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Just for tonight, the word “thrilling” would suffice.
|Todd Marchant and Andy McDonald were both heroes for the Ducks.
The rivalry that (with more than 4,800 votes) was officially coined “Freeway Faceoff” with an announcement during tonight’s telecast of the game, did not disappoint the sellout crowd of 17,147 in Honda Center on this night.
The Ducks spoiled another third-period comeback by the Kings, outdueling them in a shootout, 4-3. Corey Perry and Andy McDonald each connected in the shootout, the second straight game in which McDonald has clinched it in the tiebreaker. It was also the third straight shootout victory for the Ducks, who have played five overtime games in the last seven.
"That was a big way to finish after letting up in the third period and giving up those two goals," said Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf. "It was a big battle back and finish for us. We gutted it out and got it done. "
The Kings made their second third-period comeback in a row, though certainly not on the level of the one Saturday night. In that game,
This time, the Kings erased a 3-1 Ducks lead on goals by Matt Moulson 4:36 into the period, and Michael Cammalleri on the power play with 6:49 left. Cammalleri, who had two goals in the first game against Anaheim in London, converted with the Kings on a 5-on-3 power play with Francois Beauchemin and Rob Niedermayer in the box.
Neither team could find the net in the five-minute overtime, with the Ducks getting off just two shots and the Kings attempting one, despite starting the first 52 seconds on a power play.
The physical game had several skirmishes, the last between Chris Pronger and Michal Handzus after the horn ended the overtime period and Handzus shot the puck at Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere. Pronger landed several uppercuts to Handzus' body in the scuffle, and received an instigator penalty in addition to the fighting major. Because the instigator minor occurred with less than five minutes remaining, Pronger will receive an automatic one-game suspension, according to NHL rules. However, the league will likely review the video and see if Handzus through the first punch, as Pronger claimed after the game.
"He shot the puck after the whistle," Pronger said. "I went into him. He tried to come back at me. I threw him into the boards. He started swinging, so I reciprocated, and that was the end result."
Pronger wasn't able to witness the shootout, in which Perry followed Ryan Getzlaf’s mishandled attempt and McDonald came through two shooters later, flipping it inside the left post and eliciting a loud roar from the Honda Center faithful. In between, Giguere made slick saves on attempts by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
|Ryan Getzlaf (middle) got the Ducks on the board in the first.
Giguere had 29 saves in the victory, and has won three straight shootouts after struggling in the format in the past.
"If you just keep being positive and working hard at it, eventually it’s going to turn around for you," he said. "We’ve been scoring some big goals too. The last two games we’ve scored two goals in the shootout. I believe when your team scores two goals in the first three shots, you should win."
The Ducks took their first 2-0 lead at Honda Center of the year with two scores 1:16 apart in the first period. Ryan Getzlaf went first at 15:14, ripping a one-timer from the point off a Chris Pronger pass that zipped by Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera and under the crossbar.
Then Todd Marchant scored just his second of the year off a rebound with 3:30 left in the period. After Drew Miller burned toward the crease and the puck was poked away by LaBarbera toward the middle. It sent right to Marchant, whose first shot glanced off Lubomir Visnovsky back to Marchant, who batted it in the net. 700K
The Ducks looked like they would escape the period with that 2-0 lead intact, but Tom Preissing connected on the power play with just 14 seconds remaining. The Kings got the man advantage when Todd Marchant took a double minor for hitting John Zeiler in the back of head while Zeiler was down on the ice. Zeiler had given Getzlaf a vicious hit to the face just seconds earlier.
Earlier in the period, Corey Perry took a hard hit into the boards from Rob Blake and had to be helped off. His reported left knee bruise didn’t keep him from coming back in the second period.
In fact, Perry was on the ice when Kent Huskins made it 3-1 with 5:09 left in the second period on the power play, just his second goal of his career. Huskins took a one-timer from the point that whistled by LaBarbera, who hardly moved since he had lost his stick moments before. 700K
The Kings spent plenty of time in the Ducks zone during the period, but couldn’t find the net, despite 11 shots on Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere.
The Ducks and Kings will do it again two nights from now at
Tonight marked the Ducks’ 45th consecutive sellout (17,174) at Honda Center (33 regular season plus 12 playoff games).
The Ducks have earned at least one point in six of their last seven contests.
The Ducks have lost only four of the last 19 games IN REGULATION versus the Kings since the start of the 2005-06 season (11-4-4). Five of the last 11 contests between the two teams have gone into overtime.
Anaheim has reached the overtime session in five of the last seven contests, winning three of the five. This is the third consecutive contest in which the Ducks have reached overtime at home, winning two of those games. The club is currently tied for the league-lead in overtime appearances with six this season (also Montreal).
The Ducks have reached a shootout in four of their last six HOME contests (four of their last seven contests overall). They have won three of those four shootouts.
Mathieu Schneider has earned 2-6=8 points in the last five games. He currently has a three-game point streak (1-4=5).
Ryan Getzlaf has a three-game point streak (2-3=5) and has recorded 3-5=8 points in the last five games.
Andy McDonald also has a three-game point streak (1-2=3).
Todd Marchant has a three-game point streak (2-1=3), his longest since Nov. 22-28, 2006 (four games, 3-2=5).
Kent Huskins scored the second goal of his career and has a two-game point streak (1-1=2).
In seven home starts this season, J.S. Giguere has posted a 2.81 GAA (15 GA/320 min.) and .918 SV% (157-of-171 shots). In 35 home starts, dating back to the beginning of the 2006-07 regular season, Giguere has posted a 2.27 GAA (75 GA/1,980 min.) and .917 SV% (816-of-890 shots).
|PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (6) ASST: Chris Pronger (13), Mathieu Schneider (6)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Todd Marchant (2) ASST: Drew Miller (2), Andy McDonald (7)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Tom Preissing (1) ASST: Derek Armstrong (8), Alex Frolov (12)|
2 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Kent Huskins (2) ASST: Francois Beauchemin (6), Ryan Getzlaf (12)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Matt Moulson (2) ASST: Alex Frolov (13), Jaroslav Modry (3)|
3 - 2 ANA
|PPG - Mike Cammalleri (12) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (12), Alex Frolov (14)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||R. Getzlaf||A. Kopitar||0 - 0|
|2||C. Perry||D. Brown||1 - 0|
|3||A. McDonald||2 - 0|
|Rob Blake Interference against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Mathieu Schneider Holding the stick|
|Mike Cammalleri Hooking against Andy McDonald|
|Todd Marchant Roughing against John Zeiler|
|Todd Marchant Roughing against John Zeiler|
|Todd Marchant Slashing against Lubomir Visnovsky|
|Jack Johnson Roughing against Corey Perry|
|Kent Huskins Holding against John Zeiler|
|Rob Blake Tripping against Travis Moen|
|Francois Beauchemin Cross checking against Dustin Brown|
|Rob Niedermayer Hi-sticking against Dustin Brown|
|Corey Perry Elbowing against Lubomir Visnovsky|
|Rob Blake Roughing against Chris Kunitz|
|Chris Kunitz Roughing against Rob Blake|
|Chris Pronger Instigator against Michal Handzus|
|Chris Pronger Game misconduct against Michal Handzus|
|Chris Pronger Fighting against Michal Handzus|
|Michal Handzus Fighting against Chris Pronger|
|Michal Handzus Misconduct against Chris Pronger|
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