By Adam Brady (email@example.com)
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.
"We have to start preparing and focus on Colorado on Sunday," Pronger said. "It’s tough loss. You’re going to feel it here for a little while. When you leave the rink tonight, you have to put it out of your mind and make sure we’re ready to come to the rink tomorrow to work."
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.
Anaheim has scored seven power play goals in the last four games (seven-for-21, 33.3%)
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.
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks throw 54 shots at Roloson, but only beat him three times as Anaheim falls 5-3 and their five-game winning streak is snapped.
19:48 - EDMONTON GOAL - ALES KOTALIK - After Ryan Getzlaf dives to keep the puck in the zone and gets seemingly hooked while he's on the ground, Kotalik heads up the right wing with it and shoots it into the empty net from just behind the blue line. That makes it 5-3 and seals it for Edmonton.
19:00 - Hiller heads to the bench for an extra attacker.
18:32 - Timeout Ducks with 1:28 left.
18:32 - Selanne-Ebbett-Miller fight hard, but can't get anything on net.
15:47 - Last timeout of the game with 4:13 left, the Ducks needing a goal. Shots on goal: 53 to 19 Anaheim. Just unreal.
14:01 - Niedermayer is wrestled to the ice by Grebeshkov, no call.
13:35 - Huge kill for Edmonton. Heartbreaker for Anaheim, as they get off eight shots in the four minutes, all saved.
11:37 - The 50th is taken by Selanne, who fakes and fires, only to see it hit Roloson and go into the protective netting. It's the 20th shot of the period.
11:00 - Ducks put three more on net. Roloson stops them all. The 50th shot has got to get through.
9:35 - EDM Penalty - Jean-Francois Jacques, 4 min. high sticking. Jacques takes down Bobby Ryan
with a stick to the face and he's cut. The Ducks nearly get another one on the delay, as Roloson stops a Selanne one-timer. Huuuuge opportunity coming for Anaheim.
8:15 - 42 shots for Anaheim and 18 for Edmonton.
6:41 - Pronger steps up to a slow-moving puck and fires a one-timer from the ladies tees that Rolson snatches out of the air. He's carrying them on his back right now.
5:31 - EDM Penalty - Ales Kotalik, 2 min. cross checking. The Ducks nearly get one on the delayed penalty, but the Oilers dodge a bullet as a Rob Niedermayer backhand gets under Roloson and hits the post, then Rolson makes a huge stop as brother Scott tries to punch in the rebound.
3:25 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - Perry pulls the puck out of the corner and skates to the front of the net, where Sheldon Souray and Steve Staios both fail to get near him. He keeps the puck on him while skating clear to the other side of the net, not letting go of a shot until Bobby Ryan provides the perfect screen. He wrists it past Roloson, who may not have ever seen it. Big early goal for Anaheim and they're within one, 4-3.
2:30 - Shorthanded, Marchant whips a shot on net from the middle of the ice and it ticks off Roloson's glove (shades of Peter Budaj), but consistent with the way this night is going, it flies just wide of the post.
0:35 - ANA Penalty - James Wisniewski
, 2 min. tripping.
0:28 - Roloson makes another big stop on a Nokelainen one-timer from point blank.
0:00 - Here we go in the third.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - And it's a wild one, as Getzlaf gets one 15 seconds into it, but Edmonton comes back with two in a span of nine seconds to take a 4-2 lead.
19:27 - Hiller glove-snatches a Smid slap shot from above the circle.
18:02 - The puck gets caught in the linesman's skate as Nokelainen heads up the wing. The crowd doesn't care for that.
17:48 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf
, 2 min. cross checking. Getzy gives it to Penner behind the Anaheim net. Things are getting really chippy in this one. Actually, it has been all game.
15:55 - The Ducks apparently used up all their redirects and deflection goals in the last few games, because none of those are finding the net tonight.
13:51 - Mike Brown takes exception to the Oilers shoving every Duck that gets within 10 feet of Roloson and fights back when Ladislav Smid does it. Parros gets involved a bit. No punishment.
13:17 - Marchant is spun to the ice by what looked like a trip. No call.
