By Adam Brady
|The Ducks scored three in the third to surge past Detroit.
Samuel Pahlsson broke a 3-3 tie with 10:58 remaining in the final period on a shorthanded goal, and Corey Perry and Sean O’Donnell added insurance as the Ducks took down
Rob Niedermayer set up the Pahlsson goal by stripping Brian Rafalski of the puck at the blue line during a
|Rob Niedermayer stole the puck and fed Pahlsson for the eventual game-winning goal.
With the Ducks clinging to a 4-3 lead, Corey Perry gave them much-needed insurance on the power play with 4:40 remaining. Chris Pronger’s rocket of a slap shot from the point caromed off Hasek right to Perry, who easily punched it in the net.
The Perry goal was the second for the Ducks on 11 power plays on the night.
Sean O’Donnell capped things off with the Wings on the power play, grabbing a loose puck in the slot in front of the net and sending it the length of the ice, where it slowly rolled in the net with five seconds remaining.
“We had quality shots last night and tonight we got the puck to go in for us,” said forward Chris Kunitz, referring to the Ducks’ 2-0 loss to
|Kent Huskins got the first goal of his career early in the first period.
About a minute-and-a-half after the goal, Sean O’Donnell headed to the box with a hooking penalty coupled with a cross-checking penalty for knocking down Rafalski after the whistle. Just 10 seconds later, Chris Kunitz joined him in the box for slashing, and the Wings soon took advantage of the 5 on 3.
Rafalski got sweet revenge for the O’Donnell hit by quickly scoring from the left circle just nine seconds after the Kunitz penalty. The Ducks were lucky to only give up the one goal as they still faced a 5 on 3 and then a 5 on 4, as Brygalov made several valiant stops.
After failing to find the net at all the night before against
"It was a great feeling," Huskins said. "Our team’s been having some problems scoring goals and to be able to contribute like that felt pretty good."
Kunitz put the Ducks ahead 2-1 midway through the period by batting in a loose puck off a hard Chris Pronger one-timer from the point. The Ducks were on a 5 on 3 after Chris Chelios and Tomas Holstrom minors. The Pronger assist was the 400th of his career and one of three in the game. Ryan Getzlaf’s second assist was also one of three on the night.
The Ducks win avenged a 3-2 shootout defeat at
"It’s been a rough go at the beginning of the year here," Kunitz said. "That’s what the team does, they all help each other out and it’s been a rough start but I think a lot of players played their best game tonight."
Said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, "We were challenged from our performance last night and the response was indicative of this group when their backs are against the wall, they find a way to at least give it their best."
Tonight marked the Ducks’ 37th consecutive sellout (17,174) at Honda Center (25 regular season plus 12 playoff games).
Dating back to the 2006-07 regular season, the Ducks have a home record of 28-7-9. In addition, the club is 48-12-12 in their last 72 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006. The Ducks have a .680 winning percentage (91-34-33, 215 pts.) over the last 158 home games, earning at least one point in 124 of the 158 contests.
The Ducks have won three contests in a row at HOME versus
It was also the club’s first six-goal effort at HOME since Oct. 19, 2006 vs. PHX.
With his shorthanded goal tonight, Samuel Pahlsson now moves into sole possession of second place on the Ducks’ all-time shorthanded goals list with seven.
DUCKS ALL-TIME SHORTHANDED GOALS
Paul Kariya 16
Samuel Pahlsson 7
Steve Rucchin 6
Joe Sacco 6
Tonight marked the third time in his career that Ryan Getzlaf collected three-or-more assists in a game. The last time he accomplished the feat was Apr. 17, 2006 vs. CGY with 0-3=3 points (he recorded a career-high four assists (0-4=4) on Mar. 24, 2006 vs. NSH). Getzlaf has also earned points in three of the last four games (2-5=7).
Francois Beauchemin has earned 1-4=5 points in the last four games. He now moves to T-2nd in the NHL in scoring among defensemen.
Kent Huskins scored his first career NHL goal.
Chris Kunitz has recorded 3-2=5 points in the last four games.
