By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – Leave it to a game held on Halloween night to be one of the zaniest of the year for the Anaheim Ducks.
In a wild one at Honda Center, the Ducks had two valiant comebacks spoiled, as they fell in the 13th round of a marathon shootout for a 7-6 defeat to the visiting Canucks.
|Perry's goal with less than a minute left sent the game to overtime, but the Ducks couldn't keep it going in the shootout.
The shootout was hardly the most bizarre part of the game, however. That honor went to the rollercoaster second period, when the Canucks turned a one-goal deficit into a three-goal lead, only to see Anaheim tie it with three goals in a span of 1:40.
And after trailing again in the third, 6-5, Anaheim came back to tie it with less than a minute remaining in regulation on a Corey Perry goal.
"It was back and forth," Perry said. "We were up two, down three. It had everything in the game. We just came up short in the shootout. We didn’t have a solid game. Coming away with one point is good, but we always like to get two."
In a game that refused to be put away on a holiday known for its nighttime adventure, it was fitting it needed a shootout to decide things. Mattias Ohlund won it with a wrist shot under the glove of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (a midgame replacement for ineffective starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere). That followed a whopping 22 unsuccessful attempts between the two teams, after the session started with two conversions in the first three shots. Both teams had nearly used their entire rosters before Ohlund mercifully clinched it following 11 straight stops by Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo.
"It took forever," Hiller said. "That is probably one of the few games you’ll have in your whole career. It’s sad to lose it at the end. Roberto won this time, but we’ll see next time."
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Anaheim and dropped the Ducks to 6-5-1. Vancouver improved to 6-5-0.
"It seemed like every puck went in somehow," Hiller said. "I think we showed a lot of character in fighting back when we were behind a couple of goals. We deserved that point, too bad we couldn’t get two in the shootout."
The Ducks sent the game into extra time when Corey Perry tied the game 6-6 with less than a minute left after taking a pass from behind the net from Chris Kunitz and squeezing the puck between Luongo and the right post. With the Ducks skating with an extra attacker after sending Hiller to the bench, Teemu Selanne took the puck in the corner (taking an elbow to the mouth for his efforts) and got it to Kunitz to help set up the goal. It was the 700th career point in a Ducks uniform for Selanne, who also had two goals in the game.
Steve Bernier had given the Canucks a 6-5 lead midway through that period, chasing a puck that ricocheted off the back boards and wristing it past Hiller.
The Ducks took a 2-1 lead through one period on goals by Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne, and that gave way to the whirlwind middle session. Three unanswered Vancouver goals gave them a 5-2 lead that was quickly erased by the Ducks, who got three back in a big hurry.
|Perry had a career high five points, including assists on the first four Anaheim goals.
Ryan Kesler had gotten the Canucks even at 2-2 at 7:57 by splitting Ryan Getzlaf and Kent Huskins to run down a puck and shoot it past Giguere. Less than four minutes later, Alex Burrows snapped a shot over Giguere from the right wing with the Ducks on the power play. Another three minutes later, Mattias Ohlund caught Giguere way out of position as he one-timed it from the left circle on the power play.
That prompted the removal of Giguere, who had given up four goals on just 13 shots. But Hiller couldn’t fare any better at the outset. Less than a minute after taking his spot in front of the net, he gave up a goal to Kevin Bieka, who fired a slap shot from the point that hit an Anaheim stick on the way to the net and fluttered past Hiller.
Somehow that lit a fire under the Ducks, who dented the net three times in 100 seconds. First was Steve Montador, who followed a Corey Perry shot that rebounded hard off Luongo and the defenseman punched it through. Just 23 seconds later, as that goal was being announced to the crowd, Chris Pronger drilled one on the rush that zipped under the crossbar. Then Selanne knotted it up with 2:43 left in the session, with the Ducks on a power play. He took a shot from the slot that bounced hard off Luongo right back to Selanne, who quickly shuttled it between the goalie’s leg pads.
That lit up the Honda Center crowd, many of whom showed up in their best Halloween getups.
It was the fifth goal in the last two games for Selanne, who had a hat trick two nights prior here in a 5-4 OT win over Detroit. It also gave Selanne seven power play goals in the last four games. He also pulled into a tie with Guy Lafleur for 20th on the NHL all-time goals list with 560.
