Ducks Win Home Opener, 2-1
Pregame Festivities Photos
By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM, Calif. – After their Stanley Cup title was honored prior to the game, the Ducks went out and did something they did a lot during that magical season – they pulled out a victory at home.
|Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and set the other one up with a key faceoff win in the third.
Francois Beauchemin buried a one-timer from the point with 6:25 left in the third period to help the Ducks overcome a rough start and edge the Bruins 2-1 in Anaheim’s home opener at Honda Center.
The announced crowd of 17,285 was the 35th straight sellout for the Ducks, dating back to last year. Most of those fans arrived in their seats early enough to watch an emotional tribute to the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions, that included the lowering of the Stanley Cup from the scoreboard and the raising of the Pacific Division, Western Conference and Stanley Cup champions banners to the rafters. Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne, both clad in suits as they each continue to mull retirement, were part of the introductions of every Ducks player. They earned the loudest ovations of the night, followed by the inevitable chants of “One more year!”
After the puck was finally dropped, the Ducks came off just as sluggish as they did during a road swing following London in which they went 0-2-1 at Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh.
That was partly due to the 20 minutes between their warmup and the start of the game, a delay caused by the lengthy ceremony.
"It’s no excuse, but it’s always hard to get back to the game and be ready to play," Beauchemin said. "The first five minutes were kind of tough."
It cost them early in the first as Boston’s Chuck Kobasew found the net just 1:05 into it. Kobasew skated by Pronger in the Anaheim zone and took a shot from the left faceoff dot that slid through Ilya Bryzgalov’s five hole.
"It was obviously a breakdown that happened early in the game," said Ryan Getzlaf. "They came out and skated and we weren’t really prepared."
The 1-0 Boston advantage would remain that way until the 9:08 mark in the second, as Ryan Getzlaf nabbed his third goal of the season. Getzlaf knocked the puck loose from 6-9 Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara to the stick of Ducks d-man Kent Huskins. The shot from the point by Huskins bounced off Boston goalie Tim Thomas and bounced right to Getzlaf at the top of the crease. He easily deposited it into the open net.
Getzlaf helped set up Beauchemin’s game-winner by winning a faceoff in the Boston zone and sending it backwards to Hnidy, who fed Beauchemin. The defenseman’s one-timer deflected off Boston center David Krejci and found its way past Thomas.
After the early Boston goal, Bryzgalov shut them down the rest of the way, racking up 18 saves on the night.
The victory improved the Ducks’ record to 2-3-1, as they play here again Sunday against Minnesota. That game won't have the fanfare that marked the Ducks' home opener tonight.
"That [ceremony] was the last thing we needed to do with last year’s team," Getzlaf said. "We got our rings the other night and the banners tonight. Now we can move on."
Dating back to the 2006-07 regular season, the Ducks have a home record of 27-6-9. In addition, the club is 47-11-12 in their last 70 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006. The Ducks have a .684 winning percentage (90-33-33, 213 pts.) over the last 156 home games, earning at least one point in 123 of the 156 contests.
Ryan Getzlaf has recorded 2-2=4 points in the last two games.
Francois Beauchemin scored his first goal of the season and has earned 1-3=4 points in the last two games. He is now tied for first in the NHL in defensemen scoring.
Shane Hnidy recorded his first point as a Duck with an assist tonight.
Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his first win of the season.
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Bruins can do little in the Ducks zone in the closing seconds, and the puck is cleared to the Boston end as time expires. The Ducks win their home opener 2-1.
19:05 - The Bruins take a timeout and empty their net.
19:05 - Bryzgalov makes another nice save on a Boston shot from the top of the near circle.
16:32 - Bryzgalov makes a nice save on a spinning shot by Marco Sturm, who started with the puck with his back to the net.
13:35 - ANA GOAL - FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN - Ryan Getzlaf wins the faceoff and sends it to Shane Hnidy, who slides the puck to Beauchemin at the point. Beauchemin's soft one-timer deflects off Boston center Devid Krejci and bounds past Thomas for the goal. It's Beauchemin's first of the season and it's 2-1 Ducks.
9:25 - ANA Penalty - Shane Hnidy, 2 min. holding. Opportunity knocks for Boston.
9:13 - Corey Perry
's shot from the slot is saved high by Thomas, and Perry slides into the net, knocking it off its moorings.
8:07 - The Bs have only gotten off 13 shots on the Ducks so far.
7:48 - Corey Perry
attempts a centering pass, but it's just out of the reach of Jason King, as Thomas knocks it away.
During the timeout, TV reveals that 6-9 Zdeno Chara is the tallest player in NHL history and that his father was a 6-foot-2 Olympic wrestler. I have nothing funny to say about that.
3:38 - Nice high glove save by Bryzgalov on a Boston shot from the point.
