Ducks 2, Blue Jackets 1 (SO)
By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – Welcome to the team, Mathieu Schneider.
The veteran Ducks defenseman, playing his first game of the season, made it count with 25:25 of ice time and the only goal in the shootout as the Ducks downed Columbus, 2-1.
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Schneider, who missed the Ducks’ first 13 games of the season with a broken ankle, helped hold the Jackets to just 20 shots through regulation and overtime. Then he lit up Honda Center with his shootout goal, a wrister from straightaway that trickled off Columbus goalie Fredik Norrena and bounced over the line. Showered with cheers from a Honda Center crowd that hasn’t seen many shootout goals over the last three seasons, Schneider pumped a fist and broke into a big smile.
"I would have never imagined that finish," Schneider said. "I thought we played a great game. We deserved to win that in regulation or even in overtime. We had some great chances. "
|Schneider was congratulated by the Ducks bench after his shootout goal on the first attempt of his career.
Schneider's goal came after Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf went first and couldn’t convert. But Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere forced Sergei Fedorov to clank his attempt off the post, drove Rick Nash to lose control of the puck, then kicked away David Vyborny’s attempt to extend the shootout.
Choosing Schneider in the shootout was a surprising move for the Ducks coaching staff, which like most teams, won't use a defenseman in that situation.
"We decided to change it up a little bit," said coach Randy Carlyle. "With Schneider not having been available to us for quite sometime, we felt it was time for him to earn some of his keep."
It was Schneider's first shootout attempt of his career, and when Carlyle tabbed him to shoot, "I thought he was kidding," Schneider said.
The shootout win was a rarity for a Ducks team that is just 8-19 in the format since it was introduced in the 2005-06 season. It was only their third shootout win at Honda Center.
The win also snapped a four-game losing streak for Anaheim, which lost in a shootout last Sunday against Edmonton.
It was the first win for the Ducks over Columbus at home in the four tries, two of which were shootout losses. The game also marked the return of Getzlaf, who missed two games with a forearm strain, and Rob Niedermayer, who was out for three with a groin injury.
Neither team could find the net over the first two periods, though the Ducks had plenty of shots at it, as Norrena (the backup to No. 1 Pascal Leclaire) made 22 saves. J.S. Giguere only needed to swat away 10 Columbus shots.
As sharp as Norrena looked over the first two periods, he left something to be desired on a Rob Niedermayer goal that broke the ice early in the third. Just 13 seconds into the period, Niedermayer slickly skated into the slot and let go of a shot that bounced off Norrena into the crease. Though it looked like he’d easily recover it, he never found the handle as Niedermayer batted the loose puck past the goalie’s outstretched leg.
It wasn’t long before Columbus got one back, with a man advantage stemming from a Mark Mowers tripping call. Nikolai Zherdev followed a rebound off a Ron Hainsey slap shot, just batting it inside the far post to make it 1-1.
The Ducks clearly outplayed Columbus over the first 20 minutes, spending most of the period on the Blue Jackets zone. Columbus came back harder in the second, which led to several skirmishes in the period. Brad May and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen got it going late in the first when they dropped the gloves, and Tollefsen ended up muscling May into the Ducks bench. Deep into the second, Travis Moen and Jared Boll went at it, Moen’s payback for a vicious hit he took from Boll in the team’s first meeting of the season, Oct. 6 in Columbus.
A few minutes later, a Shane Hnidy-Jason Chimera scuffle escalated into a brawl at center ice that resulted in both Andy McDonald and Tollefsen getting 10-minute misconducts.
The Ducks, who outshot Columbus 34-20, kept the puck in the Columbus zone for much of the overtime, but couldn’t find the net. That led to a shootout that the Honda Center crowd initially booed when it was announced. But they soon found reason to roar, thanks to Schneider and Giguere.
"Right now, that’s the kind of game we have to win," Schneider said. "It’s a battle for us. It’s going to make us a better team down the stretch."
