By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – Ducks coach Randy Carlyle likes to say you never critique a win. He’ll undoubtedly leave this one alone tonight.
Anaheim lost a 2-1 lead to the visiting Calgary Flames with just 18.0 seconds remaining, but managed to pull off victory in a shootout in a much-needed 3-2 victory.
|Getzlaf (left) and Ryan each scored within 1:08 of each other to give the Ducks a lead they held until late in regulation.
came to the rescue with the only conversion in the shootout, skidding to a near stop before roofing a wrist shot past Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for the clincher. At the other end of the rink, Ducks netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere was able to withstand all three Calgary attempts to seal the victory.
"It wasn’t always pretty," Giguere said, "but we found a way to win. It was a big game for our team. It was a tough play at the end, but we answered back pretty well. We would have liked to win in 60 minutes, but sometimes it takes a little longer."
It was a fitting ending for Giguere, who recorded 41 saves in the game, including 20 by the Flames in the third period and overtime. One of the few blemishes on Giguere’s solid night came on the goal that sent the game to overtime, as the Flames took advantage of a 6 on 5 with Kiprusoff on the bench for an extra attacker. Jarome Iginla got the puck after a give-and-go with Olli Jokinen and shot the puck through from the slot, with a little help from a glance off the skate of Ryan Getzlaf
"We were under siege pretty much for the whole third period and we basically let them come back at us," Carlyle said. "Our goaltender made a bunch of big-league stops to keep the score 2-1. With 18 seconds left, they score a goal where we allowed them to come through the neutral ice and it deflected off our player into the net. The bench was pretty quiet to tell you the truth."
It was the first Calgary goal since 13:44 into the first period, as the Ducks had to that point withstood numerous Flames scoring chances after taking a 2-1 lead off goals by Bobby Ryan
and Getzlaf in the first period. Following a breakaway goal by former Ducks farmhand Curtis Glencross, Ryan and Getzlaf wiped out the Calgary lead and took one of their own in a window of 1:08. At 15:47, Jamie Lundmark badly turned the puck over from behind the net, giving it to Corey Perry
right in front of the net. His quick shot glanced off Kiprusoff, and Ryan was there to clean it up.
Ryan Whitney set up the subsequent goal with a hard shot from the left wing that kicked off Kiprusoff, and Getzlaf reached out to sweep it home with the backhand.
Neither team found the net for more than 42 minutes until Iginla scored the heartbreaker with the Ducks seemingly on the cusp of victory.
"We are pretty happy with our effort tonight," Getzlaf said. "There was a little breakdown at the end, but overall we played a good hockey game and we played a good team tonight. We were able to pull it out. We got our two points and move forward."
And the Ducks continued a trend of home dominance over Calgary. Anaheim has won the last 10 against the Flames at Honda Center and 19 of the last 20.
It was the first victory of the season for Giguere, who has battled injuries and been a backup to Jonas Hiller
thus far. "It’s been a long time, but it feels good to win," Giguere said. "I’ll soak it in here for the next 10 minutes, then move on and think about the next game. I’m really excited we got the win and everybody in the dressing room is. If we it would have gone the other way around, it would have been a pretty big blow to our team."
The Ducks have won four of their last five games at HOME (4-1-0). The club moves to just one game shy of its 300th franchise win at Honda Center.
The Ducks have won 10 straight HOME games vs. Calgary (dating back to Apr. 4, 2004). That equals the longest HOME winning streak in Ducks history vs. one opponent (also vs. Phoenix, Nov. 9, 2003 – Mar. 7, 2007). The Flames last win in Anaheim took place on Jan. 19, 2004. The Ducks have also earned points in 18 of the last 19 HOME games against Calgary (15-1-3).
extended his point streak to a career-high 15 games (9-12=21). The streak ties for the second-longest in franchise history. The record stands at 17 games set by Teemu Selanne
from Feb. 3 – Mar. 10, 1999 (15-14=29). Both Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf
have had 15-game point streaks in a Ducks uniform; Selanne from Feb. 10 – Mar. 17, 1996 (12-12=24) and Getzlaf from Dec. 22, 2007 – Jan. 23, 2008 (6-16=22).
Perry’s streak is the longest in the NHL this season. The last player with a point streak of 15 games or more was Phil Kessel (then with Boston) from Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2008 (18 games; 14-14=28). Perry also has points in 16 of the last 17 contests (11-12=23) and is riding a 10-game HOME point streak (6-9=15).
has earned points in each of the last three games (2-1=3), nine of the last 10 (6-3=9) and in 11 of 13 (9-5=14). He also extended his point streak at HOME to eight games (7-4=11), including goals in six of the eight contests.
