By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – A sellout crowd at Honda Center loudly cheered the return of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov during the first period of the Ducks’ post-Thanksgiving matinee battle with Phoenix. Bryzgalov then repaid the favor by sending them home disappointed.
|Pronger had two goals for the Ducks, including the go-ahead tally in the third.
In his first game against his old teammates, Bryzgalov stopped both Ducks shootout attempts in leading Phoenix to a 4-3 victory. Radim Vrbata had two goals in regulation for the Coyotes – including the tying tally late in the third – and also had the clinching goal in the shootout, as the Ducks dropped their second straight to Phoenix at Honda Center.
"We kept working, we kept going and I think we deserved this victory," Bryzgalov said. "It’s always nice to win the game especially when it is against your former team. Both teams deserved to win but we won this game and I guess we had a little bit more luck."
Chris Pronger scored two goals, the last one giving the Ducks a 3-2 lead early in the third period, drilling a one-timer from the point that zinged past Bryzgalov on his stick side Video. But Pronger’s slashing penalty on Shane Doan late in regulation led to a power play that cost the Ducks.
The penalty was one Pronger had to take, as Doan was alone with the puck in front of the Ducks net.
"When the other team has a chance to score a goal, those are situations where you need to take a penalty, to either save a goal or a scoring chance," Pronger said. We’ve got to do a better job. We've got to kill those."
With the man advantage, Vrbata scored his second of the game, a one-timer off a Daniel Carcillo pass that slipped past the outstretched leg of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller with just 1:07 remaining. Video
That gave way to a scoreless overtime, followed by a shootout in which the Coyotes converted twice and Bryzgalov denied attempts by Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Bryzgalov was 0-5 in shootouts while playing for the Ducks, allowing seven goals on 16 shots for a .563 save percentage.
Bryzgalov was placed on waivers by the Ducks last Friday and was picked up by Phoenix soon afterward. The 27-year-old started his career in Anaheim, playing 69 games for the Ducks during parts of five seasons. He also came up big in several appearances during the last two postseasons for Anaheim.
|Bryzgalov, acknowledging the crowd after a first-period video tribute, stopped both Ducks attempts in the shootout to go 3-0 as a Coyote.
His strong play in net has carried over to his brief time in Phoenix, as he came into the game having saved 56 of 57 in two wins over the Kings in the past week. This afternoon, Bryzgalov stopped 23 of 26 Anaheim shots in regulation and overtime.
On the other side of the rink was Hiller, whom the Ducks recalled last week after losing Bryzgalov. Hiller got his first start since the call-up in place of No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere and had had 35 saves. But he didn’t touch the attempts by Doan and Vrbata in the shootout, as the Ducks fell for the first time in the tiebreaker in four games.
It was the first NHL shootout for Hiller, a Swede has shootout experience in Europe, but said, "It’s different. The guys are more skilled here. I have to adapt to that. I think I will. I’m for sure not happy how it went."
It was the second straight overtime game for the Ducks and Phoenix, as the Coyotes defeated Anaheim 6-5 at Honda Center on Nov. 7 on a Shane Doan goal in the extra session. The Ducks have gone to overtime or shootout in their last six games at Honda Center.
Bryzgalov got some early support from his new teammates 9:46 into the first, as Peter Mueller notched his fourth goal in two games against the Ducks (he had a had trick at Honda Center on Nov. 7). Mueller knocked down a backhand attempt by Keith Ballard r right in front of Hiller, then slipped the puck inside the right post.
During a timeout midway through the first, a video presentation honored Bryzgalov’s time with the Ducks and he acknowledged a raucous ovation from the crowd of 17,147 with three waves of his glove hand.
"When they showed they were thankful on the Jumbotron, I was crying a little bit because it was an unforgettable time in Anaheim with my former teammates," Bryzgalov said. "They were good guys, it was a great time, but now it is in the past."
Just a few minutes after that ovation, Bryzgalov gave up a goal for which he certainly wasn’t to blame. As Ryan Getzlaf battled for the puck in the Phoenix zone, it was briefly taken away by the Coyotes. Nick Boynton attempted to circle back with it just in front of Bryzgalov, but it slipped off Boynton's stick right between Bryzgalov's legs. Video. Getzlaf got credit for it, as the last Ducks player to touch it. Either way, it was the fourth goal and 10th point in the last seven games for Getzlaf, who this week signed a five-year contract extension.
Bryzgalov gave up the Ducks’ second goal with just under 20 seconds remaining in the second period, after his stick was knocked from his hands during a scrum for a loose puck. Andy McDonald shipped the puck to Pronger above the left circle, and the Ducks captain ripped a slap shot past a lunging Bryzgalov Video.
