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|ANA||1||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||5|
ANAHEIM – It’s official: The Anaheim Ducks are back.
A four-game road winning streak was enough to garner hope after a rough start to the season, but the real test came tonight at Honda Center against the rolling defending champion Detroit Red Wings. But the Ducks passed with flying colors, bouncing back from a two-goal deficit as well as a potentially devastating late Detroit goal to take it 5-4 in overtime.
|Selanne's 21st career hat trick (12th with Anaheim) pushed the Ducks to victory.|
Francois Beauchemin scored the game-winner 1:39 into the extra session, batting a flipping puck out of the air past falling goalie Chris Osgood. The celebration for the Ducks fans among the sellout Honda Center crowd was put on hold as replay officials determined whether Beauchemin hit the puck out of the air with a high stick (over the crossbar). But after a two-minute review, referee Mike Leggo skated out to center ice to announce that the goal would stand, and a roar rained down from the seats. It was the second overtime goal of Beauchemin's career, the first coming last January against San Jose.
"It was just instinct," Beauchemin said. "The puck was right there. I just tried to tap it in. You don’t wait for it to come lower then the crossbar. You just hit it and hope it’s good."
It was the fifth straight win for the Ducks after a 1-5-0 start to the season, as the Ducks went over .500 for the first time in the young campaign. Anaheim dealt Detroit (7-1-2) its first road loss of the season after five straight victories.
Said Selanne, "It was a little bit disappointing that we let them score in the last two minutes, but that’s hockey," Selanne said. "You can’t really think about that too long. You just have to bounce back. We knew that we were having a strong game."
Tantalizingly close to victory in regulation, the Ducks gave up a disheartening goal to Henrik Zetterberg with just 1:23 left in the third period and Anaheim clinging to a 4-3 lead. The goal was set up when Dan Cleary chased the puck down just past the extended goal line and sent a pass behind himself for the Zetterberg one-timer.
Teemu Selanne had tied the game 3-3 with his third goal from the bottom of the faceoff circle, one-timing a Chris Pronger pass through a tiny opening under Osgood’s pad. It was his 21st career hat trick, and 12th in a Ducks uniform. It also gave him three power play goals in the game, tying a club record with Paul Kariya, set in 2001.
"Every goal is special, but obviously hat tricks don’t come very often," Selanne said. "It’s great feeling."
Brian Sutherby gave the Ducks their first lead of the game by batting a Corey Perry pass from the slot past Osgood to make it 4-3 Anaheim with 7:04 remaining. Ryan Getzlaf got the play started by knocking the puck away behind the net, and Perry made a gorgeous feed to Sutherby, who was charging in from the bench. It was the third goal of the year for Sutherby, who couldn’t find the net in a Ducks uniform in 45 games last season.
|Getzlaf had a hand in every Ducks goal, tying a Ducks record with five assists.
Getzlaf assisted on all five Ducks goals, a career high for him and just the third time in franchise history that one player had five helpers.
The two teams had skated evenly through the first half of the opening period, but Pavel Datsyuk broke through on the power play with a redirect from the slot off a Marian Hossa pass.
Less than three minutes later, the Ducks fought back by taking advantage of some serious power play time of their own. The Wings committed three straight penalties to set the Ducks up on a 5 on 3, and Teemu Selanne made them pay. From the bottom of the circle, Selanne one-timed a Ryan Getzlaf pass from the slot under the crossbar.
The goal was scored before the first penalty expired, giving the Ducks more time with a two-man advantage, but they couldn’t convert on that nor the ensuing 5 on 4.
The Ducks looked like they took the lead with 1:42 left in the first when Chris Pronger’s rocket from the high slot sailed past Osgood, who had fallen to the ice. But officials waved off the goal on a questionable-at-best call when they whistled Selanne for pushing Mikael Samuelsson into Osgood.
Datsyuk struck again 7:53 into the middle session, with a similar-looking goal in which he chipped the puck with one hand on the stick past Giguere. That one also came from Hossa and gave Detroit a 2-1 lead.
The Wings made it a two-goal lead with 3:34 left in the period as Henrik Zetterberg got into the act of redirecting from the slot. With his back to the net, he deflected a Jiri Hudler past the outstretched leg of Giguere, who was way out of position and slammed his stick to the ice in frustration.
