By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Ducks, who struggled mightily over a four-game losing streak, possibly never looked better while smashing it to smithereens tonight at Honda Center.
|Ryan and Perry's two goals apiece were part of a seven-goal barrage for the Ducks.
and Bobby Ryan
each had two goals, and the Ducks got two mildly surprising ones from its workhorse fourth line to crush the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 7-2. The Ducks, who trailed 2-0 just five minutes into the contest, scored seven unanswered on their way to a long-awaited victory. And on a night when the Ducks found the net every which way, they capped it with one of the more bizarre goals of the season from Joffrey Lupul
with just more than a minute left.
Following a dominating second period, the Ducks all but put the game away in the third when Ryan scored twice in a span of 2:40 to make it 6-2 Anaheim. Ryan connected on the power play 3:32 into the period, going to one knee to one-time a Ryan Getzlaf
pass from the left wing circle. And Ryan did it again at 6:12, when James Wisniewski
threw the puck on net and Perry tapped the rebound to Ryan, who slung it high and popped the water bottle.
That put the Ducks in command and they added a crazy one when Lupul sent the puck off the glass from the red line and it caromed off the glass toward the net. Goalie Cory Schneider (inserted at the beginning of the third) had left his position to start chasing the puck and could only watch as it darted into the net.
That put the exclamation point on a Ducks victory that came off a mostly disappointing six-game homestand. "There is a collective sigh of relief, that is for sure," Ryan said. "A lot of games we’ve gotten down and then we’ve gotten out. Tonight, we just found a way to stick with it and battle through. We did the things that we need to do to score goals and it was a nice night for it. Guys came out and answered the bell when we needed it."
And it certainly wasn’t what many had envisioned after the Ducks found themselves in an early hole when they allowed two Vancouver goals in the first five minutes. Steve Bernier scored just 1:06 into the contest, redirecting a Willie Mitchell pass through Jonas Hiller
. And Mason Raymond made it 2-0 on the power play at 4:39, getting the puck in front with only Hiller to beat and sending it off the lunging goal and over the stripe.
"They got a two-goal lead on us and we were wondering what the heck was going on," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We stayed with it. We changed our mindset, got better going through the neutral ice and recovered more pucks on the dumps."
Anaheim cut the lead in half with the first of Perry’s two tallies with 3:29 left in the period. Joffrey Lupul
weaved through two Canucks and dropped the puck to Perry on his left, and the Ducks team-leader in goals sent it under goalie Andrew Raycroft. The veteran Raycroft replaced the injured Roberto Luongo, currently on the shelf with a rib injury.
Perry’s goal provided some momentum to the Ducks, who came out and completely dominated the second period. They outshot the Canucks 12-6 and got goals from Perry and fourth-line partners George Parros
and Mike Brown.
Parros got his first goal of the year 2:29 into the period, after linemate Ryan Carter
put the puck on net and Parros was there to pounce on the rebound and force it through just before being pushed to the ice.
"It was a good line goal," Parros said. "Mike Brown got in hard on the forecheck. I followed up with a hit, causing the puck to get to Carter. He just put it to the net, the puck bounced to my stick and I was able to put it in."
With 4:45 left in the session, Mike Brown got his first of the year, and first career shorthanded, taking a slick Carter pass on an odd-man rush and slipping it under Raycroft. It was the second assist for Carter, playing his first game after missing three straight with a bone bruise in his foot.
"Any time that your energy line can make a contribution on the offensive side plus play their normal energy game, it’s a huge boost for your group" Carlyle said. "They played with energy most of the night. They were our best line early in staying with the structure that we’re trying to create."
Less than two minutes after the Brown goal, Perry struck for the second time, gathering in a rebound after Ryan poked it on net and darting around Raycroft before scoring it. Scott Niedermayer, who got the play going by tossing the puck in front, earned an assist for his 700th career point.
was very solid in net on a night where the Ducks didn’t have to lean on him, recording 36 saves, including all 22 Vancouver shots in the third period.
The Ducks turn around and play again tomorrow night in Phoenix before returning to Orange County for three more in a row at Honda Center.
"The most important thing for our mental psyche going forward," Carlyle said, "is it’s a starting point for our group."
The Ducks have won three straight games vs. Vancouver and are 3-0-1 in their last four HOME games against the Canucks.
Anaheim has scored at least one power play goal in each of the last three games, going five-for-seven overall (71.4%).