Said Giguere, "They’ve been playing well this year, we expect that from them. It’s a quality win for us. It was a big win for, especially with the way we played last game against them in Columbus. "
The Ducks head to the Valley of the Sun to face Phoenix on Saturday. The Coyotes defeated Anaheim 1-0 at Honda Center a week ago.
Tonight marked the Ducks’ 41st consecutive sellout (17,174) at Honda Center (29 regular season plus 12 playoff games).
The Ducks have won four-of-seven contests at Honda Center this season.
Rob Niedermayer scored his first goal of the season.
In his Anaheim Ducks debut, Mathieu Schneider scored the shootout-deciding goal.
J.S. Giguere earned his second win of the season, stopping 19-of-20 shots. In four home starts, he has a 1.44 goals-against average (GAA) and .938 save percentage (SV%). Dating back to the 2006-07 regular season, Giguere has a 2.08 GAA (66 GA/1,905 min.) and .920 SV% (750-of-815 shots) in 32 home starts.
David Vyborny's wrist shot is saved by Giguere! Ducks win!
Chris Kunitz's attempt is a deke and a shot that Norrena flicks away.
Rich Nash's attempt is saved as he loses control in front of Giguere.
Mathieu Schneider's attempt is a wrister that hits Norrena and bounces in.
Sergei Fedorov's attempt hits the right post.
's attempt is kicked away by Norrena
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - The Ducks PA guy announces, "We're going to a shootout!" and half the crowd boos. I wonder why.
0:02 - McDonald slides a pass across the top of the crease to Beauchemin on the doorstep, but it slides under his stick.
3:31 - Columbus takes timeout.
1:50 - It's not until 1:50 in that the Jackets finally get the puck into the Anaheim zone, and it's quickly kicked out.
0:00 - We're underway.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - The Ducks keep it in the Columbus zone for the closing minute, but can't generate anything. We're tied at 1 headed to a five-minute overtime. Please no shootout. Please not shootout. Please not shootout.
18:35 - Getzlaf makes a nice drop pass to Kunitz at the bottom of the circle, but Kunitz's lunging shot goes into Norrena's chest. Moments earlier, Kunitz made a hard hit on Dan Fritsche near the Ducks goal.
18:02 - Another big kill for Anaheim.
16:02 - ANA Penalty - Andy McDonald, 2 min. holding. It's questionable.
14:12 - Ducks get a huge kill.
13:20 - Nash gets loose into the slot and uncorks a shot that clanks off the crossbar.
During the timeout, the video board shows a black and white video that depicts a time when goalies (believe it or not) did not wear masks. "And goalies," the narrator says, "were scarred for life." Yikes. Can you imagine the first guy who wore a mask? They probably thought he was a wuss.
12:12 - ANA Penalty - Kent Huskins, 2 min. tripping. Husky dives at Fedorov and takes him down, as Sergei goes slamming into the net.
9:35 - CBJ Penalty - Rostislav Klesla, 2 min. hooking. A chance for the Ducks.
9:25 - Sammy Pahlsson makes a great pass through traffic to Travis Moen just outside the crease. Moen spins and his backhand is saved nicely.
8:56 - We go to the timeout with the Ducks outshooting CBJ, 28-13.
7:15 - Huskins weaves from his own blueline into the attacking slot, but his shot is kicked away by Norrena.
3:46 - COLUMBUS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - NIKOLAI ZHERDEV - Ron Hainsey takes a slap shot from the blue line that Giguere knocks away at the top of the crease, but the rebound trickles out near the right post. Zherdev does a nice job to tip it just inside the far post. We're tied. Ducks fans respond with boos, unhappy the Jackets were on the power play in the first place.
2:55 - ANA Penalty - Mark Mowers, 2 min. tripping. Ducks fans thought it was Mowers who got tripped, in front of the Anaheim net. CBJ on the PP.
0:13 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ROB NIEDERMAYER - That didn't take long. Niedermayer makes a slick turn into the slot and wrists a shot at Norrena. He saves it, but can't seem to hold onto it and Niedermayer punches it past his outstretched leg. It's Niedermayer's first of the season and it's 1-0 Ducks.
