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ANAHEIM – A power play that was snoozing for the past five games finally sprang to life for the Ducks.
Anaheim scored three man advantage goals, the final one coming from Teemu Selanne in overtime, to seal a critical 4-3 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators at Honda Center.
"It was a huge for our power play," Selanne said. "Our power play hasn’t been very good and we know that we can win the games with a good power play. Tonight was a good example."
The Ducks started that overtime on a 4-on-3 after a Vernon Fiddler tripping penalty carried over from the end of regulation. And they took quick advantage after the extra session started, as Chris Pronger slapped a pass from the point toward Selanne, who redirected it through for the game-winner just 34 seconds into OT.
|Three Ducks power play goals helped them win it in OT, 4-3.
“I just tried to keep my stick on the ice and hoped it would hit my stick,” said Selanne, who got his 15th power play goal of the year and 1,200th career point on the play. He also broke out of a tie with Wayne Gretzky to move to a tie for 12th on the all-time power play goals list (205 with Joe Sakic). “When they scored the tying goal I said, You know it would be pretty nice to get the game-winner and get the 1,200th point at the same time. For sure, I wanted to do it at home if I could choose. It was a pretty happy ending.”
It also made up for a heartwrenching late loss of the lead for the Ducks on a Nashville goal by Joel Ward with 2:45 left in regulation. The Ducks had looked to be in command when they took a 3-2 advantage with 8:22 left in the third on a power play goal by Bobby Ryan. Scott Niedermayer’s chip of a loose puck glanced off goalie Pekka Rinne and Ryan picked it up, slid to the front of the net and shot it through a crowd for the goal. It gave Ryan his 45th point this season, tying a club rookie record.
That lead appeared safe until Shea Weber sent the puck on net from the wing and Ward reached up high to redirect it past Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his second goal of the game.
But the Ducks bounced back to take it in OT, thanks in great part to Selanne. "Teemu, obviously being our heart and soul and a veteran for us, goes and gets it done," Ryan said. "We got the two points and we needed it."
Although they allowed fellow challenger Nashville a standings point with that late goal, Anaheim continued to hang onto its chances of earning a postseason berth. The Ducks also increased their record at home against the Predators to 16-1-3 since Nashville entered the league in 1998.
The Ducks jumped in front 4:19 after the opening draw on a gorgeous play between Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Getzlaf made a slick move in the slot to elude Weber before feeding the puck to Perry near the crease. Perry one-upped Getzlaf with a move of his own, faking toward the top of the painted area before reversing his field and sending the puck past a fooled Rinne.
Nashville got back into it after the first of two straight power play goals, as a J.P. Dumont shot from above the right wing circle nicked off the jersey of Ward and flew past Giguere.
|Ebbett's power play goal in the second tied the game, and broke an 0-for-23 slump for Anaheim.
The Preds went up 2-1 a third of the way through the middle session on the 5-on-3, with Dumont this time getting the goal. Seconds after the faceoff following Ryan Whitney and Todd Marchant penalties, Dumont tried to feed the puck in front of the net, but a sliding Chris Pronger blocked the pass. It came right back to Dumont with Giguere nudged out of position, and Dumont tossed it into the open net.
Anaheim got back into it with a power play strike of it own, from Andrew Ebbett at 11:13 of the second. James Wisniewski fired a shot from the point that kicked in front of the net, where Ebbett picked it up and send it netward. It was the first power play goal in the last 22 opportunities for the Ducks, who added those two others to make their man advantage woes a distant memory.The Ducks have to turn around and do it again in Phoenix, where they play the Coyotes tomorrow night. "We got two points," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "Yeah, we’re not happy that we gave up one when we had a one-goal lead late in the hockey game in your building. We’ll take the two points and now we move on. We have to prepare ourselves for tomorrow night at
With his OT goal, Teemu Selanne scored his 1,200th career NHL point (574-626=1200). He became the 45th player in NHL history to reach the milestone and only the sixth player born outside North America to reach the mark. He has also tied Dino Ciccarelli for 44th place on the all-time points list with tonight’s goal. Selanne now has sole possession of 18th place on the NHL’s all-time goals list, passing Mike Bossy at 573. It was also the ninth OT goal of his career with the last taking place on Feb. 15, 2007 at Phoenix (5-4).
With 1-1=2 points tonight, Bobby Ryan tied the franchise rookie record for points in a season (24-21=45). He now shares the record with Dustin Penner, who collected 29-16=45 points in 2006-07.
With two assists tonight, Chris Pronger reached the 600 NHL point milestone (141-459=600).
Over the last five games, the Ducks have outshot their opponent 182-to-130. In addition, the club has out shot its opponent 288-to-222 over the last eight home games.
With tonight’s OT win, the Ducks improved their home record vs. Nashville to 16-1-3. The club has won seven of the last eight contests vs. the Predators at Honda Center (7-0-1).
Scott Niedermayer has collected points in three of the last four games (1-3=4), including two assists tonight.
Corey Perry has collected points in five of the last seven contests (2-3=5).
Erik Christensen has earned 1-2=3 points in the last three games.
J.S. Giguere earned his 18th win of the season, stopping 21-of-24 shots on net.
Tonight’s attendance was 16,181.
|Corey Perry (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (52), Bobby Ryan (21)|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Joel Ward (13) Deflected shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (42), Ryan Suter (34)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - J-P Dumont (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Suter (35), Shea Weber (25)|
2 - 1 NSH
|PPG - Andrew Ebbett (5) Wrist shot - ASST: James Wisniewski (12), Erik Christensen (17)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Bobby Ryan (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Niedermayer (35), Chris Pronger (31)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Joel Ward (14) Deflected shot - ASST: Shea Weber (26), Ryan Suter (36)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (22) Deflected shot - ASST: Chris Pronger (32), Ryan Getzlaf (53)|
4 - 3 ANA
|Greg De Vries Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Mike Brown Fighting (maj) against Scott Nichol|
|Scott Nichol Fighting (maj) against Mike Brown|
|Todd Marchant Tripping against Steve Sullivan|
|Ryan Whitney Tripping against Steve Sullivan|
|Todd Marchant Boarding against Martin Erat|
|Scott Nichol Tripping against Chris Pronger|
|Shea Weber Cross checking against Ryan Carter|
|Joel Ward Tripping against Bobby Ryan|
|Vernon Fiddler Tripping against Chris Pronger|
|SA: 31||TOI: 60:34|
|Saves: 27||EV: 22 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 8|
|SV%: .871||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 24||TOI: 60:33|
|Saves: 21||EV: 20 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 3|
|SV%: .875||SH: 0 - 0|
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