The club’s seven goals tonight is a season high and the first seven-goal game since Mar. 25, 2009 at Colorado (7-2).
has a four-game point streak (3-4=7) and has points in five of his last six contests (5-4=9). Tonight marked his third multi-goal game of the season (2-1=3 points tonight) and the 11th of his career. He has seven goals so far this season through 11 games (he had two goals through the first 11 games last season).
recorded his first multi-goal game of the season and the sixth of his career. He also tied a career high with 2-1=3 points tonight (fifth time, last: Apr. 2, 2009 at Vancouver, 2-1=3).
is riding a four-game point streak (1-6=7), which includes two assists this evening.
collected three assists tonight (0-3=3), tying his career high for both assists (third time) and points (fourth time) in a game. His last three-point game was Mar. 25, 2009 at Colorado (0-3=3).
Scott Niedermayer became the 24th defenseman in NHL history to reach the 700-point milestone. Niedermayer also has a three-game point streak (1-4=5).
established a career high for assists (0-2=2) and matched a career high for points in a game. His only other two-point game came on Feb. 8, 2008 at New Jersey (2-0=2).
has earned points in three of the last four games (4-1=5) including a goal and an assist tonight.
scored his first goal since Mar. 22, 2009 vs. Phoenix.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,756.
20:00 - END OF GAME - The seconds wind down to a loud ovation from the crowd, who watch the Ducks annihilate their four-game winning streak with a 7-2 crushing of the Canucks.
18:47 - ANAHEIM GOAL - JOFFREY LUPUL - One of the crazier goals you'll ever see, as Lupul sends the puck off the glass from the red line and it takes a crazy carom right toward the net. Schneider, who had left to go chase it, isn't in front as it darts into the net. Sportscenter, here we come on that one. It's 7-2 Ducks on Lupul's fifth of the year and likely the most bizarre one of his career.
18:36 - Hiller, who's been quietly solid in net, gets his 34th save on an Edler slap shot from the circle.
12:40 - The Canucks get robbed as Hiller lunges to make a nice stop with Canucks all over the crease. Looked like a sure goal.
A girl in a Ducks jersey with a George Parros mustache on a helmet on gets some love on the video board and she's thrilled. Ah, hockey, where female fans wear mustaches and helmets and no one questions it. How do you not love this game?
6:12 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BOBBY RYAN - Wisniewski picks up a bouncing puck near the blue line and wisely slaps it on net. It hits off Schneider where Perry gets a stick on it to tap it toward Ryan, who slings it high and pops the water bottle. Ryan strikes for the second time in less than three minutes. Big smiles from the entire five on the ice after the goal, something we haven't seen a lot lately. It's 6-2 Anaheim.
3:32 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - BOBBY RYAN - The Ducks work the power play to perfection, as Getzlaf shuttles the puck across the slot to Ryan, who goes to one knee to rip a one-timer off the twine. Ryan looks to the sky and pumps two fists, before revealing a big smile as his teammates converge on him. It's 5-2 Ducks, who just aren't stopping.
3:04 - VAN Penalty - Alexandre Burrows, 2 min. holding the stick. Someone else's stick, not his.
2:09 - How the Ducks didn't score here, I'll never know. Wisniewski makes a nice saucer feed to Nokelainen, who misses the net on the redirect try. But Nokie chases the puck down and throws it in front, where Beleskey somehow can't poke it through even though Schneider is flat on his back.
0:20 - Ducks get going early, with the line of Selanne, Koivu and Lupul nearly getting one.
0:00 - Off we go in the third. Cory Schneider now in net for Vancouver
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks dominate for pretty much the entire 20 minutes, getting goals from Parros, Brown and Perry to take a 4-2 lead going into the third.
It's put on the video board that the last assist was the 700th NHL point for Niedermayer. Nice reaction from the crowd. Actually got chills there.
18:07 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - Things just seem to happen when Scott Niedermayer puts that knuckleball on net. He flutters it in front where it kicks out to Bobby Ryan, who gets a stick on it to send if off Raycroft. Perry is right there to gather the rebound, shake Raycroft and send it home. It's 4-2 Ducks, who are completely owning this period. Second of the game for Perrs.
17:34 - Perry beautifully slaloms his way into the slot, fooling Willie Mitchell out of his jock, but the backhander doesn't have a lot of heat on it and Raycroft saves.
16:21 - VAN Penalty - Mason Raymond, 2 min. high sticking. First penalty for Vancouver, and the Ducks have a power play coming up in 52 seconds.
16:15 - ANAHEIM GOAL (SHORTHANDED) - MIKE BROWN - The fourth-liners come through again on the penalty kill, as Carter gets the puck near center ice and heads off on an odd-man rush with Brown. Carter makes a nice right-to-left pass to Brown, just in front of defenseman Kevin Bieksa, and Brown shuttles it under Raycroft for his first goal of the year. Second assist for Carter and it's 3-2 Anaheim.