Perry, who sent the puck down to Selanne along the extended goal line got the assist on the goal, giving him a career-high four for the game. His tying goal in the third gave him a career-high five points, and helped the Ducks earn a standings point for their never-say-die effort in this one.
"Every game is not a Mona Lisa that you try to paint," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "Tonight was one of those games. I’m sure both coaches are not going to keep the DVD of this one. Either way, I look at it that we did some good things from a standpoint that we battled back when we were down and executed on power play to provide some offense. We’ve been on a pretty good string here, so we’ll just take the point and move forward."
The Ducks will look to bounce back Sunday at Honda Center against the Calgary Flames.
After 16 goals in their first seven games (2.3 per game), the Ducks have scored 24 goals in their last five games (4.8 per game).
The Ducks are 10-for-28 (35.7%) on the power play over the last five games and six-for-17 (35.3%) over the last two games.
Corey Perry established a new career-high for points and assists in a game with 1-4=5. It ties the franchise record for points in a game and marks the 12th time the feat has been accomplished. Perry becomes the fifth player in club history to record a five-point game (also Getzlaf, Selanne, Kariya and Mirinov). He has also extended his career-high assist streak to six games (3-10=13).
Perry's five points came one game after Ryan Getzlaf had five against Detroit. The last team to have back-to-back games where a different player had 5+ points
was the Montreal Canadiens in 1998.
Tonight marks the first time in franchise history that the club has had two players record five-point games in back-to-back contests. Ryan Getzlaf collected 0-5=5 points on Wednesday night vs. Detroit (Oct. 29) and Perry earned 1-4=5 points vs. Vancouver tonight.
Teemu Selanne has scored seven PPG in the last four games. He has also scored seven of Anaheim’s last eight PPG. He also extended his point streak to five games (7-3=10), which includes a four-game goal streak (7-2=9). Selanne has 5-2=7 points in the last two games (all PPG). With his two goals tonight, he is now tied with Guy Lafleur for 20th on the NHL’s all-time goals list (560). Selanne also has an outright league-lead in power play goals (seven). With 2-2=4 points tonight, Selanne has reached 700 points as an Anaheim Duck (333-367=700).
With a goal and an assist tonight, Scott Niedermayer has moved into a share of second place on the all-time franchise list for goals by a defenseman (37). He also moves to within five points for a share of first place on the Ducks all-time points list by a defenseman (Tverdovsky, 170). Niedermayer has earned 1-5=6 points in the last four games.
With a goal and an assist tonight, Chris Pronger has earned 1-5=6 points in the last four games.
Chris Kunitz has earned 1-6=7 points in the last six contests, including one assist tonight.
VAN Mattias Ohlund's attempt is GOOD as he comes in from the right and wrists it past Hiller's glove. It's over. Canucks win 7-6 in the shootout.
ANA Scott Niedermayer's attempt is NO GOOD as he tries a move to the forehand and Luongo flops forward to save it. I'm tired.
VAN Sami Salo's atempt is NO GOOD as he tries a slap shot that Hiller stops.
ANA Steve Montador's attempt is no good as Luongo traps it underneath the leg pad.
VAN Ryan Johnson's attempt is NO GOOD as Hiller gloves it again.
ANA Travis Moen's attempt is NO GOOD as he beats Luongo but sends it off the crossbar. Heartbreaker.
VAN Henrik Sedin's attempt is NO GOOD as he tries a move to the backhand that doesn't work.
ANA Chris Pronger's attempt is NO GOOD as he tries a soft wrister that Luongo easily knocks away.
VAN Kevin Bieksa's attempt is NO GOOD as Hiller makes a skate save.
ANA Francois Beauchemin's attempt is NO GOOD as he tries a slap shot from the high slot that Luongo has no trouble with.
VAN Taylor Pyatt's attempt is NO GOOD as Hiller gloves it.
ANA Rob Niedermayer's attempt is NO GOOD as he tries to make a move around Luongo but goes down to the ice.
VAN Alexander Edler's attempt is NO GOOD as he tries a quick shot that's stopped by Hiller and only knockied in a Edler skates by it.
ANA Samuel Pahlsson's attempt is NO GOOD as his wrister flies over the net.
VAN Daniel Sedion's attempt is NO GOOD as he fakes a shot, makes a deke move and buries it in Hiller's leg.
ANA Chris Kunitz's attempt is NO GOOD as he fakes a shot but is denied by the outstretched leg of Luongo.
