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ANAHEIM – Leave it to Teemu Selanne and his constant stream of power play goals to break the Anaheim Ducks out of a Honda Center funk.
|Selanne (right) had two power play goals (the first being the 200th of his career) to maintain his league lead and pace the Ducks to victory.
Selanne tossed in his league-leading 10th and 11th power play strikes of the season to launch the Ducks to a convincing 4-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche in front of 16,632 at Honda Center.
The Ducks, who had entered the game having dropped four of their last five at home, improved to 6-6-2 at Honda Center, 12-8-3 overall. It was fitting that it came against Colorado, whom the Ducks have dominated in Anaheim in the recent past. The Ducks have won four straight at home against the Avs and are 8-1-2 in their last 11 against them at Honda Center.
"I think it was a very solid 60 minutes," Giguere said. "Nice goals, good PK, our power play was rolling. That is the way we need to play, especially at home. We know the potential we have in this dressing room. I don’t think there is one game we can say that we played a full 60 minutes that was flawless. There are no games that are flawless. But tonight was as close to a good game that we can play."
Tonight Selanne found the net in the first (the 200th power play goal of his career) and third periods, while goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a solid night at the other end of the ice, saving 29 of 30 Colorado shots. His only damage an Ian Laperriere deflection goal early in the third that gave Colorado faint hope before Selanne buried that with his goal midway through the period. All but one of Selanne's 12 goals this season have come with the man advantage.
"We have to get that feeling back that this is our barn and getting points from here is going to be tough," Selanne said. "The last three years we’ve had a really good home record. The home advantage is huge. The good start, especially in your building is huge. We did a better job today and we have to keep doing that more often here."
The Ducks and Avs skated scoreless until midway through the period when the Ducks poured in two quick ones. Teemu Selanne netted his league-leading 10th power play goal of the year 10:19 into the session, capitalizing on a Colorado bench minor for too many men. A Ryan Getzlaf pass toward Corey Perry was tipped away, but Perry reached out to poke the puck to Selanne, who batted it into the open net.
A little more than three minutes later, just as Colorado’s Tyler Arnason left the box following a hooking call, Chris Kunitz took a pass from behind the net from Brendan Morrison and slung it in. He got some help as former Duck Ruslan Salei screened goaltender Peter Budaj, allowing the puck to slip between Budaj’s arm and the post. Morrison’s assist came a game after he had been benched Saturday night in Dallas, the first time he’d been healthy scratched since 2000.
|Giguere was solid all night, stopping 29 of 30 Colorado shots.
The Ducks made things ever more comfortable 6:51 into the second period, when the puck rang around the wall toward Chris Pronger, who ripped a one-timer that ticked off the skate of Cody McLeod and rang the inside of the far post.
"The second period I thought was our best all year," Giguere said. "We just controlled the play and spent most of the period in their zone. When you do that, things are going to go your way. There is no doubt about that."
The Avs started the third with Andre Raycroft in net over Budaj, whose performance was in contrast to his past performances against Anaheim. Over the past two seasons, Budaj was 4-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average versus the Ducks.
Whether inspired by the change or not, the Avs made things interesting with a Laperriere’s goal 2:13 into the third period. Laperriere just got his stick on a John-Michael Liles shot from the point, causing it to deflect off Steve Montador’s foot and elude Giguere.
But the Ducks put the game away on Selanne’s second power play with 11:17 left, a one-timer from the slot off a nice feed from Scott Niedermayer on the right wing.
"Obviously, I’m playing with great players," said Selanne of his pile of power play goals. "All those guys who I play with on the power play, they can see the game so well. They can shoot and pass. You know that if you get open the puck is going to come. That is a great feeling. It’s pleasure to play with those guys."
Brian Sutherby missed his third straight game for the Ducks, still recovering from a strained groin. Kent Huskins was scratched for the second straight game, and Ryan Carter was also scratched.The Ducks next play in a Friday matinee against the visiting Blackhawks in a day-after-Thanksgiving tilt at Honda Center.
With tonight’s win, the Ducks have earned standings points in three consecutive games (2-0-1) and five out of the last six contests (3-1-2). The club is also 11-3-3 in their last 17 games.
The last time the Ducks lost a game in regulation at home to Colorado was Nov. 18, 2005 (3-2).
The Ducks have scored at least one power play goal in four consecutive (five-for-17, 29.4%) and five out of the last six games (seven-for-24, 29.2%).
Teemu Selanne has earned 3-4=7 points in the last six games.
Ryan Getzlaf extended his assist streak to six games (2-6=8), two games shy of tying his career-high and franchise high-tying eight-game assist streak (Oct. 25 – Nov. 7, 5-12=17 pts.). He has also earned points in 15 of his last 16 games (8-18=26).
With an assist tonight, Corey Perry has earned 3-5=8 points in the last seven games.
Tonight’s attendance was 16,632.
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (11) ASST: Corey Perry (18), Ryan Getzlaf (19)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Chris Kunitz (4) ASST: Brendan Morrison (3), Steve Montador (5)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Chris Pronger (5) ASST: Todd Marchant (4), Brad May (5)|
3 - 0 ANA
|Ian Laperriere (2) ASST: John-Michael Liles (7), Cody McCormick (2)|
3 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (12) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (9), Chris Pronger (11)|
4 - 1 ANA
|Nathan McIver Fighting (maj) against Cody McLeod|
|Cody McLeod Fighting (maj) against Nathan McIver|
|Tyler Arnason Too many men/ice - bench|
|Tyler Arnason Hooking against Scott Niedermayer|
|Samuel Pahlsson Hooking against Paul Stastny|
|Brendan Morrison Interference against John-Michael Liles|
|Corey Perry Interference on goalkeeper against Andrew Raycroft|
|Paul Stastny Hooking against Travis Moen|
|Scott Niedermayer Holding against Scott Hannan|
|SA: 5||TOI: 20:00|
|Saves: 4||EV: 3 - 3|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .800||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 19||TOI: 39:48|
|Saves: 16||EV: 14 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .842||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 30||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 25 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .967||SH: 1 - 1|