Kiss Cam briefly becomes Kiss and Feel Up Your Girlfriend Cam for one bold dude during the timeout.
12:43 - Hiller makes two nice stops on Penner to deny him a hat trick. Can't believe I'm writing that.
10:43 - EDM Penalty - Ales Kotalik, 2 min. delay of game. An innocent Nokelainen shot from the wing leaks under and behind Roloson into the paint, and Kotalik whips it over the glass trying to get it out of there.
10:15 - Ducks outshooting Edmonton, 23-8, but the Oilers are shooting at a 50 percent clip.
8:27 - Roloson makes another huge save as a pinching Scott Niedermayer has an open net for a one-timer and Rolson gets over.
8:10 - Somehow after all this, the Ducks are still 5-on-4.
8:06 - ANA Penalty - Teemu Selanne
and Bobby Ryan
, 2 min. each roughing and EDM Penalty - Steve Staios, 2 min. roughing and Dwayne Roloson, 2 min. leaving the crease. Things get ugly behind the Edmonton net, as several Ducks get into it, including a riled-up Scott Niedermayer and Selanne. Pronger and Getzlaf look like they're staying out of it until they see Selanne and Ryan getting the business and then they rush in there. It's a lot of jersey grabbing and face-washing before it's broken up. Four penalties handed out, including a surprising one on Roloson.
7:50 - Missed opportunity for Anaheim, as Getzlaf makes a nice feed across the slot to Scott Niedermayer and he misses the net with an open look.
7:16 - EDM Penalty - Patrick O'Sullivan, 2 min. tripping. Huge break for Anaheim, as O'Sullivan, who stole the puck from Whitney, was headed on a breakaway down the wing when Whitney fell down.
6:42 - Christensen gets robbed by Rolson twice, first on a one-timer and again on the rebound.
5:17 - EDM Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. Hopefully a break for Anaheim.
2:49 - Giguere is pulled for Hiller for the second time tonight. Not playing well at all.
2:49 - ANA Penalty - Mike Brown, 2 min. unsportsmanlike conduct. Brown doesn't take it well.
2:49 - EDMONTON GOAL - KYLE BRODZIAK - Brendan Mikkelson turns the puck over from behind the Anaheim net while anticipating a hit from Jean-Francois Jacques. The puck ends up on the stick of Brodziak, who drills a slap shot past Giguere with an Stortini draped on him.
2:40 - EDMONTON GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER - Sam Gagner digs the puck out of the corner and sends it to Penner, who is somehow all alone on the doorstep and sends it under Giguere just before getting drilled by a trailing Whitney. It's 3-2 Edmonton.
1:23 - Miller heads up the wing on a shorthanded rush and lets go of a wrist shot that Roloson thwarts.
1:07 - ANA Penalty - Petteri Nokelainen, 2 min. tripping. Slight momentum killer for Anaheim.
0:15 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - RYAN GETZLAF - Pronger absolutely drills a one-timer from the point that eludes Roloson and looks like it goes in. But it actually hits the post and kicks right to Getzlaf, who knocks it into the open net while it's sitting on the stripe. There is a replay review after the goal to determine, I'm not sure what, maybe if Getzlaf kicked it in. Big surprise, we can't hear the referee announce it to the crowd, but he signals goal and the crowd erupts. We're tied 2-2.
0:00 - Here we go in the second, the Ducks still on a two-man advantage.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks give up two in the first two minutes on the first two shots of the game. But they get one back from Getzlaf and are threatening to get another one on the power play that's carrying over into the second.
20:00 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. slashing and EDM Penalty - Sheldon Souray, 2 min. cross checking. Perry and Souray have words and then get a little physical right before the faceoff with 0.6 seconds left.
19:47 - Souray becomes yet another Oiler to shove a Duck when he gets anywhere near Rolson, this time taking it out on Perry.
19:33 - After a scramble following a Pronger slap shot, Roloson pushes Getzlaf into the net, causing it to dislodge. Getzlaf wants a penalty, but isn't getting it.
