|STL||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|ANA||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|Pahlsson's game-winner was the first overtime goal of his career.
Pahlsson took a Rob Niedermayer pass from the corner at the top of the crease and let go of a forehand shot that got past Manny Legace, who had been tough on the Ducks for the second straight contest. It was the first career overtime goal for Pahlsson.
Niedermayer's backhand feed traveled just past the outstretched stick of Legace to a waiting Pahlsson, who called it "a really great pass. It was almost perfect. Robby saw that there were two guys going to net, me and Scotty, and he saw me on the back post there."
It wasn't the first connection between Niedermayer and Pahlsson, who are in their third season of clicking on the Ducks checking line with Travis Moen.
"We have an understanding that those players check the best players in the league," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "Tonight was another indication that they found a way to get the job done for us in scoring a goal. Offense isn’t one of the fortes, but when the game is on the line, those players have been able to deliver for us before and they delivered again tonight."
The win was the third straight and eighth in nine games for
"You always want to try and get it in overtime and not wait until the shootout," Pahlsson said. "Of course with [Paul] Kariya and [Andy] McDonald out there, you have to keep your head up and be ready for them. It’s big for us. We got two more points. We need these extra points. One is not good enough."
A St. Louis goal by Ryan Johnson 2:17 into the third period broke a stretch of 107 minutes, 50 seconds of scoreless skating between the Ducks and Blues, dating back to a 4-2
That goal seemed to wake the Ducks, who countered less than two minutes later on a Teemu Selanne tip-in tally at 4:15. After a faceoff win, Kent Huskins shipped the puck to Mathieu Schneider, who launched a one-timer from the point that Selanne deflected on its way to the net over the head of Legace. It was the second goal in as many games for Selanne and his third of the year since coming out of semi-retirement.
That was all the Ducks would get – and need – in regulation, though their inability to find the net wasn’t for a lack of chances.
The game marked the return of McDonald to Honda Center, his first game there since being traded by the Ducks to the Blues for Doug Weight (and other considerations). Weight was one of three Ducks centers absent from the contest with an injury. Todd Marchant (like Weight, suffering from a bad shoulder) and Ryan Carter (broken wrist) also weren’t able to suit up. Carter had successful surgery on his wrist this afternoon and is scheduled to be out four to six weeks.
|Legace was tough on the Ducks for the second straight game.
McDonald was honored with a video tribute during the first period, drawing cheers from the crowd, which he acknowledged with a wave from the bench.
"What a nice thing to do for a former player," McDonald said. " I certainly was treated well while I was here and you saw it again tonight. To see that kind of reception from the fans is quite an honor."
McDonald admitted it was odd skating at Honda Center as the enemy.
"I’m kind of glad that it’s over with," he said. "It’s kind of a weird feeling stepping on the ice. It was a pretty warm reception. I saw a lot of signs during the warmup and the fans treated me great while I was here and then again tonight. I’m going to have nothing but positive memories about being here and I will always cherish my time here in
McDonald received a better welcome than the one afforded former Ducks Kariya, who also made his first Honda Center appearance as a Blue, receiving light boos whenever he touched the puck.
Rookie Andrew Ebbett made his Ducks debut, skating on a line with Selanne and Todd Bertuzzi in over 11:57 of ice time.
"I think we’re really playing our system very well," said Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider. "We’re limiting other teams’ chances. There still a lot for improvement on our power play. I think that could really make us an elite team. Right now we are finding ways to win. We’re getting goals from everyone, which is another big key to success at the end of the season and in the playoffs."
The Ducks roll on with their seven-game homestand in a date with
The Ducks are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games at Honda Center.
Tonight marks the 64th straight sellout (17,174) at Honda Center. It also marks the 52nd consecutive sellout in the regular season, breaking the club record of 51 consecutive regular season sellouts, set from Dec. 22, 1993-Oct. 20, 1995.
Anaheim has been perfect on the penalty kill in the last two games, going eight-for eight. The club has allowed just one power play goal in the last three games, going 10-for-11 (90.9%) overall.
Teemu Selanne extended his point streak to three games (2-1=3). He has also earned 3-1=4 points in his last five games.
In the month of February, J.S. Giguere has posted a record of 7-1-1, with a 1.31 GAA and a .948 SV %. He has also won his last three starts (3-0-0).
|Ryan Johnson (3) ASST: Lee Stempniak (23), Dan Hinote (5)|
1 - 0 STL
|Teemu Selanne (3) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (22), Kent Huskins (12)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Samuel Pahlsson (5) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (7)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Todd Bertuzzi Too many men/ice - bench|
|Lee Stempniak Slashing against Chris Kunitz|
|Lee Stempniak Hooking against Francois Beauchemin|
|Jay McKee Hooking against George Parros|
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against DJ King|
|DJ King Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking against Paul Kariya|
|Travis Moen Fighting (maj) against Eric Brewer|
|Eric Brewer Fighting (maj) against Travis Moen|
|Jamal Mayers Cross checking against Chris Pronger|
|Chris Pronger Slashing against Jamal Mayers|
|George Parros Tripping against Bryce Salvador|
|Travis Moen Holding the stick against Christian Backman|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:32|
|Saves: 27||EV: 17 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .931||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 17||TOI: 60:28|
|Saves: 16||EV: 8 - 9|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .941||SH: 0 - 0|
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