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Previous Game: Bonino Scores Late Goal, Ducks Win It in Shootout

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 7:00 AM PT / News
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Previous Game: Bonino Scores Late Goal, Ducks Win It in Shootout
By Adam Brady

ANAHEIM – Leave it to Nick Bonino to bring the Honda Center crowd to its feet one more time.

Bonino, an overtime hero in last year’s playoffs for Anaheim, found a way to score another dramatic goal – and added another in the shootout – to help the Ducks pull off a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes at Honda Center. It was the sixth straight win for Anaheim (6-1-0), which hasn’t lost since a 6-1 defeat in Colorado on opening night.

"It’s familiar to us," Bonino said. "Last year, we found ways to win no matter how we played. I think everyone here will agree our last two games haven’t been our best games, or our sharpest games. But, winning teams find ways to win no matter how ugly it is."

After being frustrated for much of the game by Phoenix goalie Mike Smith, the Ducks came to life on an improbable Bonino goal with 2:02 remaining in the game. Bonino desperately flipped the puck on net from right against the right wing wall, and it flew past a ducking Dustin Penner and eluded Smith, who never saw it.

"Usually, I get to that spot, backing up the D on those faceoffs, and I’m just going to rim it down the boards," Bonino said. "But, I had an extra second and I knew Penner was stationed in front. I just tried to put it on net. About halfway there, I noticed the line the puck was on was looking pretty good, and that Smith had no idea where it was. It went in, and I was happy."

The Ducks held the Coyotes without a shot for the final 4:51 of regulation, forcing an overtime period in which neither team found the net. That gave way to a six-round shootout in which Bonino led things off with a gorgeous stop-and-go move for the goal, and Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Jakob Silvferberg also converted their attempts.

But it wasn’t until Silfverberg buried a wrist shot just under the crossbar and Jonas Hiller followed with a save on Shane Doan in the sixth frame that the Ducks sealed the victory in front of an elated home crowd.

"Today maybe wasn’t our best game again, but we played really good defensively, and we didn’t give up too many chances," Silfverberg said. "We have great goaltending, and that’s been taking us to a couple wins in the last couple games."

Phoenix had taken its first lead 7:54 into the third period when a Rostislav Klesla wrist shot from the point deflected off the wrist of defenseman Bryan Allen and got past Hiller. As time wound down in the third, Anaheim looked resigned to suffer the defeat until Bonino brought new life to the building.

The 43-year-old Selanne, who scored his first goal of the season two nights ago, was flying all night and potted his second in as many games 6:38 into the first period. Mathieu Perreault thwarted a Coyotes clearing attempt and quickly got the puck to Selanne, who slid it along the ice and under Smith.

"It was his best game of the year, by far," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "He looked like he was 33 again tonight. He didn’t score a goal in the shootout last year in five attempts, but I knew what he was going to do, and I just felt he was going to score. He was on his game."

The Ducks had a couple of chances to increase the lead on the power play, but couldn’t convert, dropping to 1 for 26 on the season to that point.

Instead, Phoenix got even 11:11 into the middle session, as Keith Yandle sent the puck to Antoine Vermette, who redirected it through from just outside the left post.

"I thought it was a good hockey game," Boudreau said. "It’s two teams that have played against each other for a while. We know how tough they are, and they know how tough we are. We got a lucky goal and continued to fight. I thought we had a lot of really good chances."

The Ducks will look to make it seven straight when they take on Dallas at home to complete the homestand before eight straight on the road.

The Ducks improved their 2013-14 record to 6-1-0, the first time in club history the team has won six of its first seven contests. The club’s 12 points through seven equals the best start in club history (5-0-2 in 2006-07).

The Ducks are 4-0-0 at HOME, the best start to a season at Honda Center all-time.

The Ducks have won six straight games, tied for the longest streak in the NHL this season (also longest active streak). The last time Anaheim won six straight was Feb. 9-24, 2013 (6-0-0).

Tonight marked Teemu Selanne’s 450th goal as a Duck (677th career). He has goals in consecutive games (2-0=2).

Jakob Silfverberg is now 5-for-8 (62.5%) in shootouts with tonight’s goal accounting for the second game-deciding shootout goal of his career.

Jonas Hiller remains undefeated this season, now 4-0-0 with a 1.45 GAA, .954 SV% and one shutout.

The club’s opening five-game homestand closes on Sunday vs. Dallas. The evening will serve as Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Loma Linda University Health.

Tonight’s attendance was 13,206.




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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