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Ducks Pour it On Over the Final Two Periods to Win 4-1 and Eliminate the Sharks

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Ducks Pour it On Over the Final Two Periods to Win 4-1 and Eliminate the Sharks
San Jose Sharks 1, Anaheim Ducks 4
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By Adam Brady (abrady@anaheimducks.com)
AnaheimDucks.com

ANAHEIM – Game, set and match.

It will be called an upset by most, but the Anaheim Ducks hardly looked the underdog in a 4-1 throttling of the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in front of a raucous sellout crowd at Honda Center. The victory gave the Ducks a convincing 4-games-to-2 decision in the series, with Anaheim handing the Sharks possibly their biggest playoff disappointment in a line of many.

A 4-1 trouncing of the Sharks in Game 6 advanced the Ducks to the second round and handed San Jose another postseason disappointment.

The eighth-seeded Ducks took down the No. 1 Sharks, owners of the best record in the NHL this regular season. Anaheim because just the fifth team since 1967-68 to defeat the league’s best team in the first round.

"I think you ask anyone, we’re not an eight seed," said defenseman Ryan Whitney. "Everyone in here knows that and I think now everyone hockey pretty much sees it too."

And they did it with a Game 6 victory that resulted from an overwhelming effort over the final two periods led by three different goal-scorers and another fantastic performance by goalie Jonas Hiller. The Swiss netminder bounced back from his overtime loss in Game 5 to stonewall the Sharks with 36 stops, many of them highlight-worthy.

The Ducks continued a trend of shining in games where they can clinch a series. They’re 11-4 in their franchise’s history, including a 9-0 mark at Honda Center. This time it earned them a second round matchup with the Detroit Red Wings, who swept the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.

"It doesn’t matter who we’re playing or what seed we are in the playoffs, we consider ourselves a contender," said Ryan Getzlaf, who had a standout game for Anaheim. "We felt that way right from the start. This is just the first round and we’ll move from here.

Anaheim broke the game open with two quick strikes well into the third period from Teemu Selanne and Francois Beauchemin. Torrey Mitchell went to the box for hooking 12:54 into the period and the Ducks converted just nine seconds later. Selanne gathered in a rebound and sent the puck on net from a sharp angle, and it kicked off defenseman Christian Ehrhoff into the net.

That made it 2-1 Ducks and Beauchemin gave his team a two-goal lead just 1:23 later, drilling a one-timer from the point that deflected off Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle on its way into the net. It was the first goal for Beauchemin since going down with an ACL injury back on Nov. 14.

Anaheim clinged to that two-goal lead for most of the third period, until Getzlaf effectively put the game away with 2:56 left. Drew Miller and Rob Niedermayer worked tirelessly to pin the puck in the corner of the San Jose end, before Niedermayer finally dug it out and sent it to Getzlaf in the slot. Getzlaf held the puck for a beat before firing a wrist shot past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Getzlaf bounced back from an early fight with Thornton to pick up an assist on the goal that put the game away.

The Ducks’ first goal of the game came courtesy of Corey Perry on the power play with 7:27 left in the opening period. After faking a shot from the point, Getzlaf sent it on net from straightaway. It rebounded chest-high off Nabokov and Perry batted it in.

That wiped out an early 1-0 San Jose lead that was staked a couple of minutes earlier when Milan Michalek chipped in a rebound off a Rob Blake shot from the point.

Tonight was the first game in the series where the team that scored first did not win.

"It was 1-1 after the first and we came out and had a great second," said Whitney. "We beared down. I think this home crowd does a lot for us it seems. We struggled earlier before the playoffs at home. Right now, we’re rolling and feeding off this crowd. That was a big win."

An extremely hard-hitting game got started that way right off the bat as big forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Joe Thornton dropped the gloves as soon as the puck touched the ice for the opening faceoff. The rest of the contest was marked by several skirmishes, including a fight between Ryan Whitney and Joe Pavelski that sprang out of a melee at the end of the second period. Each team had 12 penalties that totaled 30 minutes.

Getzlaf seemed to gain motivation from the fight much more than Thornton did. Getzlaf had an assist and a goal, while Thornton was scoreless with just one shot on net.

