|PHI||1||3||0||0||1 (1 - 2)||5|
|ANA||1||3||0||0||0 (0 - 3)||4|
ANAHEIM – A record crowd of 17,597 at Honda Center saw one of the more thrilling games of the season Friday night.
What they didn’t see was a Ducks win.
|The Ducks took two different leads in a wild second period, but couldn't hang on.
Despite taking leads two different times in a wild second period (including one by two goals), the Ducks ultimately fell to Philadelphia 5-4 in a shootout. Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan were both unsuccessful in their shootout attempts, and Mike Richards gave Philly the advantage with a wrist shot on Jean-Sebastien Giguere that connected top shelf. Ryan Getzlaf had a chance to extend the tiebreaker, but his attempt went way wide right.
It was the fifth loss in the last six for the Ducks, and their third straight defeat at Honda Center.
"I think this was the most intense game that we’ve played in awhile," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "It was a good hockey game. From our side, we’re taking a positive spin on it because we worked hard."
The standing-room-only crowd beat the previous record the Ducks set in a March 21, 1995 game against the Los Angeles Kings. And while a good amount of tonight’s crowd were rooting on the Flyers, the majority of those at Honda Center left disappointed, despite a tightly fought contest.
Coming off a second period in which the two teams combined for six goals, neither team found the net in the third or overtime, though Philadelphia had plenty of opportunities. The Ducks handed the Flyers four power plays in the third, one of the four-minute variety when Corey Perry took a double minor for high sticking. But each time the Ducks stopped a Philadelphia power play that ranked fourth in the NHL coming into the game.
In that whirlwind second, twice the Flyers bounced back with quick goals after the Ducks took the lead. Anaheim went in front early in the stanza when Rob Niedermayer found the net just 32 seconds into it. Niedermayer led a rush down the right wing, and from the top of the circle sent a wrist shot into the top right corner of the goal. Brother Scott got the second assist on the goal, the 500th assist of his career.
The Ducks made it a two-goal lead on Andrew Ebbett’s first career goal at 6:16, as Ebbett redirected a Chris Pronger point shot on the power play. Ebbett was standing right in front of goalie Martin Biron when he got his stick on the high shot from Pronger and it caromed downward and behind Biron.
"Our unit has been working on getting shots to the net and getting two, three guys to the net for rebounds," said Ebbett, who was called up Dec. 20 when Teemu Selanne went down with an injury. "It just happened to come up about my waist high. I got my stick on it and tipped it in. It was pretty exciting and a good feeling to get that over with. Now, I don’t have to worry about that first one anymore."
But as that goal was being announced and Ebbett still had a smile on his face, the Flyers got one back. Josh Gratton got his first of the season by picking up a loose puck and firing a wrist shot from the circle that sailed under Giguere’s glove.
Philadelphia clawed all the way back with 2:19 left in the period, on a power play following a Samuel Pahlsson holding the stick minor. Mike Knuble followed up a rebound and tried to deposit it into the open net, but he was at a bad angle as he slid the puck behind Giguere and Braydon Coburn punched it in.
|Ebbett got the first of his career in that high-scoring second.
Anaheim got its lead back on a Ryan Getzlaf power play goal with 1:14 left, just a few minutes after Getzlaf had hobbled off the ice when he took a hard hip check from Gratton. But Getzlaf showed he was just fine, as Corey Perry gave him a pretty backhand feed from the right wing boards and Getzlaf hammered it home. The play was made possible by a monster check behind the net by Steve Montador on Andrew Alberts.
Just like they bounced back with a goal 16 seconds after a Ducks score, this time the Flyers did it just 14 seconds later. Just as the cheers from the home fans were dying, Mike Knuble took a Richards feed on the odd-man rush and flipped a shot past Giguere with exactly a minute left in the second. It was the fifth goal in the last three games against the Ducks for Knuble.
The Ducks and Flyers were knotted at a goal apiece after the first period, as Corey Perry tied the game with a wraparound goal with just 35 seconds left. That erased an early Flyers advantage that came courtesy of Ossi Vaananen with 6:07 left in the period. Vaananen fired a slap shot right off the faceoff that dove inside the far post.
It was the first visit to Honda Center for Philadelphia since Nov. 15, 2006, when they trounced the Ducks 7-4 in a season Anaheim would go on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Ducks at least got a standings point out of this one, giving them points in eight of their last 11.
"It’s a good stepping stone," Giguere said. "We need to start building on some positive stuff. The last two, three games we’ve seen a lot of good things. Tonight there were a lot of emotions and the penalty killing did its job. For sure, there are things you’d like to get back, but at the end of the day we gave it our best. But we need more coming up."
Added Carlyle, "For sure, you score four goals you should win the hockey game. But we lost a point. We didn’t lose the hockey game. We’ll just move on. If we can bottle this intensity, this emotion, this energy and continue to play at this level, then we’ll make some great strides."
With a goal and assist tonight, Ryan Getzlaf has earned 2-6=8 points in the last seven games. At HOME, he has earned points in nine of the last 11 games at Honda Center (7-6=13).
Scott Niedermayer has collected points in two of the last three games (1-2=3).
Bobby Ryan has earned points in six of the last seven games (2-7=9).
With his goal tonight, Rob Niedermayer has scored more goals on the season than in each of the last two campaigns (5-11=16 in 2006-07 and 8-8=16 in 2007-08).
With an assist this evening, Brendan Morrison has registered 4-2=6 points in the last five games.
Chris Kunitz has collected points in four of the last five HOME games (3-5=8), including an assist tonight.
|Ossi Vaananen (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Richards (25)|
1 - 0 PHI
|Corey Perry (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (15), Ryan Getzlaf (29)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Rob Niedermayer (9) Snap shot - ASST: Brett Festerling (3), Scott Niedermayer (15)|
2 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Andrew Ebbett (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Chris Pronger (17), Brendan Morrison (6)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Josh Gratton (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Glen Metropolit (9), Scottie Upshall (7)|
3 - 2 ANA
|PPG - Braydon Coburn (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Knuble (11), Mike Richards (26)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (15) Slapshot - ASST: Corey Perry (24), Bobby Ryan (13)|
4 - 3 ANA
|Mike Knuble (14) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Richards (27), Claude Giroux (2)|
4 - 4 Tie
|1 ANA||Corey Perry - Save|
|2 PHI||Claude Giroux - Missed|
|3 ANA||Bobby Ryan - Save|
|4 PHI||Mike Richards - Goal|
|5 ANA||Ryan Getzlaf - Missed|
|1||C. Perry||C. Giroux||0 - 0|
|2||B. Ryan||M. Richards||0 - 1|
|3||R. Getzlaf||0 - 1|
|Matthew Carle Interference against Samuel Pahlsson|
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against Riley Cote|
|Riley Cote Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|Steve Montador Fighting (maj) against Josh Gratton|
|Josh Gratton Fighting (maj) against Steve Montador|
|Chris Pronger Hooking against Mike Knuble|
|Luca Sbisa Boarding against Bret Hedican|
|Samuel Pahlsson Holding the stick against Ossi Vaananen|
|Braydon Coburn Hooking against Corey Perry|
|Kimmo Timonen Delay of game|
|Corey Perry Hi stick - double minor against Claude Giroux|
|Steve Montador Hooking against Scott Hartnell|
|Scott Hartnell Roughing against Chris Pronger|
|Chris Pronger Roughing against Scott Hartnell|
|Bret Hedican Hooking against Josh Gratton|
|SA: 27||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 23||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 5|
|SV%: .852||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 32||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 20 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .875||SH: 1 - 1|
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