By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – For a Ducks team desperately looking for a turning point in this season, they may have found it Friday afternoon against the visiting Blackhawks.
|Selanne (middle) struck twice on the power play, while Giguere recorded his first shutout of the season.
On the strength of three power play goals and the first shutout of the year by Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim played maybe its best game against the league’s hottest team, snapping Chicago’s eight-game winning streak in a huge 3-0 victory.
scored in each of the first two periods and Nick Boynton got his first as a Duck in the second to help Anaheim to its fourth win in a row. It was the 32nd career shutout for Giguere and his first since Nov. 4, 2008.
The Ducks also shut out the Blackhawks in last year's day-after-Thanksgiving matinee, 1-0 behind Jonas Hiller
. Anaheim is 6-1-3 all time in games hosted the day after Thanksgiving.
“It feels really good,” said Giguere in a postgame TV interview, forced to pause after he couldn’t be heard over the roar of the remaining crowd. “Right now we’re playing well defensively, scoring some big goals and everybody’s contributing. It was a huge team effort today.”
Selanne provided power play strikes in each of the first two periods, getting his first with 41.9 left in the opening period following a Duncan Keith slashing minor. Ryan Whitney sent the puck into the slot, where it kicked to Corey Perry
, who slid it across to Selanne for the one-timer. It was the 17th straight game in which Perry recorded a point, tops in the NHL and tied with Selanne for the franchise record.
Selanne put the Ducks up 2-0 7:50 into the middle session, near the end of a Ducks power play. Ryan Getzlaf
threw the puck on net from near the extended goal line, and it bounced off goalie Cristobal Huet in front, where Selanne swept it netbound.
Boynton made it 3-0 Ducks, also on the power play, midway through the period. Bobby Ryan
dropped the puck back from the right wing circle, where Boynton laid into a one-timed slap shot that got through for his first in a Duck uniform.
"You get lucky once in a while," said Boynton, who has 34 goals in 526 career games. "Bobby is great player and made a good play. Lucky for me, the goalie didn’t see it."
On the other end of the ice, the Ducks were able to keep a deadly Chicago offense in check, holding the Hawks to just 28 shots on goal, all of which were stopped by Giguere in his third straight win. Chicago was just two days removed from a 7-2 trouncing of San Jose, the top team in the Western Conference.
"You could tell the guys were really focused today," Giguere said later in the relative quiet of the locker room. "We knew that we had to play a good game to be able to have success against them. It was one of our better games."
Added Boynton, "Everybody was playing well and Jiggy played amazing. When your goalie plays like that, it makes the game real easy.We hadn’t played a full game yet and we are a quarter of the way into the season. Today, it was nice to get a full game in. To beat a team like that, it’s a good feeling and a good confidence boost."
The Ducks are 4-1-0 on the homestand and have won six of their last seven games at HOME (6-1-0) overall.
With today’s victory, the Ducks improved to 5-1-0 in their last six HOME games vs. the Blackhawks…since 1998-99, Anaheim has compiled a 16-2-3 record in its last 21 HOME games against Chicago.
Anaheim hosted the Chicago Blackhawks for the fifth time the day after Thanksgiving (all day games), and improved to 4-1-0 in such games…overall, the Ducks have hosted nine games the day after Thanksgiving (all day games), going 6-1-3…all-time, Anaheim owns an 8-2-4 record in day-after-Thanksgiving games, outscoring the opposition, 39-29.
The Ducks tied a season high with three PPG in five opportunities…since the homestand began on Nov. 19, Anaheim has gone 9-for-21 (42.86%) on the power play.
With his assist this afternoon, Corey Perry
extended his career-high point streak to 17 games (9-14=23), tying the record for the longest streak in franchise history (also Teemu Selanne
from Feb. 3-Mar. 10, 1999; 15-14=29). He has also pushed his assist streak to a career-best eight games (1-9=10), which is the longest current assist streak in the NHL.
Perry’s point streak is the longest in the NHL this season. The last player with a point streak of 17 games or more was Phil Kessel (then with Boston) from Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2008 (18 games; 14-14=28). Perry has earned points in 18 of the last 19 contests (11-14=25) and is riding a 12-game HOME point streak (6-11=17).
With two PPG today, Teemu Selanne
(593-638=1231) surpassed Norm Ullman and moved into sole possession of 37th on the NHL’s all-time points list. He is now just one point shy of a share of 36th in all-time points (Phil Housley). Selanne’s two goals tied a season high (fourth time, last: Nov. 5 vs. Nashville; 2-0=2) and marked his 118th career multiple-goal game.
J.S. Giguere extended his own franchise record with his 32nd career shutout today, stopping all 28 shots faced…he has won three straight games (3-0-0) and stopped 96-of-100 shots, for a 1.30 GAA (185 MIN/4 GA) and .960 SV%.
With a power-play strike at 10:26 of the second period, Nick Boynton picked up his first goal since Mar. 10, 2009 with Florida at Pittsburgh (1-1=2).
earned his seventh assist of the season on Nick Boynton’s goal, giving him points in four of five games (2-2=4) and 10 of 12 (6-4=10).
Today’s attendance was 15,068.
20:00 - The Ducks roll to a huge 3-0 victory as Giguere gets his first shutout of the season.
19:35 - Crowd on its feet as the seconds wind down.
19:00 - One minute left on this gorgeous hockey game.
17:04 - CHI Penalty - Dustin Byfuglien, 2 min. high sticking.
There appears to be a Gatorade leak of some kind on the ice in the Ducks net. It's the only thing that's been in there all game. Either that, or Giguere is really nervous. I think it's the Gatorade.
13:28 - Yet another nice kill for the Ducks.
