Ducks shoot for fifth straight vs. injury-riddled Bruins
Wednesday, 01.13.2010 / 4:00 PM
NHL.comBRUINS (22-15-7) at DUCKS (20-19-7)
Boston 6-4-0; Anaheim 5-5-0
This is the second of two meetings. On Oct. 8, the Ducks scored 3 goals each in the second and third periods for a 6-1 road win. Teemu Selanne
scored 2 goals 82 seconds apart in the second period to give the Ducks the lead, and Corey Perry
added 2 goals and an assist. Bobby Ryan
and Evgeny Artyukhin also scored, and Jonas Hiller
stopped 33 shots. Marco Sturm scored for the Bruins.
The injury-ravaged Bruins are playing their second game since losing top center Marc Savard to a serious knee injury. Any game Boston can play without losing a player is a good one, though with only one win in the last four they have slipped 10 points behind Buffalo in the race for the Northeast Division lead.
"The one thing you can't do is walk away hanging your heads and feeling sorry for yourself," Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Boston Globe before heading to Anaheim. "You've just got to plug away through those kinds of things. That's what we're going to try and do here the next couple of days before we head out on what we consider a pretty tough road trip."
Boston is starting a three-game Western road trip. They lost their last contest, 3-1 to the Rangers, on Saturday at TD Garden.
Sturm was thwarted on a first-period penalty shot by New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist that would have tied the score at 1-1. Instead, the Rangers preserved the lead and grew it to 2-0 after two periods.
"There's no doubt that would have gotten us back in the game, but it didn't happen," Boston coach Claude Julien said.
Anaheim is coming off a 3-1 victory at Chicago on Sunday, and will visit the rival Kings in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Hiller made 42 saves, and Perry, Selanne and Saku Koivu
scored goals for the Ducks, who have won four consecutive games. Hiller has allowed only six goals during the streak, which began last Tuesday -- two days after a 5-2 loss in Chicago with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in net.
"(Hiller) didn't give up any loose stuff around the net," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He was smothering a lot of pucks, whether that was a lack of traffic or him being really Velcro-ish."
Anaheim earned the win while taking a franchise record tying low 12 shots on goal, last done on Oct. 22, 1996 against Philadelphia.
For the Bruins, Blake Wheeler has 4 goals and 3 assists in four games, and David Krejci has 1 goal and 4 assists in five games. For the Ducks, Matt Beleskey
has 3 assists in four games, Ryan Getzlaf
has 1 goal and 2 assists in four games, Perry has 2 goals and 2 assists in four games, and Koivu has 4 goals and 5 assists in eight games.
For the Bruins, Patrice Bergeron (broken right thumb), Mark Stuart (sternum), and Andrew Ference (groin) are on injured reserve, and Byron Bitz (back) and Savard (right knee) are day-to-day. For the Ducks, Joffrey Lupul
(leg) and George Parros
(hand) are on injured reserve.
Bruins coach Claude Julien is one win shy of tying Lynn Patrick for eighth place on the team's all-time win list with 117. … Six players will represent the Bruins at the 2010 Winter Olympic in Vancouver -- Zdeno Chara and Miroslav Satan (Slovakia), Bergeron (Canada), Tim Thomas (United States), Sturm (Germany) and Krejci (Czech Republic). … Sunday’s win was the 200th for Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff, which is now 200-126-48 in 374 games since 2005-06. … Ryan was the first U.S.-born player to reach 20 goals this season. … Eight players will represent the Ducks at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver -- Ryan (U.S.), Scott Niedermayer, Getzlaf and Perry (Canada), Koivu and Selanne (Finland), and Hiller and Luca Sbisa (Switzerland).
"We've developed something the last few games. That's what we need to do to get back to the playoffs. If we keep playing like we did tonight, we have a real good chance." -- Hiller following Sunday's 3-1 win at Chicago.