"It was something that was provoked a little bit last game where he challenged me," Getzlaf said. "I didn’t really want to fight at that point when the series was 3-1. I didn’t want to give them any spark. I felt tonight that that was the opportunity to redeem myself and Joe wanted to go again to spark his team."

The Ducks will face the No. 2 seed and defending champion Red Wings in the posteason for the fourth time in franchise history and the second time in the last three seasons. Anaheim defeated Detroit in the 2007 Western Conference Finals on the way to a Stanley Cup title.

“I don’t know if it’s ever good facing Detroit,” Carlyle said. “But we’re not focusing on Detroit right now. We’ll focus on that tomorrow.”

GAME NOTES

Anaheim advances to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in franchise history, the third time in the last four years and fourth in the last six NHL seasons.

 

Tonight’s victory improved the Ducks’ record in Game 6 contests to 6-1.

 

The Ducks also improved their lifetime postseason record at Honda Center to 29-15 (.659 win percentage).

 

Ryan Getzlaf has earned points in four consecutive games (1-5=6). He leads Anaheim and ranks tied for second in the NHL in postseason scoring (2-6=8). He also co-leads the NHL in postseason assists with six.

 

In the six-game series, Jonas Hiller stopped 211-of-221 shots for a .955 SV% and 1.64 GAA (10 GA/365 MIN).

 

Corey Perry has a three-game goal streak (3-1=4), which is tied for the NHL postseason lead (also Ryder, Malkin, Ryan, Parise and Ovechkin (active).

 

Teemu Selanne scored his 10th career game-winning goal in the postseason and first since Game 5 of the WCF on May 20, 2007 at Detroit.

 

Chris Pronger has recorded points in three of the last four games (1-3=4), including two assists tonight.

 

Scott Niedermayer has earned points in two consecutive games (0-3=3).

 

Ryan Carter has earned points in two of the games he’s appeared in (1-1=2).

 

The Ducks became the FIFTH team to upset the NHL’s best regular season team (by standings points) in the first round since the Expansion Era began (1967-68 season). The previous four teams to upset the NHL’s regular season points leader (officially referred to as Presidents’ Trophy winner starting in 1986-87):

 

2006: Edmonton defeated Detroit (56-18-8, 124 pts.), 4-2

2000: San Jose defeated St. Louis (51-19-11-1, 114 pts.), 4-3

1991: Minnesota North Stars defeated Chicago (49-23-8, 106 pts.), 4-2

1971: Montreal defeated Boston (57-14-7, 121 pts.), 4-3

 

The Ducks became the EIGHTH #8 Seed to upset a #1 seed in the first round since 1993-94 (first year of current playoff format). The previous seven:

 

2006: Edmonton (8) defeated Detroit (56-18-8, 124 pts.), 4-2

2002: Montreal (8) defeated Boston (43-24-6-9, 101 pts.), 4-2

2000: San Jose (8) defeated St. Louis (51-19-11-1, 114 pts.), 4-3

1999: Pittsburgh (8) defeated New Jersey (47-24-11, 105 pts.), 4-3

1998: Ottawa (8) defeated New Jersey (48-23-11, 107 pts.), 4-2

1995: NY Rangers (8) defeated Quebec (30-13-5, 65 pts), 4-2

1994: San Jose (8) defeated Detroit (46-30-8, 100 pts.), 4-3

 

The Ducks became the 11TH team in NHL history to beat a team who earned 110-or-more standings points during the regular season in the first round. They join the 1971 Montreal Canadiens and 2006 Edmonton Oilers as the THIRD team to beat an opponent who had earned 117-points-or-more.

 

2007: Nashville (110 pts.) lost to San Jose, 4-1

2006: Detroit (124 pts.) lost to Edmonton, 4-2

2006: Dallas (112 pts.) lost to Colorado, 4-1

2003: Detroit (110 pts.) lost to Anaheim, 4-0

2001: Detroit (111 pts.) lost to Los Angeles, 4-2

2000: St. Louis (114 pts.) lost to San Jose, 4-3

1986: Philadelphia (110 pts.) lost to NY Rangers, 3-2

1982: Edmonton (111 pts.) lost to Los Angeles, 3-2

1978: NY Islanders (111 pts.) lost to Toronto, 4-3

1971: Boston (121 pts.) lost to Montreal, 4-3

 

Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.