That tied the score at two goals apiece, erasing a lead Phoenix had taken at the midway point of the period on a Vrbata tally. Vrbata went one-on-one with Corey Perry on the left wing, and though Perry got a stick on the puck, Vrbata recovered to zip a wrister past Hiller.
Pronger’s goal in the third came off a feed from defensive partner Sean O’Donnell, who had the puck dropped to him from Travis Moen right off a faceoff in the Phoenix zone. The Ducks held off Phoenix until that costly penalty late in regulation, as Vrbata one-timed a pass across the slot from Daniel Carcillo.
"We’ve got to play 60 minutes in this league to win a hockey game," Pronger said. "It’s more disappointing than anything. We’ve shown at times that we can play those 60-minute games and play to a high level."
Said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, "You have to make sure you play rock solid and you can’t make those mental mistakes or those structured mistakes that are costing us. We were out of position and they score a 5-on-4 and that basically was the difference in the hockey game."
Drew Miller left the game in the first period and didn't return with what was announced as a strained left knee.
The Ducks fell to 10-9-4 on the season and face another Pacific Division rival, Los Angeles, back at Honda Center on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Radim Vrbata's attempt is good as he flips a backhand past Hiller. The Coyotes pour off the bench to embrace Bryz. Phoenix wins, 4-3.
's attempt is no good as he skates in from the right side and hits Bryzgalov in the leg pad.
Shane Doan's attempt is good, as he skates in and slips it through Hiller.
's attempt is saved, as he fakes a slap shot on Bryzgalov, then tries a little wrister that Bryzgalov sprawls out and kicks away.
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - We're headed to a shootout, with the Ducks having won their last three of those.
4:38 - Doan circles from behind the net and tries a backhander that Hiller stops.
4:02 - Bryzgalov makes a save on a Chris Kunitz wrister from the left circle.
3:46 - Hiller makes a nice glove save on a Zbynek Michalek shot.
3:19 - Huskins races into the Phoenix zone, but Bertuzzi gets called for being offside.
0:00 - We're underway in OT.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION -The Ducks give up a late one shorthanded and it's 3-3 going into overtime.
18:53 - PHOENIX GOAL (POWER PLAY) - DANIEL CARCILLO - With the Ducks down a man, Carcillo slides the puck across the slot to Vrbata on the left side. Vrbata's one-timer just barely gets past the outstretched leg of Hiller. We're tied 3-3.
18:13 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. slashing. The penalty might have been a good one, as Doan was alone with it in front of Hiller, about to look at a wide-open left side of the net.
15:50 - Rob Niedermayer's shot from the right circle is kicked away. Bryzgalov is keeping the Coyotes in this.
15:15 - Pahlsson gets open on the left wing, and his snap shot is kicked away by Bryzgalov.
14:47 - Hiller makes a nice save in the chest on a bad-angle shot from fresh-out-of-the-box Carcillo.
14:24 - The Coyotes get a big kill, keeping things close going into the last 5 1/2.
12:24 - PHO Penalty - Daniel Carcillo, 2 min. interference. The Ducks look to incease the lead.
10:00 - The Ducks put some heat on Bryz, who finally saves and holds a Corey Perry
7:03 - Hiller makes a nice high save on a Niko Kapanen shot from the slot.
2:53 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS PRONGER - Right off the faceoff, Moen drops it back to O'Donnell, who slides it to Pronger, who drills a one-timer that gets by Brygalov on the stick side. It's two goals for Pronger, the 14th time he's done that in his career. It's 3-2 Ducks.
2:17 - Hiller makes a nice save on another Mueller shot.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, tied 2-2.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks get a late one to tie it up at 2. We'll be back.
19:40 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - CHRIS PRONGER - During a chase for a loose puck in front of the net, Bryzgalov is knocked over and loses his stick. The Ducks recover the puck behind the net and McDonald ships it to Pronger above the left circle. Pronger slaps it past Brygalov, who still can't pick up his stick and lunges forward trying to make the save. Second assist goes to Todd Bertuzzi. We're tied at 2.
19:21 - PHO Penalty - Mike Zigomanis, 2 min. tripping.
17:47 - McDonald tries a shot from the left circle that Bryz corrals.
17:28 - The Ducks and Coyotes push and shove in front of Bryzgalov after he covers the puck. To think, just seven days ago they didn't care if anyone got near Bryz.
14:19 - ANA and PHO Penalties - ANA Chris Pronger, 2 min. high sticking and PHO Steven Reinprecht, 2 min. cross checking. As both players battle behind the cage, they both get caught.
14:13 - After a couple of close calls, the penalty mercifully expires.
12:13 - ANA Penalty - Shane Hnidy, 2 min. roughing. After some repeated hitting between the two teams, Hnidy and Daniel Carcillo go at it and only Hnidy gets some time in the box.
