Game 2 - Vancouver 2, Ducks 1 (2 OT)
April 27, 2007 at Honda Center
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Travis Moen had the Ducks' only goal of the night, in the second period.
Vancouver's Jeff Cowan scored 7:39 into the second overtime to give the Canucks a grinding 2-1 victory in Game 2. Cowan's shot from deep on the left wing off a Trevor Linden feed from the corner somehow got through Anaheim goalie J.S. Giguere, and the series was evened at one game apiece.
"This is what happens in the playoffs," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "you're going to play some hard games like this. It's going to be hard fought and you put a lot into it, but you're going to come up short. You've got to bounce back, get some rest tomorrow and be ready to go."
Thanks to workhorse efforts by both goaltenders - Giguere and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo - the two teams could only manage a goal apiece through 60 minutes of regulation. For the second straight game, Vancouver got on the board first. And also for the second time in a row, the Ducks soon matched them.
At 6:30 into the second, Canucks captain Markus Naslund put them on the board by firing a wrister from the right wing that flew past Giguere on his stick side.
But the Ducks tied it 4 ½ minutes later on a Travis Moen goal that ended a thrilling sequence. Teemu Selanne took a pinpoint Samuel Pahlsson pass at the Vancouver blueline and found himself on a breakaway. His nifty move to the backhand was met by an even sweeter sprawling glove save by Luongo. But he couldn't hold it and Moen flew in to stick in the loose puck.
The rest of the period was a battle of the two goalies, as both Giguere and Luongo made big saves in the period. Luongo got bailed out seconds after the first Ducks goal. A wrister by Corey Perry slid through Luongo's legs and hit the inside of the left post. The Ducks might have put back the rebound but appeared to hesitate slightly, thinking it was already a goal. A replay confirmed that the puck didn't hit the net.
The Ducks had another major chance 5:22 in the third, when Selanne poked the puck loose from under Luongo and had an open net. But his quick shot hit the right post. Later Selanne took a Chris Pronger stick to the face and left the ice for a minute and a half during a Ducks power play. He quickly jumped back on and soon had another open net opportunity on a cross-ice pass, but the puck rolled off his stick.
Neither team had any exceptional opportunities from that point until the end of the third. And any chances in overtime were thwarted by either Giguere or Luongo. Giguere had 47 saves, while Luongo saved 43.
The overtime was the first of the playoffs for the Ducks. It was the fourth for Vancouver, which went four OTs in their 5-4 Game 1 victory over Dallas in the first round.
The Ducks penalty kill also continued to shine, as they killed off all five Vancouver power plays. They have not allowed a power play goal at home in 27 opportunities. But their power play couldn't get going either, as they came up empty on all seven attempts.
"It's one of those things when you shoot the puck at the net and good things happen," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "They did a good job and we'll move on."
The series shifts back to Vancouver, with Game 3 being played at GM Place on Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Ducks have an all-time overtime record of 10-5 and are 9-2 over the last 11 OT contests.
Ducks OT history:
1997: 1-3 (0-1 at home)
1999: No OT games
2003: 7-0 (3-0 at home)
2006: 2-1 (1-0 at home)
2007: 0-1 (0-1 at home)
TOTAL: 10-5 (4-2 at home)
J.S. Giguere stopped 46-of-48 shots, snapping his OT shutout streak at 197:52, which was the longest OT playoff minute shutout streak in NHL history. He is now 8-1 in his career in overtime (7-0 in 2003, 1-0 in 2006 and 0-1 in 2007).
This is the sixth multiple-overtime game in club history, with the Ducks going 3-3 in those six games. The club's last multiple-overtime game came in Game 1 of the Conference Finals @ MIN on May 10, 2003 (1-0 win, Sykora GWG).
The Ducks have not allowed a power play goal in the last three games and have only allowed two power play goals in the postseason (37-for-39).
Teemu Selanne has a two-game assist streak (1-2=3).
Travis Moen scored his second goal of the postseason.
Tonight's attendance was 17, 392, a standing-room only sellout crowd. Going back to the regular season, the Ducks now have a 27 game sellout streak.
7:49 - VANCOUVER GOAL - JEFF COWAN - Cowan somehow sneaks it through Giguere from deep on the left wing and the Canucks win it.
