|EDM||2||2||1||(0 - 0)||5|
|ANA||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
ANAHEIM – It was all about goaltending for the Ducks and Oilers tonight at Honda Center.
On one end of the ice, Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson was very good, and on the other side, Anaheim starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere was not, as the Ducks fell 5-3 to snap their winning streak at five games. And Anaheim’s brief hold on the seventh spot in the Western Conference was overtaken by the Oilers, who pulled one standings point in front of the Ducks with the victory.
|The Ducks threw a team-record 54 shots at Dwayne Roloson (including 24 in the third period), but he was outstanding all night.|
Roloson was a monster in net for the Oilers, saving 51 of a team-record 54 Anaheim shots on goal, including all but one of the 24 Ducks shots in the final period. Giguere, meanwhile, was pulled on two separate occasions – first after giving up two goals in a 37-second span early in the first, and again after giving up two in a nine-second window early in the second.
Nevertheless, the Ducks had the opportunity to tie the game for a good portion of the third period, after Corey Perry pulled the Ducks to within a goal 3:25 into it. Perry skated with the puck out of the corner and held until he got to the other side of the net and whipped a wrist shot through a Bobby Ryan screen past a blinded Roloson.
But while the Ducks threatened on countless occasions after that goal, they could get nothing through Roloson, who was making his 31st consecutive start. The most glaring missed opportunity for Anaheim came on a four-minute power play midway through the third, after Ales Kotalik earned a double-minor for cutting Bobby Ryan with a high stick. But while the Ducks fired eight shots on Roloson during that sequence, he shooed away all of them.
"We had a number of good chances there on the power play throughout the course of the third period," said Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger. "We were moving it around, moving our feet, getting seams and getting pucks to the net. At the end of the day, a lot those chances are going to squirt on to somebody’s stick and you’re going to put it in the net. Tonight wasn’t the night."
Kotalik put the capper on the game when he threw the puck into an open net with 11.6 left on the clock after Giguere's replacement, Jonas Hiller, had headed to the bench for an extra attacker.
"We gave up four goals and we didn’t really give up a lot the rest of the way, but that is enough to win," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "You can’t be happy when you give up four goals and lose an important game like this. Our effort was there. Obviously, we could have executed better. The situation is we played our hearts out. There was no shortage of work ethic. These are ones where you have to pump people up because get down when you work and you don’t get the result. Tonight was one of those nights."
The Ducks fell behind 4-2 in a wild second period that was marked by plenty of scrapping and plenty of early scoring. On a power play that carried over from the end of the first period, Ryan Getzlaf tied the game 2-2 with a goal 15 seconds into it. After Chris Pronger drilled a one-timer from the point off the post, Getzlaf was there to poke it into the net as it sat on the goal line, his second of the game.
But Edmonton wasted little time reclaiming the lead at 2:40 on the second goal of the game for Dustin Penner. The big winger took a pass out of the corner from Sam Gagner, found himself alone in front of Giguere and sent it under him. Penner, who left the Ducks as a free agent two offseasons ago, had been having a rough year in Edmonton with just 15 goals in 71 games entering this one. It was his first two-goal game since opening night, Oct. 12 vs. Colorado.
He got some quick company on the scoresheet from teammate Kyle Brodziak, who found the net just nine seconds after the faceoff. Brendan Mikkelson turned the puck over behind the Anaheim net while anticipating a hit from Jean-Francois Jacques. The puck ended up on Brodziak’s stick in the slot, and he slapped it past Giguere with Zack Stortini draped over him.
That prompted Giguere to be pulled from the game for the second time on the night. He was yanked briefly after a Fernando Pisani goal 1:48 into the game, the second for the Oilers in a span of 37 seconds. But Hiller was sent back to the bench for Giguere just two seconds later, following a fight on the faceoff by George Parros and Jacques.
"I’m sure we’d like to have a better start," Giguere said. "After the first two minutes, I thought we controlled the game. Roloson really kept them in. If we play like this, we’ll win more games than we’ll lose. That is just the bottom line."
|Getzlaf had two goals and an assist on the night, but it wasn't enough for Anaheim.
Giguere was in net when the Ducks cut the Edmonton lead in half with 14:06 left in the first period, on a nifty sequence involving all three Anaheim top-liners. Ryan grabbed the puck behind the net and sent a blind pass behind his back to a charging Perry, who quickly shuttled it to Getzlaf for the one-timer.
Getzlaf’s second goal came on the power play, but Anaheim couldn’t score on their other eight man advantage opportunities after coming into the game converting nine of their last 18.
Penalties were aplenty in a physical and often chippy affair that saw pushing and shoving after nearly every Roloson freeze of the puck. In all, 24 penalties totaling 62 minutes were handed out on the night.
The Ducks will have a chance to get back on track when they take on Colorado on Sunday at Honda Center, the same Avs team Anaheim demolished 7-2 two nights ago.
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The Ducks set a club record for shots in a regular season game with 54. The previous record was 52, set Jan. 10 1997 vs. BUF. Tonight’s 54 shots were also a club record for most shots in a losing effort. The previous record was 50, Oct. 11, 2006 vs. NYI (4-5 SO). The Ducks were two shots shy of franchise mark for shots in one period of a regular season game. The previous record of 26 shots was set in the third period, Jan. 1, 1994 @ FLA.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his seventh three-or-more point game of the season (2-1=3). His two goals ties a career high (25). He remains two points shy of tying a career high in points (82).
Corey Perry picked up his 100th NHL assist and team leading 27th goal of the season. He has three goals and four points in his last two games (3-1=4).
Over the last 10 games, Chris Pronger has earned 0-10=10 points.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,257, a sellout including standing room only.
|Dustin Penner (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (32), Patrick O'Sullivan (26)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Fernando Pisani (5) Slapshot - ASST: Andrew Cogliano (19)|
2 - 0 EDM
|Ryan Getzlaf (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry (36), Bobby Ryan (23)|
2 - 1 EDM
|PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (25) Tip-in - ASST: Chris Pronger (36), Bobby Ryan (24)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Dustin Penner (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (22), Ales Hemsky (39)|
3 - 2 EDM
|Kyle Brodziak (11) Slapshot - ASST: NONE|
4 - 2 EDM
|Corey Perry (27) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (55), Sheldon Brookbank (3)|
4 - 3 EDM
|EN - Ales Kotalik (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (40), Sheldon Souray (27)|
5 - 3 EDM
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against Jean-Francois Jacques|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|Ethan Moreau Hi-sticking against Bobby Ryan|
|Todd Marchant Roughing against Ladislav Smid|
|Ladislav Smid Roughing against Todd Marchant|
|Zack Stortini Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against Zack Stortini|
|Shawn Horcoff Interference against Teemu Selanne|
|Steve Staios Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Sheldon Souray Cross checking against Corey Perry|
|Corey Perry Slashing against Sheldon Souray|
|Petteri Nokelainen Tripping against Ales Kotalik|
|Mike Brown Unsportsmanlike conduct against Jean-Francois Jacques|
|Ales Hemsky Too many men/ice - bench|
|Patrick O'Sullivan Tripping against Ryan Whitney|
|Dwayne Roloson Goalie leave crease|
|Teemu Selanne Roughing against Ethan Moreau|
|Steve Staios Roughing against Bobby Ryan|
|Bobby Ryan Roughing against Steve Staios|
|Ales Kotalik Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Ryan Getzlaf Cross checking against Dustin Penner|
|James Wisniewski Tripping against Ales Kotalik|
|Ales Kotalik Cross checking against Scott Niedermayer|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Hi stick - double minor against Bobby Ryan|
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