By Adam Brady
Moen, one of the stars of the Ducks’ checking line, scored the game-winner with 2:51 remaining in the third period to give the Ducks a dramatic 3-2 victory over
The 25-year-old Moen’s goal came after a couple of chances for him in the third were thwarted. But he ultimately took a bouncing Rob Niedermayer pass from behind the net and managed to strike it cleanly past
"I just saw the puck and it was kind of bouncing, and I got lucky and caught it on the way down" Moen said. "It was huge. Every kid dreams of scoring a goal to win the game in the Stanley Cup Finals. This is something special."
The goal gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead they clinged to through the final horn, despite a Chris Pronger hooking penalty with 44 seconds remaining.
Moen’s goal was his fifth of the playoffs and his second game-winner, as he won Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals over
Moen and linemates Samuel Pahlsson and Niedermayer also helped shut down the prolific
"It was definitely a team effort," Moen said. "That line is extremely skilled. We got lucky tonight. We're happy to get the win and look forward to Game 2."
Instead, it was
The Ducks evened it up at 10:55 on Andy McDonald’s sixth goal of the playoffs, with help from rookie Drew Miller. Skating on the top line all game long, Miller put a hit on an
The 17,274 that jammed into Honda Center came alive, and got even louder on several
The Ducks could have been in a bigger hole, after Francois Beauchemin and Samuel Pahlsson took penalties at 6:34 and 6:59. But the Ducks killed off the resulting 5-on-3. Soon after dodging that bullet,
But Getzlaf finally got his 5:46 into the third period. He took the puck from Corey Perry at the right circle, shifted it to his backhand and flipped it through Emery. Getlaf slapped the glass in jubilation after the goal that tied the score 2-2.
Moen had a couple of chances in the third before finally denting the net. Halfway through the period he got ahead of the defense between the circles, made a nice move on Emery, but his shot was blocked by the second-year netminder. Then with 3:15 left, Moen’s backhander from the slot was deflected and bounced barely over the crossbar.
That made the eventual game-winner a bit sweeter for Moen, the native of Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, a town of just 75 people. Moen, it's been noted already, helps out on the family farm every offseason.
"This is huge," Moen said. "I’ve got lots of support from family and friends back home and about 15 of them were watching tonight. This is pretty exciting."
Game 2 of the series is back at Honda Center Wednesday night at 5 p.m.
The Ducks improved their overall home playoff record to 8-2 at home during the postseason. They have an overall home record of 21-7 since the start of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In addition,
The Ducks improved their home Stanley Cup Final record to 4-0. The club has an overall record of 4-4 in Stanley Cup Final contests (3-4 in 2003 vs. NJ).
Ryan Getzlaf is tied for the team-lead in goals with six. He has earned 3-2=5 points in the last four games and 3-4=7 points in the last seven games. He has recorded points in seven of the Ducks 10 postseason home games (6-5=11). All six of his goals have come at home.
Travis Moen’s game-winning goal was the second GWG of his playoff career (also, May 1 @ VAN in OT). He is now T-4th in the NHL in GWG.
Teemu Selanne has a four-game point streak (2-5=7).
With tonight’s goal, Andy McDonald is tied for the team-lead in goals with six.
Rob Niedermayer has a two-game point streak (1-2=3) and 3-3=6 points in the last six games.
J.S. Giguere stopped 18-of-20 shots for his 10th win of the postseason in 13 starts. He has a 1.91 GAA and .930 SV% in the postseason, stopping 344-of-370 shots.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,274, a standing-room only sellout crowd. Going back to the regular season, the Ducks now have a 32-game sellout streak.
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks keep
19:16 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Pronger, 2 min. hooking.
17:09 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN - Moen finds redemption. Rob Niedermayer skates behind the net and barely moves the puck to Moen in the slot. It's bouncing, but Moen still manages to strike it clean on the one-timer past Emery on his glove side. It's 3-2 Ducks and slightly loud in here.
16:45 - Moen's backhand shot from the slot is deflected and goes over Emery, but also the crossbar.
14:51 - Rob Niedermayer steals the puck shorthanded, skates cautiously across the blueline and shoots one that Emery has little problem with.
13:08 - ANA PENALTY - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking. Niedermayer hooks a Sens player against the boards in the corner. Now a big chance for
12:03 - The Sens kill it.
