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ANAHEIM - On a night the movie industry continued the annual ritual of honoring the best in its field, the Ducks also upheld an long-running tradition: beating the Chicago Blackhawks.
|Selanne had three goals on the night, the 20th hat trick of his career.
Anaheim’s 6-3 victory over the Blackhawks was the Ducks’ 12th win in the last 13 meetings between the teams, and their 15th in the last 19 at Honda Center. It was also the ninth victory in the last 10 for Anaheim, which was won four straight.
The Ducks erupted for six goals in the game, three by Teemu Selanne, who had five points on the night in taking it to an obviously frustrated Patrick Lalime.
"I had some really good chances," Selanne said. "It was good to see those pucks go in. I got some great passes, so that made the job way easier."
Lalime, starting in place of the injured Nikolai Khabibulin, gave up five of the six goals and had two different incidents in which he went after Ducks forward Todd Bertuzzi.
It was the 20th career hat trick for Selanne, his 11th with Anaheim, the last coming Jan. 11, 2007 against Dallas.
The third goal was some vital insurance for Anaheim in the high-scoring affair, as his redirect from the slot off a gorgeous Chris Kunitz feed gave the Ducks a two-goal lead with 4:32 left.
"Teemu scored some goal-scorer goals," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "He’s had lots of chances. Tonight it was fortunate enough for him and us that he found the back of the net. We’ll take them. I thought on the offensive side he was pretty dynamic."
Kunitz himself put the game on ice just 44 seconds later, this time on the receiving end from Selanne, as Kunitz skated into the slot and shot a wrister over Lalime’s right shoulder.
"The intuition that Teemu has to get by his guy and go gives us a jump," Kunitz said. "He’s a big spark for our team. We had a little bit of chemistry from years past and it is nice to have that back. It looks like we’ve built it back up a little here."
Selanne’s first goal came 7:45 into the game, a one-timer off a nice feed from the corner by Ryan Getzlaf, beating Lalime on the glove side. The Ducks were 5 on 4 for the first time after Dave Bolland took a hooking call.
Less than a minute later, Getzlaf got the glory on a nice give-and-go with longtime linemate Corey Perry. Getzlaf fed Perry ahead on the left wing, and Perry dropped it back to Getzlaf, who made a pretty move around Hawks rookie Jonathan Toews and shot it underneath Lalime.
That goal chased Lalime temporarily to the bench, as Corey Crawford took Lalime’s spot in net. But Lalime was re-inserted at the start of the second.
While Crawford was still in there Selanne made it 3-0 Ducks with 2:47 left in the period, with the Ducks again on the man advantage after a Martin Havlat hooking call. Selanne again took a Getzlaf pass, this time near the extended goal line, and quickly put a bad-angle shot through.
Getzlaf had three points on the night, giving him 18 points in his last 12 home games.
Chicago’s Patrick Sharp helped keep the opening stanza from being completely Ducks-dominated, as he took a pretty pass from Jason Williams in the corner and deflected it just under the crossbar.
Just 2:27 into the second, the Ducks again took a three-goal lead, as defenseman Kent Huskins pounced on a loose puck and batted it in for his fourth of the year.
But Sharp came right back with a goal that hurt the Ducks more than just on the scoreboard. Sharp’s wrist shot right off the faceoff won by Jonathan Toews not only sailed past Hiller, but Sharp’s stick blade hit Chris Pronger on the mouth on the follow-through. Pronger went flailing to the ice, both gloves flying off his hands. He got up and hurriedly skated off the ice clutching his mouth.
Pronger was later announced to have a jaw contusion and didn’t return.
|Getzlaf had a goal and two assists on the night.
The Ducks looked like they made it 5-2 in the second when a Mathieu Schneider slap shot from the point zinged past Lalime. But the official immediately ruled that Bertuzzi interfered with Lalime on the goal, though replays appeared to show Bertuzzi did no such thing. Lalime appeared to think Bertuzzi was out of line, as he slashed the Ducks forward after the puck hit the net and got tagged with a minor.
The ramifications of that play carried over to another sequence 12:20 into the third period, as Bertuzzi tried to make a deke on a 2-on-1 rush with Getzlaf and slammed into Lalime, who had drawn the contact in reaching out to make the save. Lalime immediately punched the prone Bertuzzi in the back of the head and Bertuzzi retaliated with some shots of his own, knocking Lalime’s mask off. That turned into an all-out melee involving all 10 skaters that included a fight between Corey Perry and James Wisniewsky in which Perry took most of the punishment.
Lalime and Bertuzzi both took roughing minors, but Lalime’s was a double minor.
The Ducks got the best retribution on Lalime with the Selanne and Kunitz goals, which slammed the door on the Hawks.