VAN Steve Bernier's attempt is NO GOOD as his wrister is easily stopped.
ANA Ryan Carter
's attempt is NO GOOD as his wrister flies over the net.
VAN Ryan Kesler's attempt is NO GOOD as it clicks off Hiller and hits the glass.
ANA Brendan Morrison's attempt is no good, as his wrist shot is knocked away.
VAN Mason Raymond's attempt is NO GOOD< as he fakes a shot and tries a backhand that's stopped.
ANA Corey Perry
's attempt is NO GOOD, as he sweeps in from the right and tries a wrister that Luongo saves.
VAN Alex Burrows' attempt is good, as Burrows tries a wrist shot that Hiller denies.
ANA Ryan Getzlaf's attempt is GOOD, as he get Luongo to reach out for the poke check and roofs a backhand.
VAN Kyle Wellwood's attempt is GOOD, as he makes a last-second move to his forehand and sends it past the sprawling Hiller.
ANA Teemu Selanne
's shootout attempt is NO GOOD. Selanne tries to go backhand and Luongo kicks it away.
5:00 - The Ducks get close but can't get one through and we're going to a shootout.
3:44 - Morrison nearly deflects in a Beauchemin pass. How sweet would it be if Morrison got the goal?
3:35 - Selanne gets deep by himself and almost slings it through.
1:20 - As the Canucks try to dump it in, Scott Niedermayer calmly grabs it out of the air, puts it on his stick and goes the other way with it. Meanwhile, he maintains the same heart rate as a guy watching football on his couch.
0:00 - Here we go in OT.
20:00 - The Ducks try to get the winner over the last minute, but they're held at bay as we go to overtime. Unreal game.
19:03 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - With the Ducks skating with six after Hiller hits the bench, Selanne digs the puck out of the corner and takes an elbow to the face for his efforts. But he gets the puck to Kunitz behind the net, who taps it to Perry, and Perry nudges it between Luongo and the right post. We're tied 6-6 as Teemu is slow to get up and is bleeding down his chin.
18:40 - Ducks sent Hiller to the bench for an extra attacker.
18:30 - The Ducks haven't had a shot in several minutes.
16:14 - The Ducks can't get much going as the Canucks are clamping down in their own end.
13:01 - ANA Penalty - Travis Moen, 2 min. tripping. Moen knocks a twin to the ice. It really doesn't matter which one.
12:41 - A Ducks advantage is whistled dead when the net comes loose, mostly because a Vancouver player skated by it and knocked it off. Fans boo.
A sign in the stands says, "Teemu: Hat Trick, What a Treat!" I like it.
8:34 - VANCOUVER GOAL - STEVE BERNIER - On the rush the other way after the Ducks' near-goal shorthanded, Bernier chases down a puck that bounced hard off the board behind the net and quickly flicks it from the left wing past Hiller. It's 6-5 Vancouver. Second of the game for Bernier. Not a good night for the Ducks, who are giving up a goal every four shots.
8:05 - The Ducks nearly get one on a shorthanded rush, especially when Pahlsson picks up a loose puck with an open top half of the net, but it's taken away from him at the last second.
7:44 - ANA Penalty - Teemu Selanne
, 2 min. interference.
It's a Halloween-themed trivia question as they ask who was the real killer in the original "Friday the 13th" movie, since Jason Voorhees wore a hockey mask. The contestant, with some help, guesses "Mom" and it turns out he's right. It was Mrs. Voorhees who was the killer in that movie. I have to admit, I didn't know that. Yet somehow I can tell you "Mr. Big's" real name. I need therapy.
6:40 - After a Vancouver turnover, Carter and Selanne are on a 2 on 1 and everyone in the building knows Carter is passing it. He gives Selanne a nice feed, but the Flash whiffs on the one-time try.
3:10 - ANA Penalty - Samuel Pahlsson, 2 min. interference.
Parros is being examined for a right eye injury stemming from that Sami Salo high stick and won't return.
0:00 - We're underway in the third, and if it's anything like the second, we might need to resuscitate some fans.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - In a wild and wacky second period, the Ducks go from up 2-1 to down 5-2 to tied 5-5 in a manner of minutes. Seven combined goals are scored between the Ducks and Canucks in the period.
We learn that three goals in 1:40 was not a club record. The Ducks actually got three in 51 seconds once. The way the PA guy in the press box announced it was kind of solemn, to be honest.