15:13 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. boarding. Perry slams Sami Salo into the glass in the Vancouver end. Fourth power play coming up for Vancouver. Anaheim with zero.
13:50 - Lupul misses a big opportunity deep to either fire the puck or send it to Selanne. He does neither, instead converging on Raycroft and he can't push it through.
12:15 - Parros has some words for former Duck Shane O'Brien as they head to the other side of the rink following an icing call.
Nice shot during the timeout of fans wearing Halloween costumes. A couple of beauties.
11:00 - Ducks kill. Everyone in the building gets a free Del Taco taco.
10:25 - Nick Boynton getting very aggressive away from the play with a couple of Canucks, then does a nice job to clear the puck the length of the sheet on the PK.
9:00 - ANA Penalty - Petteri Nokelainen, 2 min. tripping. Pretty questionable call as Nokelainen and Alexander Edler both go into the wall hard and Nokelainen gets the penalty, even though Edler clearly fell on his own.
6:00 - Koivu with a bad turnover in the Anaheim end, but he's bailed out by a Hiller chest stop on a Michael Grabner shot.
4:25 - Brown spins and feeds Selanne nicely in front, but Flash can't get it through.
2:29 - ANAHEIM GOAL - GEORGE PARROS - The fourth line comes through as Ryan Carter (first game back after missing the last three with an injury), tosses the puck on net from above the right wing circle. It takes an awkward bounce off Raycroft, and Parros gets a stick on it. It goes off Raycroft again, but Parros is able to push it through just as he's knocked over in the crease. First of the year for Georgie and it's 2-2.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks salvage what starts as a bad period, getting a Perry goal with 3:29 left to make it 2-1 after one.
16:31 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - The Ducks get the crowd back into it on Perry's team-leading sixth of the year. Joffrey Lupul weaves his way between Willie Mitchell and Aaron Rome on the slot and drops it to his left to Perry, who quickly sends it under goalie Andrew Raycroft. It's 2-1 Vancouver.
12:55 - Another huge kick stop by Hiller and seconds later the Ducks finish off killing the penalty. Very big for Anaheim, already down 2-0.
12:07 - ANA Penalty - Steve Eminger, 2 min. cross checking. Eminger gets rough during the flurry in front of the net.
12:05 - Ducks dodge two bullets as Hiller makes huge kick saves on point blank tries from Tanner Glass and Steve Bernier.
9:45 - Hiller makes a nice stop on a pretty redirect try.
It's Law Enforcement Night, so the Power Players are all dressed up as either prisoners or cops. But as you can probably guess, it's not your typical prisoner or cop wear. Lots of fake wigs, crop tops and bare midriffs. If cops really looked like that, I'd drive 110 on the freeway and run stop signs constantly.
4:39 - VANCOUVER GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MASON RAYMOND - Raymond gets a nice pass from Christian Ehroff that puts him with the puck and only Hiller in front of him. Raymond holds the puck long enough to get Hiller to lunge toward him to save the shot and it trickles behind Hiller and just over the stripe before Whitney can dig it out. Even if it hadn't cleared the stripe, Kesler comes up behind Whitney and punches it in. But the goal goes to Raymond and it's 2-0 Vancouver.
3:08 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan
, 2 min. slashing. Ryan swings at the thighs of former Duck Mathieu Schneider.
1:06 - VANCOUVER GOAL - STEVE BERNIER - Anaheim gets in an early hole when Willie Mitchell throws it toward the net from inside the blue line and it's redirected by the stick of Bernier from left of the cage.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
7:07 p.m. - After Amanda Guerrero delivers another solid rendition of the Canadian anthem, police dispatcher Kristen Romero sings an operatic (is that a word?) American anthem since it's Law Enforcement Night at Honda Center. Although, since she's a dispatcher, I kept expecting her to say, "Ma'am, you're going to have to calm down" or something.
Starting Goaltenders -ANA Jonas Hiller
; VAN Andrew Raycroft
Starting Skaters - ANA Ryan Whitney, James Wisniewski
, Teemu Selanne
, Bobby Ryan
, Saku Koivu
; VAN Sami Salo, Willie Mitchell, Ryan Kesler, Steve Bernier, Aaron Rome
Scratches - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Sheldon Brookbank
, Evgeny Artyukhin, Erik Christensen; VAN Darcy Hordichuk, Sergei Shorokov, Alexandre Bolduc
Ryan Carter is in the lineup for Anaheim after missing the last three with a foot injury
Full Lineups/Game Notes