By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – No defenseman in the history of the game has more game-winning overtime goals than Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. Tonight against the Calgary Flames, he did it yet again.
|Niedermayer's overtime goal off Marchant's feed gave the Ducks a 3-2 victory over visiting Calgary. It was the 11th overtime game-winner of his career, a record for NHL defensemen.
With both teams skating on a 3-on-3 after coincidental roughing minors at the end of regulation, Niedermayer sent a backhander through just 55 seconds into the extra session to give the Ducks a much-needed 3-2 victory at Honda Center.
It was the 11th regular season overtime goal of Niedermayer's illustrious career, already an NHL record. Niedermayer started the play by gliding into the Calgary zone before shuttling the puck to Todd Marchant on the right wing. Marchant immediately gave it back to Niedermayer, who sent it to his own backhand and took a shot that glanced off defenseman Dion Phaneuf's stick and darted past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
"It doesn’t happen too often," Niedermayer said of the 3-on-3 situation. "There was a lot of room to skate and I tried to take advantage of that. I was a little lucky on the goal. You put it on net and you never know. I was just trying to get it on net and it got deflected in by the defenseman’s stick."
It was the second straight win over the Northwest Division-leading Flames for Anaheim, which edged Calgary 2-1 at Pengrowth Saddledome last Saturday afternoon. It was also the ninth straight win for the Ducks at home against the Flames, dating back to the 2003-04 season. That’s Anaheim’s longest active home winning streak against any team in the NHL.
"They are all big for us where we are right now," Niedermayer said. "We need every point we can get. Kiprusoff played well. There is no doubt about it. I think it was good on our part that we kept doing the things you need to do."
The Ducks set up the overtime with a big goal from Brendan Morrison 2:05 into the third that tied the game 2-2, Morrison’s first in the last 19 games. Ryan Getzlaf fought with Matthew Lombardi along the wall before slipping the puck to Morrison, who whipped it through from between the circles.
The Ducks had plenty of opportunities to go in front, as Calgary penalties set up three Anaheim power plays, but they were unable to get anything past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. The 2-2 tie remained for the rest of regulation, and Niedermayer ended it soon after stepping onto the ice for the second shift of the OT. He was immediately mobbed by his Ducks teammates against the glass behind the Calgary net, a celebration that remained even after Niedermayer skated off toward the Anaheim bench.
|Kiprusoff made it tough on the Ducks, but they handed him his seventh loss in eight career appearances at Honda Center.
Kiprusoff was solid for most of the night, saving 37 of 40 Anaheim shots, but took yet another loss in what continues to be a puzzlingly rough go in Anaheim. The former All-Star fell to 1-6-1 lifetime at Honda Center, his lone win coming as a member of the San Jose Sharks in 2000-01.
The Ducks gave up the first goal of the game for the ninth time in the last 10 games (the one exception coming last Saturday at Calgary), as former Duck Todd Bertuzzi converted 2:55 into the game. Bertuzzi gathered up a Rob Niedermayer blocked shot and threw it on net from just inside the blueline, as it flew through a Jarome Iginla screen and hit net.
The Ducks didn’t erase the deficit until midway through the second period, as Niedermayer put one through with the Ducks on the power play. Corey Perry tried to force the puck under Kiprusoff, who went to his stomach to keep the puck out. But it squirted to Niedermayer, who chipped it over Kiprusoff.
Calgary regained the lead less than four minutes later when another former Duck, Curtis Glencross, one-timed a Rene Bourque feed over the glove of Jean-Sebastien Giguere. That was the last time the Flames would get anything past Giguere, who made several big stops, but only looked at 23 shots all night.
"It’s nice to get two big wins against a good team," Giguere said. "Hopefully, we can use this as a springboard for us. We’re doing a lot of good things out there. If we keep playing that same way, we’re going to win more than we lose."
The Ducks, playing their first game since that win in Calgary last Saturday, don’t play again until a Sunday date with Atlanta at Honda Center.
