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ANAHEIM – Finally.
The Anaheim Ducks' elusive first victory came in the unlikeliest of circumstances, with Anaheim (0-4 entering the game) taking on previously undefeated San Jose (4-0). But when it was all over at Honda Center, the Sharks’ perfect record was smashed to bits and the Ducks’ season took on new life in a convincing 4-0 triumph.
|Travis Moen had a big second period goal for Anaheim, while Rob Niedermayer (foreground) added two assists.
Anaheim leaned heavily on the three things that have been a hallmark of its winning tradition the last three seasons – defense, goaltending and the vaunted checking line. All played a major role in the Ducks rolling to a surprising rout of the Sharks.
Defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Chris Pronger had goals, as did checking line mainstays Travis Moen and Samuel Pahlsson, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 38 shots to earn his 30th career shutout.
“It feels really good,” said Giguere, who had gotten off to a rough start with 13 goals against in three games entering this one. “It was a good night for us. We still have a lot of room for improvement, but this is a good start.”
Holding on to a 2-0 lead going into the third, the Ducks got some much-needed insurance just 1:50 into the stanza. With the Ducks skating 5 on 4, Pronger unleashed a slap shot from the point that travelled through a Ryan Carter screen and raced past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. It was the first power play goal of the season for the Ducks, as they were the only team in the league not to have one until then.
Anaheim all but put the game to bed midway through the third after killing a Pahlsson holding penalty and then taking advantage when he sprang from the box. Rob Niedermayer intercepted a pass in the Anaheim zone and sent it ahead to a streaking Pahlsson just in front of the red line. Pahlsson put two moves on Nabokov before depositing the puck just inside the left post. It was the second assist of the evening for Niedermayer.
"It was a big win for us," Pronger said. "It was desperate times, especially with the way we had played the first three games. Tonight, Jiggy held the fort when we ran into penalty trouble there early in the first."
|Giguere had 38 stops to earn his 30th career shutout.
The two teams skated scoreless for the first 18 minutes of the contest until Francois Beauchemin broke the ice with a slap shot goal with 1:47 left in the period. Beauchemin’s rocket from the right point tipped off the tape of San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle and popped over Nabokov’s glove. Kent Huskins and Ryan Getzlaf got assists on the goal, the first point of the season for Getzlaf, who had 84 a season ago.
"Right off that goal, we got a lot of life, " Pronger said. "We really started to bear down and cinch things up defensively."
Less than four minutes into the second, the Ducks took an all-important two-goal lead when Travis Moen scored from point blank. Scott Niedermayer threw the puck into a crowd in front of the net before brother Rob kicked it toward Moen and the gritty winger wristed it off Nabokov’s shoulder and in.
Despite the two Anaheim goals, San Jose was mostly controlling the game over the first two periods. They spent a good amount of time around the Anaheim net and outshot the Ducks 32-14, but Giguere turned them all aside.
"I’ve been working pretty hard in practice," Giguere said. "Eventually, these things are going to turn around. I believe that you create your own luck and that the bounces are eventually going to go your way. Tonight, the bounces went my way."
The Ducks gave San Jose little chance to come back in the third period, allowing just six shots and blocking several attempts before they got near Giguere. The sellout crowd of 17,174 was on its feet as the clock wound down to triple-zero to clinch that gratifying first victory.The Ducks will look to do it again when they take on Carolina at Honda Center on Sunday evening.
With a goal tonight (first of the season), Travis Moen has established a career-high three-game point streak (1-2=3).
Rob Niedermayer has recorded points in three of the four games he has appeared in this season (2-2=4), including two assists tonight. It marks his fastest scoring start to a season since 2005-06 when he earned 1-3=4 points through four games. He also leads the team in scoring.
J.S. Giguere's last shutout came on Feb. 5, 2008 at the NY Islanders.
Both Scott Niedermayer (0-2=2) and Kent Huskins (1-1=2) have recorded points in consecutive games.
Ryan Carter has earned points in three of the four contests he has appeared in (1-2=3).
|Francois Beauchemin (1) ASST: Kent Huskins (1), Ryan Getzlaf (1)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Travis Moen (1) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (1), Scott Niedermayer (2)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Chris Pronger (1) ASST: Brendan Morrison (1), Ryan Carter (2)|
3 - 0 ANA
|Samuel Pahlsson (1) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (2)|
4 - 0 ANA
|Alexei Semenov Hooking against Teemu Selanne|
|Nathan McIver Fighting against Brad Staubitz|
|Brad Staubitz Fighting against Nathan McIver|
|Corey Perry Holding against Devin Setoguchi|
|Jody Shelley Fighting against George Parros|
|George Parros Fighting against Jody Shelley|
|Francois Beauchemin Hooking against Lukas Kaspar|
|Steve Montador Fighting against Joe Thornton|
|Joe Thornton Fighting against Steve Montador|
|Joe Thornton Cross checking against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Francois Beauchemin Hooking against Alexei Semenov|
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking against Devin Setoguchi|
|Brad May Roughing against Jody Shelley|
|Scott Niedermayer Hooking against Christian Ehrhoff|
|Rob Blake Interference against Corey Perry|
|Ryane Clowe Holding against Steve Montador|
|Ryan Carter Holding against Joe Pavelski|
|Jonathan Cheechoo Tripping against Scott Niedermayer|
|Rob Blake Cross checking against Teemu Selanne|
|Samuel Pahlsson Holding against Joe Thornton|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|SA: 20||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 16||EV: 8 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .800||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 38||EV: 23 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 13 - 13|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 2 - 2|
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