0:00 - Here we go in the third. This game's been missing something. Oh, that's right. Goals.
At the intermission, the video board says, "Rachel Sandoval, will you be my wife? I'll love you forever." - Ramon
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Both teams go at it hard in a very physical period, but neither can find the net yet again. It's scoreless going into the third. The Ducks are still significantly outshooting the Jackets, 22-10.
20:00 - ANA and CBJ Penalties - ANA Francois Beauchemin and CBJ Rastislav Klesla, 2 min. each crosschecking. Just before the horn, the Ducks get a chance when Niedermayer skates in from behind the net and tries to stuff it in. Kunitz tries again on the rebound to know avail. There's pushing and shoving after the horn and that's where the penalties stem from.
18:34 - ANA and CBJ Penalties - ANA Shane Hnidy, 5 min. fighting and Andy McDonald, 10 min. misconduct. Jason Chimera, 5 min. fighting and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, 10 min. misconduct. McDonald and Tollefsen get the brunt of it from the brawl. That may be the first 10-min. misconduct of McDonald's career.
18:34 - With the Ducks looking at a scoring change, Hnidy and Chimera start throwing blows on the other side of the ice. It gets broken up, but suddenly the other eight skaters are going at it at center ice. There's hockey equipment lying everywhere and it's finally broken up. Even after it's over, Parros can be seen jawing at the CBJ bench. This one's not over.
16:48 - The Ducks are called for offside on a rush. I thought the officials turned that off, like in a video game, since they don't seem to be calling it against the Jackets.
14:47 - Travis Moen and Jared Boll drop the gloves off the faceoff. Lots of jersey grabbing, followed by a handful of actual punches, lots of spinning around, they finally get bored and it's broken up. But after the officials intervene, Moen gets in one last shot and has some more words. You may recall that Boll knocked Moen out of the game with a hard hit in the last matchup, in Columbus. They each get 5 for fighting. (That would be a great name for a band.)
14:44 - Rick Nash, 10 shots last night vs. the Kings. Tonight, none.
13:27 - Schneider touches up the puck on a Columbus icing. This guy is good!
10:10 - Klesla's slap shot from the point bounces off Giguere, and the loose puck in front sits there for a second before being deflected away by Beauchemin.
8:26 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf
, 2 min. tripping. This crowd is reminding me of the crowds in Minnesota during the playoffs last year, where every call against there team is booed. The difference is, here they're just booing. In Minnesota they acted like it was the biggest outrage they'd ever seen.
6:44 - Kunitz gets in front on the breakaway, with Adam Foote dogging him from behind, and all he can do is jam the puck into Norrena's leg pad.
5:41 - TV shows the top goal-scorers for guys drafted in 2002. Rick Nash of CBJ is No. 1 with 125. Second with 61? Former Duck Joffrey Lupul
3:53 - ANA Penalty - Kent Huskins, 2 min. tripping.
Alright, I'm just going to say it. Enough with the constant heavy metal. How about something with a dance beat once in a while? I've heard enough AC/DC to last me the rest of my life.
0:28 - CBJ Penalty - Jason Chimera, 2 min. tripping. "Your Anaheim Ducks are oooooooooooooon the power play!"
0:13 - And that's the end of that.
0:00 - We're back in the second, with 13 seconds of power play time still remaining for CBJ.
Later in the intermission, they have the Fantasy Broadcaster contest, where two fans compete in doing play-by-play for a Ducks goal from the past. Unfortunately, the mic isn't working for either contestant, so the crowd is TWICE treated to an announcer-less highlight. Extremely entertaining.
During the intermission, fans come out on the ice trying to shoot pucks into lit circles to win prizes. It always makes me laugh that these guys competing in the contest are forced to wear helmets. Must be an insurance thing. I do work here, so you think I'd know something like that. But you'd be wrong. Anyway, each wins a Dave & Buster's $10 gift voucher for participating. That's some serious Pop-a-Shot in store for them!
