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ANAHEIM – As valuable as Samuel Pahlsson has been over the years for the Anaheim Ducks, most of his work doesn’t show up on the evening’s highlights.
But tonight Pahlsson scored a vital power play goal in the third period, in addition to his normal work on the defensive end, to help lead the Ducks to a 3-1 decision over the visiting Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. It was the fifth straight win at home for the Ducks over their Freeway Faceoff rivals, as Pahlsson helped hold Los Angeles to just 18 shots all night.
"I’m usually not out there a lot on the power play, but I got a couple of chances there and it is fun," Pahlsson said. "It’s going to be tough to stay when we get some guys back here. I’m going to try to help out when I get my chance out there."
|Pahlsson had a huge power play goal in the third and did his normal work on the defensive end to lead the Ducks.
Pahlsson broke a 1-1 tie halfway through the third period with a tip-in goal on the power play off a feed from Scott Niedermayer. The Ducks were on a 5-on-3 resulting from a Drew Doughty delay of game call, as he tried to clear the puck from his own blue line on the penalty kill and send it sailing over the glass. The Kings managed to hold off the Ducks during the two-man advantage, but Anaheim capitalized on the 5-on-4. Niedermayer threw the puck on net from the right wing circle and Pahlsson tipped it just inside the far post from the top of the crease.
"I tried to get it on the far post and it hit my stick," Pahlsson said. "It was in the air and it went in. That is all that matters."
Pahlsson joined the first power play unit when Corey Perry was suspended for four games and has been on the ice for all four man-advantage goals the Ducks have had in the last two contests. As a team, the Ducks have had two power play goals in each of the last three games and four of the last five.
"It’s nice to see a guy get an opportunity," said Scott Niedermayer. "He does a lot of the tough work that isn’t all the glory. Now he’s out there on the power play. It’s nice to see get him rewarded with a goal. He’s a gifted player, has a great wrist shot and is a big, strong guy."
The Kings had an opportunity to tie the game late in the third period when Brett Festerling took a holding call with 4:33 left. But with Pahlsson’s help, the Ducks held the Kings at bay throughout the penalty, to hang on to the one-goal lead.
Anaheim slammed the door in the final minute when, with goalie Erik Ersberg on the bench for an extra attacker, Rob Niedermayer picked up the puck in his own zone and sent it the length of the ice into the empty net. It was the 10th of the year for Niedermayer and iced the second straight win for the Ducks.
The Ducks didn’t manage a shot on goal until a relatively benign Scott Niedermayer attempt 13:13 into the first period. And in a relatively uneventful period, Bobby Ryan finally made things exciting with a power play goal at 17:32, following a Drew Doughty cross checking minor. Ryan waited in the slot for a Ryan Getzlaf feed and went to one knee to sling a one-timer past Ersberg on the stick side. It was the 22nd point in 23 games for Ryan, who leads NHL rookies in points per game.
The Ducks hurt themselves near the end of that period, as Rob Niedermayer took a hooking penalty with 31 seconds left and Samuel Pahlsson joined him in the box for tripping with six seconds left. That gave the Kings a 5-on-3 on fresh ice to start the second and they cashed in, as Kyle Quincey converted with a point shot that sailed through a Michal Handzus screen and eluded Hiller.
|Ryan (middle) put the Ducks on top late in the first with a power play strike.
That was the first goal for the Kings against Anaheim in 143 minutes, six seconds, dating back to 18:48 of the third period on Oct. 14 at Los Angeles. It was also the only blemish on Hiller’s night, as he improved to 4-0-0 with a 0.65 goals-against average in five career appearances versus the Kings.
It was the second straight start over newly crowned All-Star starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere for Hiller, who blanked the Coyotes at Honda Center two nights prior.
"With Jonas, any time a goalie pitches you a shutout, why fix it if it isn’t broken? " said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "Tonight, he didn’t have that much work, but he was called to make some big stops at critical times."
Los Angeles, which leads the league by giving up a little more than 26 shots per game, allowed exactly that number tonight.
It was the first start for Ersberg since suffering a groin injury Dec. 15, and he has yet to beat the Ducks (0-2-2) despite posting some impressive numbers against them.
The 18 shots allowed was the fewest for the Ducks since they gave up 17 to St. Louis in February of last year.
"We just try to go out there and play defensively as well as we can," Scott Niedermayer said. "Every team you play has some highly skilled forwards that you have to respect. But it comes down to us doing out job. That is really what we can control. We’ve being doing it lately, playing smart, simple and hard in the tough areas."
The Ducks and Kings battle again in two nights up the road at Staples Center.
The Ducks have garnered standings points in five of their last six games (3-1-2). The club has earned points in 10 of their last 13 contests (8-3-2) at Honda Center.
The Ducks have scored two power play goals in each of the last three games (six-for-13, 46.2%) and in four of the last five, going eight-for-22 (36.4%) over the five-game stretch. The club has gone 11-for-30 on the power play (36.7%) dating back to Dec. 22 at Vancouver (eight games).
The Ducks are 9-2-1 in the last 12 contests at home against the Kings. It is the longest home winning streak vs. Los Angeles in club history. Overall, Anaheim has gone 19-7-3 vs. Los Angeles dating back to Feb. 29, 2004 (6-3 win at Honda Center).
Ryan Getzlaf has earned points in eight of the last nine contests 2-8=10 points, which includes a current three-game point streak (1-3=4). At HOME, he has earned points in 11 of the last 13 games (7-8=15).
Bobby Ryan has extended his point streak to three games (2-2=4) and has earned points in eight of the last nine games (4-8=12).
With two assists tonight, Chris Pronger has points in three consecutive games (1-3=4) and in five of the last six (1-5=6).
Scott Niedermayer has a three-game assist streak (0-4=4) and points in four of
Tonight’s attendance is 17,174.
|PPG - Bobby Ryan (8) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (31), Chris Pronger (18)|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Kyle Quincey (3) ASST: Anze Kopitar (20), Jarret Stoll (12)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Samuel Pahlsson (4) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (18), Chris Pronger (19)|
2 - 1 ANA
|EN - Rob Niedermayer (10) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (19)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Drew Doughty Cross checking against Travis Moen|
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking against Teddy Purcell|
|Samuel Pahlsson Tripping against Peter Harrold|
|Kyle Quincey Hooking against Drew Miller|
|Alex Frolov Tripping against Chris Kunitz|
|George Parros Interference against Raitis Ivanans|
|Dustin Brown Elbowing against Brett Festerling|
|Drew Doughty Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Brett Festerling Holding against Dustin Brown|
|SA: 25||TOI: 58:51|
|Saves: 23||EV: 18 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .920||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 18||TOI: 59:16|
|Saves: 17||EV: 14 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .944||SH: 0 - 0|
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