With three assists tonight, Chris Pronger also moved to T-2nd in the NHL in scoring among defensemen.
Ilya Bryzgalov earned his second win of the season, stopping 32-of-35 shots.
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks pour it on in the third to break a 3-3 tie and take down
19:55 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SEAN O'DONNELL - O'Donnell picks up a loose puck in the slot in front of the Anaheim net and sends it the length of the ice, where it slowly rolls into the Detroit net to make it 6-3 Ducks. The crowd goes berserk.
18:17 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. hooking. The Wings are able to pile on another power play opportunity.
17:32 - Bryzgalov makes a great high glove save on a Cleary one-timer.
16:30 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. tripping. The Wings have a shot to claw back.
14:48 - DET Penalty - Tomas Holstrom, 2 min. tripping. The Ducks look to add some insurance.
14:31 - Bryzgalov goes spread eagle to save a
During the timeout, the crowd cheers two scores that go up on the board: Colorado is up 6-1 on the Dbacks and are looking like pennant winners, and the Red Sox lost 4-2 to the Indians to go down 2-1 in that series.
10:40 - Bryzgalov makes two great kick saves on Lidstrom one-timers and the Ducks eventually clear the zone and kill the penalty.
9:02 - ANAHEIM GOAL (SHORTHANDED) - SAMUEL PAHLSSON - Rob Niedermayer makes the play happen by taking the puck away from Rafalski at the blue line on the Detroit power play. He skates down on a 2 on 1, then makes a great feed to Pahlsson, who connects the wrister top shelf. It's the first of the season for Pahlsson and it's 4-3 Ducks. Absolutely gargantuan play for Anaheim.
8:40 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry, 2 min. holding. Perry, most likely out of frustration, picks up the penalty after not getting the call on one he thought he drew. The Wings get the power play.
8:30 - Corey Perry is taken down hard going after a loose puck in the slot, but there's no call.
8:10 - Huskins steps up to a loose puck and tries to get his second of the game on a one-timer from the right circle, but it flies over the net.
6:15 - DET Penalty - Niklas Kronwall, 2 min. hooking. Mark Mowers draws the hook after working his tail off for the puck behind the net. He's been at it all night for the Ducks.
5:30 - There is a huge tangle in front of the net after Corey Perry tries to stuff it in on Hasek. The pileup spills into the net and knocks it off, denying Ryan Getzlaf what looked like a great shot at a rebound goal.
4:23 - DET Penalty - Kirk Maltby, 2 min. slashing. The Ducks go on another power play, where they are 1-8 tonight.
3:45 - Kunitz shows some deft puck handling and races up the left wing, and his shot is saved by Hasek.
3:38 - Lidstrom rips a slapper from the slot that Bryzgalov kicks away.
I just got an email from a fan calling Pronger a "diver" and a ... ahem .. female body part. I would say the guy who wrote is has a foul mouth, but there aren't too many guys out there named Rachael.
1:33 - Mark Mowers makes a great move to tap the puck to himself in the slot to get around Rafalski, but his backhander is gloved by Hasek.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, tied 3-3.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Turns out it will be the beginning of the next. In a whirlwind second period, the Ducks take a 3-1 lead on Andy McDonald's first, but Detroit comes roaring back on goals by Zetterberg and Rafalski. We're tied 3-3 and we're in store for a heck of a third.
19:34 - DET Penalty - Henrik Zetterberg, 2 min. elbowing. That gives the Ducks a chance at the end of this period and/or the beginning of the next.
19:03 - Zetterberg makes a great pass to Cleary, who gets behind Joe DiPenta and has only Bryzgalov to beat. But Bryzgalov makes a nice save on his wrist shot.
17:31 - The Wings get a big penalty kill.
15:31 - DET Penalty - Tomas Holstrom, 2 min. tripping. Holmstrom gets a little aggressive in front of the Ducks net, taking down Pronger during the scramble.
15:31 - Bryzgalov makes three more great saves as Kunitz comes out of the box to absolutely level Lidstrom, who never saw it.
15:02 - Bryzgalov makes an acrobatic glove save on a one-timer try by Zetterberg from the right circle. We'll see if that pumps up the Ducks to kill the rest of this.
