Previous Game: Ducks Get One, But Fall to Canadiens, 4-1

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Previous Game: Ducks Get One, But Fall to Canadiens, 4-1
It\u2019s been a tough trip thus far for the Ducks, who dropped their second consecutive road contest tonight at the Bell Centre. After letting a two-goal lead slip away two nights ago in Toronto, the Ducks found themselves down early in an eventual 4-1 defeat in Montreal.
It’s been a tough trip thus far for the Ducks, who dropped their second consecutive road contest tonight at the Bell Centre. After letting a two-goal lead slip away two nights ago in Toronto, the Ducks found themselves down early in an eventual 4-1 defeat in Montreal.

Fortunately, they’ll have a chance to bounce back tomorrow night in Ottawa in the second of back-to-backs.

"We didn’t play fast, and we didn’t play our game," said Patrick Maroon, who scored the lone goal for Anaheim. "We turned a lot of pucks over tonight, which created their offense. We took a lot of penalties and shot ourselves in the foot at the beginning of the game. You’re not going to get any momentum out of that. That’s one area we need to clean up. We’ve got a game tomorrow to fix that. We need to play hard tomorrow."

The game marked only the second time Saku Koivu played in Montreal since signing as a free agent with the Ducks on July 8, 2009. Koivu, who played each of his first 13 NHL seasons in a Montreal uniform, and served as the team’s captain for 10 of those years, was greeted to a loud ovation before the game, and once more during the final minute of play.

The Ducks fell behind early when Michael Bournival redirected a point shot off the stick of rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu at the 11:39 mark of the first period. Then, just 4:53 later, Tomas Plekanec would score his fifth goal of the season to put the Canadiens up 2-0.

The outcome could’ve been different had Andrew Cogliano’s one-timer at the 7:10 mark of the first period gone an inch or two lower, in what was still a scoreless game up to that point. His shot ended up hitting the crossbar and sailing out of play.

Montreal would increase its lead to 3-0 on a power-play goal from Brian Gionta, just 42 seconds into Mathieu Perreault’s boarding penalty at 11:07 of the second period.

Maroon would spoil Carey Price’s shutout bid by finishing a pretty two-on-one pass from Nick Bonino. The goal was Maroon’s first of the season, and third of his career, in his 22nd NHL game.

Rene Bourque put the game out of reach when he slipped a backhander through the legs of Jonas Hiller, on the power play, with 7:21 remaining in regulation to put the Canadiens up 4-1.

Hiller stopped 21-of-25 shots in the loss.

The Ducks will take on the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night, in Jakob Silfverberg’s first game in Ottawa since being acquired by Anaheim in July.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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