By Adam Brady (email@example.com)
ANAHEIM – The Carolina Hurricanes have yet to find their first road win in 12 tries so far this season. The Ducks made sure they didn’t get it in their house.
Anaheim got a big go-ahead goal from Petteri Nokelainen in the third period and some needed insurance from Teemu Selanne
late in the game on its way to a 3-2 victory over Carolina at Honda Center.
|The Ducks celebrate Nokelainen's goal in the third period that gave them their first lead.
A Hurricanes goal with 52.7 seconds left, while skating up a man with their net empty, put a slight scare into the home crowd, but the Ducks were able to hang on in the final minute to clinch their third victory in the last four. It was also the 300th home win in franchise history.
“We were patient the whole game, played our system until the end and Nokie got a big goal for us,” said Ryan Getzlaf
Nokelainen’s goal with 7:17 left in the game gave the Ducks their first lead and it capped off a pretty sequence involving Kyle Calder. After Todd Marchant
took away the puck in the Carolina end, Calder sent a blind pass behind his back to the slot, where Nokelainen stretched out to tap it past goalie Manny Legace.
"Kyle Calder had the puck and I tried to yell at him," Nokelainen said. "I thought he was going to shoot it on the back hand, but he heard me. I got a piece of it, so it was nice."
The joy of that goal was evident as the five Ducks on the ice converged for the celebration and promptly toppled on top of one another.
"It was nice to get a goal and it turned out to be a big one," Nokelainen said of his second tally of the season. "Our line played pretty well tonight, but we have to keep improving. It’s going to help our team a lot if we can score some goals too. We are a more defensive line, but at the same time you have to score some goals too. Hopefully, we can keep doing it."
Selanne put the Ducks up two goals on a score created by all three members of the newly formed second line. Evgeny Artyukhin picked up the puck in the defensive zone and rapped it off the wall, where it met a streaking Saku Koivu
on a rush. He sent a pinpoint pass to the far post, where Selanne easily batted it in.
That goal would come in handy when Brandon Sutter chipped in a puck that was knocked under Jean-Sebastien Giguere by Eric Staal and rolled along the goal line. But Giguere saved the only shot Carolina attempted in that final minute, his 28th stop of the game, to earn his second straight victory.
"We played pretty well tonight," Giguere said. "They were a desperate team and played a good game. We kept with it. There were stretches where it didn’t necessarily go our way, but we didn’t panic. We ended up scoring some big goals."
Carolina got on top early in the game on a Tom Kostopoulos goal just 1:23 after the opening faceoff. The Ducks broke down on defense after a Joni Pitkanen shot, as Matt Cullen was able to pick up the loose change and sling a pass to Kostoupolos for the one-timer into a wide open net.
Anaheim failed to get the equalizer despite controlling play for most of the rest of the period and outshooting Carolina 12-6 in the session. They finally got even with 48.2 seconds left in the second period, on a power play set up by a Staal high sticking minor. Corey Perry
kept the puck alive by rushing to the corner and chipping it back to Teemu Selanne
on the extended goal line. Selanne shuttled a pass across the crease for a Scott Niedermayer one-timer. Niedermayer actually didn’t get a lot of stick on the puck, sending the puck fluttering over the shoulder of goalie Manny Legace. Niedermayer actually let out a sheepish grin as he celebrated with teammates.
"We were playing against a team that is as desperate as we are and they got one of their big guys back," Carlyle said, referring to Staal's return from injury. "We were fortunate enough that Scotty Niedermayer whiffed on a puck and it went into the top corner of the net on a power play."
The Ducks will look for their third straight win when they take on Chicago on Friday afternoon.
The Ducks are 3-1-0 on the homestand and have won five of their last six games at HOME (5-1-0) overall.
extended his point streak to a career-high 16 games (9-13=22). The streak is the second-longest in franchise history and one game shy of tying the record, which stands at 17 games set by Teemu Selanne
from Feb. 3 – Mar. 10, 1999 (15-14=29).