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks do a nice job to hold off the CBJ power play until the horn sounds. It's symbolic of how the Ducks played in the period, outperforming the Jackets for most of the 20 minutes and outshooting them 14-6. But it's still scoreless.
18:13 - ANA Penalty - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking. Niedermayer wipes out the Ducks advantage by wrapping a stick around a white jersey.
16:48 - CBJ Penalty - Sergei Fedorov, 2 min. holding the stick. Fedorov ... Why does that name sound familiar?
16:48 - On the delayed penalty, Schneider gets the puck on the low left wing, fakes a shot and takes one that gets saved by Norrena.
16:02 - ANA and CBJ Penalties - ANA Brad May and CBJ Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, 5 min. each fighting. May and Tollefsen get into it at mid-ice and exchange mostly meaningless punches before Tollefsen pushes May into the Ducks bench. May falls backward and tries to wrap his legs around Tollefsen. That's the signal for the officials to break it up.
14:51 - Jared Boll battles in front of the net with O'Donnell, and gets in a shot at the Ducks D-man.
13:58 - We go to the timeout with the Ducks dominating the action, spending most of the night in the CBJ zone and outshooting the Jackets 11-1.
13:30 - Perry makes a sweet drag move around Hejda, but his shot is wide.
10:54 - CBJ has only allowed four PP goals this season.
9:55 - CBJ Penalty - Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, 2 min. tripping. I'm mad they took the penalty because I had to type that whole name.
9:08 - Schneider takes his first shot of the season, a wicked slapper that Norrena snatches out of the air with the glove hand.
8:15 - Kunitz feeds McDonald in the right circle, but Mac's shot hits Norrena right in the leg pad. McDonald tries to tuck in the rebound, but Norrena stops that too.
7:54 - CBJ Penalty - Michael Peca, 2 min. high sticking. The Ducks go on the power play, where they seemlingly haven't scored since the end of the baseball regular season.
Speaking of the crowd, kind of late-arriving, but we're certain to draw more than the 11,000 and change the Kings had last night when they played this same Jackets team.
7:17 - The Ducks are outshooting Columbus 6-0, which is something you know that the crowd here doesn't, since that part of the scoreboard is broken.
7:17 - Niedermayer gives Miller a pass on the left wing, and his shot is gloved by Norrena. Let's hope the Ducks don't make him look as good as the last backup they faced, Mathieu Garon of Edmonton.
6:35 - Perry gives a nice feed to McDonald in the slot, but he can't find the handle.
4:30 - Corey Perry
tries a wraparound that's kicked away by Norrena. Perry, Kunitz, McDonald, Schneider and Pronger on the PP for Anaheim.
4:11 - CBJ Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice.
3:10 - Drew Miller's nice pass from the left wing hits Pahlsson, who nicks the crossbar with his shot from the slot. Miller is playing on the checking line with Niedermayer (who is also back) and Pahlsson
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0:29 - Chris Kunitz's pass from behind the net is almost deflected in by Marchant and a Columbus defenseman.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center as Mathieu Schneider is officially seeing his first ice time of the regular season.
7:07 p.m. - Dawn Wright delivers another powerful version of the Anthem. It just occurred to me she's one of the few people whose name is actually in the lyrics. Well, unless your name is Rampart.
7:05 p.m. - Schneider gets a nice ovation when he's announced as a starter. It's the first time in the regular season he'll play for the Ducks.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; CBJ Fredrik Norrena
Starting Skaters: ANA Chris Kunitz, Andy McDonald, Todd Marchant
, Francois Beauchemin, Mathieu Schneider; CBJ Ron Hainsey, Jason Chimera, Manny Malhotra, Dan Fritsche, Rostislav Klesla
Scratches: ANA Maxim Kondratiev, Joe DiPenta; CBJ Duvie Westcott, Curtis Glencross, Jody Shelley
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