|MIN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
ANAHEIM – After a rocky start to the campaign, the Anaheim Ducks are looking more and more like the team that has dominated at Honda Center the past three seasons.
The Ducks got out in front early and held on over the final 20 minutes to down the visiting Minnesota Wild, 4-2, and win their fifth straight game at home. Meanwhile, it was the first time in the Wild’s nine-year franchise history that they have dropped five in a row in regulation.
|Anaheim won its fifth straight at Honda Center and handed the Wild their fifth straight regulation loss, a first in their franchise history.
The Ducks got goals from Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Brendan Morrison and Bobby Ryan over the first two periods, and held the Wild scoreless over the entire third behind 26 saves from Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The Ducks improved to 12-0-0 when leading after two periods.
"It’s a good sign for us," Morrison said. "It was a little adversity for this group tonight. We had a great start. They got right back in the game there. We were able to respond."
Minnesota tied the game 2-2 on an Eric Belanger goal off an odd-man rush just 2:32 into the second period, and the Wild put more pressure on in the ensuing minutes as they threatened to take their first lead. But the Ducks held tough and turned the tables with goals from Morrison and Ryan to take a 4-2 lead that carried to the finish.
"We got a 2-0 lead and then we let them back in," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. " It changed the momentum of the game. All the sudden the pressure was all on us to get the next one and we found a way to get it. I thought overall our work ethic was good. We had a contribution from every guy and that is what’s important."
Morrison got his second goal in the last three games, when he took advantage of a gorgeous Todd Marchant feed on the breakout. Marchant raced up the left wing before sending a pass toward the top of the crease that led Morrison perfectly, and Morrison redirected it through with one hand on the stick.
"I was just driving the net and he made a nice pass to the far post," Morrison said. "I just beat the d-man to the post and was able to get a stick on it. I’m been feeling better here. It couldn’t get much worse than the beginning. It can only go up. I just have to continue to build and be consistent."
Marchant came up big again later in the period, after the puck slipped behind J.S. Giguere and sat dangerously in the crease before Marchant beat Wild center Mikko Koivu to the disc and swept it away.
Then with 1:14 left in the session, George Parros intercepted a pass from Kim Johnsson in the Wild zone and fed Ryan, who one-timed it through the open left half of the net.
"Any time I can get our team victory and help out in that, I’m definitely pleased," Parros said of his continued offensive production. "It was a good insurance goal for us. I had just come off the bench, so I had the whole view of the play in front of me. I don’t think their d-man saw me when I was coming into the zone. He tried to make an outlet pass to the guy at the boards. I was lucky enough to be there to intercept it and find Bobby in front, who was waiting for the one-timer."
The Ducks took their first lead thanks to strikes from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the game’s opening 6 ½ minutes. Getzlaf went first, scoring just 1:38 after the opening faceoff as no Wild player came near him as he skated toward the net from the left wing circle. So after initially looking to make a pass, he shot the puck himself under Wild goalie Josh Harding.
|Getzlaf led off the Ducks scoring with a goal just 1:38 into the contest, his 13th of the year.
Less than five minutes later, the other two members on the top line – Perry and Chris Kunitz – teamed to put the Ducks up 2-0. Perry and Kunitz played catch with the puck on the rush before Kunitz sent it back to Perry for the one-timer. It was the first goal in nine games for Perry, who led Anaheim in goals with 29 last year, and now has eight this season.
"Corey Perry has had a little dry spell, to say the least, here over the last little while.," said Carlyle. "It’s nice to see he was rewarded. He gets a lot of the dirty positions on the ice when you have to stand in front of the net, battle with defensemen and work those corners. It’s not always the hardest spot to play that gets the recognition for scoring goals. You have to have that combination and he’s willing to do that. That is where he makes his living."
The Wild cut the lead in half with 7:45 left in the period as they capitalized on a cross-checking penalty on Travis Moen that escalated into a lengthy fight between the Ducks winger and Minnesota’s Erik Reitz. Almost a minute after Moen was sent to the box, former Duck Marc-Andre Bergeron ripped a one-timer from the point that sailed through traffic and eluded Giguere. Bergeron didn’t score a goal in nine games with Anaheim last season, joining the team after a trade deadline deal.
Down two goals in the third Minnesota had a chance to get back into the game relatively early in the period, when the puck bounced to James Sheppard with Giguere way out of position. But from a tough angle, all Sheppard was able to do was shoot the puck off the far post.
Minnesota was able to apply some pressure around the net on several other occasions in the period, but Giguere refused to relent. In his last five outings, Giguere is 4-0-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.
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The Ducks have won three of their last four games (3-1-0) and seven of their last 10 games (7-3-0). The club has also recorded points in eight of the last 11 (7-3-1), 10 of the last 14 (8-4-2) and 19 of the last 25 (16-6-3).
Anaheim has a five-game win streak at HOME and has picked up points in seven of the last eight games at Honda Center (6-1-1).
The Ducks have recorded 30-plus shots in five consecutive games, averaging 33.4 per game.
Anaheim has scored 13 goals in their last three HOME games, scoring at least four in every game. The club has scored four-or-more goals in five of their last six HOME games (22 goals).
In the last four games, Chris Kunitz has recorded 2-4=6 points (including two assists tonight).
Ryan Getzlaf has extended his point streak at HOME to eight games (6-5=11). He has earned points in four of the last five contests overall (3-2=5) and 12 of his last 14 (7-10=17). He has also collected points in 21 of the last 24 (13-23=36).
George Parros has recorded points in three of the last four games (1-3=4), including an assist tonight.
With an assist in tonight’s game, Bobby Ryan has 1-3=4 points in the last four games and has a four-game point streak at HOME (1-4=5).
Today’s attendance was 16,577.
|Ryan Getzlaf (13) ASST: Chris Kunitz (13)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Corey Perry (8) ASST: Chris Kunitz (14), Chris Pronger (13)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Marc-Andre Bergeron (3) ASST: Eric Belanger (10), Benoit Pouliot (4)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Eric Belanger (8) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (8), Benoit Pouliot (5)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Brendan Morrison (4) ASST: Todd Marchant (6), Chris Pronger (14)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Bobby Ryan (4) ASST: George Parros (5)|
4 - 2 ANA
|Ryan Carter Roughing against Kim Johnsson|
|Cal Clutterbuck Interference against Chris Kunitz|
|Erik Reitz Fighting (maj) against Travis Moen|
|Travis Moen Fighting (maj) against Erik Reitz|
|Travis Moen Cross checking against Erik Reitz|
|Nick Schultz Hi stick - double minor against Teemu Selanne|
|Antti Miettinen Hooking against Corey Perry|
|Chris Kunitz Slashing against Brent Burns|
|Chris Pronger Hooking against Brent Burns|
|Pierre-Marc Bouchard Hooking against Kent Huskins|
|SA: 34||TOI: 58:10|
|Saves: 30||EV: 15 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 12 - 12|
|SV%: .882||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 28||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 26||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .929||SH: 3 - 3|
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