|FLA||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|ANA||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
ANAHEIM – Coming off a disappointing loss to the Dallas Stars two nights ago, a home date with the struggling Florida Panthers seemed like the perfect time for the Ducks to get back to their winning ways.
|Perry's early goal was the only one of 45 shots the Ducks got past Anderson all night.
Unfortunately for Anaheim, the Panthers weren’t willing to play along.
Despite coming into the game with a league-worst nine standings points and a 1-6-1 road record, the Panthers rode the play of winger David Booth and backup goalie Craig Anderson to a 3-1 defeat of the Ducks in front of a near-capacity Sunday crowd at Honda Center.
"We have to look ourselves in the mirror and see what we can improve on," said goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. "This is a good week to take a step back and go back to work rested. We have to be better at home. It’s unacceptable to play like that in front of our fans."
Florida entered the game having lost its last six, including a 3-2 defeat to the Kings last Thursday and a 4-1 loss last night in Phoenix.
"They were having a tough road trip so far and they played last night in
Booth notched his first career hat trick over the first two periods to push the Panthers to a two-goal lead they would never relinquish. That was thanks in great part to Anderson, who saved 44 of a season-high 45 Anaheim shots in just his fifth game of the year.
"You have to give a lot of credit to
Booth struck once in the first and twice in the second, as the Ducks gave up their second hat trick in as many games. Mark Parrish had three goals in his Dallas debut in a 5-2 Ducks loss two nights ago.
The Ducks did manage to score early, as Corey Perry tickled the twine just 1:41 into the game. Steve Montador dropped a pass to Perry, who walked into the right wing circle and wristed a shot under Florida goalie Craig Anderson.
But Booth responded with three unanswered, the first coming just over three minutes after Perry’s goal. That came when Giguere fell to the ice trying to defend a Jassen Cullimore shot in front, and Booth had room to whip a backhand into the net.
|The Ducks honored military families from Operation Homefront prior to the game.
The two teams remained knotted at 1 until 6:18 into the middle session, when Booth one-timed it over Giguere from the slot off a Stephen Weiss feed.
And with less than two minutes left in the period, Booth struck on the power play following a Scott Niedermayer interference minor. Booth skated unabated into the right wing circle before unleashing a wrist shot that travelled past a Richard Zednick screen and Giguere.
The Ducks put the pressure on the Panthers in the third, peppering Anderson with 20 shots on goal, but he let nothing through the entire session. It was the second win of the season for Anderson, who had 41 saves in a victory over Ottawa on Oct. 22. He also set an NHL record for most saves in a shutout when he stopped 53 shots in a 1-0 win over the Islanders last March 2.
A major reason for the Ducks' bevy of shots was Ryan Getzlaf, who tried 11 of his own, by far his career high. His previous best total in a game was six. The Ducks previous season high for shots on goal was 37 (twice).
"I didn’t think we were physical enough and I didn’t think we executed to the level that was necessary until later in the hockey game," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "In the NHL, it takes 60 minutes to win and I don’t think we played 60 minutes."
The Panthers improved their record to 5-8-1, while Anaheim fell to 9-7-1.
The Ducks don't play for four days before a Friday tilt with Nashville at Honda Center.
"We have four days off here and a couple days off to ourselves," Perry said. "We’ll just get our heads away from the game for a couple of days and come back to practice on Wednesday and be prepared."
Said Carlye, "I told them to take two days, come back and be prepared to go to work on Wednesday. It’s the first chance we’ve had in a long time to have a two-day break. We feel that this time is important for them to get rest, get their heads free of hockey for 48 hours, clean the garage and kiss their wife."
|Corey Perry (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Montador (4)|
1 - 0 ANA
|David Booth (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Jassen Cullimore (2), Stephen Weiss (5)|
1 - 1 Tie
|David Booth (6) Slapshot - ASST: Stephen Weiss (6), Bryan McCabe (2)|
2 - 1 FLA
|PPG - David Booth (7) Slapshot - ASST: Michael Frolik (1), Jassen Cullimore (3)|
3 - 1 FLA
|Jay Bouwmeester Tripping against Chris Kunitz|
|Steve Montador Hooking against Ville Peltonen|
|Jassen Cullimore Tripping against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Scott Niedermayer Hooking against Nathan Horton|
|Scott Niedermayer Interference against Rostislav Olesz|
|Gregory Campbell Hooking against Scott Niedermayer|
|Stephen Weiss Interference against Todd Marchant|
|Corey Perry Roughing against Keith Ballard|
|Keith Ballard Roughing against Corey Perry|
|Corey Perry Slashing against Keith Ballard|
|SA: 45||TOI: 59:48|
|Saves: 44||EV: 29 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 14 - 14|
|SV%: .978||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 26||TOI: 58:07|
|Saves: 23||EV: 17 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .885||SH: 0 - 0|
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