10:03 - OTT PENALTY - Andre Meszaros, 2 min. interference. Big chance for
9:36 - Samuel Pahlsson makes a nice pass to Moen in the slot. Moen makes a nice move on Emery, but his shot is nicely stonewalled by the netminder.
8:18 - McDonald pokes and prods at a loose puck that Emery can't cover and the Sens don't like it. They take a few shots at Mac before a scuffle breaks out between all of the skaters.
6:37 - OTT PENALTY - Christoph Schubert, 2 min. slashing. The Ducks look to get another one.
5:46 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - Getzlaf takes the puck from Corey Perry at the right circle, skates toward net and shifts the puck to his backhand where he flips it through Emery. He slaps the glass in jubilation after the goal that ties the score 2-2. Second assists goes to Ric Jackman, who kept it in the zone before giving it to Perry.
2:58 - Andy McDonald's shot is narrowly saved by Emery's right leg pad, and Selanne tries to follow up on the loose puck but Emery's not having it.
0:00 - We're underway in the third, with the Ducks looking to tie it.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD -
19:04 - One of the best Ducks chances of the period, a rush with McDonald and Selanne, is squashed when Selanne's shot from the right circle is knocked away by Emery.
17:54 - A Ducks shot from the slot hits Emery and bounds behind him, but it doesn't cross the line as he smothers it.
16:01 - McDonald tries to poke in a loose one near the left post, but Emery holds it.
15:27 - Corey Perry fires a shot from the right circle that Emery deflects away before
13:03 - Both Brad May (off a Todd Marchant feed) and Shawn Thornton (loose puck) have shots right in front, but Emery stops them both.
9:05 - Emery clears the puck from the corner, right to Getzlaf, who fires it from the blueline over the net as Emery scrambles to get back in front of it.
8:59 - The Ducks kill both penalties and the crowd appreciates it.
6:59 - ANA PENALTY - Samuel Pahlsson. The Ducks face a 5-on-3 for 1:35.
6:34 - ANA PENALTY - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. tripping.
4:36 - OTTAWA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - WADE REDDEN - Redden fires a slapper from the blue line that sails past Giguere's right shoulder. Giguere's stick had been knocked from his hands seconds before the goal. Seconds before that, the Senators hit the post with a shot. Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza get the assists. It's 2-1 Sens.
3:52 - ANA PENALTY - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. cross checking.
0:59 - OTT PENALTY - Wade Redden, 2 min. hooking. And his face reddens after that one. Terrible.
0:00 - The puck drops for the second, with momentum on the Ducks' side.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - An Andy McDonald shot just before the horn is knocked away by Emery. The Ducks own the second half of the period, scoring a goal to match the early one by
18:05 - Rob Niedermayer nearly pokes in a loose puck in front, but Emery makes a nice kick save on it.
14:14 - ANA PENALTY - Ric Jackman, 2 min. roughing. Mike Comrie fires a shot at Giguere after the whistle and Jackman retaliates with a swipe at his head.
The Ducks have several near-misses on net following the goal and the crowd gets louder after each one. It's absolutely electric in here.
10:55 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - Rookie Drew Miller puts a hit on an
8:07 - The Ducks need to get it going. One shot on goal through the first eight minutes.
2:34 - OTT PENALTY - Dany Heatley, 2 min. tripping. First power play of the series for the Ducks. They rank seventh out of 16 teams in the playoffs with a 15.3 power play percentage.
1:38 - OTTAWA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MIKE FISHER (SCORING CHANGE) - Fisher takes a shot from the left circle that hits Giguere and pops straight up in the air. Sean O'Donnell tries to whack at it in mid-air but whiffs on it and it hits the ice and rolls over the line. It's 1-0
0:53 - ANA PENALTY - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. high sticking.
0:00 - And we're underway in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Honda Center. How good does that sound?
Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere; OTT Ray Emery
Starting Skaters: ANA Francois Beauchemin, Samuel Pahlsson, Scott Niedermayer, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; OTT Wade Redden, Daniel Alfredsson, Andrej Meszaros, Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza
Scratches: ANA Sebastien Caron, Mark Hartigan, Chris Kunitz, George Parros, Joe DiPenta, Aaron Rome, Ryan Shannon, Joe Motzko, Ryan Carter; OTT Lawrence Nycholat, Brian McGrattan, Oleg Saprykin
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