18:48 - EDM Penalty - Steve Staiois, 2 min. delay of game. Trying to sweep a loose puck away from his net, Staios instead sends it over the glass. Long 5-on-3 coming for Anaheim.
18:09 - EDM Penalty - Shawn Horcoff, 2 min. interference. After the play, Selanne and Steve Staios have minor words. I always find it interesting that the only two times people have their faces inches from each other is when they're either arguing or kissing. Nothing in between.
17:10 - Perry does a nice job to kick the puck to himself on a pass behind him from Getzlaf and heads up the right wing. He fakes a slap shot before sending it to the net, where Roloson barely blockers it away.
16:13 - After Mike Brown slings the puck on net from a low angle, Zack Stortini intercepts Parros' attempt to crash the net. They get into it, throwing wild punches at each other before Stortini gets the best of it and takes the big guy down. Decision Stortini on that one. They both get 5 and it's the second major in the first period for Parros.
15:30 - Marchant slickly steals the puck from behind right in front of the Edmonton net, then spins and shoots. Saved by an alert Roloson.
14:10 - Giguere pops out to make a nice stop on a Cogliano shot from the high slot.
11:40 - First save for Giguere on a shot from the high slot, as he chests it away.
10:50 - Giguere has faced just two shots, both of them goals.
10:49 - ANA Todd Marchant
, 2 min. roughing and Ladislav Smid, 2 min. roughing. Pronger tags a one-timer from the point that's stopped in front. Marchant and Nokelainen try to poke at it and the Oilers aggressively try to get them away from Rolson, sparking a shoving match involving those two Ducks. Marchant and Smid (the former Duck) get penalties.
9:20 - Selanne makes a nice redirect from the slot on a Getzlaf feed, but Roloson is ready for it.
8:04 - EDM Penalty - Ethan Moreau, 2 min. high sticking. Whether retaliatatory or not, Moreau turns from the boards and hacks Ryan in the head.
7:45 - Ryan absolutely drills Gagner at center ice, sparking a "Bobby! Bobby!" chant a half-minute later.
5:54 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - Gorgeous sequence as Ryan beats Gilbert to pick up the puck behind the net, then sends a blind pass behind his back to Perry charging in. Perry quickly dishes it on the doorstep to Getzlaf, who hammers it home. Beautiful play by the three top-liners and it's 2-1 Edmonton.
1:50 - Inexplicably, Giguere is put back in there. Not sure what that one is about. Hiller played all of two seconds.
1:50 - Right off the draw, Parros and Jean-Francois Jacques drop the gloves, both getting in a few shots before Parros takes him down. Georgie obviously looking to toy with the momentum in this one.
1:48 - Giguere is pulled for Hiller.
1:48 - EDMONTON GOAL - FERNANDO PISANI - After Selanne turns the puck over near his own blue line, it's picked up by Cogliano, who sends it to Pisani in the high slot. He lets go of a seemingly innocent wrist shot that somehow flies over Giguere's glove. Bad goal for Giguere and it's 2-0 Edmonton.
1:11 - EDMONTON GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER - Shawn Horcoff gets the puck in front of the net, and Chris Pronger can't harass him enough to keep him from putting it on net. Giguere tries to pop up to cut off the angle, but somehow Horcoff slides the puck under him into the painted area, where Penner easily chips it into the wide open net. Of all people, did it have to be Penner? His name is booed as it's announced over the PA and it's 1-0 Edmonton.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center in another monster one for the Ducks.
7:08 p.m. - Nice job on both anthems by Brad Haynes. Dwayne Roloson may be the only goalie in the league who stands at the blue line with his teammates, rather than in front of the net, during the anthem. These are things I notice.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; EDM Dwayne Roloson
Starting Skaters - ANA Todd Marchant
, Petteri Nokelainen, Rob Niedermayer, Scott Niedermayer, James Wisniewski
; EDM Shawn Horcoff, Ales Kotalik, Ales Hemsky, Sheldon Souray, Tom Gilbert
Scratches - ANA Bret Hedican, Ryan Carter
; EDM Robert Nilsson, Steve MacIntyre, Theo Peckham, MarcPouliot, Liam Reddox