13:36 - DETROIT GOAL (POWER PLAY) - BRIAN RAFALSKI - That didn't take long. Rafalski takes a shot from the left circle that hits somebody before bounding past Bryzgalov. We're tied 3-3 as a result of the Ducks getting in penalty trouble. Assists go to Datsyuk and Holmstrom. Uunfortunately, that only wipes out the first O'Donnell penalty. He and Kunitz remain in the box as the Ducks are still facing a 5 on 3.
13:27 - ANA Penalty - Chris Kunitz, 2 min. slashing. The Ducks are in a bit of trouble.
13:17 - ANA Penalty - Sean O'Donnell, 2 min. hooking and 2 min. cross checking. After the hooking call, O'Donnell and Brian Rafalski are going at it and O'Donnell finally delivers a cross check that floors Rafalski. He goes to the box for four minutes.
11:59 - DETROIT GOAL - HENRIK ZETTERBERG - Matt Ellis tries to slap it in right in front of Bryzgalov, who blocks it and it bounces just left of the cage, where Zetterberg is there to one-time it in the wide open left side of the net. The cheers from the large contingent of Detroit fans is eventually drowned out by Ducks fans boos. It's 3-2 Anaheim.
During the timeout, the video board shows several young boys shirtless and waving their jerseys over their heads. Kind of creepy.
10:56 - Just as the penalty expires, Ryan Getzlaf comes from behind the net, spins and takes a shot that Hasek knocks away. Corey Perry almost puts in the rebound, but Hasek stops it.
8:50 - DET Penalty - Valtteri Filppula, 2 min. tripping. It's the Ducks with the man advantage yet again. They're 1-5 tonight.
During the intermission they ask which team Chris Kunitz played for before the Ducks and the guy correctly answers Atlanta. Then they ask the bonus question: Which team did Kunitz have his first career hat trick against? He guesses Detroit and the answer it Phoenix. I knew that one. Seriously, I did.
5:57 - Valtteri Filppula, 2 min. holding. The Ducks look to pour it on.
5:14 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - Mac gets his first of the season on a wrist shot off a Joe DiPenta feed that hits off a Detroit defenseman and gets past Hasek. It's McDonald's first of the season and it took him eight games to do it. It's 3-1 Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf gets the second assist, his third of the game.
3:50 - Lilja turns the puck over in the Detroit zone, which reminds me of overtime of Game 5 and a Teemu Selanne goal. Seems like a long time ago now.
1:30 - Kris Draper takes the puck on a Corey Perry turnover, skates down hard and takes a shot that misses the cage.
0:34 - Pavel Datsyuk's shot from the left circle zings past Bryzgalov's glove and thankfully hits the right post.
0:00 - And we're off in the second, the Ducks clinging to a 2-1 cushion. I have one eye on Giants-Falcons for fantasy football reasons. Root for Plaxico Burress.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Just before the horn, as the Wings take their time behind net, it's finally given off to Niklas Lidstrom, who whiffs on a one-timer with two seconds left. The Ducks go into the locker room up 2-1 and outshooting Detroit, 10-7.
19:19 - Bryzgalov does a nice job to come out and get a soft toss of the puck toward the net.
18:54 - ANA and DET Penalties - Travis Moen, 2 min. slashing and Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking and DET Tomas Holstrom, 2 min. unsportsmanlike conduct.
18:28 - Chris Kunitz makes his second of two hard hits into the boards in the last 30 seconds, this time on Valtteri Filppula.
17:36 - McDonald tries to make a cross-ice pass to tonight's linemate, Mark Mowers, but it's intercepted nicely by the Wings.
15:50 - Bryz makes a nice save on a Holmstrom one-timer.
15:10 - The line of Perry-Getzlaf-Kunitz continues to shine tonight. They already have four points between them.
14:28 - We go into the timeout with the Ducks outshooting the Wings, 9-4.
12:11 - DET Penalty - Tomas Holmstrom, 2 min. interference. Ducks go on the power play again, having converted their last one.
12:07 – Corey Perry has a wide open path to the net on the left wing, but his wrister is saved by Hasek.
