ANAHEIM – The recent losses of Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne were supposed to be a detriment to the Anaheim Ducks offense, but there were few signs of that during a five-goal barrage against Calgary.
Two of the Ducks' other big scorers, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, scored huge goals in the third period to give the Ducks a 5-4 victory, the seventh straight home win overall and the 11th straight against Calgary at Honda Center. It was also the sixth victory in the last seven for Anaheim, who continues to try and climb its way up the Western Conference standings.
"It’s one of those things where we have guys who are big parts of our lineup and different guys just have to step up," Perry said. "We got that tonight."
Ryan gave the Ducks the lead for good with 7:17 left in the game, taking a Dan Sexton drop pass and rifling a wrist shot from the right wing circle that found the corner of the far side of the net. From there, the Ducks hung firmly onto the lead, surviving a final minute in which the Flames had a 6-on-4 following a Perry hooking penalty and pulled goalie Curtis McElhinney.
Perry had erased a Calgary lead 6:10 into the third period with some payoff of hard work by his top line in the Calgary end. Following a Sheldon Brookbank point shot that deflected in front off Matt Beleskey, Perry scooped up the loose puck and roofed it past McElhinney.
The Ducks went into that final period trailing after giving up two breakaway goals that saw a one-goal lead turn into a 4-3 deficit.
At 3:56 of that period, Mark Giordano had just gotten out of the penalty box when he took a Craig Conroy feed and wristed a shot past Hiller.
Later in the session, former Ducks farmhand Curtis Glencross blocked a James Wisniewski point shot, picked up the puck at the red line and backhanded a shot just under the crossbar.
That wiped out an Anaheim lead built through an action-packed first period that saw five combined goals and two fights.
Sexton knotted the game at 1-1 just 1:35 after Calgary’s Olli Jokinen scored the first goal of the game on a breakaway 7:05 into the first. Sexton got the Ducks even with a redirect in front off a nice Ryan Getzlaf feed from the left wing circle.
That was the first of three unanswered for Anaheim, who got two more in the span of 32 seconds late in the period. Evgeny Artyukhin got his third of the year practically by himself, picking up the puck deep in the Anaheim zone and turning on the speed to elude Cory Sarich and send a wrist shot under goalie McElhinney’s arm.
Then at 17:31, rookie Troy Bodie got the first of his career in his 11th NHL game, but had to wait for a video review to make it official. Kyle Chipchura’s pass from the right wing was kicked away by McElhinney, but it deflected off Bodie’s shin and into the net. It was ruled a goal on the ice, and a quick look by officials at the replay (to see if he scored it with a distinct kicking motion) determined the call would stand.
Bodie also provided one of the night's more memorable moments, when he plowed Adam Pardy into the Ducks bench 5 minutes into the second period.
"Both were firsts," Bodie said of the goal and the hit. "I’ve never dumped anyone in there like that. But the goal takes the cake. It’s good that we have everyone contributing. That is what you need. It was a good team game."
And it prolonged a streak of dominance over the Flames at home in which Anaheim hasn’t lost since January 19, 2004. It’s the longest home streak against any opponent in franchise history.
"It was nip and tuck, every inch and every bounce," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "It was one those games where in the beginning I thought it might be a 6-5 or 8-7 game. We found a way. Once we got settled down in the third, our big guys delivered for us."
It also was a nice recovery for a Ducks team that didn’t find the net in a 4-0 loss at Los Angeles three nights ago.
"We knew what was at stake," Perry said. "We’re looking at the standings and we know what is going on. It’s up to us. We have to go out and get every point we can. Those two points are huge for us. It was one of those games where we had to find a way to win."
Anaheim now has a seven-game win streak at HOME which is also the longest active streak in the league. It’s the longest at Honda Center since Feb. 17-Mar. 26, 2008 when Anaheim strung together a franchise-record 10 wins at home. The club has picked up points at home in eight straight (7-0-1), 12 of the last 13 (10-1-2) and 15 of 17 (13-2-2).
With the game-winning goal tonight, Bobby Ryan has earned points in six of the last seven contests at HOME (5-5=10). He’s also picked up points in three of the last four contests overall (1-3=4). His 21 goals on the season lead the league among US-born players.
Corey Perry has points in six of the last seven games (3-3=6).
Tonight marked Sheldon Brookbank’s second multi-assist game (0-2=2) of the season and the third of his career, tying a career-high (three times, last: Jan. 3, 2010 @ CHI). His 0-8=8 points on the season ties his career high (2007-08 w/NJ, 0-8=8).
Ryan Getzlaf has earned points in nine of the last 10 HOME games (4-7=11) he’s played in.
With a goal and an assist in tonight’s contest, Dan Sexton has earned 2-3=5 points in the last six games, with goals in two of the last three (2-1=3).
Matt Beleskey has picked up points in five of the last seven games (4-1=5).
