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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 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
7 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 34 17 15 2 98 92 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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