With his fourth goal of the season, Ryan Getzlaf
has earned points in two of the last three contests (2-2=4) and in 13 of the last 15 (4-19=23). He also has earned points in nine of the last 10 contests at HOME (3-12=15).
With tonight’s shootout winning goal, Teemu Selanne
improved his shootout record this season to two-for-three for a 66.6% success rate (2 GDG).
J.S. Giguere made a season-high 41 saves (43 shots) in tonight’s win. It was the most saves he’s recorded (and shots he’s faced) since Oct. 25, 2008 at Montreal when he stopped 47-of-51 shots in a 6-4 Ducks victory.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,348.
CGY Curtis Glencross' attempt is NO GOOD. He tries a high wrist shot that goes wide and slams off the glass. Ducks win it, 3-2.
ANA Teemu Selanne's attempt is GOOD! Selanne skates toward the net, slows down just a bit and wrists it top shelf.
CGY Olli Jokinen's attempt is NO GOOD, as he tries to sling a shot that Giguere stops.
ANA Ryan Getzlaf
's attempt is NO GOOD, as he tries to deke to the backhand, but Kiprusoff pokes it away first.
CGY Nigel Dawes' attempt is NO GOOD, as he tries a wrist shot that is pad saved by Giguere.
ANA Corey Perry
's attempt is NO GOOD. He has trouble handling it right off the bat and a low wrist shot is stopped by Kiprusoff.
5:00 - Nothing doing in the final minute and we're headed to a shootout.
4:00 - The Ducks finally get the puck out of their end, and Perry gets some room on the right wing, where a ripped slapped shot is stopped by an in-position Kiprusoff.
2:30 - Glencross gets close again, deking to his backhand after taking a pass in front of the net, but firing too high.
0:00 - Here we go.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - We're going to overtime.
19:42 - CALGARY GOAL - JAROME IGINLA - With the Flames skating 6 on 5, Iginla heads up ice and gives to Jokinen on the left wing, he gives it right back to Iginla who fires it past Giguere from the slot. Heartbreaker for the Ducks, as the Flames tie it 2-2 with their first goal since the first period.
19:28 - Bad move by Wisniewski as he ices it trying to feed the puck into the Calgary end.
19:21 - Timeout Calgary with 38.2 left.
19:21 - A break for Calgary as the puck just goes over the glass near center ice. If it hits the ice, Perry is alone down the wing with an empty net.
19:10 - Kiprusoff to the bench.
18:50 - Kiprusoff heads to the bench as the Flames rush up ice, then they ice it. Big break for Anaheim as we come back to the other end.
17:38 - Ryan is able to shin-block a shot and is off to the races on a rush with Perry. He can't find a seam to feed his linemate, so he moves to the backhand, where he fires wide.
16:50 - Ducks are able to clear the puck after an eternity in their end.
15:30 - A Bouwmeester shot from the point that Giguere stops is the 40th of the game for Calgary.
13:47 - ANA Penalty - Nick Boynton and CGY Penalty - Dion Phaneuf, 2 min. each unsportsmanlike conduct. Close call as Getzlaf puts it on net and Perry just misses wide with the rebound try from point blank. Mini-brawl involving all 10 skaters after Perry is pushed and bowls over Kiprusoff, followed by the goalie trying to swing at Perry's head as they're on the ice together. Boynton and Phaneuf each get minors for their roles in the melee.
13:20 - Short shifts for Anaheim right now, as they cling to that one-goal lead.
10:33 - Glencross does it again, stealing the puck after an Eminger turnover and beating everyone down the ice to the net. This time his quick wrister, with a little pressure from the rear by Eminger, is stopped by Giguere.
9:20 - After Artyukhin passes up a shot he might have taken, Wisniewski lays into a one-timer from the point -- saved.
8:20 - You know what would be nice? A third goal.
6:26 - Calgary shot advantage of 10-2 in this period. Ducks have been on their heels for most of it.
4:53 - Calgary applies the pressure, as Dustin Boyd is on top of Giguere, trying to punch in a rebound, but Giguere holds his ground, getting the whistle before being driven into his net.
2:40 - Despite a ton of pressure, Curtis Glencross holds onto the puck and weaves his way into a shot that Giguere stops.
1:05 - Wisniewski rips a slap shot that somehow goes wide, just not sure how.
0:00 - Here we go in period 3. Ducks are 6-0-1 when leading going into the third. Oh, crap. Maybe I shouldn't have written that.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - This one ends like it started, with the Ducks in front 2-1.
18:03 - Giguere snatches a Giordano slap shot with the glove. Nicely done.
"I've Got the Power" is played to pump the crowd up out of the timeout. Haven't heard that one in awhile. Snap. That's the group who recorded that. Had to look it up.
12:25 - Koivu again has a chance to punch in a rebound, wide again. Yeesh.
