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Previous Game: Ducks Score Five Times in First Two Periods in Downing Carolina, 5-3

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 12:00 PM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Score Five Times in First Two Periods in Downing Carolina, 5-3
ANAHEIM \u2013 After grinding out a 1-0 victory two nights ago in their first game back from the Olympic break, the typically high-scoring Ducks poured it on early and often tonight against the visiting Hurricanes.
ANAHEIM – After grinding out a 1-0 victory two nights ago in their first game back from the Olympic break, the typically high-scoring Ducks poured it on early and often tonight against the visiting Hurricanes.

Anaheim had five goals in the first 29 minutes of the game while handing Carolina a 5-3 defeat in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at Honda Center. It was the 18th game with five goals or more this season for the Ducks, who improved to an NHL-best 43-14-5 (91 points).

"We’re just building now," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "Last game, we didn’t execute that well, but we played well. It was nice to see us rebound like that and come out in this first period. We just need to keep building and getting better along the way."

Almost quietly, considering the offensive barrage from his teammates, Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen had 49 saves on the night while improving to 15-3-0 this season. He and the Ducks proved fallible in giving up three unanswered to the Canes in the second and third periods, but it was too little too late for Carolina (26-26-9).

"He was fabulous tonight," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau of Andersen. "He did what he had to do, and he kept the team in the game. He won the game for us."

Two of Anaheim’s five goals came off the stick of Corey Perry, who had both of his goals in the first period. He opened the scoring 6:39 into the game, seconds after getting robbed on the doorstep by goalie Cam Ward, who didn’t have his best night. Perry’s redemption came when Dustin Penner fanned on a shot from the slot, and the puck came to Perry who fired it through from near the left post.

Perry struck again with 3:33 left in the first, taking in a pretty little pass from Cam Fowler and connecting from the left wing.

A few minutes before that goal, Francois Beauchemin got his first since New Year’s Eve, hammering a slap shot from the right point that handcuffed Ward and got behind him.

"It’s all about having good starts and jumping on your opponent," Perry said. "We played our style of game. Quick puck movement and getting in on the forecheck and creating chances. It proves it works."

Anaheim kept it going into the second, as Andrew Cogliano got his third shorthander of the year (tied for second in the NHL) 3:31 into the period. With the Ducks killing a Nick Bonino hooking minor, Cogliano sprinted up the left wing and slipped a shot between Ward’s leg pads.

The Ducks made it 5-0 just prior to the mid-point of the period, as Jakob Silfverberg dug the puck out of the side of the net and tucked it inside the left post. Silfverberg, one of the Ducks and Canes honored before the game for their Olympic participation, played center tonight for the first time since he was 17 years old.

"We knew they played yesterday," Perry said. "They’re fighting for a playoff spot, and we knew if we got on them early, they might sit back."

Carolina got its first goal with 4:40 left in the second, as Andrej Sekera eluded a poke check from Andersen and sent it past him. They scored another 11:29 into the third, as John-Michael Liles’ shot from the slot caromed off the post to Patrick Dwyer, who punched it in to make it 5-2 Ducks. They got their third straight with just over a minute left in the game, as Alexander Semin wristed a shot past Andersen on the breakaway.

The Ducks play the third game of their five-game homestand on Wednesday night against Montreal, which will be Social Media Night at Honda Center.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 61 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 49 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 64 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 56 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 61 6 22 18 28
J. Silfverberg 63 9 18 8 27
C. Fowler 63 5 21 -1 26
R. Rakell 53 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51

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