By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – Leave it to Scott Niedermayer in overtime to pull the Ducks from their doldrums.
Already the owner of the NHL career record for overtime goals by a defensemen, the captain added to that mark by connecting on a 4-on-3 power play to give the Ducks a 4-3 victory over visiting Tampa Bay.
With the Ducks skating up a man after a cross-checking penalty by Ryan Malone 11 seconds into OT, Niedermayer took a drop-pass from Ryan Getzlaf
in the slot and snapped a shot that dove into the top corner of the net. The 13th overtime goal of Niedermayer’s surefire Hall-of-Fame career snapped a four-game losing skid for the Ducks.
And it wiped out the anguish of the Ducks giving up a three-goal lead it had built into the second period. “Unfortunately, we left them back in the game after a good start,” Niedermayer said immediately after the game, “but that’s the way it goes. Getz made a great play to bring the guy with him and it left me alone in the slot. Perrs made a great screen and I just had to get it where the goalie wasn't, and I was able to do it.”
Anaheim, which raced out to a 3-0 lead, watched that lead disappear with two quick Tampa Bay goals in the second and a third by Martin St. Louis on the power play early in the third.
The Ducks first built that lead on two eerily similar goals that gave them a 2-0 lead after one period. The first game 6:25 in, when Ryan Getzlaf
distributed the puck from just left of the goal across the crease, where Teemu Selanne
easily deposited it into the open net just after a Tampa Bay penalty ran out.
Then with 1:48 left, the Ducks got virtually the same goal in reverse, as Selanne fed Getzlaf from the same spot, and Getzlaf one-timed it home on the power play.
On both goals, Corey Perry
got the play going by sending the puck low from the top of the circle, extending his career-high points streak to 13 games, best in the NHL this season.
Anaheim made it 3-0 thanks to a four-minute double minor after David Hale stuck Bobby Ryan
above the right eye. Ryan, who went to the bench to get treated, ironically got the goal on the ensuing power play, firing a wrist shot through from the left wing.
But Tampa Bay got back into the game, if you will, lightning-quick with two goals in a span of 18 seconds. The first came not long after the Ryan goal, as Steve Downie fed Jeff Halpern from behind the net and Halpern forced it through Jonas Hiller
As that goal was being announced, Steven Stamkos scored a beauty, firing a shot that bounced off Hiller’s chest, and was slapped through by Stamkos out of mid-air as he was tumbling to the ice.
The tying goal by St. Louis came just 1:38 into the third, on a slap shot from the point that Hiller couldn’t handle.
"We weren’t feeling very proud after giving up a three-goal lead in our building, yet we found a way to get the last one to get the two points," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "The positives were we had lots of energy at the beginning of the game. We skated and created a lot more in this game from the outset. That is the most encouraging sign and the building point that we want to take forward."
But that was the extent of the scoring for both teams until Niedermayer came through yet again in OT.
"We showed some resiliency," Ryan said. "In the past, we would have let those three goals really go to our heart and that would have been a time of self destruction for us. But as a group, we pulled tonight and grinded out the two points."
The Ducks will continue this seven-game homestand in a battle with rival San Jose on Saturday. "We have a good homestand that we want to play well in," Niedermayer said. "We’re not really looking too far ahead. We’ll take each one as they come. It’s nice to get a win tonight."
was lost to the Ducks in the first period when he took a shot off his skate and suffered a bruised foot. Though x-rays were negative, Wisniewski did not return.
The Ducks have won three straight home games and four of the last five contests at Honda Center.
The last player with a point streak of 13 games or more before Perry was Phil Kessel (then with Boston) from Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2008 (18 games; 14-14=28). Perry, who has points in 14 of the last 15 contests (11-10=21), also has an eight-game HOME point streak (6-7=13).
recorded his third multiple-point game in the last four contests and sixth of the season with 1-2=3 points tonight. Getzlaf has points in 12 of 13 games (3-19=22) and assists in 11 of 12 (2-19=21). He also has an eight-game HOME point streak (2-12=14).
, who finished with 1-2=3 points tonight, collected his 636th career assist to tie Peter Forsberg for 62nd place on the NHL’s all-time assist list. With his next assist, Selanne will move into a tie with Darryl Sittler and Borje Salming for 60th among all-time assist leaders. He also has a four-game HOME point streak (4-3=7).