11:45 - Koivu punches at a rebound in the slot that goes just wide. Had an open net for it.
11:31 - Loose puck in the crease that Kiprusoff dives on.
10:26 - CGY Penalty - Eric Nystrom, 2 min. tripping. Nystrom takes down Whitney behind the Anaheim net.
10:10 - Selanne throws one on net from in deep, gloved by Kiprusoff.
9:50 - Ducks get close, as Ryan and Getzlaf get on the rush, and Ryan makes a nice backhand pass that goes under Getzlaf's stick, drawing an "awww!" from the crowd.
8:06 - Nothing doing on the power play for Anaheim, but fans do get a free Del Taco taco for that penalty kill!
7:21 - CGY Penalty - Cory Sarich, 2 min. hooking. Brief 5 on 3 for the Ducks.
6:06 - CGY Penalty - Mark Giordano, 2 min. high sticking. The puck bounces up along the wall, and Giordano swings at it and gets Wisniewski in the side of the head. He's shaken up , but okay.
2:45 - Nice stop in traffic by Giguere, who apparently is sporting a brand new mask tonight. We'll try to find a photo.
0:00 - Off we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks get in a 1-0 hole, but get two quick ones from their top line to go up 2-1.
16:55 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - Another goal for the Ducks off a rebound, as the shooting-more-often Ryan Whitney fires a slap shot from the left wing that bounces off Kiprusoff, and Getzlaf reaches out to sweep it in with the backhand. Two goals in 1:08 for the Ducks and they lead 2-1.
15:47 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BOBBY RYAN - The Ducks take full advantage of a bad Calgary turnover, as Jamie Lundmark tries to clear the puck from behind the net and gives it right to Corey Perry in the slot. Perry fires a shot that hits off Kiprusoff, but Ryan is there to clean up the rebound. It's the 10th of the year for Ryan and a 15-game point streak for Perry, longest in the league and two games short of Selanne's team record. We're tied 1-1.
Hey, it's trivia time and Fernando of Riverside, surrounded by four Power Players, is asked Which Duck earned an assist on both of Scott Niedermayer's game-winning 3-on-3 overtime goals against Calgary and Vancouver last year. Is it Ryan Getzlaf, Todd Marchant or Ryan Getzlaf? He guesses Marchant and he's right. He wins a DVD of Funny People with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
13:44 - CALGARY GOAL - CURTIS GLENCROSS - The puck comes bouncing toward Boynton between the red line and the Anaheim blue line and he can't control it as it bounces through his legs and behind him. Glencross picks it up with no defenseman back and beats Giguere with a quick wrist shot. It's 1-0 Calgary.
12:14 - Calgary gets as close as you can come as David Moss tries to jam the puck in and Giguere seems to pin it against the post with his skate as Ducks and Flames converge.
11:09 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan
, 2 min. hooking. Ryan gets locked up with Adam Pardy.
10:30 - Perry gets a pass in the slot from Niedermayer and fires it off the inside of the far post.
10:06 - Cory Sarich takes the puck off the face after a rocketed Ryan Getzlaf
shot. That looked like it stung a bit. He heads to the locker room, towel on face.
9:32 - Nice clear by Brown as the penalty expires.
7:32 - ANA Penalty - Kyle Calder, 2 min. hooking. Calder reaches out and gets a piece of Adam Party. A second and a half later, separated from Calder, Pardy stumbles. Not so sure about that call.
6:30 - Ryan rips a one-timer off a Getzlaf drop pass that was too high by ... oh ... 37 feet.
Reader Patti says Amanda Guerrero is an alto. Good to know.
2:57 - After a hit near center ice by Parros knocks down Curtis Glencross, Brian McGrattan and Parros throw down. It's a marathon session in which McGrattan's helmet is knocked off to reveal an especially ugly died-blone mohawk. Both men throw a ton of punches, nothing landing too hard before Parros is taken down.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
7:07 p.m. - Another fine rendition of both anthems by deep-voiced Amanda Guerrero. (Someone email me and tell me what the female version of baritone is. I'm not too sure.) During the American anthem, the collection of Calgary fans in the crowd yell out "C!" when she sings "see" in the song and "red!" when she sings that word.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; CGY Miikka Kiprusoff
Starting Skaters - ANA Nick Boynton, Scott Niedermayer, Bobby Ryan
, Corey Perry
, Ryan Getzlaf
; CGY Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr, Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen, Jamie Lundmark
Scratches - ANA Joffrey Lupul
, Sheldon Brookbank
, Erik Christensen; CGY Fredrik Sjostrom, Aaron Johnson
||JAY BOUWMEESTER (A)
||JAROME IGINLA (C)
||ROBYN REGEHR (A)