18:44 - Pronger rips a one-timer low to the ice that Luongo stops. Okay, so he can
still make stops.
17:17 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - Selanne takes the puck from the goal line extended and sprints to the slot, where he takes a shot that Luongo stops. But the rebound boomerangs right back to Selanne, who quickly sends it right between Luongo's legs. Unreal. We're tied 5-5 as the Ducks score three within 1:40. Second of the game for Selanne.
16:30 - VAN Penalty - Willie Mitchell, 2 min. hooking. If the Ducks get one here ... wow.
16:00 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS PRONGER - As the last Ducks goal is being announced to the crowd, Pronger tags a shot on the rush that zips past Luongo. Within a span of 23 seconds, Anaheim is back in this thing. Remarkable.
15:37 - ANAHEIM GOAL - STEVE MONTADOR - The Ducks get one back quickly, as Perry rips a shot from the slot that bounces hard off Luongo's chest for the long rebound. Montador skates up and punches the loose puck under the top corner of the cage.
15:19 - VANCOUVER GOAL - KEVIN BIEKSA - Bieksa steps up and fires a slap shot from the point that might have hit an Anaheim stick and fluttered toward the net. Somehow it fools Hiller and gets through. Hiller was also blinded by an Alex Burrows screen, and Hiller looks like he thought there was some interference too.
14:38 - It's definitely not Giguere's night and he's replaced by Jonas Hiller
. Giguere gave up four goals on 13 shots.
14:38 - VANCOUVER GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MATTIAS OHLUND - On the power play, Salo fakes a shot from the point and sends it to Ohlund, who one-times it from the left circle past a diving Giguere. The goalie was somehow way out of position on that one and made it easy for Ohlund. It's 4-2 Vancouver.
I stand corrected on my claim that there weren't many costumes. The video board reveals dozens of people in costumes, including one guy dressed as Robin with no Batman.
12:51 - ANA Penalty - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking.
12:24 - The Ducks miss a golden opportunity as the 4-minute power play runs out.
11:23 - VANCOUVER GOAL(SHORTHANDED) - ALEX BURROWS - The Ducks lose the puck on the man advantage and Bieksa tips it ahead to Burrows, who has plenty of room to snap a shot top shelf past a helpless Giguere. Vancouver turns the tables and leads 3-2. Now those are boos.
11:01 - Luongo gloves a Perry shot and we hear a sound that is either booing or a few Vancouver fans saying, "Luuuuuu." I still don't really know.
9:25 - A Pronger shot hits off the back board and trickles back into the crease. It's sitting right by the post before the Canucks sweep it away at the last second.
8:24 - VAN Penalty - Sami Salo, 4 min. high sticking. Just as Sutherby fires from the wing, Parros gets struck in the face by Salo's stick blade and it's bad enough to earn the double minor.
7:57 - VANCOUVER GOAL - RYAN KESLER - Kelser somehow splits Ryan Getzlaf and Kent Huskins to chase down a bouncing puck in the slot and just before Giguere arrives to poke it away, Kesler tips it over him and just under the crossbar. We're tied 2-2.
Among the dressed-up fans on the video screen is a guy dressed as a referee, with a lot of something stuffed in his gut. A guy in a Canucks jersey jumps into the shot and he's pushed away and for a minute I thought we were going to have our first on-screen fan fight in the history of the NHL.
4:15 - Getzlaf looks like he gets his in the face again
, just before Vancouver clears it out of the zone.
3:21 - VAN Penalty - Alex Burrows, 2 min. hooking. Another power play for the Ducks. The Canucks appeared to be dressed up as the Anaheim Ducks tonight, considering the number of penalties they're taking.
2:52 - After a Huskins shot from the point, Getzlaf tries to punch the loose puck through Luongo, who's sprawled to the ice. Getzlaf gets pushed away by, among others, former teammate Shane O'Brien. Out of nowhere, Montador drops the gloves with Mike Brown and Brown wrestles him down right away. Getzlaf is clearly bothered by the push in the face, since he already has gum problems and a missing tooth stemming from an infection he had treated last week.
0:58 - Selanne flicks it from the slot of a Getzlaf pass and Luongo just gets a piece of it, then reaches behind himself to cover it. Selanne looks amazed he didn't get that goal.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks get goals from Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne
to take a 2-1 lead.