Perry’s streak is the longest in the NHL this season. The last player with a point streak of 16 games or more was Phil Kessel (then with Boston) from Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2008 (18 games; 14-14=28). He has also tied his personal-best with a seven-game assist streak (1-8=9), the longest current assist streak in the NHL. Perry has earned points in 17 of the last 18 contests (11-13=24) and is riding an 11-game HOME point streak (6-10=16).
With a goal and an assist this evening, Teemu Selanne
(591-638=1229) moved into a share of 37th place on the NHL’s all-time points list (also Norm Ullman). He also moved into a share of 59th place on the NHL’s all-time assists list (also Dave Taylor). He is now just three assists shy from a share of 58th in all-time assists (Gary Suter) and three points shy of from a share of 36th in all-time points (Phil Housley).
With his power play goal tonight, Scott Niedermayer has earned points in four of the last five games (2-2=4).
J.S. Giguere has won two straight games (2-0-0) and stopped 68-of-72 shots, for a 1.92 GAA (125 MIN/4 GA) and .944 SV%.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,766.
20:00 - END OF GAME - Ducks don't allow much in the final minute and hang on for a 3-2 victory.
19:07 - CAROLINA GOAL - BRANDON SUTTER - With the 'Canes up a man, Sutter sends the puck off the back wall, where it bounces near the post. Stall pokes at it and it gets behind Giguere along the goal line, where Sutter, easily chips it in. It's 3-2 Ducks.
18:50 - Legace to the bench for an extra attacker.
18:28 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE - Each of the three on the newly formed second line contribute, as Artyukhin picks up the puck in the Carolina end and throws it off the wall, where it meets a streaking Koivu. He finds himself on a 2-on-1 with Selanne, and he makes a perfect feed to Selanne on the doorstep for the easy goal.
17:10 - Ducks get on a 3-on-2, as Perry passes across to Ryan, but Ryan's slingshot is stopped. Officials miss Staal, who was getting into it with Boynton earlier, picking up Boynton's dropped stick and throwing it across the ice.
16:09 - Timeout with 3:51 left. Ducks would LOVE some insurance.
14:36 - Getzlaf steals the puck in the Carolina end and gets it to Perry, who fakes right and left to get Corvo out of his way, but fires way wide.
12:43 - ANAHEIM GOAL - PETTERI NOKELAINEN - Absolutely gorgeous play as Calder picks up the puck near the right wing circle with his back to the net and sends a blind pass into the slot, where Nokelainen stretches out to tap it past Legace. Funny scene as Nokelainen, Marchant, MIkkelson and Eminger gather together for the celebration near the glass and topple on top of each other like little kids. It's 2-1 Anaheim.
12:02 - Second line of Selanne, Koivu and Arty creating opportunities in front.
10:20 - Niedermayer makes a big play to intercept the puck in front with an open net behind him.
7:12 - Getzlaf creates some room for himself in the high slot and gets off a good shot that Legace reaches out to glove. He's killing the Ducks right now.
6:46 - Nice save Giguere as Erik Cole picks off a reversed pass and gets some space in front of the Ducks defense.
3:32 - Bobby Ryan
gets absolutely robbed by Legace, who dives across the crease to stop a backhander off a Getzlaf pass. Nothing but head-shakes for BR.
0:00 - Off and running in the third.
19:11 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - Corey Perry keeps the play alive by running to the corner and chipping the puck backwards to Selanne on the extended goal line. Selanne quickly feeds across the crease to Niedermayer, who doesn't get all of the puck on the one-timer, but enough to have it flutter over Legace's shoulder. Niedermayer is almost embarrassed by the goal on that shot as he lets out a sheepish smile as his teammates converge. Either way, it's 1-1 and Perry extends his scoring streak to a league-high 16 games, one short of Selanne's club record.
18:37 - CAR Penalty - Eric Staal, 2 min. high stick. Chance for the Ducks near the end of this period.
18:27 - Ducks turning the puck over a bit in this period.
An odd night for the tennis balls, as neither of them is in their usual spot behind the Anaheim net in section 215, and the male one is behind the net on the other side of the rink.