GAME LOG

3rd Period

20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks win it 4-1 to eliminate the No. 1 seed Sharks and advance to the second round. Fans rain orange towels onto the ice as the Ducks come out and congratulate Hiller before shaking hands with each and every Sharks player.

19:45 - Hiller makes one more big save, on a Clowe wrister from point blank range, his 35th stop of the night. Chants of "Hiller! Hiller!"

19:00 - PA guy announces one minute left, and this may be the loudest this crowd has gotten tonight.

18:15 - The Sharks empty the net.

17:40 - A desperate Sharks team ices it with 2:20 left.

17:04 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - The goal goes to Getzlaf, but a load of credit goes to Rob Niedermayer and Drew Miller. The two of them pin the puck into the corner in the San Jose end for what seems like a half-minute, before Niedermayer digs it out and sends it to Getzlaf in the slot. He holds it for a moment before slinging a wrist shot past Nabokov top shelf. It's 4-1 Anaheim with 2:56 left and this game is all but in the books.


15:45 - Odd moment in the corner as Ehrhoff's stick gets caught in Perry's skate and he literally drags him along trying to remove it.

15:00 - Last TV timeout, as the Ducks lead by two with five minutes left.

14:45 - Ryan makes a big defensive play to take the puck back after a Whitney giveaway.

13:08 - Hiller makes a monster kick save on a rebound try by Michalek. Absolutely huge.

11:50 - Big sliding blocked shot by Ebbett on a Blake point shot.

10:43 - We go to the TV timeout with 9:17 left and the Ducks up two goals. It's crunch time.

9:37 - Ehrhoff bobbles the puck at the blue line and it crosses over before he drags it back in. He's whistled for the offside and he's not pleased at all. Ehrhoff is ticked off.

8:00 - Is it just me or is this clock moving really slowly?

7:20 - Nice kick save by Hiller on a Blake point shot.

4:30 - By the way, the Ducks have a 30-27 shot advantage. I never thought I'd see that in this series.

3:47 - ANA Penalties - James Wisniewski, 2 min., roughing and Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. roughing and SJ Penalties - Ryan Clowe, 2 min. roughing and Milan Michalek, 2 min. roughing. Punches fly between both teams behind the net after Hiller scoops up the puck and Wisniewski and Michalek start hitting each other in the face. The area behind the net looks like a hockey equipment yard sale and both penalty boxes become very crowded. Somehow we're five on five after all that

1:43 - Carter looks like he has one, but somehow he can't get the puck under Nabokov as Nabby dives on it. Why doesn't Carter just push him into the net for the goal? Apparently it's legal, according to the overtime in Game 5.

0:00 - Off and running in the third as the Ducks are on the power play because of Boyle's penalties.

2nd Period


20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The late brawl does nothing to take away from an excellent period for the Ducks, who get goals from Selanne and Beauchemin to take a 3-1 lead going into the third. We'll have the penalties later.

20:00 - ANA Penalties - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. roughing and Ryan Whitney, 5 min. fighting and SJ Penalty - Joe Pavelski, 2 min. roughing and 2 min. boarding. Major brawl in the corner after the horn after Boyle drills Perry into the wall (and gets a minor for it) and Getzlaf comes to his defense. All 10 skaters get involved and out of the pile comes Ryan Whitney throwing punches with Joe Pavelski. They land several punches on each other before running out of gas, Whitney bleeding slightly from the nose.

17:56 - Christensen accidentally sends the puck back toward Hiller and Hiller dives on it and covers it like a mother protecting her baby from a hurricane. Roenick is tangling with Beauchemin and decides to slash Hiller right in the back. Somehow there is no call. I'm still not sure why not.

15:25 - Hiller sprawls out to make another dramatic glove save and the crowd is nearly as loud as they were on those two goals.

14:26 - ANAHEIM GOAL - FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN - The puck slides out to Beauchemin at the point and he rockets a one-timer so hard he falls to the ice as it leaves his stick. It looks like it hits a Shark on the way to the net and eludes Nabokov. It's 3-1 Ducks as Beauchemin gets his first since going down with an ACL tear on Nov. 14. It's 3-1 good guys.

