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Morning Report: Duel in the Desert

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 1:43 PM / News
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Morning Report: Duel in the Desert
The Ducks were greeted with heavy rain as they touched down in Phoenix around one o\u2019clock in the morning, but that didn\u2019t dampen the team\u2019s mood after a thrilling overtime victory just hours earlier.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks were greeted with heavy rain as they touched down in Phoenix around one o’clock in the morning, but that didn’t dampen the team’s mood after a thrilling overtime victory just hours earlier.

In desperate need of a win after going winless in their last five, the Ducks brought the effort the team had been searching for, and it made for a game to remember. On a night when they learned Viktor Fasth was unable to go with a lower-body injury just minutes before game time, Jonas Hiller answered the call with a 31-save shutout in 64 minutes of play. Then, captain Ryan Getzlaf sent the Honda Center crowd into a frenzy after delivering the game-winning goal with only 5.2 seconds remaining, beating a seemingly un-beatable Ben Bishop on a second-chance opportunity. Getzlaf’s “running man” celebration was perhaps his best to date, and evoked memories of Mike Eruzione’s iconic celebration 33 years ago.

The Ducks will look to carry that momentum into tonight’s game against the division-rival Coyotes. The Coyotes are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at home against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

IRON MEN
Tonight’s game will feature three of the league’s top-five active consecutive games played leaders. Andrew Cogliano sits third on the list with 493 consecutive games played and Coyotes players Antoine Vermette (333) and Keith Yandle (325) rank fourth and fifth, respectively. Cogliano hasn’t missed a game in his entire seven-year NHL career.

DUCKS-COYOTES
Anaheim and Phoenix play the third game of a five-game season series tonight at Jobing.com Arena. The Ducks are 2-0-0 against the Coyotes, including Honda Center wins on Nov. 6 (5-2) and Oct. 18 (3-2 shootout). The Ducks are 59-32-16 all-time vs. Coyotes, including a 25-17-9 mark in Arizona.

Teemu Selanne paces Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. Phoenix, earning 78 points (38g/40a) in 83 games.

This year, Nick Bonino leads all skaters with three points (1g/2a) in the two games played to date. Following tonight's game, the season series will return to Anaheim on Dec. 28 before concluding on Jan. 11 in Glendale.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 62 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 50 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 65 17 23 0 40
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 64 10 20 11 30
P. Maroon 57 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 62 6 22 18 28
C. Fowler 64 5 22 2 27
R. Rakell 54 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51

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