"We picked it up half way through that road trip," said Kunitz on the Ducks' current winning stretch. "For whatever reason it was, we started to win. Things started bouncing toward us instead of away from us. Coming home, I think guys were comfortable. Being able to practice and play at our own rinks really give us that confidence back."
Swiss rookie Hiller had 29 saves on the night in earning his sixth NHL victory.
The Ducks don’t play again until Friday against Calgary at Honda Center, the fifth date on their seven-game homestand. With the win, they will also have the next two days off from practice.
'Not often do you get an opportunity at this time of the year to have a couple of days off," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "We put on the board that if we got two points, there would be a day off tomorrow. The wives have a fashion show that they will attend on Tuesday, so we wouldn’t have to come back to practice until Wednesday."
The Ducks extended their winning streak versus
Tonight marked the Ducks’ first six-goal game since Nov. 15, 2007 @ LA.
Teemu Selanne’s hat trick marked the 20th of his career. It is the 25th hat trick in franchise history and Selanne’s 11th with the club.
Selanne’s 3-2=5 points tonight ties his career high, the eighth time he has accomplished the feat (Last: 11/19/06 vs. PHX, 0-5=5). It also ties the club record for points in a game, the 10th time in franchise history the feat has been accomplished (five times by Selanne).
With his three goals tonight, Selanne jumped ahead of Maurice Richard (544) on the all-time NHL goals list to hold sole possession of 25th place. He now has scored 546 goals in his career. Selanne also recorded his 600th career NHL assist with his second assist of the game on Chris Kunitz’s goal.
Selanne extended his goal streak to three games (5-2=7) and his point streak to four games (5-3=8). He has also earned 6-3=9 points in the last six games. His last multi-goal game came in the 2006-07 regular season finale on April 7, 2007 at
Ryan Getzlaf collected 1-2=3 points tonight for his fifth three-point game of the season (last: Jan. 18 @ MIN, 0-3=3). In addition, Getzlaf has earned points in 11 of the last 12 home con
Chris Kunitz earned 1-3=4 points tonight, tying his career high for points in a game (three times, last: 12/6/06 vs. NSH, 1-3=4). He also tied his career high for assists in a game with three (four times, last: Nov. 15 @ LA, 0-3=3). Kunitz has also collected 3-6=9 points in the last five games.
Jonas Hiller earned his sixth win of the season, stopping 29-of-32 shots tonight. In his last four starts, Hiller has stopped 110-of-119 shots for a 2.25 GAA (9 GA/240 MIN) and .924 SV%.
|PPG - Teemu Selanne Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf , Chris Kunitz|
1 - 0 ANA
|Ryan Getzlaf Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry , Todd Bertuzzi|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Teemu Selanne Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf , Chris Pronger|
3 - 0 ANA
|Patrick Sharp Tip-in - ASST: Jason Williams , Jonathan Toews|
3 - 1 ANA
|Kent Huskins Slapshot - ASST: Chris Kunitz , Teemu Selanne|
4 - 1 ANA
|Patrick Sharp Snap shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews|
4 - 2 ANA
|Brent Seabrook Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Sharp , Jonathan Toews|
4 - 3 ANA
|Teemu Selanne Tip-in - ASST: Chris Kunitz , Francois Beauchemin|
5 - 3 ANA
|Chris Kunitz Wrist shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne , Samuel Pahlsson|
6 - 3 ANA
|Dave Bolland Hooking against Corey Perry|
|Brian Sutherby Fighting (maj) against Adam Burish|
|Adam Burish Fighting (maj) against Brian Sutherby|
|Francois Beauchemin Hi-sticking against Patrick Kane|
|Martin Havlat Hooking against Andrew Ebbett|
|Kent Huskins Holding the stick against Dave Bolland|
|Francois Beauchemin Hooking against Patrick Kane|
|Cam Barker Slashing against Corey Perry|
|Robert Lang Boarding against Travis Moen|
|Dave Bolland Tripping against Teemu Selanne|
|Patrick Lalime Slashing against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Andrew Ebbett Holding against James Wisniewski|
|Samuel Pahlsson Hooking against Martin Havlat|
|Scott Niedermayer Roughing against Patrick Kane|
|Dustin Byfuglien Tripping against Kent Huskins|
|Jason Williams Hooking against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Patrick Lalime Roughing against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Patrick Lalime Roughing against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Corey Perry Fighting (maj) against James Wisniewski|
|Todd Bertuzzi Roughing against Patrick Lalime|
|James Wisniewski Fighting (maj) against Corey Perry|
|SA: 25||TOI: 48:38|
|Saves: 20||EV: 15 - 19|
|PIM: 6||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .800||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 3||TOI: 11:22|
|Saves: 2||EV: 2 - 2|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .667||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 32||TOI: 59:58|
|Saves: 29||EV: 20 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .906||SH: 1 - 1|