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|Mathieu Schneider opened the scoring just 35 seconds into it and the Ducks never looked back.
The Ducks held
Assistant coach Dave Farrish took Carlyle's spot and earned his first career win.
"Randy was not here and we were missing some key guys, but we managed to put that to the side," Niedermayer said. "We just tried to play our game and got rewarded for it."
Niedermayer helped with a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Schneider found the net just 35 seconds into the game to pace the Ducks, who only gave up a Dion Phaneuf goal in the second period.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere saved everything else, running his record to 8-1-1 in the month of February. Giguere made several key stops with the Ducks clutching to a 2-1 lead for most of the third, and benefited from two
Pronger did make his presence felt despite not being in uniform. Clad in a tan suit, he was able to stand behind the Ducks bench for the entire game, since
"I wanted to get him an idea of what it feels like to be back there," Farrish said. "He’s certainly been around long enough. He’s like a coach on the ice anyway. Any addition he could add to us back there was going to be appreciated. I thought he did a great job for us. I left him all night long. I said ‘Here’s what I want you to go with’ and I left him in charge of it. Everything he did was his decision.:"
The Ducks couldn’t breathe easy until a Teemu Selanne goal on the 5-on-3 with just 51.9 seconds remaining. That came after a high sticking penalty by Kristian Huselius (a double minor for drawing blood on Rob Niedermayer) and a holding minor from Phaneuf, after which he got two more minutes for yelling at the officials and slamming his stick. It was just one of a myriad of ways the gritty defenseman made his presence felt on the night.
Those two penalties were devastating for
"Dave did a great job of coming in, keeping it simple and not trying to do too much," said Ryan Getzlaf. "He rolled the lines. Dave knows our system as well as anybody, as do we. He just had to reinforce those extra little things and he did it tonight."
In a first period marked by several skirmishes,
Just under five minutes later, Todd Bertuzzi and Phaneuf would get into the first of several scuffles involving Phaneuf. After Phaneuf drilled Corey Perry near the
Phaneuf would again get into it with another Ducks youngster, Ryan Getzlaf, with under a minute left in the first, throwing Getzlaf to the ice behind the Flames net. The two were initially separated, but were still jawing and pushing at each other as Perry threw punches with Mark Smith away from the scrum. That led to skaters from both teams heading over to the area and getting into it, with Getzlaf and Phaneuf still screaming at each other after they finally headed back to their benches.
When the dust settled, Perry got two minutes for roughing and four (double minor) for spearing, while Getzlaf and Sean O’Donnell both took roughing minors. Smith received a double minor for roughing, while Phaneuf and Godard each were tagged with roughing penalties.
Sandwiched between the two brawls was another Ducks goal, which came on the man advantage at 13:58 with Phaneuf off the ice for holding. Perry, who had been in the box for a dubious goaltender interference call, got the play going be springing out of it and putting a hit on Cory Sarich that freed the puck for Getzlaf. He made a beautiful feed from the corner to the slot, where Scott Niedermayer put the puck in the exact same top corner spot that Schneider scored in at the beginning of the period.
"It was a bit of a chippy first period where we could have got carried away," said Scott Niedermayer, part of a Ducks team that upset Calgary in seven games in the first round of the '06 playoffs. "You can remember when you have a series against a team and compete that hard. They are a physical team. We have guys that are physical. It doesn’t get forgotten easily, so it’s sort of what to expect I guess. It will last awhile. It just feeds off itself. I think we’re comfortable playing that way."
|The Ducks were without Pronger (right) and head coach Randy Carlyle, who was replaced by assistant Dave Farrish.
Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who gave up four goals in the second period to the Ducks 12 days ago at Honda Center, was pulled for the second period, with Curtis Joseph taking his spot in net. Coach Mike Keenan tried to take out Kiprusoff with five minutes left in the first, after an icing call, but was informed by officials he couldn’t do it.
Joseph and the
The Ducks dodged a bullet at the exact halfway point of the period when a Mathew Lombardi shot flew past a drawn-out Giguere, but glanced off the right post. With 4:01 left, a Phaneuf shot from the point was deflected in front and clanked off the crossbar.
The Ducks put the dagger in when Selanne scored on a pretty play in which the Ducks looked to be toying with the
"I thought the guys did a great job responding," Getzlaf said. "Our goaltender played unbelievable for us and that’s what we have to do. Those are the fun games to play in. Obviously we have to stay focused and try not to get into too much penalty trouble. We did a little bit there in the second period, but our guys rebounded well."