13:03 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - The Flash gets his first of the playoffs as he gathers in the rebound off a Chris Pronger wrist shot and sends it on net. It looks like it ticks off the stick or skate of Christian Erhoff and heads in the net. Huge goal for Selanne and the Ducks on the PP and Anaheim leads it 2-1.


12:54 - SJ Penalty - Torrey Mitchell, 2 min. hooking. Ebbett draws it one a one-time try off a Erik Christensen pass. Even that one looked questionable. See, I'm not biased.

12:30 - Pronger is incensed as he takes what he thought was a cheap shot behind the net. Screaming at the linesman.

12:16 - Big kill for Anaheim as they dodge a couple of bullets.

11:33 - Nice save and hold by Hiller on a Ryan Clowe shot from the point as players collapse around him.

Matthew Perry is in the house tonight and waves to the camera as he's shown on the video board. Could this game BE any closer?


10:16 - ANA Penalty - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. interference. Beauchemin slams into a San Jose player and gets the gate. Looked to me like the other way around, but what do I know?

9:20 - Selanne gets some room on the wing and rips a slap shot that flies wide.

8:10 - The fourth line is playing phenomenally tonight. Imagine if they actually had some hands. They'd have three or four goals.

6:46 - Pronger tripped in front of the Anaheim net. No call.

6:22 - Parros goes sliding into Nabokov as he tries to get a stick on a Mike Brown pass. And Nabokov is down on top of Parros, so the whistle blows.

5:20 - No stoppage yet as a good chunk of the arena is watching from the tunnels right now, having come back late from getting their hot dogs and beers.

3:15 - Moen releases a shot from a sharp angle that travles parallel with the goal stripe, about two feet away from it.

1:20 - Miller, Rob Niedermayer and Marchant all look to have a chance to score as the puck bounces around the San Jose net. None of them come through.

0:00 - Here we go in the second, tied 1-1.

1st Period


20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Not a great first for Anaheim, but they do enough to keep it tied 1-1.

19:54 - Carter does a great job to chase down the puck and send it on net from a tough angle, the rebound comes off Nabokov into the crease, but neither Mike Brown nor George Parros can put it in.

19:30 - The Ducks put a few on net, the last a one-timer from Pronger that Nabokov gloves. Still, the shot advantage is 17-6 San Jose.

18:00 - Lot of rebounds coming off Hiller tonight. That needs to stop.

14:10 - Whitney tries to weave into the San Jose zone and gets taken down by what looked like an obvious trip. No call.

12:33 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - COREY PERRY - Getzlaf fakes a shot from the point then rips it on net, where it ricochets chest-high off Nabokov and Perry is right there to bat it through. It's 1-1 and it comes with one second left in on of the San Jose roughing penalty, so when Selanne gets out of the box, the Ducks are on another power play.


12:19 - SJ Penalty - Patrick Marleau, 2 min. hooking. Marleau hooks Wisniewski and there is sarcastic applause from the home crowd.

11:25 - Getzlaf slams MIchalek off the glass behind the SJ net.

10:56 - ANA Penalty - Teemu Selanne, 2 min. hooking. This is getting ridiculous. We're 4 on 4.

10:34 - ANA Penalties - Mike Brown and George Parros, 2 min. each roughing and SJ Penalties -  Travis Moen, Dan Boyle and Douglas Murray, 2 min. each roughing. More punching and grabbing after the whistle, as the Ducks and Sharks tangle following a Nabokov save. Plenty of punishment for this one, and somehow the Ducks end up the not getting the most of it.

10:19 - SAN JOSE GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MILAN MICHALEK - Rob Blake fires a shot from the right wing that's kicked away by Hiller, but right into the middle of the ice, where Michalek lunges to chip it into the open left half of the net. It's 1-0 San Jose, the result of a very questionable penalty called on Wisniewski.


9:40 - Beauchemin returns.

9:35 - ANA Penalty - James Wisniewski, 2 min. slashing. Just an awful call. All Wiz did was hit the San Jose player in the chest with the stick. And yet another Anaheim penalty.

8:35 - Beauchemin takes a shot off the left ankle and after icing the puck, heads to the locker room.