"It was an intense hockey game right from the opening faceoff," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We had to battle back in a lot of situations all night. You have to credit our players with the grit and determination. They stuck with the gameplan and found a way to get a win."
Teemu Selanne was honored before the game for breaking Steve Rucchin's franchise record for games played last Jan. 31 in Colorado.
The Ducks have won two straight and four of the last six games (4-2-0).
Anaheim has recorded at least one power play goal in 15 of the last 19 contests (19-for-71, 26.8%).
The Ducks have out shot their opponent in eight of the last 11 games (400-to-296).
Scott Niedermayer scored the 11th OT goal of his career (last: Mar. 23, 2007 vs. DAL). He continues to hold the all-time NHL record for OT goals by a defenseman. It was the 12th two-goal game of his career (ties career-high, last: Jan. 19, 2007 @ CGY). He has earned 3-11=14 points in the last 14 games.
Corey Perry extended his point streak to four games (3-1=4) and has earned 11-6=17 points in his last 15.
Steve Montador has collected five assists (0-5=5) in the last five games. It was his second multi-assist game of the season.
Ryan Getzlaf has earned 1-6=7 points in the last eight games.
J.S. Giguere earned his 14th win of the season, stopping 21-of-23 shots on net.
Tonight’s attendance is 17,270, a sellout.
0:55 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - Niedermayer glides into the Calgary zone and slides it to Marchant on the right wing. He gives it right back to Niedermayer in the slot, and the Ducks captain sends it to his backhand, where he throw it past Kiprusoff. The Ducks pour off the bench to mob Niedermayer behind the net. And the large gathering remains behind the glass, even as Niedermayer skates out of it toward the Ducks bench. He gets two on the net and the game-winner as the Ducks prevail in OT, 3-2.
0:00 - We drop the puck in OT, with each team skating with 3.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - A Morrison goal at 2:05 ties it and neither team scores the rest of the way. We're going to OT, where it will be 3 on 3 to begin.
20:00 - ANA Penalty - Chris Kunitz and CGY Penalty - Cory Sarich, 2 min. each roughing. Niedermayer puts a shot on net that Kiprusoff saves just as time expires. The Flames object to the gaggle of Ducks around their goalie and tempers flair. Regehr pushes Perry, who really isn't doing much around Kiprusoff, and Kunitz jumps in. He and Sarich take the minors.
19:35 - Getzlaf steps in front of Bourque to deny him from punching a rebound in. Seriously, he does everything.
19:05 - Huge kill for Anaheim.
18:05 - Rob Niedermayer makes a nifty little pass to a streaking Chris Kunitz shorthanded, but Kunitz can't do a lot with it.
17:05 - ANA Penalty - Bret Hedican, 2 min. inteference. Hedican steps in front of Bertuzzi as Bert chases his own puck ot the corner. Not good.
16:02 - Just as the penalty is dying, Montador works his way in deep and gets a shot high past Kipper's glove, but off the bar.
15:54 - CGY Penalty - Mark Giordano, 2 min. hooking. For seemingly the millionth time in the last few games, Kunitz gets behind the defense on a breakaway, but his shot on the is stopped. But Giordano hooks him from behind.
11:40 - Montador rips a heavy shot that Kiprusoff just does kick away. Morrison tries to follow with the backhand to no avail.
9:42 - CGY Penalty - Michael Cammelleri, 2 min. hooking. Not long after Bert's penalty runs out, the Flames take another one.
8:05 - For the second time in the last half-minute, Getzlaf steps in front to keep the puck in the zone as the Flames try to throw it out. Is there anything he doesn't do?
7:13 - Power play starts for Anaheim.
6:49 - CGY Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. interference. Bert throws Steve Montador into the glass behind the Anaheim goal. Looked like boarding, but it's officially interference. Somehow he's arguing the call.
6:24 - Giguere makes about three huge saves on open Calgary shots.
