal in five consecutive postseason contests.
Tonight marks Andy McDonald's first career multi-goal playoff game and his first career four-point game (3-1=4) in the playoffs, tying a club record for most points by a Ducks in postseason contest (also Lupul, 4-0=4 points, 5/9/06 vs. COL) It also marks his first career hat trick. It is only the second hat trick in club playoff history. The only other Duck to do so in postseason history was Joffrey Lupul, who scored four goals on May 9, 2006 in Game 3 of the CSF.
McDonald's three points in the first period tie the playoff club record for points in a single period. Teemu Selanne (1-2=3) is the only other Duck to do so, scoring 1-2=3 points on May 5, 2006 vs. Colorado in Game 1 of the CSF (2nd period).
Chris Kunitz recorded his first career three-point game in the playoffs (0-3=3), marking the first time in club history a player has had three assists in a single period in the playoffs.
Chris Pronger has a five-game point streak (2-5=7), tied for the second-longest current point streak in the NHL.
Ryan Getzlaf has a three-game point streak (2-2=4) and has earned points in five of six postseason contests this season, scoring 2-5=7 points during that span.
Corey Perry has a two-game goal streak (2-0=2).
J.S. Giguere stopped 26-of-27 shots for his second win of the postseason. He has a League-best 0.93 GAA and .966 SV % (56-of-58 shots), allowing one-goal-or-less in each of his three postseason appearances.
Tonight's attendance was 17, 250, a standing-room only sellout crowd. Going back to the regular season, the Ducks now have a 26 game sellout streak.
0:00 - END OF GAME. The Ducks make a statement in taking Game 1
19:08 - ANA GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - McDonald gets his first career hat trick after Huskins feeds him in the right corner. McDonald holds it for a few seconds as nobody on the undermanned Canucks challenges him. Finally, he fires it between Sabourin's legs. The crowd responds by throwing hats and towels onto the ice.
18:53 - VAN PENALTY - Lucas Kracijek, 2 min. hooking. Vancouver is about to kill the Ducks power play and commits another one.
17:12 - VAN PENALTY - Trevor Linden, 2 min. elbowing.
15:51 - Ducks kill them both. The Canucks are now 0-7 and 3-45 in the playoffs.
14:37 - Giguere makes a nice save, his 24th, as Daniel Sedin tries to redirect one from point blank range.
13:51 - ANA PENALTY - Teemu Selanne, 2 min. boarding. Selanne throws Alex Burrows into the wall behind the Vancouver net. Vancouver goes 5 on 3.
13:10 - ANA AND VAN PENALTIES - Corey Perry and Rory Fitzpatrick, 2 min. each roughing.
10:46 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Pronger, 2 min. interferenc.e
9:05 - Luongo is pulled for backup Dany Sabourin, who beat the Ducks earlier this year.
9:05 - ANA GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - The PPG line gets involved again, playing a nice game of tic tac toe for the goal. From behind the net Corey Perry slides it to Dustin Penner at the left circle, who cycles it to Getzlaf for the one-timer over Luongo's shoulder.
3:30 - VAN PENALTY - Rory Fitzpatrick, 2 min. holding.
0:00 - And we're back!
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - No scoring, but the Ducks outplay the Canucks again, outshooting them 14-6. Anaheim will have 59 seconds of power play time when we come back after this break.
18:59 - VAN PENALTY - Brendan Morrison, 2 min. tripping. Morrison sends Scott Niedermayer sprawling and wipes out the VAN power play. And the Ducks will get their own for a minute and a half.
17:29 - ANA PENALTY - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. slashing.
15:44 - Corey Perry tries to poke in a rebound and Luongo falls on top of the puck. They inexplicably replay it and it of course results in NO GOAL.
15:22 - VAN PENALTY - Alex Burrows, 2 min. diving. A funny penalty is rare, but this one qualified. Burrows gets in the face of Selanne who throws a little shoulder at him. Then Burrows flops to the ice like a soccer player trying to draw a penalty. He gets 2 minutes in the box to think about his acting ability.
7:59 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Kunitz, 2 min. interference. Kunitz's penalty wipes (or causes) an Andy McDonald breakaway, as well as the rest of the Ducks power play. Vancouver will have the man advantage for 1:38.
6:21 - VAN PENALTY - Mattias Ohlund, 2 min. hooking.
A scoring change is announced on the first Ducks goal, at 9:24 in the first. See below.
3:54 - ANA PENALTY - Teemu Selanne, 2 min. unsportsmanlike conduct. Teemu gets a little chippy after a Luongo save
0:00 - We're underway in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD. Rust? What rust? Aside from the opening goal of the series by Vancouver, the Ducks play much like they did in Round 1. The lead it 3-1.
19:11 - ANA GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - In one of the prettiest goals you'll ever see, Selanne skates down the right side on a 2 on 1 and waits until the right moment to feed McDonald streaking down the middle. He hits him with a perfect feed, and Mac holds it for a split second before pushing it between Luongo's legs. It's McDonald's second of the game. Second assist goes to Chris Kunitz, his third of the game. The first line is definitely getting involved tonight. It's 3-1 Ducks.
16:00 - VAN PENALTY - Rory Fitzpatrick, 2 min. slashing. Ducks are 1-2 on the PP>
14:56 - ANA GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE - Chris Kunitz fights for the puck along the right boards and sends it to Andy McDonald in the corner. McDonald makes a nice feed to Selanne who with a quickly drags it away from the defenseman to his own backhand, where he wrists it upstairs. It's 2-1 Anaheim.
14:39 - Vancouver's Jeff Cowan takes a puck to the face and looks hurt. But he appears to be okay on the bench. Fans wave their orange towels during the break.