7:55 - Wisniewski sends the puck the length of the sheet twice in a span of 30 seconds. Love that guy.

6:25 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry, 2 min. elbowing. Perry gives a shot to the head to Cheechoo as the San Jose forward tries to circle around the back of the Anaheim net.

6:15 - Neither Getzlaf nor Thornton out of the box yet, still waiting for the first stoppage.

6:00 - First Anaheim shot of the game, a quick wrister from Bobby Ryan.

4:09 - Hiller makes a nice kick save on a nifty spinning shot from the wing by Boyle and freezes the puck as Goc tries to poke at it.

2:30 - Scott Niedermayer singlehandedly kills a good chunk of the penalty by slaloming around several Sharks before throwing a wrist shot on net that Nabokov gloves and holds.

1:11 - ANA Penalty - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. tripping. Niedermayer takes down Jeremy Roenick behind the net. On his way to the box, Niedermayer goes chest to chest with Roenick and that sparks each of the players on the ice to prepare for a rumble, but nothing materializes. This one could get ugly tonight.

0:02 - Clash of the titans right off the draw as Getzlaf and Thornton drop the gloves and feverishly throw punches. Neither lands anything too serious and they'll both spend the first five minutes of this game in the box. That's the result of some tension that's been growing between Thornton and the Ducks forwards in this series.

0:00 - We're underway at Honda Center in Game 7.

Pregame

7:39 - During the nice rendition of the anthem by Brad Haynes, Jonas Hiller is caught on the video board smiling, almost laughing. Either he's calm, or trying to calm himself.


Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jonas Hiller; SJ Evgeni Nabokov

Starting Skaters - ANA Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf; SJ Douglas Murray, Christian Ehrhoff, Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Joe Thornton

Scratches - ANA Jean-Philippe Levasseur, Bret Hedican, Petteri Nokelainen, Brad Larsen, Troy Bodie, Brendan Mikkelson; SJ Alexei Semenov, Claude Lemieux, Tomas PLihal, Jody Shelley, Jamie McGinn
scoring summary
1st Period
10:19
SJS
PPG - Milan Michalek (1) ASST: Rob Blake (3), Dan Boyle (2)
1 - 0 SJS
12:33
ANA
PPG - Corey Perry (3) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (6), Chris Pronger (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
13:03
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (1) ASST: Chris Pronger (3), Scott Niedermayer (4)
2 - 1 ANA
14:26
ANA
Francois Beauchemin (1) ASST: Ryan Carter (1), Mike Brown (2)
3 - 1 ANA
3rd Period
17:06
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf (2) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (3), Drew Miller (1)
4 - 1 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
00:02
SJS
Joe Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Getzlaf
00:02
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Thornton
01:11
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Tripping against  Jeremy Roenick
06:25
ANA
Corey Perry  Elbowing against  Jonathan Cheechoo
09:35
ANA
James Wisniewski  Slashing against  Marcel Goc
10:34
SJS
Douglas Murray  Roughing against  Sheldon Brookbank
10:34
SJS
Travis Moen  Roughing against  George Parros
10:34
ANA
Mike Brown  Roughing against  Dan Boyle
10:34
SJS
Dan Boyle  Roughing against  Mike Brown
10:34
ANA
George Parros  Roughing against  Travis Moen
10:56
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Hooking against  Rob Blake
12:19
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Hooking against  James Wisniewski
2nd Period
10:16
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Interference against  Torrey Mitchell
12:54
SJS
Torrey Mitchell  Hooking against  Andrew Ebbett
20:00
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Whitney
20:00
SJS
Dan Boyle  Roughing against  Corey Perry
20:00
SJS
Dan Boyle  Boarding against  Corey Perry
20:00
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Dan Boyle
20:00
ANA
Ryan Whitney  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Pavelski
3rd Period
03:47
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
03:47
SJS
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Rob Niedermayer
03:47
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Roughing against  James Wisniewski
03:47
ANA
James Wisniewski  Roughing against  Ryane Clowe
19:58
SJS
Christian Ehrhoff  Tripping against  Todd Marchant
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
2-4-0
SA: 32TOI: 58:17
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Jonas Hiller
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .973SH: 0 - 0

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