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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 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 49 17 26 6 113 168 40
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 15 35 7 50
C. Perry 35 19 13 13 32
R. Kesler 50 13 19 -3 32
S. Vatanen 50 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 49 19 7 11 26
P. Maroon 42 6 19 1 25
C. Fowler 49 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 49 5 16 12 21
J. Silfverberg 50 6 13 2 19
R. Rakell 39 5 12 2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 7 5 .918 2.27
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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