One of those guys was defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, who made his Ducks debut after being acquired in a trade Tuesday.
The Ducks will try to keep their streak alive when they have a rematch with
The Ducks are 12-2-1 in their last 15 games at Honda Center. Anaheim remains six points behind Dallas for the Pacific Division lead with 15 games remaining.
The Ducks recorded their 10th win tonight in the month of February (10-2-1 overall). It ties a franchise record for the most wins in February (also 1998-99). It also marks just the seventh time in the NHL since the 1995-96 season that a club has recorded a 10+ win in the month of February. Anaheim is the only team to have done it more than once. Dallas ties Anaheim this season for the most wins in February with 10.
Anaheim has gone 17-for-18 (94.4%) on the penalty kill in the last four games. The club has allowed just two power play goals in the last five games, going 19-for-21 (90.5%) overall.
The Ducks extended their win streak versus Calgary at Honda Center to six games, dating back to Oct. 26, 2005.
Anaheim now holds a record of 17-2-2 (.857) when leading after the first period and a record of 25-1-1 (.944) when leading after the second period.
The Ducks have allowed only five goals in their last 11 games in the third period/overtime (226 MIN, 1.33 GAA).
Teemu Selanne extended his goal streak to four games (6-2=8) and his point streak to five games (6-3=9). He has also earned 7-3=10 points in the last seven games. In addition, Selanne has scored five power play goals in the last seven games, accounting for five of the Ducks’ eight power play goals during that span.
J.S. Giguere recorded his fourth consecutive win tonight, stopping 22-of-23 shots. He completes the month of February with an 8-1-1 record, posting a 1.28 GAA (13 GA/608 MIN) and a .949 SV% (240-for-253). He finishes the month first in the NHL in GAA second in SV%.
Ryan Getzlaf has earned 1-3=4 points in the last two games. In addition, he has collected points in 12 of the last 13 home contests, earning 5-14=19 points during that span (dates back to Jan. 2 vs. CBJ). He has earned 2-8=10 points in the last eight games overall.
With a goal and an assist this evening, Mathieu Schneider has recorded 1-3=4 points in the last five games.
With his power play goal tonight, Scott Niedermayer registered his third game-winning goal in the last 11 games.
With an assist tonight, Chris Kunitz has earned 1-4=5 points in the last two games and 3-7=10 points in the last six contests.
Anaheim continues its franchise-record sellout streak at Honda Center, recording their 66th straight sellout (17,174) this evening. In addition, it marks the 54rd consecutive sellout in the regular season, also a franchise record.
|Mathieu Schneider Snap shot - ASST: Corey Perry , Todd Bertuzzi|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Scott Niedermayer Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf , Mathieu Schneider|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Dion Phaneuf Snap shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla , Daymond Langkow|
2 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Teemu Selanne Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz , Scott Niedermayer|
3 - 1 ANA
|Matthew Lombardi Hooking against Scott Niedermayer|
|Todd Bertuzzi Fighting (maj) against Dion Phaneuf|
|Dion Phaneuf Fighting (maj) against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Todd Bertuzzi Game misconduct against Dion Phaneuf|
|Cory Sarich Holding against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Corey Perry Interference on goalkeeper against Miikka Kiprusoff|
|Dion Phaneuf Holding against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Eric Godard Roughing against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Dion Phaneuf Roughing against Corey Perry|
|Mark Smith Roughing against Corey Perry|
|Mark Smith Roughing against Corey Perry|
|Sean O'Donnell Roughing against Jim Vandermeer|
|Corey Perry Roughing against Mark Smith|
|Corey Perry Spearing - double minor against Mark Smith|
|Ryan Getzlaf Roughing against Dion Phaneuf|
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against Jim Vandermeer|
|Jim Vandermeer Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|Mathieu Schneider Holding against Jarome Iginla|
|Travis Moen Hooking against Kristian Huselius|
|Kristian Huselius Holding against Rob Niedermayer|
|Mathieu Schneider Hooking against Dion Phaneuf|
|Kristian Huselius Hi stick - double minor against Rob Niedermayer|
|Dion Phaneuf Holding against Corey Perry|
|Dion Phaneuf Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Dion Phaneuf Misconduct (10 min)|
|SA: 14||TOI: 39:56|
|Saves: 13||EV: 8 - 8|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .929||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 11||TOI: 20:00|
|Saves: 9||EV: 7 - 8|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .818||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 23||TOI: 59:59|
|Saves: 22||EV: 18 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .957||SH: 1 - 1|