9:54 - ANA Penalty - Mark Mowers, 2 min. boarding. Mowers sends an unidentified Red Wing into the boards and a bit of a scuffle ensues.
9:31 – ANAHEIM GOAL – CHRIS KUNITZ (POWER PLAY) - Pronger takes a slap shot from the point that bounces in front of Hasek and Kunitz is right there to bat in the loose puck. It’s 2-1 Ducks and it’s Pronger’s 400th career assist. Getzlaf gets the second assist.
8:57 - DET Penalty - Chris Chelios, 2 min. tripping. Huge opportunity for Anaheim.
8:52 - DET Penalty - Tomas Holstrom, 2 min. hooking. The Ducks go on another power play.
8:19 - Travis Moen takes a shot with his back originally to the goal that is saved. Rob Niedermayer tries to put back the rebound, but that one is saved too. We go into the first timeout already with a heck of a game going.
6:39 - DETROIT GOAL - KRIS DRAPER (SCORING CHANGE FROM EARLIER) - After Shane Hnidy tries a one-timer off a Kunitz pass that is nicely saved by Hasek, Detroit's Dan Cleary heads up the ice with it the other way. He makes a cross-ice pass to Kris Draper, who feeds Cleary in front. Hnidy gets a piece of it, and it appears that Cleary does too as it bounds past Bryzgalov. Later it's ruled that Cleary never touched it and the goal goes to Draper. Cleary gets the first assist instead. We're tied 1-1. Hasek gets the second helper.
5:20 - Rob Niedermayer is seemingly tripped in front of the Detroit net while vying for a rebound, but there is no call. Crowd not pleased. They've essentially told the referee they don't approve of his performance thus far.
4:57 - ANA and DET Penalties - ANA Brad May and DET Aaron Downey, 2 min. each unsportsmanlike conduct. May and Downey go to their respective boxes, where they're still jawing at each other.
2:16 - Chris Chelios hits the ice for Detroit, just like he's been doing for the past 78 years.
2:10 - Sammy Pahlsson tries to make it two quick ones, but his backhander from the right circle is stymied by Hasek.
1:56 - ANAHEIM GOAL - KENT HUSKINS - Chris Kunitz feeds it to Huskins at the left circle and Huskins takes a wrister that hits Dominik Hasek in the shoulder and flips into the net. First career goal for Huskins. Second assist to Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks get on the board early after not scoring one in 60 minutes last night.
1:33 - DET Penalty - Niklas Lidstrom, 2 min. holding. That wipes out the Detroit PP and coach Mike Babcock is not pleased. He's had some experience arguing clls in this building.
1:20 - Holstrom finds himself with the puck all alone in front of Bryzgalov in the crease, but somehow Bryz is able to keep him from jamming the puck in.
0:43 - ANA Penalty - Andy McDonald, 2 min. holding. Early power play for the dudes in red. The Ducks are on pace for more than 60 penalties tonight. Hopefully they'll shake that trend.
0:00 - We're underway in the first, with the Ducks looking to avenge the 3-2 shootout loss in Detroit on Oct. 3. Detroit is still remembering losing Game 6 in this building.
7:08 - The anthem was sung by James Westman, who apparently is starring in some opera in town. He stepped on the fan participation portion for a couple of notes, but recovered nicely. Wonderful rendition, and best of all, he sang it fast.
7:04 p.m. - The Red Wings hit the ice to a chorus of boos, while the Ducks are announced as "Your defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks!" to a nice roar.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Ilya Bryzgalov; DET Dominik Hasek
Starting Skaters: ANA Shane Hnidy, Drew Miller, Andy McDonald, Francois Beauchemin, Mark Mowers; DET Andreas Lilja, Dan Cleary, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Niklas Kronwall
Scratches: ANA Jonas Hiller, Todd Bertuzzi, Todd Marchant; DET Derek Meech, Mikael Samuelsson, Johan Franzen
Todd Marchant has a bruised right ankle (suffered when he was hit by a puck last night) and it out of the lineup. He is listed as day to day (aren't we all).
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