’s ninth goal of the season gave the Anaheim right winger points in seven of eight games (5-2=7) and nine of the last 11 (8-4=12). He also has a six-game HOME point streak (6-3=9), including goals in five of the six games.
Nick Boynton has recorded an assist (0-4=4) in four straight games, tying a career-high point streak (also Oct. 19-26, 2002) and setting a career-high assist streak (previous high was three games; Mar. 25-28, 2009).
made his NHL debut tonight for Anaheim, going scoreless. Sharp was recalled from Bakersfield yesterday after recording 4-10=14 points with 10 PIM in 15 games for the Condors.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,555.
0:52 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - The captain does it yet again in overtime on the 4 on 3, taking a drop pass from Getzlaf and firing a slap shot that dives into the top right corner of the net. It's the 13th career overtime goal for Niedermayer, as he adds to his record for NHL defensemen. Ducks win it in overtime, 4-3.
0:11 - TBL Penalty - Ryan Malone, 2 min. cross checking. As Whitney is looking up at a puck coming out of the air, Malone blatantly cross-checks him in the chest. We'll go 4 on 3.
0:00 - Here we go.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - Time runs out on both teams and we're going to OT. Point for the Ducks, which we'll definitely take these days. Love to have one more.
18:15 - Hiller with a huge stop as Paul Szczechura (can't believe I just typed that whole name) has a shot from right on top of Hiller off a James Wright pass.
17:46 - Huge kill.
16:45 - St. Louis just barely misses the net on a one-timer from just outside the crease. Big break for Anaheim.
15:46 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. tripping. Ill-timed for the Ducks, as Perry takes down Stamkos with the stick in the corner, and Perry knows it. He chops down on the puck in frustration, knowing the whistle is coming.
13:05 - Nick Boynton is blocking shots with abandon.
11:15 - Artyukhin pastes Meszaros into the wall.
10:40 - Close call as Hiller kicks out to save a redirect in front.
9:30 - Anaheim's top line continues to make things happen.
8:53 - Hiller with a nice blocker stop after Meszaros slaps at a bouncing puck in the slot.
7:13 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. interference. Artyukhin runs into a Tampa player going for a loose puck, leaving Randy Carlyle shaking his head. A little pushing and shoving after the whistle, but that's all.
6:45 - Ryan makes an incredible play, stealing the puck from Hale in front of the Tampa net and firing a quick backhand that Smith just does stop.
4:26 - Selanne gets it on the right wing off a nice touch-pass from Artyukhin and his slap shot is snagged high with the glove by Smith.
1:38 - TAMPA BAY GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MARTIN ST. LOUIS - Nothing too complicated as St. Louis rips a slap shot from the point that Hiller can't handle and it hits the inside of the post and goes through. We're tied 3-3.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, Ducks on the penalty kill.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks get one from Ryan on the power play to go up 3-0, but Tampa gets two back in a hurry to pull within a goal.
19:59 - ANA Penalty - Todd Marchant
, 2 min. tripping. That means the Ducks will start the third down a man.
17:20 - Now Hiller makes a big save, as Stamkos flutters a puck into the air in front of the net and Hiller stops the shot out of midair by a flying-by Martin St. Louis.
16:45 - Smith again, as he looks to almost get lucky making a stop on a Ryan one-timer.
15:15 - Great save by Smith, as he sprawls out to rob Selanne.
14:49 - TBL Penalty - Kurtis Foster, 2 min. tripping. Foster appears to take down Ryan in front of the Tampa net. Sort of. We'll take it.
13:25 - Getzlaf fires thrice during the back half of that power play, to no avail.
11:45 - Smith makes a nice stick save on a Perry rocket after Perry got loose down the right wing.
11:23 - TBL Penalty - Andrej Meszaros, 2 min. high sticking. Third power play for the Ducks, who are 1-2 tonight, but scored right after that other one ran out.
Wisniewski, it was just announced, has a bruised right foot and will not return. X-rays were negative.
7:41 - TAMPA BAY GOAL - STEVEN STAMKOS - Heartbreak for the Ducks as the Lightning strike twice in 18 seconds. This time Stamkos takes a shot that bounces off Hiller's chest, and just as Stamkos is tumbling to the ice, he manages to slap at it with his stick and send it just inside the far post. Impressive goal for Stamkos (a healthy scratch as a rookie here last year), but tough to take for the home team. It's 3-2.
