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Hiller Saves All 29 in a 2-0 Shutout of the Kings

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Hiller Saves All 29 in a 2-0 Shutout of the Kings
Los Angeles Kings 0, Anaheim Ducks 2
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By Adam Brady (abrady@anaheimducks.com)

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.


3rd Period

20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks win it 2-0 as Jonas Hiller gets a well-deserved first career shutout.

19:30 - Thirty seconds left and this crowd gets on their feet.

15:40 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BRET HEDICAN - Chris Kunitz fights for the puck against the wall and slides it toward Hedican at the point. He tags a one-timer through some wide-open ice that gets past the outstretched leg of Ersberg and settles inside the left post. First point as a Duck for Hedican and it's an absolutely huge insurance goal for the Ducks.

12:24 - Brian Boyle makes a great move that completely fools Montador, but he's stoned by Hiller, as the goalie bails out yet another d-man. By the way, Montador might want to pick up his jock before he heads to the bench.

8:10 - Another one rings off the post, as Pahlsson drills a one-timer from the slot.

5:30 - Hiller makes an unbelievable play, as Calder jumps on a rebound and looks to have an open net before Hiller kicks out his leg and knocks it away.

4:28 - Ducks miss a big one, as Kunitz redirects a shot from the point and it caroms off the crossbar. Looked like it was in.

Stacy's mom has got it going on ... Stacy's mom has got it going on. Try and get that out of your head.

2:01 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry, 2 min. Perry runs into Mr. Rachel Hunter, who is skating over to check Getzlaf.

0:41 - Niedermayer throws one of his knuckleballs on net and Moen nearly redirects it in, but Ersberg is ready for it. I can't believe I'm saying this about a Kings goaltender, but he's pretty good.

0:00 - Off and running in the third.

A fan named Harvey emailed this photo from the arena with the message "Please post." Eh, why the heck not.

2nd Period

20:00 - END OF PERIOD - And it's a much better one for Anaheim, who get a goal from Corey Perry to take a 1-0 lead. They also outshoot the Kings 13-6.

During the timeout, the Ducks put an image of Sean O'Donnell holding the Cup during his day with it, with the words, "Thanks, Sean" over it. Nicely done.

17:19 - Hiller stretches way out to glove a shot by Oscar Moller. How do you not love this guy?

During the timeout, they do the segment on the video board where they alternate showing a guy in a Kings jersey and a guy in a Ducks jersey (yeah ... booooo ... yeah ... booooo). But this time they finish it by showing the Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup Champions banner, which draws a big roar. Well done.

Apparently, Travis Moen is mic'd up for this game. I'll have to check that out after this game is over. I always enjoy those. But I can't figure out why they didn't get Sammy Pahlsson.

11:36 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - The Ducks get on the rush and Perry takes a Getzlaf feed on the wing and touch-passes to Huskins in the slot. He takes a hard wrister that bounces off Ersberg right to Perry, who taps it in the open left half of the net. Ducks go up 1-0. I was kind of hoping writing that about Ersberg might jinx him.

9:42 - Selanne gets free near the left post, but shoots it off Ersberg's chest. He hasn't allowed a regulation goal to the Ducks in 4 1/2 periods.

9:34 - LAK Penalty - Alexander Frolov, 2 min. hooking. Ducks get bailed out.

9:12 - ANA Penalty - Todd Marchant, 2 min. tripping.

Ducks look much stronger in this period. We'll see if it pays off.

4:00 - Big kill for the purple.

3:12 - Pronger, Ryan, Getzlaf, Selanne and Morrison as the Ducks use only one d-man.

3:11 - The Ducks are on the doorstep, but can't bang it through.

2:00 - LAK Penalty - Drew Doughty, 2 min. interference. Big chance for the Ducks.

1:41 - LAK Penalty - Peter Harrold, 2 min. hooking. First power play for Anaheim

0:00 - Here we go in the second.

1st Period

20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks are lucky to escape this one with it still scoreless, as they're outshot 14-6 and give the Kings plenty of chances.

19:56 - Twice perry gets great feeds from Getzlaf to set up scoring chances, and twice the puck goes under his stick.

18:56 - Ersberg shows why he's been carrying the Kings on his back lately, hanging tough as Moen and then Pahlsson try to force the puck through.

18:20 - The Ducks look somewhat sluggish out there, and are being outshot 14-5 (some of that credited to the six minutes of power play time).

It's trivia time again, and the gal is asked who led the Ducks in power play goals last season? Choices are Selanne, Getzlaf and Perry. She guesses Perry and ... she's right!

15:50 - An absolutely monster kill for the Ducks, who survive all four minutes of Getlaf's penalty.

14:05 - Hiller hangs tough on several Kings chances at a goal.

11:50 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 4 min. (double minor) high sticking. Not long after Pronger escapes the box, the Ducks send someone else in there, as Getzlaf swings at the puck and gets a King in the face.

Full can of tennis balls for the second straight night, but unlike last game, they're at their normal end of the rink.

9:28 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. interference. Pronger pins Anze Kopitar against the wall.

If anyone was wondering if Brian Burke was still in town, he's seen walking down the hall in the background of Bill MacDonald's interview with Bob Murray on FSN Prime.

Not a bad turnout tonight, considering the circumstances.

7:50 - Simmonds picks up a turned over puck and takes a shot that Hiller barely gets a leg pad on.

5:41 - It was only a matter of time, but George Parros takes on fellow enforcer Raitis Ivanans after they collide near the blueline. Parros gets in a couple of right crosses, but nothing worthy of pay per view.

5:00 - Festerling playing with Scotty Niedermayer.

2:10 - Bobby Ryan with Getzlaf and Perry on the top line.

1:20 - After the Ducks look very soft on defense in the early going, Marchant makes a nice move to get some room on the other end, and he fires a shot from the slot that Ersberg kicks away.

0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.


5:08 p.m. - Amanda Guerrero delivers a rousing rendition of the anthem, which followed a moment of silence for the fire victims that was spoiled by a couple of idiots yelling out.

Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jonas Hiller; LAK Erik Ersberg

Starting Skaters - ANA Bret Hedican, Chris Pronger, Todd Marchant, Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen; LAK Sean O'Donnell, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Kyle Calder, Dustin Brown

Scratches - ANA Nathan McIver, Ryan Carter, Rob Niedermayer; LAK Derek Armstrong, John Zeiler, Brad Richardson

The Ducks make some waves with their lineup, starting Hiller and surprisingly scratching Rob Niedermayer and Ryan Carter. Meanwhile, Bobby Ryan will be in there for the first time this season. 
scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Corey Perry (6) ASST: Kent Huskins (3), Ryan Getzlaf (15)
1 - 0 ANA
3rd Period
Bret Hedican (1) ASST: Chris Kunitz (10), Brendan Morrison (2)
2 - 0 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
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
2nd Period
Peter Harrold  Hooking against  Chris Kunitz
Drew Doughty  Interference against  Ryan Getzlaf
Todd Marchant  Tripping against  Dustin Brown
Alex Frolov  Hooking against  Chris Pronger
3rd Period
Corey Perry  Interference against  Jarret Stoll
goalie stats
Erik Ersberg
Erik Ersberg
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 29TOI: 59:59
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0

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