Ducks Get One, But Fall to Canadiens, 4-1

It’s been a tough trip thus far for the Ducks, who dropped their second consecutive road contest tonight at the Bell Centre. After letting a two-goal lead slip away two nights ago in Toronto, the Ducks found themselves down early in an eventual 4-1 defeat in Montreal.

Fortunately, they’ll have a chance to bounce back tomorrow night in Ottawa in the second of back-to-backs.

"We didn’t play fast, and we didn’t play our game," said Patrick Maroon, who scored the lone goal for Anaheim. "We turned a lot of pucks over tonight, which created their offense. We took a lot of penalties and shot ourselves in the foot at the beginning of the game. You’re not going to get any momentum out of that. That’s one area we need to clean up. We’ve got a game tomorrow to fix that. We need to play hard tomorrow."

The game marked only the second time Saku Koivu played in Montreal since signing as a free agent with the Ducks on July 8, 2009. Koivu, who played each of his first 13 NHL seasons in a Montreal uniform, and served as the team’s captain for 10 of those years, was greeted to a loud ovation before the game, and once more during the final minute of play.

The Ducks fell behind early when Michael Bournival redirected a point shot off the stick of rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu at the 11:39 mark of the first period. Then, just 4:53 later, Tomas Plekanec would score his fifth goal of the season to put the Canadiens up 2-0.

The outcome could’ve been different had Andrew Cogliano’s one-timer at the 7:10 mark of the first period gone an inch or two lower, in what was still a scoreless game up to that point. His shot ended up hitting the crossbar and sailing out of play.

Montreal would increase its lead to 3-0 on a power-play goal from Brian Gionta, just 42 seconds into Mathieu Perreault’s boarding penalty at 11:07 of the second period.

Maroon would spoil Carey Price’s shutout bid by finishing a pretty two-on-one pass from Nick Bonino. The goal was Maroon’s first of the season, and third of his career, in his 22nd NHL game.

Rene Bourque put the game out of reach when he slipped a backhander through the legs of Jonas Hiller, on the power play, with 7:21 remaining in regulation to put the Canadiens up 4-1.

Hiller stopped 21-of-25 shots in the loss.

The Ducks will take on the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre tomorrow night, in Jakob Silfverberg’s first game in Ottawa since being acquired by Anaheim in July.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:39MTL Michael Bournival (2) ASST: Nathan Beaulieu (1), Josh Gorges (3) 1 - 0 MTL
16:32MTL Tomas Plekanec (5) ASST: Michael Bournival (3) 2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
11:49MTL PPG - Brian Gionta (3) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (3), Alex Galchenyuk (7) 3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
08:58ANA Patrick Maroon (1) ASST: Nick Bonino (2), Devante Smith-Pelly (1) 3 - 1 MTL
12:39MTL PPG - Rene Bourque (3) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (4), Brian Gionta (3) 4 - 1 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:12
Michael Bournival
Michael Bournival
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:15
Saku Koivu
Saku Koivu
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:39
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:05ANA Mathieu Perreault  Holding against  Rene Bourque
09:26ANA Mark Fistric  Slashing against  David Desharnais
13:20MTL Lars Eller  Hooking against  Mathieu Perreault
2nd Period
03:03MTL Mike Blunden  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Maroon
03:03ANA Patrick Maroon  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Blunden
11:07ANA Mathieu Perreault  Boarding against  Lars Eller
11:21ANA Cam Fowler  Hi-sticking against  Brian Gionta
14:08ANA Corey Perry  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
3rd Period
06:38MTL Lars Eller  Cross checking against  Jakob Silfverberg
10:32MTL Rene Bourque  Tripping against  Corey Perry
11:47ANA Nick Bonino  Holding the stick against  Andrei Markov
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/32/6
Faceoff Wins3039
Blocked Shots2117
Penalty Minutes1711
4C. FowlerD0003220:00
7A. CoglianoL0003014:51
8T. SelanneR0001015:34
10C. PerryR00-24219:39
11S. KoivuC0001015:39
13N. BoninoC0110212:20
15R. GetzlafC00-21017:59
22M. PerreaultC0004416:10
23F. BeaucheminD0001025:36
28M. FistricD00-10210:24
33J. SilfverbergR0004013:07
34D. WinnikL0001017:04
45S. VatanenD00-11020:02
47H. LindholmD00-14022:19
55B. AllenD0000019:17
62P. MaroonL100256:55
65E. EtemR0002014:27
77D. Smith-PellyR011009:03
1J. Hiller2125.84060:00
11B. GallagherR0002015:40
14T. PlekanecC1222018:12
17R. BourqueR10-13216:49
21B. GiontaR1121017:47
26J. GorgesD0110020:22
27A. GalchenyukC0103015:48
32T. MoenL00-11019:15
40N. BeaulieuD0111011:40
45M. BlundenR000055:28
49M. BournivalL1122016:15
51D. DesharnaisC00-12016:39
53R. WhiteC0001010:39
55F. BouillonD0000018:25
61R. DiazD0001019:49
76P. SubbanD0002022:38
79A. MarkovD0000027:06
81L. EllerC0002415:42
82P. HollandR000205:46
31C. Price3132.96960:00