During the timeout, the video board shows a split screen of off-ice official Steve Bashe (who sits near the ice) proposing over the phone to his girlfriend, who is also in the arena. She looks completely overwhelmed and she apparently says yes. Now THAT'S a different way to propose.
10:03 - PHOENIX GOAL - RADIM VRBATA - Vrbata races into the Ducks zone and finds himself one-on-one with Perry on the left wing. Perry gets a stick on the puck, but Vrbata recovers and wrists one past Hiller. It's 2-1 Coyotes.
9:35 - Beauchemin takes a shot from the circle that's knocked out of the air before it gets to Bryzgalov.
7:49 - PHO Penalty - Daniel Carcillo, 2 min. slashing. The Ducks get the man advantage.
7:35 - Bryzgalov stops a Beauchemin shot from the slot and also denies Beauchemin's rebound attempt.
6:50 - Hiller makes a nice save on a Phoenix try and then has to pin the puck between his skate and the post to freeze it.
It's time for the Ducks Trivia Challenge and our contestant is a girl named Vicki. Question: How long does it take to thaw a 20-pound turkey? She answers A.) 10 hours and it's correct! She's then asked the bonus question: What's the thawing time ratio per pound for a turkey and she' s understandably not sure on that one. Somehow she guesses 30 minutes and it's right! I think she got some help there.
5:00 - Bryzgalov saves a Schneider shot from the point, then also kicks away the Marchant rebound try.
3:40 - The Ducks kill it with relative ease.
3:10 - Doan takes a hard wrister that Hiller denies.
1:40 - ANA Penalty - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. holding.
0:00 - And we're off and running in the second, tied 1-1.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Phoenix gets a goal midway through the period, and the Ducks are lucky to get one back 2 1/2 minutes later as Nick Boynton accidentally puts it in the net. We're tied 1-1 with the Coyotes outshooting Anaheim, 10-7.
19:24 - ANA and PHO Penalties - ANA Chris Kunitz, 2 min. high sticking and PHO Keith Ballard, 2 min. holding. Corey Perry
tries to move in on Bryzgalov and take a shot, which is saved, but Perry knocks over Bryzgalov as he goes by, causing him to lose his stick. There is a scuffle afterwards and Ballard gets the call for holding, while Kunitz gets tagged for getting a punch in.
18:42 - Andy McDonald tries to make his way to the net, but he's knocked down by Ed Jovanovski as the loose puck is scooped up by Bryz.
15:17 - Getzlaf makes a move to his backhand and fires a shot that hits the left post.
14:45 - Moen makes a great drag move in the slot and gets off a shot that Bryzgalov kicks away.
7:18 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - As Getzlaf battles for the puck in the slot, it's taken away by the Coyotes, but only briefly. As Nick Boynton attempts to circle back with it just in front of Bryzgalov, it slips off Boynton's stick right between Bryzgalov's legs. Getzlaf gets credit for it, as the last Ducks player to touch it. It's 1-1. Think that video presentation might have thrown off the concentration a bit?
During the timeout, Bryzgalov watched a very well-done video presentation the whole time, as the crowd cheered loudly, and it got louder as the presentation went on. Then Bryz waved three times to acknowledge the ovation. That will take him out of his game a bit, won't it?
9:50 - ANA Penalty - Chris Kunitz, 2 min. tripping.
9:46 - PHOENIX GOAL - PETER MUELLER- Keith Ballard throws a backhand at the net that Mueller knocks down with his stick right in front of Hiller. Then Mueller turns and sends it inside the right post. It's 1-0 Coyotes. By the way, it's the same Peter Mueller who had a hat trick here a couple of weeks ago.
7:18 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. hooking. Just as the penaty is expiring, the Ducks get one of their own.
The Ducks have a video presentation for Ilya coming up later in the game, and we all have guesses on how he will react. Some say he waves, some say he takes off his mask (highly unlikely, but not for him) some say he bows. We'll see.
5:22 - PHO Penalty - Keith Ballard, 2 min. tripping. Ballard takes down Corey Perry
in the corner of the Coyotes zone. Ducks on their first power play.
2:20 - Bryz makes his first save, on a Bertuzzi one-timer off the leg pads.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center, as the Ducks face their former goalie - Ilya Bryzgalov, clad in a plain white mask - for the first time.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Jonas Hiller
; PHO Ilya Bryzgalov
Starting Skaters: ANA Sean O'Donnell, Chris Pronger, Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; PHO Keith Ballard, Mike York, Shane Doan, Steven Reinprecht, Derek Morris
Scratches: ANA Brad May, Mark Mowers, Joe DiPenta; PHO Brendan Bell, Craig Weller