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Previous Game: Lovejoy Scores Twice as Ducks Continue Home Dominance

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 1:18 AM / News
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Previous Game: Lovejoy Scores Twice as Ducks Continue Home Dominance
ANAHEIM \u2013 It\u2019s been quite a week for Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy. Three days ago on New Year\u2019s Eve, Lovejoy and his wife Avery had their first child, a daughter named Lila. That night Lovejoy made the defensive play of the game in a 6-3 Ducks victory over the Sharks at Honda Center.
ANAHEIM – It’s been quite a week for Ducks defenseman Ben Lovej

Three days ago on New Year’s Eve, Lovejoy and his wife Avery had their first child, a daughter named Lila. That night Lovejoy made the defensive play of the game in a 6-3 Ducks victory over the Sharks at Honda Center.

Tonight, Lovejoy made a rare contribution on the scoresheet, scoring two goals near the end of the first period (his second and third of the year) to help the Ducks to a 5-2 rout of the visiting Oilers in front of a sellout crowd at Honda Center.

"Great feeling, great win," said Lovejoy, who pointed out it was the first game his wife and daughter got to watch. "It’s been an awesome couple of days, and I would love to keep it going. It was pretty special."

It was the second straight game with five or more goals for Anaheim, and the 12th overall this season. The win continued a run of Honda Center dominance for Anaheim, which at 16-0-2 remains the only team in the NHL yet to lose in regulation at home.

One of the few black marks on the night for the Ducks was their power play, which was 0 for 8 on the night and is now 1 for the last 30. Yet it hardly mattered as Anaheim won for the 12th time in the last 13 games.

Edmonton took the lead just 35 seconds into the game, as Boyd Gordon was tripped by Sami Vatanen in front of the net just before throwing the puck into the crease, where it hit goalie Jonas Hiller’s stick and got behind him.

But Anaheim made up for that miscue just 11 seconds afterward, as Kyle Palmieri pushed from the right wing circle to the front of the net, where he backhanded the puck past former Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Edmonton went back in front a little more than halfway through the period, as former No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov cut to the front of the net and followed his own rebound to make it 2-1.

But the Ducks struck back for four unanswered, two of which off Lovejoy's stick. His first came with just under three minutes in the first, a one-timer off a Saku Koivu feed that sailed past an Andrew Cogliano screen before beating Bryzgalov.

The second came in similar fashion with just 4.4 seconds left in the frame, a one-timer from close to the same spot that darted past a surprised Bryzgalov inside the left post.

"It was awesome to get one," Lovejoy said with a laugh. "To get a second very similar pass, it has to be perfectly in my wheelhouse. And both [Koivu] and Cam Fowler were able to find it. It’s a very small sweet spot. I was lucky it went in."

Lovejoy’s goals were within a 2:43 span, the fastest two goals by a Ducks defenseman in franchise history. In addition, Lovejoy tied the franchise record for most goals scored in a single period by an Anaheim defenseman (accomplished six times previously).

Neither team scored again until under a minute left in the second, as Nick Bonino fed the puck in the slot from behind the net, which trickled to Tim Jackman, who backhanded it home. It was the first goal in a Ducks sweater for Jackman, who came to Anaheim in a trade with Calgary on November 21.

The Ducks got their fifth of the game a little more than halfway through the third, as Cogliano knocked down a Jeff Petry shot and went off and running on the breakaway, going to the forehand before sending it past Bryzgalov.

"Whenever you play a team that trades you, and at the end of the day kind of gets rid of you or doesn’t value you as much as you value yourself, it’s nice when you have a good game," said Cogliano, a former first-round draft choice of the Oilers. "I definitely don’t want to go anywhere. I love playing here. When you’re on a winning team, everything is good and everything is great. When you’re winning games and have good guys around you, and a good organization, it’s a lot of fun."

Anaheim will look to keep it going Sunday evening against the Canucks at Honda Center.

"[Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry] weren’t going as good as they normally do, and when they’re not going, you need people to pick up the slack," said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "I thought Jackman’s goal was a huge goal at the end of the second. Then you get help from everywhere. That’s why we’re a pretty good team."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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