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Hurricanes 4, Ducks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Ducks 2
Anaheim Ducks 2, Carolina Hurricanes 4

Ryan Getzlaf continued to get in the scoring act with two more goals and the Ducks made things interesting late before falling on the road at Carolina 4-2.

The Hurricanes were called for three penalties in a 30-second span of the final 3:01. The Ducks pulled Jonas Hiller for an extra attacker, creating a 6-on-3 skating advantage.

Getzlaf made it a one-goal game with 1:48 left in regulation when his hard slap shot beat Cam Ward, who stopped the final three shots he faced. Joe Corvo then scored with 4.7 seconds left to send the Ducks to their second straight loss.

"The opportunities were definitely there, and Cam played the way he can," Getzlaf said.

Three goals came quickly for Eric Staal. He had the 12th hat trick of his career for the Hurricanes, who held on for their season-best fourth straight victory.

Staal scored two power-play goals during his natural hat trick. Jussi Jokinen had two assists, and Ward stopped 43 shots, including 39 in a row.

"When we have needed (Ward) to make the saves, he has," Staal said. "He's one of the best in the league, and we expect that every night, and take it for granted some nights. But he was big for us, especially at the end."

The Hurricanes were back at home after winning the final three games of a five-game trip. Carolina rallied from multigoal deficits in its previous two games, trailing Florida by three before winning 4-3 and then erasing a two-goal hole to beat Atlanta 3-2 in a shootout.

This time, the Hurricanes were the ones trying to preserve a late lead - and a series of whistles made things interesting.

"I was trying to kind of sit back and just focus on the shot, because 6-on-3, there's a lot of seam passes from post to post, and you don't want to be caught too far out in front of your own net," Ward said.

The second period wasn't two minutes old before Staal finished his second hat trick of the season. With Carolina applying relentless pressure, the captain took a short pass from Erik Cole and slid the puck past Hiller for his 16th goal to make it 3-1 at 1:41.

Staal put Carolina up 2-1 with 26.9 seconds left in the first with his second power-play goal of the period. Jamie McBain uncorked a blast that ricocheted hard off the back boards, and Staal - who was parked near the right post - tapped it in to give the Hurricanes their first lead. That came after he tied it at 1 with 12:33 remaining.

"Staal has the ability to take the game over," Ward said. "He really picked up his play when we were down one goal and put the team on his shoulders. There's a reason why he's one of the more dominant players in the league, and you got to see it."

The Hurricanes entered with one power-play goal in 26 chances before Staal scored on Carolina's first two opportunities. By the end of the first period, the Ducks had allowed nine power-play goals in 33 short-handed situations.

Hiller finished with 28 saves for the Ducks, and Getzlaf gave them a 1-0 lead about 2 1/2 minutes in when he snapped a rebound past Ward for his 12th goal and fourth in four games. It was the second straight rough first period for the Ducks. Anaheim allowed three first-period goals in a 3-2 loss to the NHL-worst New York Islanders on Thursday.

"We have to play that strong forecheck game, and we had it after we got motivated," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "But we were down two goals, and then we got one back, and we had numerous chances, but just didn't get it across the line."

NOTES: Carolina is 6-0 when scoring at least two power-play goals. ... The Hurricanes are 8-4-2 against the Western Conference, the best record among Southeast Division teams. ... RW Teemu Selanne was back in the lineup for Anaheim after missing four games and nine of 13 with a strained groin. ... The Ducks sent RW Dan Sexton to Syracuse of the AHL.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:39
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf (12) ASST: Corey Perry (21), Bobby Ryan (13)
1 - 0 ANA
07:27
CAR
PPG - Eric Staal (14) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (17), Joni Pitkanen (16)
1 - 1 Tie
19:33
CAR
PPG - Eric Staal (15) ASST: Jamie McBain (8), Jussi Jokinen (18)
2 - 1 CAR
2nd Period
01:41
CAR
Eric Staal (16) ASST: Erik Cole (7), Jeff Skinner (15)
3 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
18:12
ANA
PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (13) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (23), Corey Perry (22)
3 - 2 CAR
19:55
CAR
SHG - EN - Joe Corvo (6) ASST: Brandon Sutter (6)
4 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
07:00
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Cross checking against  Erik Cole
16:11
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Holding the stick against  Toni Lydman
18:55
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Hooking against  Tim Gleason
2nd Period
02:25
ANA
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Patrick Dwyer
06:24
CAR
Jay Harrison  Hooking against  Ryan Getzlaf
15:24
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Interference against  George Parros
3rd Period
02:40
CAR
Joe Corvo  Hooking against  Brandon McMillan
16:59
CAR
Joe Corvo  Roughing against  Corey Perry
17:13
CAR
Brandon Sutter  Closing hand on puck
17:29
CAR
Eric Staal  Cross checking against  Ryan Getzlaf
19:55
CAR
Brandon Sutter  Roughing against  Bobby Ryan
19:55
ANA
Corey Perry  Slashing against  Joe Corvo
19:55
ANA
Corey Perry  Misconduct (10 min)
19:55
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Roughing against  Brandon Sutter
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
SA: 31TOI: 57:09
Saves: 28EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
14-9-3
SA: 45TOI: 60:00
Saves: 43EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 18 - 19
SV%: .956SH: 0 - 0

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