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ANAHEIM – Maybe they’ll believe in the Anaheim Ducks now.
The eighth-seed Ducks dismantled the No. 1 San Jose Sharks on their way to a statement-making 4-0 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, and jumped out to a 3-games-to-1 lead in the series.
"I don’t think they expected this," said Bobby Ryan, who had two big goals in the second period. " We’ve said all along we aren’t your typical eighth seed. Obviously, we feel like we belong in that upper echelon in this Western Conference. A roller coaster year put us there. But we certainly knew we could make some noise."
|Ryan had two goals in the middle of the second period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead that was more than they would need.
One day after being named a finalist for the Calder Trophy given to the league’s top rookie, Ryan once again proved well-deserving of the honor. The 22-year-old scored two goals in a short span in the second and was on the ice for a door-slamming third by linemate Corey Perry to give the Ducks a commanding lead as the series swings back to San Jose for Saturday’s Game 5.
Almost lost in the moment was a second series shutout for Jonas Hiller, who had a seemingly routine 31 saves on the night.
"I think everybody knows the fourth game is the most difficult to win," Hiller said. "We showed a reaction tonight after last game where we were not happy how we played. Tonight everybody was fighting and giving a little more. We definitely deserved to win. If we keep going that way, we definitely have a chance for that fourth win."
Ryan scored twice within a window of 3:40 in the second to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead going into the third, and Perry and Ryan Getzlaf sealed the game shut when they teamed for a third goal with 5:51 left. San Jose’s Joe Thornton tried to send the puck out of his own corner, but put it right on the stick of Getzlaf, who threw it on net and it was tipped by Perry just as he crossed in front of goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
"We haven’t been as good as we want to be," Ryan said of his vaunted top line. "For us to come out and get a couple, it is a huge night for us and ultimately the team."
Ryan gave the Ducks a monumental first goal 6:33 into the second, following a mostly listless and scoreless first period. Getzlaf started the play by skating with the puck toward the left wing boards before spinning and throwing a pass to Ryan in the slot. Ryan made a beautiful deke move to lose Jonathan Cheechoo before slinging a wrist shot under Nabokov.
|Hiller had 31 stops on the way to his second shutout of the series.
Three minutes later, Ryan was involved in what led to a more than 20-minute delay in the game, as he was checked into the boards and his shoulder shattered the glass that separates the benches. Building crew members cleaned up the shards and replaced the glass as players from each team skated around the ice to keep warm.
The delay did nothing to cool off Ryan, who found the net just 29 seconds after the resumption of play. Perry came from behind the net to try and stuff the puck through and was denied, but he picked up the rebound, spun and threw the puck on net again. This time it rebounded hard off Nabokov into the slot, where Ryan went to a knee to one-time it over a prone Nabokov.
Drew Miller scored Anaheim's fourth goal with 19.1 left in the game, throwing the puck in from the blue line after San Jose surprisingly emptied their net down 3-0.
"The game was very tight," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "I don’t think you can really look at it and say it was a 4-0 hockey game. I think it very intense hockey and it was played at a very high pace. It was a 1-0 game up until the 10-minute mark of the second period, so once bounce can go against you or once bounce could go for you. Fortunately, enough bounces went our way tonight."
The win at Honda Center was sweet relief for a Ducks team that had a mediocre 20-18-3 record there during the regular season (12th in the conference) and dropped Game 3 there to the Sharks, 4-3. They also became the first home team to win in this series.
The Ducks allowed only two San Jose power plays after giving up six opportunities in each of the first two games and letting in two power play goals in Game 3.
"They had quality scoring chances," Carlyle said. "We had a big effort by our penalty killers tonight. That is always important. We were disciplined."
Now the Ducks will look to keep the momentum going as they head to San Jose, where they will have the first of three shots to close out the series and advance.
With tonight’s win, Anaheim has a lifetime postseason record of 11-5 in the fourth game of a series (16 total playoff series). The Ducks also improved their lifetime postseason record at Honda Center to 28-15 (.651 win percentage).
Tonight marked the Ducks first home shutout in the postseason since May 30, 2007 in Game 2 of the SCF vs. OTT.
Bobby Ryan now co-leads the NHL in goal scoring (also Ryder, Malkin and Kessel). His two goals tonight marked the second time in franchise history that a rookie has scored multiple goals in a postseason game. Francois Beauchemin also scored two goals in Game 3 of the CQF on April 25, 2006 vs. CGY. He also has a three-game goal streak (4-0=4), equaling the longest playoff goal streak in the NHL (Ryder (active), Malkin and Parise).
Ryan Whitney has a four-game point streak (0-4=4), co-leading the NHL for the longest point streak of the postseason (also Ryder, Crosby, Kessel, Martin and Franzen).
In his first four career playoff games, Jonas Hiller has stopped 139-of-145 shots for a .959 SV% and 1.51 GAA (6 GA/239 MIN). He now leads the NHL in postseason shutouts with two, stopping all 31 shots he faced tonight.
Ryan Getzlaf has earned points in three of the Ducks’ four postseason contests (1-4=5), including two assists tonight.
With 1-1=2 points tonight, Corey Perry matched his single-game playoff high for points in a game (five times, last: Game 5 of the SCF, Jun. 6, 2007 vs. OTT).
Tonight’s attendance was 16,830.
|Bobby Ryan (3) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (3), Ryan Whitney (4)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Bobby Ryan (4) ASST: Corey Perry (1), Chris Pronger (1)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Corey Perry (1) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (4)|
3 - 0 ANA
|EN - Drew Miller (2) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (2), Todd Marchant (1)|
4 - 0 ANA
|Joe Pavelski Tripping against James Wisniewski|
|Devin Setoguchi Holding against Bobby Ryan|
|Andrew Ebbett Tripping against Devin Setoguchi|
|Mike Brown Roughing against Ryane Clowe|
|Ryane Clowe Roughing against Mike Brown|
|James Wisniewski Holding against Joe Pavelski|
|Patrick Marleau Hi-sticking against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Douglas Murray Cross checking against Sheldon Brookbank|
|Jeremy Roenick Roughing against Francois Beauchemin|
|Sheldon Brookbank Misconduct (10 min)|
|Jeremy Roenick Misconduct (10 min)|
|SA: 25||TOI: 59:19|
|Saves: 22||EV: 17 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .880||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 31||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 31||EV: 23 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 1 - 1|
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