Jonas Hiller’s assist tonight (Artyukhin) was his second career NHL point. He had an assist on Mar. 12, 2008 vs. Vancouver (Marchant). Hiller has won six of his last seven games (6-1-0).
Todd Marchant has collected points in three of the last four contests (0-3=3) and in four of the last six (1-3=4).
Tonight’s attendance was 16,153.
20:00 - Ducks survive a feverish final minute and hang on for the 5-4 victory.
19:50 - Scary moments in front, but Hiller stands his ground.
19:15 - Wisniewski clears the length of the ice toward the empty net, but it takes a bad bounce and goes wide.
19:01 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry, 2 min. hooking. Perry gets Glencross from behind, setting up a 6 on 4 for Calgary. Yikes.
18:30 - Whitney nearly knocks the puck into his own net. A Hiller kick save he won't get credit for.
18:20 - Calgary net empty.
18:05 - Flames ice it with 1:55 left.
17:30 - Ducks hanging tough with 2:30 left, spending some time in the Calgary end.
That's five free wings from Hooters if you print out the coupon.
12:43 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BOBBY RYAN - Yet another goal from out of nowhere in the life of Bobby Ryan. He takes a drop pass from Sexton into the right wing circle, and rifles a wrist shot that finds the high corner on the far side of the net. I myself heard myself saying just before the shot, "Fire it ... Oh my GOD." Unreal goal for BR and it's 5-4 Ducks.
11:03 - Big, big, big kill for Anaheim.
9:40 - Another huge stop by Hiller as Bourque looked to hasve a sure goal on a one-timer try from the side of the net.
9:03 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. hooking. During the delay, Jokinen almost gets a goal on a one-timer and a rebound try, but Hiller stops both. Also during the delay, McElhinney skates toward the Calgary bench to get an extra man on and falls flat on his face.
8:27 - A save with some flair for Hiller, who gloves a Glenncross shot out of the sky.
6:10 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - All that hard work finally pays off for that line, as Brookbank takes a shot from inches inside the blue line and it hits Beleskey in front of the net. Perry picks up the loose puck and roofs it past a drawn out McElhinney, celebrating with a noticeable fervor, going to a knee to pump his fist and wrap his arms around Boynton. It's 4-4.
6:00 - Perry with a shot. Beleskey with a shot.
6:25 - Little bit of a delay while they fix some glass in the corner in the Anaheim zone.
6:25 - Iginla slaps one on from the slot, saved by Hiller.
1:13 - Ducks throw a few on net, but nothing in net.
0:00 - Here we go.
2nd Period 20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Not a good one for Anaheim, as the Flames score twice to make it 4-3.
16:45 - Wisniewski loses Jokinen again on a rush, but his wrist shot is stopped by Hiller.
16:25 - Wisniewski fakes a shot and feeds Niedermayer in the low circle. And with McElhinney out of position, Niedermayer doesn't make good contact with it and misses the net.
15:09 - Kill. Taco.
15:07 - Hiller catches a Phaneuf shot in the chest, then goes down when Bourque gets the stick into his chest.
14:22 - Iginla tries a one-timer from the circle and it's snagged with the glove nicely by Hiller.
13:09 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. tripping. Artyukhin bumps Phaneuf while trying to take away the puck and Phaneuf goes down. Not sure there was a trip there.
13:00 - Big stop Hiller on a Prust wrist shot through traffic.
11:54 - Getzlaf fires a shot that's deflected over the netting and into the 300 level. That's not something you see every day.
10:20 - Mike Brown objects to a Cory Sarich check and that sparks a brawl in which McGrattan tries to instigate something with Artyukhin, but doesn't get much out of him.
9:19 - CALGARY GOAL - CURTIS GLENCROSS - The former Ducks farmhand scores the third breakaway goal of the game for Calgary to give them a 4-3 lead. He does it by blocking a Wisniewski attempt, and picking up the loose puck at center ice before moving to his backhand and flipping it high over Hiller.
9:05 - Beleskey shows some speed trying to make things happen around the net.
5:10 - Bodie slams Adam Pardy into the Anaheim net, then stuffs him in there like someone trying to cram some garbage in an already full trash can. To top it off, Pardy also gets some business from Sheldon Brookbank who is trying to get Pardy off his lap. That might come up later in this game.
3:56 - CALGARY GOAL - MARK GIORDANO - Whitney tries a shot from the point that's blocked by Glencross and the puck skips to Conroy. He quickly feeds ahead for a breakaway for the fresh-out-of-the-box Giordano, who wrists it past Hiller. We're tied 3-3.
3:10 - Getzlaf has a wide open net, but the puck is knocked away from him at the last minute.
1:49 - CGY Penalty - Mark Giordano, 2 min. slashing. Giordano knocks the stick out of Sexton's hands along the wall.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Five combined goals in the first and the Ducks lead it 3-2.
19:44 - CALGARY GOAL - JAMIE LUNDMARK - Wisniewski loses track of Lundmark in the low slot, and he's wide open to take a Bouwmeester pass from below the goal line and one-time it through to make it 3-2 Ducks.
