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ANAHEIM – In the aftermath of losing Francois Beauchemin for six months with a torn ACL, the Ducks stressed the need for other players to step up their games in his absence. If the first game is any indication, that shouldn’t be a problem, as two Anaheim defenseman paved the way to a 2-0 shutout of the Kings at Honda Center.
|Hiller made several big stops among his 29 saves to earn his first career shutout.
Kent Huskins had an assist on the Ducks’ first goal and Bret Hedican scored an important insurance marker in the third period, as both helped keep the Kings off the scoreboard the entire way. Although, much of that credit goes to goalie Jonas Hiller, who saved all 29 Kings shots in earning his first career shutout.
"It counts as a team win," Hiller said. "It’s a great feeling for a goalie. I’m definitely happy it finally worked out. I wasn’t that nervous. You just try to concentrate, focus on the next shot and try to stop it. I didn’t have too many worries about what could happen. For sure, you sometimes check the clock and how many minutes are left."
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Ducks and slowed down a Kings team that had won four of its last five. It was the first time the Ducks had shutout the rival Kings at home in seven years.
Both teams were silent until halfway through the second period when Corey Perry batted in a rebound to break the ice. On the rush, Perry touch-passed to Huskins in the slot and Huskins’ hard wrister bounced off goalie Erik Ersberg right to a charging Perry, who punched it in the open net.
That goal was the highlight of a second period that was leaps and bounds better than what Anaheim showed in the first. They were outshot 14-6 in the opening period, spending a lot of time in their own zone as they leaned heavily on Hiller. The Ducks turned it around in the middle session, putting 13 shots on net while holding L.A. to just six.
"I think for the first half of the game, we weren’t really with our game," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "After that, we started to get more of the grind game, that cycle game where you put the puck in deep and you work the puck down low. That hasn’t changed for our group. When we do that, where we grind teams, we’re effective. When we don’t do it, we’re one and out and then we play the majority of the game in our end."
Hiller bailed the Ducks out with several big stops, notably on Brian Boyle with 7:37 left in the period, after Boyle made a great move on Ducks defenseman Steve Montador and only had the goalie to beat. But Hiller made a beauty of a pad save that kept Boyle from tying it up. Earlier in the period, he kicked out his skate to thwart Kyle Calder, who had picked up a rebound and looked certain to deposit it in the open net.
|Perry put the Ducks up for good with a goal halfway through the second.
Hedican made things much more comfortable for Anaheim with 4:20 left in the third period, as he rifled a one-timer from the point past the outstretched leg of Ersberg. Chris Kunitz made it happen by digging the puck out of the corner and sending it back to Hedican, who earned his first point in 10 games with Anaheim.
"The shot was just one of those things where it popped out," Hedican said. "I let it go and found the net. I think he didn’t expect right away and it snuck in. It was wobbling in. It was kind of a knuckleball, Phil Niekro-style. I’ll take them any way I can get them right now."
It was the first game for the Ducks without Beauchemin, who was diagnosed yesterday with a torn ACL after taking a hit in a loss to Nashville two nights ago. Rookie Brett Festerling filled Beauchemin’s spot, as he and winger Bobby Ryan were both called up from AHL affiliate Iowa yesterday. Ryan was also in the lineup, played 16:44 and was on the ice for the first goal.
Rob Niedermayer was a surprise healthy scratch for the Ducks, as center Ryan Carter and defenseman Nathan McIver were also scratched.The Ducks finish off this homestand Wednesday night when they take on the Washington Capitals.
The last time the Ducks shut out the Kings at home was March 4, 2001, 4-0). It also marked the Ducks’ sixth overall shutout against LA (both home and road) and the second this season (Nov. 4 at LA, 1-0 OT). It is the first time the Ducks have shut out the Kings in consecutive contests (Nov. 4 and tonight). Anaheim’s shutout streak vs. Los Angeles stands at 121:52 dating back to Oct. 14 @ LA.
With tonight’s win, the Ducks have earned standings points in 11 of their last 13 contests (9-2-2).
Hiller becomes the eighth goaltender in franchise history to record at least one shutout. In his last four appearances, he has stopped 85-of-90 shots for a 1.63 GAA and .944 SV% (2-0-1 record).
With an assist this evening, Ryan Getzlaf has collected 4-12=16 points in the last nine games.
With tonight’s goal, Corey Perry extended his point streak to three games (2-1=3). He has also earned 4-7=11 points in the last eight contests.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
|Corey Perry (6) ASST: Kent Huskins (3), Ryan Getzlaf (15)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Bret Hedican (1) ASST: Chris Kunitz (10), Brendan Morrison (2)|
2 - 0 ANA
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against Raitis Ivanans|
|Raitis Ivanans Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|Chris Pronger Interference against Anze Kopitar|
|Ryan Getzlaf Hi stick - double minor against Patrick O'Sullivan|
|Peter Harrold Hooking against Chris Kunitz|
|Drew Doughty Interference against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Todd Marchant Tripping against Dustin Brown|
|Alex Frolov Hooking against Chris Pronger|
|Corey Perry Interference against Jarret Stoll|
|SA: 26||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 24||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .923||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 29||TOI: 59:59|
|Saves: 29||EV: 20 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 9|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
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