During the timeout, it's Kiss Cam time and one dude decides to stand up and turn his rear to the girl next to him. Good luck being single for the rest of your life, bud.
13:05 - ANA Penalty - Kyle Calder, 2 min. hooking
8:45 - Marchant is alone in front after a great pass by Calder on the rush, but loses the handle as he tries to fake out Legace.
6:28 - CAR Penalty - Niclas Wallin, 2 min. hooking. Wallin and Artyukhin get tangled in the corner and both go down. Wallin gets the penalty. It takes a big man to admit when his team might have gotten some help from the official, and this was one of those times.
5:50 - Big stop Giguere on a Yelle one-timer from the slot.
4:07 - Big play by Giguere to stop and hold a Carolina one-timer with his PK unit gassed.
2:11 - ANA Penalty - Steve Eminger, 2 min. holding. Eminger grips onto Patrick Dwyer off the draw. Or did he?
1:55 - Wisniewski tags a one-timer from straightaway on the odd-man rush, but misses wide left.
0:26 - Ryan misses a gimme, as he chips at a rolling puck that somehow Legace gloves from a seated position.
"Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue followed by "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted sister on the sound system. Wow. 1985 called. They want their soundtrack back. (I know that joke is tired, but I couldn't think of anything else on the fly.)
0:00 - Here we go.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks give up an early one and can't get it back despite 12 shots on net. They trail 1-0.
18:55 - Top line again controls the puck in the Carolina end for nearly the entire shift, but with no payoff other than a gasses Hurricanes unit.
17:03 - After a long wait for a shot from the point, Whitney provides one with a one-timer fired high that Legace manages to see through a Perry screen.
It's trivia time and Mark is asked who is second on the games played list behind Gordie Howe. Ray Bourque, Chris Chelios or Mark Messier? He says Bourque, but it's Messier. He misses out on John Wooden Classic tickets, but he gets a Ducks hat, a coupon to the team store and ... um ... the latest CD from Train.
16:03 - Calder has a good look after a nice Wisniewski pass down low, but can't get it through Legace on the initial shot or in his attempts to punch in the rebound.
13:42 - Sharp tries to liven things up with a wraparound that Legace is ready for.
10:05 - The Ducks top line, with Whitney and Wiz, keep it in the Carolina end for nearly an hour and a half, but can't manage a shot.
6:54 - Ducks get a break as Brind'Amour runs offside as the penalty is nearing its end.
4:57 - ANA Penalty - Kyle Calder, 2 min. interference. Calder runs into Rod Brind'Amour in the offensive zone. Bad penalty.
4:54 - The Ducks are denied on a golden opportunity as Ryan charges in on a 2-on-1 rush and is stopped by Manny Legace, and Perry can't punch in the rebound.
4:15 - Giguere holds his ground as Cullen pounds away at a puck under the leg pad. Bit of a skirmish after the whistle that ends quickly as big Artyukhin pulls Kostopoulos away from the pile with one arm.
3:30 - Extra long shift for the fourth line of Parros, Sharp and Brown as they can't clear the puck out of their end. Rough start so far for Anaheim.
1:23 - CAROLINA GOAL - TOM KOSTOPOULOS - Defensive breakdown for the Ducks as Matt Cullen picks up the loose puck off a Joni Pitkanen shot and slings a pass across the middle that gets by Steve Eminger and Brendan Mikkelson, allowing Kostopoulos to bat it into the open net. It's 1-0 Carolina.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
7:07 p.m. - Nice rendition of the anthem by newcomer Jennifer Dunnigan, notably the high note she hit on free-eeeeeee.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; CAR Manny Legace
Starting Skaters - ANA Nick Boynton, Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne
, Saku Koivu
, Evgeny Artyukhin; CAR Tim Gleason, Joe Corvo, Ray Whitney, Brandon Sutter, Erik Cole
Scratches - ANA Joffrey Lupul
, Sheldon Brookbank
, Erik Christensen; CAR Michael Leighton, Tuomo Ruutu, Scott Walker
||ERIC STAAL (A)
||RAY WHITNEY (A)
||ROD BRIND'AMOUR (C)