A collision with Valtteri Filppula late in the period sent Selanne to the ice and he was very slow to get up. But he stayed in the game and recovered enough to score his second goal on the power play with 51 seconds left. Again from the bottom of the circle, Selanne slid a pass through the crease toward a charging Scott Niedermayer, and it kicked off the skate of a Detroit player into the wide open net.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 34 saves for the Ducks to earn his fourth straight victory. Anaheim had three power play goals in the game, after coming into the game ranking near the bottom of the league with just five on the season.
"The power play turned its fortunes around on the road trip," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "In tonight’s game it was huge for our hockey club and it gave us a chance. We know the personnel that we have and the people that are out on the power play, if you give them enough chances they are going to score some goals."
The Ducks look to keep rolling with a Halloween matchup against the Canucks at Honda Center on Friday.
The Ducks extend their winning streak to a season-high five games, the longest since Feb. 17-Mar. 3, 2008 (six games).
Tonight marked Teemu Selanne’s first hat trick (3-0=3) since Feb. 24, 2008 vs. Chicago (3-2=5). It is his 21st career hat trick and 12th with Anaheim. His three power play goals tonight tie the club record for PPG in a single game. Paul Kariya also had three PPG on Mar. 29, 2001 @ San Jose.
Selanne has extended his season-high point streak to four games (5-1=6), which also includes a three-game goal streak (5-0=5), his longest since Feb. 20-29 (four games, 6-2=8). He is now second in the NHL in power play goals with five (three tonight).
Ryan Getzlaf recorded a career-high 0-5=5 assists tonight. It’s just the third time in franchise history the feat has been accomplished (last: Selanne, 11/19/06 vs. Phoenix, 0-5=5). He has also extended his season-high point streak to four games (3-7=10).
The club’s last three PPG effort was on Dec. 10, 2007 @ Columbus in a 4-3 Ducks overtime win.
With two assists tonight, Scott Niedermayer has moved into sole possession of first on the Ducks all-time assists list by a defenseman (127).
Corey Perry has extended his point streak to a season-high five games (2-6=8). It is his longest point streak since his career high seven-game point streak from Jan. 7-20, 2008 (5-7=12).
Tonight marked Francois Beauchemin’s second career OT goal (also Jan. 13, 2008 @ San Jose).
Chris Pronger has earned 0-4=4 assists in the last three games.
Goaltender J.S. Giguere earned his fourth consecutive victory on the season, stopping 34-of-38 shots. He has recorded a 2.90 GAA and .925 SV% during that span. He is just four victories shy of 200 in his NHL career.
|PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (8), Nicklas Lidstrom (6)|
1 - 0 DET
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (4) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (4), Chris Pronger (5)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Pavel Datsyuk (3) Deflected shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (9), Tomas Holmstrom (3)|
2 - 1 DET
|PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (6) Deflected shot - ASST: Jiri Hudler (5), Danny Cleary (3)|
3 - 1 DET
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (5), Scott Niedermayer (5)|
3 - 2 DET
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (6) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Pronger (6), Ryan Getzlaf (6)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Brian Sutherby (3) Slapshot - ASST: Corey Perry (7), Ryan Getzlaf (7)|
4 - 3 ANA
|Henrik Zetterberg (7) Tip-in - ASST: Danny Cleary (4), Niklas Kronwall (5)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Francois Beauchemin (4) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (8), Scott Niedermayer (6)|
5 - 4 ANA
|Teemu Selanne Tripping against Andreas Lilja|
|Todd Marchant Holding against Brad Stuart|
|Mikael Samuelsson Roughing against Corey Perry|
|Andreas Lilja Roughing against Corey Perry|
|Henrik Zetterberg Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Ryan Carter Roughing against Danny Cleary|
|Danny Cleary Roughing against Ryan Carter|
|Teemu Selanne Interference against Mikael Samuelsson|
|Darren McCarty Fighting (maj) against Brad May|
|Brad May Fighting (maj) against Darren McCarty|
|Valtteri Filppula Boarding against Corey Perry|
|Chris Kunitz Tripping against Brad Stuart|
|Pavel Datsyuk Hooking against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Niklas Kronwall Hi-sticking against Scott Niedermayer|
|Scott Niedermayer Interference against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Rob Niedermayer Holding against Brian Rafalski|
|Tomas Kopecky Interference against Jean-Sebastien Giguere|
|Scott Niedermayer Tripping against Marian Hossa|
|Henrik Zetterberg Holding against Todd Marchant|
|SA: 34||TOI: 61:37|
|Saves: 29||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 10|
|SV%: .853||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 38||TOI: 61:39|
|Saves: 34||EV: 24 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 11|
|SV%: .895||SH: 1 - 1|