By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – One Duck got a long-awaited goal and another got revenge on his former team as the Ducks continued their home dominance with a 3-2 victory over the Oilers in front of 16,301 at Honda Center.
Teemu Selanne scored his first goal since October 20, but it took a late strike from former Oiler Dustin Penner to down Edmonton as the Ducks remained the only NHL team undefeated in regulation at home (13-0-2). It was also a fifth straight win for Anaheim, the longest active streak in the NHL.
Edmonton tied the game halfway through the third period when Sam Gagner backhanded a shot between Jonas Hiller’s leg pads to make it 2-2.
But Penner gave Anaheim the eventual victory with 3:17 left in the game, wristing a shot from the top of the left wing circle past former Duck Ilya Bryzgalov.
"We played a lot more desperate after they tied it up," he said. "I think all four lines started going, especially our line. We weren’t very good all game. Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] made a good pass out to the slot for me, and it got deflected on the way up. Sometimes you need those breaks."
Penner, acquired by Edmonton as a free agent following Anaheim’s 2006-07 Cup-winning season, had 93 goals in parts of four seasons in Edmonton before being acquired by the Kings during the 2010-11 campaign. He won a Cup that season in LA and was signed by the Ducks this past summer.
Edmonton opened the scoring 6:18 into the first period when two recent No. 1 overall draft picks connected, as Taylor Hall fired a shot from the point that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tipped past Hiller.
Anaheim took the lead with 4:36 left in the second when Mathieu Perreault sent the puck from behind the cage to Selanne, who controlled it in the low slot before wristing it past former teammate Bryzgalov.
"I’ve been waiting a long time," Selanne said. "It’s a big relief. We needed that one. It’s been easier because we’ve been winning. I’ve had some good chances lately, and it’s funny how they weren’t going in. Hopefully it’s a good confidence boost for myself. It was good to see it go in."
"Everybody wants him to do good," said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "When he struggles, we all know it. We probably know his numbers better than we know our numbers. It was great to see one finally go in for him."
Ben Lovejoy had an outstanding night for Anaheim with six hits and a great play in the third when he took down Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from behind as he skated in on net on the rush.
The Ducks won’t be near the friendly confines of Honda Center during the holidays, as they leave tomorrow on a four-game trip through Detroit, New Jersey, New York and Washington.
Anaheim is the only team in the NHL with three different win streaks of five games or more this season. The club has also picked up points in eight consecutive games (6-0-2, 14 points). Anaheim also has points in 10 of its last 11 (8-1-2, 18 points). Their 51 points overall rank second in the NHL (Chicago, 53)
The Ducks pushed their home record to 13-0-2, marking the club’s best home start in franchise history. Anaheim remains the only NHL club to remain undefeated in regulation this season. In addition, this marks just the second time since the implementation of the shootout (2005-06) that an NHL club has gone at least 15 games without a regulation loss at home to start a season (San Jose, 20-0-2 in 2008-09).
Ryan Getzlaf extended his official point streak to 14 consecutive games (6-11=17), the longest in the NHL this season. It’s the longest streak in the NHL since Pascal Dupuis had a 14 game streak from Mar. 7-Apr. 7, 2012 (10-12=22). Including the two games he played prior to a three-game absence due to injury, Getzlaf has points in the last 16 games he has appeared in (10-13=23). While the 16-game streak is not an official point streak, this marks the longest streak of his career. Getzlaf’s 16-23=39 points this season rank fourth in the NHL.
Teemu Selanne scored the 679th goal of his career this evening.
In December, Jonas Hiller has gone 4-0-1, with a .944 SV% (153-of-162) and a 1.74 GAA (9 GA/310 MIN). At HOME, Hiller has gone 8-0-2 (one ND) with a 1.79 GAA (19 GA/637 MIN) and a .942 SV% (309-of-328).
Nick Bonino has points in four of the last five games (2-3=5).