12:34 - Koivu steals the puck along the wall and feeds ahead to Brown on the breakaway, but his wrist shot goes over the crossbar.
11:28 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. slashing. First minor of the period for the Ducks.
10:40 - Ducks still holding strong on D.
6:35 - Ducks keep knocking on the door for that fourth goal, as Marchant hits the ice in time to slap a one-timer from the slot off a Ryan pass. But Huet slides out to make the stop.
5:30 - Giguere with another big stop, this one on a Kane wrister.
2:26 - Calder nearly gets one on the rebound, then Eminger rips a shot too high.
0:00 - Off and running in the third, where the Ducks are 7-0-1 when they enter with a lead. That's right, I said it.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - It's a great one for the Ducks, as they score twice on the power play and keep the Hawks off the board to go up 3-0.
18:48 - Big kill for the Ducks to keep the momentum going. And even better, tacos for everybody!
18:15 - Ducks come within an eyelash of a shorthander, as Perry is on the rush with Marchant, and Perry waits to make the feed across, but Marchant's shot hits the post.
16:48 - ANA Penalty - George Parros
, 2 min. roughing. Parros smashes Andrew Ladd into the glass and Georgie's not happy about something, yelling at someone as he steps into the bin.
16:10 - After Giguere smothers a bouncing puck, Byfluglien throws some snow on him, causing Whitney to give him some business after the whistle. Quickly dies down. You're not looking at a very angry Ducks team right now.
13:35 - Ducks come oh-so-close to a fourth goal, as Calder makes a feed across the slot to a charging Nokelainen, whose one-timer is stopped nicely by Huet.
10:26 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - Ryan gets the puck in the right wing circle from Wisniewski and drops it behind his back to Boynton, who rips into a one-timer that sails past Huet. First as a Duck for Boynton and it's 3-0 Ducks.
9:30 - Ducks create some chances quickly, ending with Getzlaf firing a one-timer way high from in deep.
8:56 - CHI Penalty - Dustin Byfuglien, 2 min. goaltender interference. Giguere goes after Dustin Byfuglien after Giguere comes out high to save a point shot and Byfuglien runs into him, knocking Giguere's helmet off. Bit of a bouhaha after the whistle but nothing eye-opening.
7:50 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - With three seconds left in the penalty, Getzlaf throws the puck on net with the backhand from a bad angle. It hits Huet and bounces in front, where Selanne manages to get a stick on it and sweep it in for his second of the game. It's 2-0 Anaheim.
5:42 - CHI Penalty - Brent Sopel, 2 min. hooking. Crazy sequence of events, as the Ducks get robbed of a seemingly sure goal on one end, and Giguere makes a huge kick save seconds later. Then back in the Chicago zone, Getzlaf gets denied on a partial breakaway but the Ducks draw the penalty.
4:58 - Close call in front of the home team net, but Giguere pokes a bouncing puck away in traffic.
3:52 - A little pushing and shoving after Huet smothers the puck. But it seems like every time opponents look up and see Artyukhin standing there, they stop scuffling. Strange concept.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Nice start for Anaheim, which goes up 1-0 on a Selanne PP strike, and holds the vaunted Hawks offense to just seven shots.
19:18 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - Whitney gets things started by shuttling the puck into the slot from the point, where it kicks to Perry. He gets it quickly to his left to Selanne, who bats it in the open net from the top of the crease. It's 1-0 Ducks as the power play comes through yet again. Perry's assists gives him points in 17 straight, best in the NHL and tying Selanne's club record.
18:35 - CHI Penalty - Duncan Keith, 2 min. slashing. Keith cuts Calder's stick in half. And it's set up by a nice stretch pass by Giguere to Koivu at the end of the original power play, which set the Ducks up on a mini rush.
17:17 - Selanne gets way deep but can't get it through Huet.
16:32 - CHI Penalty - Brian Campbell, 2 min. tripping. Campbell upends Nokelainen in the Chicago zone. And it comes 10 seconds after the guy who does coach's stats, Jeff, who sits next to me, said he's told his youth team to watch the Ducks power play, "But we haven't had one yet."
It's trivia time and the fan is asked which of these turkey statements is false ... Turkeys ... you know what? I don't have the energy.
14:14 - ANA Penalty Mike Brown, 2 min. elbowing. Brown gets Troy Brouwer in the head.
13:30 - Nice stop by Huet on an Eminger shot redirected by Koivu.
13:01 - Big kill for the Ducks, helped by some Giguere saves on point shots and ending with Nokelainen pushing the puck up the ice on a rush with Marchant.
11:01 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. holding. Perry gets called for holding Toews along the wall.
10:49 - Giguere with a nice save after Kane gets off a shot past Niedermayer from the low left wing circle.
9:55 - Wisniewski fires from the point in his first game against his old team.
7:54 - Niedermayer nicely weaves through some Hawks before getting off a backhander that Huet kicks away.
5:00 - Several puck giveaways for the boys in black in the early going.
1:20 - Calder picks up a loose puck in the slot and fires, but into Huet's gut.
0:00 - And we're underway in this post-Thanksgiving matinee at Honda Center.
1:07 p.m. - Very nice rendition of the anthem by Malia Citetz, whose voice definitely sounds older than her 15 years.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; CHI Cristobal Huet
Starting Skaters - ANA Ryan Whitney, James Wisniewski
, Teemu Selanne
, Saku Koivu
, Ageny Artyukhin; CHI Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brian Campbell, John MAdden, Andrew Ladd, Toy Brouwer
Scratches - ANA Joffrey Lupul
, Sheldon Brookbank
, Erik Christensen; CHI Jodan Hendry
||DUNCAN KEITH (A)
||PATRICK SHARP (A)
||JONATHAN TOEWS (C)