6:32 - Vancouver takes a time out, possibly for a quick nap.
0:00 - It's closing in on bed time, but we're in the second OT.
20:00 - END OF 1ST OVERTIME - The Ducks have some chances at it down the stretch, but can't convert. Vancouver also had some chances, but Giguere stays strong.
16:34 - Vancouver kills it.
14:34 - VAN PENALTY - Markus Naslund, 2 min. tripping. Naslund upends Selanne with his stick. Prime opportunity for the Ducks.
10:46 - Luongo makes a nice glove save on a hard Pronger one-timer.
10:31 - The Canucks keep it in the Anaheim zone for a good amount of time, but can't get anything through.
0:00 - We start with 20 minutes of overtime. First goal is the winner.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Nothing doing over the last five minutes and the Ducks are going to overtime for the first time in these playoffs. It's the fourth overtime game for Vancouver, which went four overtimes with Dallas in Game 1 of the first round.
Somebody in the crowd just yelled, "Ducks, PLAY YOUR GAME." Somebody's been watching "Miracle"
14:47 - Giguere easily gloves a wrister from the left wing off the stick of Lucas Krajicek. Last TV timeout of regulation.
12:16 - ANA PENALTY - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. high sticking. That wipes out the Ducks power play and will give Vancouver one soon.
11:19 - Luongo is shaken up as Scott Niedermayer inadvertantly runs into his head. But he stays in.
10:48 - VAN PENALTY - Mattias Ohlund, 2 min. hooking. Ducks are 0-4. They have scored a power play goal in each of the last five games up until tonight.
8:22 - Selanne jumps back on the ice at the tail end of the power play, to the roar of the crowd who noticed.
6:56 - Teemu Selanne goes down after taking Chris Pronger's stick to his eye as he skates behind Pronger.
6:48 - VAN PENALTY - Markus Naslund, 2 min. holding. Ducks are 0-3 on the PP.
5:22 - Pronger rips a slap shot that Luongo traps underneath him at the top of the crease. Selanne pokes it loose and has an open net, but somehow hits only the right post.
1:47 - VAN PENALTY - Taylor Pyatt, 2 min. interference. And the Ducks get a power play of their own, looking for their first goal in three chances.
1:18 - The Ducks kill that leftover penalty.
0:00 - And the third is underway.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - And it's a well-played one, with the Ducks outshooting the Canucks 17-16 and each team scoring one. Vancouver will have 1:18 of power play time in the third.
19:17 - ANA PENALTY - Ryan Shannon, 2 min. goaltender interference. Shannon runs into Luongo in front of the net. The Ducks' constant traffic in front of the net becomes a little too much.
16:41 - ANA PENALTY - Andy McDonald, 2 min. high sticking and Chris Kunitz, 2 min. roughing; MIN PENALTY - Jeff Cowan, 2 min. hooking and Willie Mitchell, 2 min. roughing. On the delayed penalty for the Cowan hook, McDonald tries to redirect a Scott Niedermayer shot and high sticks Luongo in the face. After the play, the Ducks and Canucks scrap a bit, with Kunitz and Mitchell exchanging a couple of punches. They're still jawing at each other in their respective boxes.
11:41 - Corey Perry's wrister slides through Luongo's legs and hits the very inside of the left post. And the Ducks can't put the rebound in. The puck is covered and a lengthy review determines that there was no goal on the play, much to the chagrin of the sold-out crowd.
11:01 - ANA GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN - On a play that had just about everything, Teemu Selanne receives a pass from Samuel Pahlsson at the Canucks blue line and finds himself on a breakaway. He makes a phenomenal move, but Luongo makes an even more phenomenal sprawling glove save. But he can't do it all as Moen slickly sticks the lose puck in the net.
10:09 - Luongo as advertised. The goalie makes a couple of nice saves on the Ducks power play, smartly holding on to the last one.
8:05 - VAN PENALTY - Markus Naslund, 2 min. tripping. Ducks are 0-2 on the PP tonight.
6:30 - VAN GOAL - MARKUS NASLUND - Naslund takes the puck along the right wing and fires a wrister that flies past Giguere on his stick side. It's 1-0 Canucks, as they score first for the second straight game.