2:22 - ANA Penalty - Kent Huskins, 2 min. hooking. Boston goes on the PP.
0:00 - We're underway in the third, tied 1-1.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Chris Kunitz takes a shot from the left circle just before the horn that gives the Ducks 15 for the period and 20 for the game. They convert one (by Getzlaf) and we're tied 1-1.
17:07 - Francois Beauchemin takes a shot to the face and there is no call, much to the displeasure of the Honda Center faithful. They're chanting something about the ref ... I think stinking.
16:45 - BOS Penalty - Aaron Ward, 2 min. tripping. Ryan Getzlaf
made a great drop pass to set up buddy Corey Perry
in the slot, which led to the trip to try and contain Perry.
10:52 - ANA GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - After Getzlaf knocks the puck loose from Chara, Kent Huskins fires a slap shot that bounces off Tim Thomas right to Getzlaf at the top of the crease, who easily deposits into the open net. We're tied 1-1 and this crowd has come back alive.
10:31 - BOS Penalty - Peter Schaefer, 2 min. high sticking. That wipes out the Bruins power play.
10:11 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. tripping. Pronger takes down Murray right in front of the Anaheim net. Boston's first power play in this building since 2003.
10:04 - Nice Bryzgalov glove save on a Glen Murray slap shot.
9:29 - Bryzgalov makes a nice save in the midsection on a shot from the slot by Marco Sturm.
7:49 - Andy McDonald takes a hard-angle shot from the left circle that Tim Thomas easily gloves.
1:23 - BOS Penalty - Glen Metropolit, 2 min. hooking. Shockingly, the first penalty of the game.
1:05 - Francois Beauchemin nearly deflected the puck in the Ducks goal on a Boston crossing pass, but Bryz barely saved it.
0:00 - Here we go in the second, with the Ducks trailing 1-bagel.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks don't get much done, but do shut down the Bs after an early goal. It's 1-0 Boston, as they outshoot the Ducks, 6-5.
18:57 - The Ducks haven't generated much on offense thus far. Still looking a little sluggish, just like on that road swing.
At the timeout, we're playing some kind of shuffling game with Blackjack phones on the video board and you have to text the one of the three you think it is. Hmmm.
10:30 - Travis Moen gets loose and fires a shot from the left circle that clangs off the post. Tough break.
At the first timeout, the Power Players hit the ice for the first time in their new unis. They look lovely.
6:01 - Things are getting physical. Several hard hits in a row as the puck volleys back and forth in front of the benches.
1:05 - BOS GOAL - CHUCK KOBASEW - Kobasew gets the Bruins on the board VERY early by skating by Pronger and taking a shot fromo the left dot that gets through Bryzgalov's five hole. Assist goes to Glen Metropolit, who gave Kobasew the puck around the red line, and Zdeno Chara.
0:05 - Great to see Sammy Pahlsson back on the ice. His first game of the regular season and he's skating hard.
0:00 - And we're underway in the home opener. Seems like it took forever to get here.
7:27 - Gunnery Sgt. Juan Contreras sang the anthem, the same guy who sang it before Game 5 of the Final. And again he let the crowd sing a portion of it, as will be the routine this year. They did a very nice job.
7:21 - The Cup exits the Honda Center ice and will head back to the Hall of Fame, not to return to Southern California ... until the Ducks win it again. Or the Kings. Sorry, I almost typed that with a straight face.
7:19 p.m. - The Ducks unfurl the Pacific Division, Western Conference and Stanley Cup Champions banners and raise them to the rafters. The Stanley Cup one goes last, and of course to the most applause.
7:15 p.m. - Forget the Giguere ovation. They just brought out Scotty and Teemu (in suits) and the crowd is going nuts. Before long, the "ONE MORE YEAR!" chant starts.
7:11 p.m. - Each of the Ducks are being introduced, and now the Ducks that are skating tonight are coming out through the Zamboni tunnel, skating under a neon light and between two lines of youth players. The biggest ovation thus far was for J.S. Giguere, who is not dressed tonight. It lasted more than a minute, during which Giguere didn't seem to know how to react.
7:04 p.m. - The Honda Center faithful are being treated to a presentation narrated by Brian Hayward that commemorates the 2006-07 season. This stuff never gets old. Chill City. Then to make it even better, they just lowered the Stanley Cup slowly from the scoreboard. It doesn't get much cooler than that. My goosebumps just got goosebumps.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Ilya Bryzgalov; MIN Tim Thomas
Starting Skaters: ANA Sean O'Donnell, Chris Pronger, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson; BOS Marco Sturm, Andrew Ference, Glen Murray, Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Alberts
Scratches: ANA Drew Miller, Maxim Kondratiev, Mark Mowers; BOS Bobby Allen, Jeremy Reich, Marc SavardGame Notes
|Three star selections