|VAN||1||4||1||0||1 (2 - 13)||7|
|ANA||2||3||1||0||0 (1 - 13)||6|
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 con
Teemu Selanne has scored seven PPG in the last four games. He has also scored seven of
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 con
|PPG - Scott Niedermayer (1) Tip-in - ASST: Teemu Selanne (2), Corey Perry (8)|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (7) Deflected shot - ASST: Chris Pronger (7), Corey Perry (9)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Steve Bernier (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Taylor Pyatt (2), Shane O'Brien (2)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Ryan Kesler (4) Tip-in - ASST: Alexandre Burrows (5), Jannik Hansen (3)|
2 - 2 Tie
|SHG - Alexandre Burrows (4) Snap shot - ASST: Kevin Bieksa (4)|
3 - 2 VAN
|PPG - Mattias Ohlund (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Sami Salo (5), Mason Raymond (4)|
4 - 2 VAN
|Kevin Bieksa (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jannik Hansen (4)|
5 - 2 VAN
|Steve Montador (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry (10), Chris Pronger (8)|
5 - 3 VAN
|Chris Pronger (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (5), Ryan Getzlaf (9)|
5 - 4 VAN
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry (11), Scott Niedermayer (7)|
5 - 5 Tie
|PPG - Steve Bernier (4) Snap shot - ASST: Kevin Bieksa (5), Roberto Luongo (1)|
6 - 5 VAN
|Corey Perry (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (6), Teemu Selanne (3)|
6 - 6 Tie
|Teemu Selanne - Save|
|Kyle Wellwood - Goal|
|Ryan Getzlaf - Goal|
|Alexandre Burrows - Save|
|Corey Perry - Save|
|Mason Raymond - Save|
|Brendan Morrison - Save|
|Ryan Kesler - Save|
|Ryan Carter - Missed|
|Steve Bernier - Save|
|Chris Kunitz - Save|
|Daniel Sedin - Save|
|Samuel Pahlsson - Missed|
|Alexander Edler - Save|
|Rob Niedermayer - Save|
|Taylor Pyatt - Save|
|Francois Beauchemin - Save|
|Kevin Bieksa - Missed|
|Chris Pronger - Save|
|Henrik Sedin - Save|
|Travis Moen - Missed|
|Ryan Johnson - Save|
|Steve Montador - Save|
|Sami Salo - Save|
|Scott Niedermayer - Save|
|Mattias Ohlund - Goal|
|1||T. Selanne||K. Wellwood||0 - 1|
|2||R. Getzlaf||A. Burrows||1 - 1|
|3||C. Perry||M. Raymond||1 - 1|
|4||B. Morrison||R. Kesler||1 - 1|
|5||R. Carter||S. Bernier||1 - 1|
|6||C. Kunitz||D. Sedin||1 - 1|
|7||S. Pahlsson||A. Edler||1 - 1|
|8||R. Niedermayer||T. Pyatt||1 - 1|
|9||F. Beauchemin||K. Bieksa||1 - 1|
|10||C. Pronger||H. Sedin||1 - 1|
|11||T. Moen||R. Johnson||1 - 1|
|12||S. Montador||S. Salo||1 - 1|
|13||S. Niedermayer||M. Ohlund||1 - 2|
|Alexandre Burrows Roughing against Corey Perry|
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against Alexandre Burrows|
|Darcy Hordichuk Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|Ryan Carter Roughing against Mike Brown|
|Mike Brown Roughing against Ryan Carter|
|Mike Brown Boarding against Ryan Carter|
|Mattias Ohlund Hooking against Corey Perry|
|Scott Niedermayer Hooking against Daniel Sedin|
|Henrik Sedin Interference against Todd Marchant|
|Mason Raymond Hooking against Brendan Morrison|
|Steve Montador Roughing against Mike Brown|
|Steve Montador Roughing against Mike Brown|
|Mike Brown Roughing against Steve Montador|
|Mike Brown Roughing against Steve Montador|
|Alexandre Burrows Hooking against Kent Huskins|
|Sami Salo Hi stick - double minor against George Parros|
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking against Kevin Bieksa|
|Willie Mitchell Hooking against Teemu Selanne|
|Samuel Pahlsson Interference against Alexander Edler|
|Teemu Selanne Interference against Jannik Hansen|
|Travis Moen Tripping against Henrik Sedin|
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