4:02 - Andy McDonald fires a wrister on Luongon from the left circle and Luongo stops and holds it. Maybe no hat trick tonight.
0:00 - And we drop the puck for the second, which HAS to be better than the first.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - It's not exactly a period that will make it's way onto ESPN Classic. We're scoreless as the Canucks outshoot the Ducks, 12-8. The Ducks will have 10 more seconds of power play time when we come back.
18:10 - VAN PENALTY - Josh Green, 2 min. high sticking. The Ducks are 0-1 tonight.
15:02 - ANA PENALTY - George Parros, 2 min. roughing. At the end of the play, Shawn Thornton nearly gets into it with Jeff Cowan of Vancouver, but they're separated by the official.
11:46 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Pronger, 2 min. hooking. Minnesota is 0-1 on the power play tonight.
7:56 - VAN PENALTY - Bryan Smolinski, 2 min. hooking. Ducks first power play of the game.
7:29 - We go back and forth for more than four minutes without any legitimate scoring chances, before Giguere freezes a lose puck near the right post.
3:09 - ANA PENALTY - George Parros, 2 min. roughing. First power play for Vancouver. They were 0-7 in Game 1.
0:00 - We're underway after a rousing rendition of both anthems by Dawn Wright. She changed the key on "flag was still there", much to the delight of the Honda Center crowd.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere; VAN Roberto Luongo
Starting Skaters: ANA Francois Beauchemin, Scott Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; VAN Mattias Ohlund, Brent Sopel, Taylor Pyatt, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
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, Nathan Smith
An empty Honda Center with orange towels draped over
The Ducks were admitedly rusty in the first 10 minutes of Game 1, but quickly shook that off in their 5-1 victory over the Canucks at Honda Center. They hope to ride that momentum into tonight's Game 2.
Andy McDonald had his first career hat trick in Game 1.
They key, according to Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, was providing plenty of traffic in front of the Canucks' goal. "Goaltenders are human, and there's an old saying that you can't stop what you can't see," Carlyle said Thursday. "What we obviously have to do is get traffic, second- and third-chance opportunities, move the puck side to side, get deflections, screens, all of that stuff is part and parcel of attacking."
He faced 31 shots and Dany Sabourin replaced him after Ryan Getzlaf made it 4-1 midway through the third period. Sabourin faced six shots and gave up Andy McDonald's third goal of the game, with 52 seconds left and Anaheim holding a two-man advantage.
"There was a lot of traffic, probably the most I've seen all year," Luongo said of the Ducks' hanging around in front of the net.
The Ducks, who had a five-day break between games after wrapping up their opening series against Minnesota in five games, figure Vancouver will play much better in Friday's Game 2.
The Canucks should have more energy than in the opener. They didn't wrap up their series against Dallas until a Game 7 victory on Monday night, then traveled to Anaheim the next day.
They finally got a bit of break on Thursday, with only an afternoon practice on their schedule.
None of the Canucks, nor coach Alain Vigneault, would use weariness as an excuse for their loss in the first game.
"I felt fine," Luongo said.
Vigneault said, "We just didn't play well enough."
McDonald, whose hat trick was the first of his career, said the Ducks expect a real challenge on Friday.
"We have to improve because things are going to be a lot tougher in Game. 2," McDonald said.
The Ducks' Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 26 saves in the opener, said, "I think they're going to be more aggressive. Every game in the playoffs is hard and we know we're going to have to raise our level of play if we're going to compete with them."
Giguere said he doesn't believe Luongo's confidence will be shaken.
"Not with a goalie like Roberto. We know he's going to bounce back," Giguere said. "They were quality goals. In my mind, he's the best goalie in the league right now."
Vigneault said the Ducks already have an aura about them.
"Everybody's making this team out to be almost unbeatable," he said. "Well, we're going to step out on the ice and see if that's true."
The Canucks may get their best all-around defender, Sami Salo, back for the game. He left the final game against Dallas on Monday, and missed the opening game in Anaheim, apparently because of a back problem. Another defenseman, Kevin Bieksa, also missed the opener and said Thursday that he's day-to-day.
The series shifts to Vancouver for games Sunday and Tuesday.
- Associated Press contributed to this report