19:40 - The Ducks go 4 on 4 with Getzlaf, Kunitz, Selanne and Pronger (the only d-man).
Mason Raymond, the only NHLer in history to be mentioned on "How I Met Your Mother."
18:57 - VAN Penalty - Mason Raymond, 2 min. hooking. Brendan Morrison is hooked from behind as he looks to have a good chance to score from the right circle. If there is anyone I want to get a goal tonight, it's Morrison.
18:22 - VAN Penalty - Henrik Sedin, 2 min. interference. That didn't last long. It's karma, because twin brother goaded Scotty into his hooking penalty. Or maybe not.
18:19 - ANA Penalty - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking. Scotty gets lured into putting the puck blade in Daniel Sedin's armpit.
16:55 - Giguere is caught WAY out of position on a tic-tac-toe play, hugging the left post as the puck is one-timed from the slot. Somehow it's shot right at him and he looks up and bats it away. The Ducks were bailed out on that one in a big way.
14:09 - Just like in overtime two nights ago, Beauchemin tries to bat it out of the air in front of the net, but Luongo stops this one.
13:37 -VAN Penalty - Mattias Ohlund, 2 min. hooking. Another PP for the Ducks.
12:43 - VANCOUVER GOAL - STEVE BERNIER- The Canucks quiet the crowd by getting one back off a Brendan Morrison turnover. Pyatt takes the puck from former Duck Shane O'Brien and shoots it from the slot, allowing Bernier to tip it past Giguere. Canucks cut the Ducks lead in half.
12:24 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE - On the man advantage, the Ducks don't get much going until Pronger sends a missile at the net that Selanne tips in the slot to get it by the outstretched leg of Luongo. It's 2-0 Anaheim and Selanne had his fourth in the last two games.
11:04 - VAN Penalty - Mike Brown, 2 min. roughing and 2 min. boarding. Brown knocks Montador heard into the boards and he's slow to get up. And we've got ourselves an all-out brawl as Ryan Carter
and Brown throw punches and George Parros
goes at it with Darcy Hordichuk in the main event. In that fight, Parros lands a few shots, but Hordichuk gets the best of it, catching Parros him off balance and sending him tumbling to the ice. Brown gets a minor for roughing.
One of our game night staffers carved this pumpkin and brought it in. It's sitting next to us up here.
8:28 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - Luongo goes behind the net to control the puck and just as he's about to leave it for a teammate, Teemu Selanne swoops in an takes the puck. He quickly feeds it towards Niedermayer in the crease and he taps it into the empty net. Bit of a miscue by Luongo, who's had a couple in this rink. It's the first of the year for Scotty and it's 1-0 Ducks.
First timeout and all of our Power Players are in costumes. We've got a princess, a sailor, some kind of afro wig girl, an eskimo, a bobby soxer, one of the Pink Ladies from "Grease" and a hockey player. Oh wait, that was
actually a hockey player.
8:05 - VAN Penalty - Alex Burrows, 2 min. roughing. Luongo saves and smothers a Montador shot and we have a little scuffle behind the goal. Burrows is the only one charged.
6:15 - Still waiting for something game-related worthwhile enough to jot down.
Video board shows four fans with four different kinds of Canucks jerseys (including throwbacks), all of whom are wearing giant pumpkins on their heads.
Not all that many costumes here tonight, but both tennis balls are in the house. There is a fan in the front row behind the Ducks goal dressed as a blind referee, with dark glasses and a cane. Love it.
Extremely sparse crowd here tonight. Must be trick or treating.
0:00 - We're underway at Honda Center, the Ducks looking for their sixth straight.
7:06 p.m. - Christina Reyes does a nice job with both anthems this time, as a few people yell out duyring both songs. Must be riled up on Halloween.
7:01 p.m. - Johnny Ahlers and Brian Hayward are wearing George Parros-like mustaches on the air for their pregame show. Funny enough, especially because Hazy's wiggles back and forth when he talks.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; VAN Roberto Luongo
Starting Skaters - ANA Francois Beauchemin, Samuel Pahlsson, Scott Niedermayer, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; VAN Mattias Ohlund, Sami Salo, Mason Raymond, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
Scratches - VAN Nathan McIver, Brad May; VAN Rob Davison, Jason Krog, Lawrence Nycholat
Luongo is in net on back-to-back nights, having shut out the Kings last night.