6:00 - Scott Niedermayer intercepts the puck and heads out on a breakaway, but just as he's about to make a move, Iginla dives from behind and knocks the puck away. Huge play by the Calgary captain.
5:13 - ANA Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. This one's easy to call, as the Ducks have six guys defending in the Calgary zone. Big-time brain lapse for the home team.
2:05 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BRENDAN MORRISON - A half-minute after the Ducks kill the penalty, Getzlaf fights for the puck along the wall with Matthew Lombardi. He slides it to Morrison, who controls it, then slings it past Kiprusoff on the stick side. First goal in 19 games for Morrison and it's a huge one. We're tied 2-2.
0:00 - Off and running in the third, the Ducks facing 1:31 of penalty kill time after that Pronger roughing call.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks tie it on a Scott Niedermayer goal, but fall behind again as Glencross connects later in the period. The Ducks have doubled Calgary's shots on goal, 26-13, but still trail it by a goal.
19:30 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. roughing. Phaneuf clotheslines Andrew Ebbett with an elbow to the head as Ebbett crosses into the Calgary zone. And remarkably, there is no call. Bobby Ryan
takes exception, going after Phaneuf, and Chris Pronger joins in. Only Pronger gets a roughing call. That makes a lot of sense. Great refereeing.
19:01 - Kunitz picks up the loose puck in front of the net with Kiprusoff down, but his shot hits the goalie's skate and flips over the net. Tough break for Anaheim.
17:50 - Robbie Niedermayer plays with the puck in the corner rather than giving it to big brother, whose calling for it at the point. Maybe they had a fight on the ride over.
17:26 - Ebbett tries two one-timers off Bobby Ryan
feeds within a span of five seconds. One hits the post, and one is gathered by Kipper.
Kent French interviews Eugene "Wildkat" Edgerson of the Globetrotters on FSN during the timeout. Two guys who don't exactly look like they hang out together.
14:17 - CALGARY GOAL - CURTIS GLENCROSS - With pressure from Montador on the left wing, Rene Bourque slips the puck to Glencross, who one-times it from the slot over Giguere's glove. Two goals by former Ducks for the Flames and it's 2-1 Calgary.
13:32 - Iginla receives the puck behind Giguere with a wide open net and somehow misses everything. Even after watching the replay, I'm still not sure how that happened.
11:58 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf
, 2 min. holding. First minor for the Ducks tonight.
10:30 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - Corey Perry tries to jam the puck in from point blank and Kiprusoff flops on his stomach to deny him. But Niedermayer is right there to gather the rebound and chip it over him for the Ducks' first goal. It's 1-1.
It's Valentine's Kiss Cam time, and one of the shots is a couple, both wearing George Parros mustaches, locking lips. Disturbing for some reason.
10:03 - CGY Penalty - Dion Phaneuf, 2 min. hooking. That's Phaneuf of that. During the delayed whistle, the Ducks nearly get one through on a deflection off a Festerling shot.
There is a large blue splotch on the ice in front of the Calgary bench. Did someone throw up blue Gatorade? Like Juno into the urn in the movie "Juno"?
7:38 - Perry gets the puck one-on-one with a Flame defenseman, spins and shoots a backhand, saved.
7:30 - Giguere makes a nice stop on a Lombardi shot on the rush.
3:45 - Marchant waits for Moen to fill the middle lane on a 2-on-1, then takes the shot himself -- kicked away.
3:18 - Mike Brown finally gets the fight he's been waiting for, dropping the gloves with Eric Nystrom. Brown gets in a few good shots and holds Nystrom back by the jersey before taking him down the ice and getting in a quick soft shot while Nystrom's down. Give that one to Brown, and welcome to Anaheim, big guy.
2:55 - Cory Sarich takes a shot from above the right wing circle that hits an Anaheim stick and slides past Giguere, but thankfully just wide.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks put 12 shots on net, but nothing gets past Kiprusoff. Meanwhile, one of the four Calgary shots gets through as Bertuzzi puts the Flames on the board. It's 1-0 Calgary.