11:02 - VAN PENALTY - Daniel Sedin, 2 min. tripping. Ducks look for their second straight power play goal.
9:24 - ANA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - ANDY MCDONALD - Chris Pronger fires a familiar one-timer from the blue line. It's blocked in front, but McDonald picks up the loose puck and shoots it through a crowd of at least four players, as well as Luongo. Give the first assist to Chris Kunitz, who got a piece of Pronger's one-timer. We're tied 1-1.
7:34 - VAN PENALTY - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. Ducks go on their first power play of the series.
7:07 - VAN GOAL - JEFF COWAN - Scott Niedermayer makes a rare turnover in the Anaheim zone and pays for it. Cowan slips in to pick up a loose puck in front of Niedermayer, leaving him with nothing in front of him but Giguere. Cowan wrists a shot that glances off Giguere's right shoulder and in. It's unassisted and it's 1-0 Vancouver.
4:58 - The Ducks' first penalty kill of the series draws a loud response from the crowd.
2:58 - ANA PENALTY - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. tripping. Niedermayer takes down Henrik Sedin with his stick and the Canucks are 5 on 3 for 15 seconds and 5 on 4 for 2 minutes after that.
1:13 - ANA PENALTY - Samuel Pahlsson, 2 min. hooking. First power play of the series. Vancouver struggled on the power play for most of the first round against Dallas, before getting two PP goals in Game 7.
1:13 - J.S. Giguere denies Markus Naslund on a mini-breakaway then keeps him from tapping in the rebound near the left post.
0:00 - And we're underway in Game 1 in front of a late-arriving Honda Center crowd.
Amanda Guererro did a lovely job performing the two anthems, although it was a little pitchy for me, dawg. Kidding.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere; VAN Roberto Luongo
Starting Skaters: ANA Teemu Selanne, Chris Kunitz, Andy McDonald, Sean O'Donnell, Chris Pronger; VAN Lukas Krajicek, Brendan Morrison, Willie Mitchell, Markus Naslund, Jeff Cowan
Scratches: ANA Sebastien Caron, Ric Jackman, Mark Hartigan, Andrew Miller, Todd Marchant, Brad May, Aaron Rome, Joe Motzko; VAN Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, Matt Cooke, Tommi Santala, Jannik Hansen
Just two nights removed from their 4-1 Game 7 victory over Dallas in the first round, the Canucks will turn around and take on the Ducks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
"They're a good hockey club and they've proven it again by beating Dallas," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "They put themselves in a situation where they were up 3-1 and they called upon their team strength and their veteran group delivered for them. They're a dangerous hockey club."
The Ducks, of course, haven't played since closing out Minnesota last Thursday in Game 5 by a convincing 4-1 margin at Honda Center. And the Ducks are doing all they can to avoid getting rusty.
"This thing could go both ways and it's up for us to make it a positive," said goalie J.S. Giguere, who started Game 5 and had 26 saves. "We had a chance to heal some of the bumps and bruises in the last series. For us to go into the series rested and fresh should be a positive for us."
Anaheim had the upper hand in the season series against Vancouver, winning three of the four games.
"We were fortunate enough to play them early in the season where they didn't have their A game," said Carlyle. "They were a much different group than the last two games we played them."
The only Vancouver win came 3-2 in overtime on Feb. 20 at Honda Center. Ironically, that win came with backup goalie Dany Sabourin in net for the Canucks.
The Ducks' three wins - 6-0 and 2-1 in Vancouver and 4-2 in Anaheim on March 11 - were against Canucks standout Roberto Luongo between the pipes. In fact, Anaheim was the only team all year Luongo didn't beat.
Luongo was a driving force all year for a Vancouver team that won the Northwest Division title and earned a No. 3 seed in these playoffs. He led the Western Conference in wins (47), and was in the top five in both save percentage (.921) and goals against average (2.28). He was outstanding in the first round against Dallas, posting a 1.41 GAA and a .950 save percentage.
"They've played well all year and I think they have probably the best goaltender in the world right now," Giguere said. "It's going to be a challenge to score goals. It's going to be a lot of fun to find that one out."
On the offensive end, Swedish twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin skate on Vancouver's top line and were 1-2 in scoring this year for the Canucks. Daniel is the more frequent scorer, leading the team with 36 goals in the regular season, while Henrik is the playmaker with a team-leading 71 assists. Although, Henrik tied the team lead with two goals in the first round, including the first Vancouver one in Game 5. The Anaheim defense will also have to watch for wingers Markus Naslund and Taylor Pyatt and center Brendan Morrison.
Who will start in goal for the Ducks is still a mystery, but Giguere had a great Game 5 and has been tough on the Canucks. He is 7-0-1 with a 1.57 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and one shutout in his last nine games against Vancouver.
It's the fourth trip to the conference semifinals for the Ducks in their history, but the first time they open at home. They earned that home ice advantage by fighting to a No. 2 seed in this postseason, thanks in part to their Pacific Division title.
"Our group worked pretty hard through the year and we worked pretty hard for that spot," said Ryan Getzlaf. "To be able to start in our building in front of our fans is a good way to start the series off."
Beauchemin, Getzlaf & Pronger, 2
H. Sedin, Linden, Ohlund, Pyatt & Smolinski, 2
Chris Pronger, 4
T. Linden &
Chris Pronger, 6
T. Linden &
Ilya Bryzgalov, 3
Roberto Luongo, 4
Regular Season Matchups
Nov. 9: Anaheim 6 at Vancouver 0
Nov. 30: Anaheim 2 at Vancouver 1
Feb. 20: Vancouver 3 at Anaheim 2 (OT)
Mar 11: Vancouver 2 at Anaheim 4