7:23 - TAMPA BAY GOAL - JEFF HALPERN - The Lightning get one back as Steve Downie has the puck behind the net, but falls to his knees before feeding on the doorstep to Halpern, who forces it through Hiller. It's 3-1 Anaheim.
6:52 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - BOBBY RYAN - Apparently Ryan is just fine as he takes a flip pass from Lupul to get the puck back in the Tampa zone and is one a 2-on-1 with Perry on his right. Seeing plenty of room to shoot, Ryan fires a wrist shot under the arm of Smith to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead. As soon as he gets back to the bench, the right eye that got cut on that Hale high stick is further repaired by trainer Tim Clark. Ninth of the year for Ryan.
6:05 - Ryan back on the ice for the power play.
4:37 - TBL Penalty - David Hale, 4 min. (double minor) high sticking. Great news for the Ducks, but the bad news is Bobby Ryan
, whom Hale got with the stick, leaves the ice in some pain.
3:10 - Mike Brown and Zenon Kenopka put up their dukes near the Tampa Blue line, and plenty of punches are thrown with nothing landing too solidly. Kenopka ultimately wrestles Brown to the ice.
2:05 - What is it about Scott Niedermayer's shot that just befuddles people? He puts another knuckleball on net and Smith looks crossed up as he stops it chest-high.
0:55 - Artyukhin levels Andrej Meszaros behind the net. Big hit.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Very nice opening stanza for the Ducks, as Selanne and Getzlaf tally and Hiller makes some big stops. It's 2-0 home team.
18:12 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - RYAN GETZLAF - Kind of a bizarre goal because it looked exactly like the first one, only in reverse. Again, Perry feeds the puck down low, left of the net, but this time it's Selanne receiving it down there. He feeds across the crease to a waiting Getzlaf, who bangs it through. It's 2-0 Ducks on Getzlaf's third of the year.
18:01 - TBL Penalty - Lukas Krajicek, 2 min. interference. Matt Walker holds the puck behind the net for an enernity, and when Mike Brown goes to chase him, Krajicek sticks out a hip and takes him down. Easy one to call.
3:45 - Wisniewski looks to have taken a shot to the foot or leg and he's in the locker room right now.
It's trivia time, and the dude in the Mighty Ducks jersey is asked who the Ducks acquired from Tampa Bay last August 13. He's given the choices of Artyukhin, Nokelainen and Boynton and he quietly guesses Artyukhin. He's right. Kind of anticlimactic, but he's right.
16:25 - Perry gets way deep with some room and only Smith in front of him, but Smith manages to stop the shot.
14:20 - Hiller makes a nice kick save on a point blank shot by former Duck Zenon Konopka.
11:55 - Selanne almost gets the identical goal, but his one-time try off an Artyukhin pass goes under his blade.
11:00 - The Ducks get a break when Hiller lets out a rebound off a long shot and Stephane Veilleux's rebound try goes wide.
6:25 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE - Seconds after the power play ends, Perry feeds it to Getzlaf, who straddles the extended goal line. Somehow he finds an opening to slide the puck across the crease to a waiting Selanne, who easily one-times it into the open half of the net. It's 1-0 Ducks and Perry has a league-high 13-game scoring streak.
4:22 - TBL Penalty - Mike Smith, 2 min. interference. Smith runs out to the corner to play the puck and there is no call as he drags it into the no-no area outside the trapezoid. Perry takes the puck from him and he moves his hip into Perry to keep him from scoring the easy goal.
3:50 - ANA Penalty - Nick Boynton, 2 min. tripping. Boynton reaches out with the stick and takes out the legs of Alex Tanguay.
3:00 - First shift of MacGregor Sharp
0:44 - Near goal for the Ducks as Nokelainen nicely redirects a Niedermayer pass from the point, but Mike Smith is there.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
7:07 p.m. - Another spirited rendition of the anthem by Dawn Wright. We haven't had her here in awhile. Good to have her back.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jonas Hiller
; TBL Mike Smith
Starting Skaters - ANA Ryan Whitney, James Wisniewski
, Teemu Selanne
, Petteri Nokelainen, Evgeny Artyukhin
Scratches - ANA Steve Eminger, Erik Christensen; TBL Mattias Ohlund
Eminger out with back spasms
||VINCENT LECAVALIER (C)
||JEFF HALPERN (A)
||MARTIN ST LOUIS (A)
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