19:01 - Chipchura and Eric Nystrom get into an epic bout that lasts a good minute with both players landing hard shots to the face. Chipchura, in fact, is bleeding badly from the cheek, the evidence of which is all over Nystrom's jersey. The fight finally finishes with Chipchura pulling Nystrom to the ice. Heck of a scrap as Chipchura makes his presence felt in this game early.
17:31 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TROY BODIE - From the outer edge of the left wing circle, Chipchura sends a pass in front toward Bodie. It's kicked away by McElhinney but off Bodie's shin and into the net for the first of his young career (his 11th game). Marchant picks up the puck for the kid as the Ducks are celebrating. There is video review to determine if Bodie kicked it in, but the call on the ice stands. It's a crazy way for Bodie to get his first goal, and it's 3-1 Ducks.
16:59 - ANAHEIM GOAL - EVGENY ARTYUKHIN - Incredible play by Artyukhin, who gets the puck from the bottom of the circle in the Ducks end and does the rest himself. He speeds down the left wing and loses Cory Sarich before flicking a wrist shot that goes under McElhinney's arm. Just the third of the season for Artyukhin. Before the goal, Hiller played it behind the net and gave it to Brookbank, who sent it to Artyukhin. So, assists for both of them, just the second of Hiller's career. It's 2-1 Ducks.
The broadcast lists a surprising number of Flames in lengthy goal slumps right now. Part of the reason they've lost 5 of 6.
It's trivia time and Brendan is asked what other Ducks achieved a milestone on Ryan Getzlaf's 100th goal last January 13. Among the three choices, he guesses Todd Marchant and he's right! It was Marchant's 300th career assist on that play.
16:30 - Beleskey and Perry get on a 2 on 1, but Beleskey waits too long to deliver the pass to Perry and McElhinney covers it.
14:58 - Ducks nearly get a 5 on 3 when officials conveen to discuss whether there was a Flames delay of game. Alas, they rule there is not.
14:30 - Sexy does some showing up with some puck-handling that sends Glencross spilling to the ice in the Anaheim zone, then he slaloms into the Calgary end, where he shuffles the puck to Carter. Carter misses wide on the backhand from the slot.
13:13 - CGY Penalty - Brian McGrattan, 2 min. interference. McGrattan delivers a bit of a questionable shot on Nokelainen in front of the Calgary bench. He's justly punished for it.
7:40 - Perry tries to punch in an airborne puck in a group around the net, but can't do it. And gets thrown to the ice inthe process. No call.
12:30 - Getzlaf has some room in the slot, but whiffs on an attempted wrist shot.
11:30 - Odd play as Perry runs into the net from behind and tips it over on top of McElhinney, so that he is temporarily trapped in it. Reminded me of the movie Total Recall, though I'm not sure why.
11:21 - Getzlaf takes a drop pass from Perry and wait a couple of ticks before firing a wrist shot that McElhinney has trouble gathering, but eventually does.
8:40 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - DAN SEXTON - Getzlaf skates hard to the left wing circle after gathering the puck along the wall and slips a pass in front to Sexton, who redirects if off McElhinney and in. It's the eighth of the year for Sexton and we're tied 1-1.
7:34 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan, 10 min. misconduct and CGY Penalty - Mark Giordano, 2 min. tripping and Olli Jokinen, 10 min. misconduct. Giordano trips Ryan in the corner, and there is a little extracurricular involving Ryan and Jokinen. Still a power play for the Ducks, who have three guys scrunched in next to each other in the box.
7:05 - CALGARY GOAL - OLLI JOKINEN - Defensive breakdown as both Niedermayer and Wisniewski lose track of Jokinen, who gets a pass up the middle of the ice from Regehr on a breakaway and hs slips it under Hiller. Calgary strikes first.
6:49 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry and CGY Penalty - Daymond Langkow, 2 min. each slashing. Perry and Langkow slash each other not long after Getzlaf had given it to Langkow a bit.
6:14 - Play stops so that Shendon Bookbank and Brandon Prust can punch each other in the face for a minute. After some tangling, Brookbank connects on a hard straight punch to Prust's mug and the two wrestle a little before officials step in.
3:35 - Beleskey gets on a partial breakaway with Bouwmeester chasing him from the side, but the rookie fires wide to the far side of the net.
2:47 - Little schoolyard scrap when Dustin Boyd gets a little too close to Hiller for Whitney's taste. Not much to it though.
1:24 - Beleskey fires from the slot into the gut of Curtis McElhinney, getting the start over Kiprusoff tonight.
I got soaked in the rain going to get my laptop from my car just before the game. Ducks goalie coach Pete Peeters just said to me, "Looks like you got a little wet ... It's a good thing we're Ducks." Gotta love him.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
5:07 p.m. - Jill Burke delivers yet another passionate rendition of both anthems. Starters in bold/italics. Scratches crossed out.