19:50 - Bobby Ryan
tries to spin his way up the left wing and ends up losing the puck as his stick breaks. He throws the broken stick away, sort of into the Calgary bench, as coach Mike Keenan gripes about it to the referee.
It's trivia time with special guest Eugene "Wildkat" Edgerson of the Harlem Globetrotters. And the kid contestant is asked which of these teams is a likely Globetrotters opponent: Washington Huskies, Washington Generals of Washington Wizards. He guesses Generals and he's ... right! The question is, could Edgerson have gotten that one right? I say it's 50-50.
14:02 - Brown tries to flip the puck into the Calgary zone and instead throws it off Robyn Regehr's face. Brown's been looking for a fight. That's one other way to take a guy out.
11:20 - Getzlaf is back out there.
11:10 - Pronger rips a few slap shots, but nothing gets through.
10:05 - CGY Penalty - David Moss, 2 min. goaltender interference. Moss runs into Giguere as he's trying to screen for the Phaneuf shot.
10:03 - Getzlaf goes down like he's shot as he takes a Dion Phaneuf slap shot off the leg and goes down hard. He limps off the ice and heads to the room. We'll keep an eye on him.
8:15 - Kipper kicks away a Selanne one-timer off an Ebbett feed. Could be a tough night for the Ducks.
8:00 - Getzlaf makes a great feed to a pinching Pronger, whose one-timer from the slot is kicked away by Kiprusoff.
6:33 - There's something you don't see everyday, a slap shot from Rob Niedermayer, who tags a bouncing puck in the slot that Kiprusoff snares.
5:23 - George Parros
and Andre Roy drop the gloves and Parros pretty much owns the fight, landing a few shots before taking Roy down to the ice quickly. But Roy pops back up to take a little more punishment before Parros wrestles him down again.
Lots of Calgary fans here tonight, one of the negatives of living in a desirable tourist destination.
2:55 - CALGARY GOAL - TODD BERTUZZI - The former Duck puts the Flames on top after gathering a loose puck that came off a Rob Niedermayer blocked shot. He fires it on net from just inside the blueline, and it flies past a Jarome Iginla screen through Giguere. It's the 14th goal of the season for Bertuzzi, matching the number he had all last season for the Ducks. It's also the ninth time in the last 10 games the Ducks have given up the first goal. The only time they scored first? Last Saturday at Calgary. This time it's 1-0 Flames.
Three tennis balls here tonight, as tennis ball son appears to be in attendance. They're sitting one section over from where they normally sit.
2:00 - Cammelleri has a look at an open net as a rebound bounces off Giguere, but he taps it wide.
1:35 - Selanne quickly gets his stick on a bouncing puck, but his shot from the slot is stopped.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center in a rematch of last Saturday's win over the Flames in Calgary.
7:10 p.m. - Teemu Selanne is honored before the puck drop for breaking the franchise record for games played. Steve Rucchin, whose record Selanne broke, is first introduced after showing an emotional clip on the video board of his winning goal against Detroit during the '03 playoffs. Rucchin, wearing an old Mighty Ducks jersey, waves to the crowd during a very nice ovation. Then Selanne skates out to give Rucchin a hug, and Rucchin presents him with a photo collage showing Selanne in all of the uniforms he's worn in his career. As the camera zooms in on the shot of Selanne holding up the Cup, the crowd gets a little louder. Nice ceremony.
7:07 p.m. - Adorable Christina Reyes does a phenomenal job on both anthems (first time singing the Canadian one here, I believe). Very nice work.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; CGY Miikka Kiprusoff
Starting Skaters - ANA Bret Hedican, Scott Niedermayer, Todd Marchant
, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; CGY Robyn Regehr, Adrian Aucoin, Todd Bertuzzi, Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow
Scratches - ANA Ryan Carter
; CGY Jim Vandermeer, Brandon Prust