ANAHEIM – As if a Ducks-Red Wings tilt isn’t engaging enough, Bobby Ryan made sure the home fans got one final thrill from this one tonight.
Ryan wristed home a penalty shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard 2:50 into overtime to give the Ducks a huge 2-1 victory over their rivals from Detroit.
With chants of "Bobby! Bobby!" raining down from the stands, Ryan went backhand-forehand-backhand-forehand before whipping the puck over Howard's glove, setting off a huge roar from the Honda Center crowd. Ryan let out a shout himself as he jumped off the glass, just before being mobbed by teammates pouring off the bench. Howard, meanwhile, slammed his stick against the post, breaking it in half, and glared at an official as he skated off the ice.
"That shot seemed to work for me in the last couple of shootouts," Ryan said. "He is a different kind of goalie. He challenges and he gets those legs back. He goes off to the side pretty well. There wasn’t any other gameplan if that didn’t work out, he was making the save. I just tried to close my eyes and put it in the right place."
Ryan’s penalty shot was set up when Ryan Getzlaf gave him a beautiful stretch pass to set up a breakaway, and Ryan was tripped from behind by the stick of diving Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei. His ensuing conversion was his first career penalty shot, first career overtime goal and the fourth penalty shot goal to win a game in overtime in franchise history.
"I didn’t know it was going to be a penalty shot," Ryan said. "I just tried to push the puck towards the net after I went down and kind of lost control of it. I obviously knew we were going to get a power play or a penalty shot – I’ll take the latter."
The Ducks managed to survive despite giving up nine Detroit power plays – allowing a goal on just one of them. One of those power plays came at the tail end of regulation, when the Ducks took a too many men on the ice penalty with 12.6 seconds left. But they managed to kill 1:48 worth of 4-on-3 play in the overtime, and Ryan won it just a little more than a minute later.
"With the situation we are in, we killed a lot of penalties against a pretty good power play, you don’t always expect to come out on top," Getzlaf said. "The guys did a great job killing and Dan [Ellis] stood in there hard for us and we got the result we wanted in the end."
Ellis, starting his third game after being acquired by the Ducks from Tampa Bay last week, had 28 saves, including a number of big stops with traffic in front of him.
"Every win right now is key going into the final stretch," Ellis said. "Especially with a team like Detroit. With the firepower they have and with the record they have on the road, I don’t think they have lost in the past six games on the road."
Indeed, the Wings had won six straight road games, including a 7-4 trouncing of the Kings in LA two nights ago.
"We had to find our best game," Ellis said. "And I think we did tonight. We played a very solid 60-plus minutes and I think it showed by getting the win."
Anaheim got its first goal of the game 1:54 into the third period and it was a big one, tying the score 1-1. On the rush, Teemu Selanne dropped the puck back to Jason Blake, who ripped a slap shot through a Salei screen that beat Howard stick-side.
Detroit had gone in front 5:10 into the second period in somewhat fluky fashion. Pavel Datsyuk’s tried to feed Tomas Holmstrom from behind the net and the puck hit Ellis in the leg and popped into the net.
Meanwhile, Howard made a number of big saves to hold the Ducks scoreless, notably a stop on a one-timer from point blank by Selanne near the end of the second. He had 26 saves on the night, but that was long forgotten after he let through that last one.
It was the first win for the Ducks over the Red Wings after three straight losses, including two 4-0 Howard shutouts.
The Ducks will look for a third straight win in the fifth of seven games on their homestand Friday night against Dallas.
GAME NOTES The other penalty shot overtime goals in club history:
Apr. 1, 2003 @ NSH (Steve Thomas vs. Tomas Vokoun) - 2-1 OT win
Mar. 22, 2006 vs. COL (Jonathan Hedstrom vs. Peter Budaj) - 5-4 OT win
Dec. 10, 2007 @ CBJ (Samuel Pahlsson vs. Fredrik Norrena) - 4-3 OT win
The Ducks improved their record at HOME to 19-10-2 this season. They are also 10-4-1 over their last 15 contests at home. The club’s season-long seven-game homestand will continue on Friday vs. Dallas (Mar. 4). The homestand will close with contests vs. Vancouver (Mar. 9) and the NY Rangers (Mar. 9).
The Ducks have won three of their last four contests (3-1-0) vs. Detroit dating back to Jan. 5, 2010.
Over his last seven appearances (four with TB, three with ANA), Dan Ellis has stopped 175-of-188 shots for a .931 SV%, 1.83 GAA (13 GA/427 MIN) and 4-0-2 record. He has won two of his three appearances for the Ducks (2-0-1).
Tonight marked the first penalty shot attempt in Bobby Ryan’s career. It also marked the first OT goal of his career. Ryan has a current four-game point streak (2-3=5) and points in seven of the last eight games (5-5=10). His 30 goals on the season (30-23=53) rank tied for seventh in the NHL.
Lubomir Visnovsky recorded his 300th career NHL assist tonight (102-300=402). Visnovsky has earned 2-15=17 points in the last 21 contests.
Teemu Selanne has points in nine of the last 11 games (5-8=13), 6-11=17 in the last 14, 10-20=30 in the last 28 and 15-33=48 in the last 44.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,098.
2:50 - ANAHEIM GOAL (PENALTY SHOT) - BOBBY RYAN - Ryan skates in on Howard and whips a quick wrist shot over Howard's glove to win it. Howard throws his stick in frustration and glares at the official, while Ryan lets out a huge roar before he's mobbed by teammates coming off the bench. This place is going crazy as the Ducks get a monster win, 2-1. WOW.
2:50 - Getzlaf gives Ryan a great stretch pass to set up a breakaway, and Ryan is tripped from behind by Salei for the penalty shot.
2:00 - Ducks have too many men again, but no call.
1:50 - Wings fire just wide before Beauch clears it the length as the penalty dies.
0:39 - Ellis with a good stop in traffic on the first shot of OT.
0:00 - Here we go.
20:00 - END OF REGULATON - Ducks get a point, but are faced with 1:48 of 4-on-3 time in OT.
19:47 - ANA Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. Bad penalty for the Ducks as they end up with six guys in the attacking zone. Power play with 12.6 left in regulation.
18:26 - Huge kill for the Ducks as Perry runs down the puck in the corner as the penalty expires.
16:26 - ANA Penalty - Andreas Lilja, 2 min. holding the stick. Lilja turns the puck over, and a second later, Datsyuk fires one right off Ellis' mask from the slot. Right after the shot, Lilja gets caught holding Datsyuk's stick. Eighth power play for Detroit.
14:20 - Hudler has an open net as he jumps on a bouncing puck, but fires it wide. Ducks get a break.
13:30 - Fowler does some beautiful skating and stickhandling, but then trips over the blue line. Eh, it was good while it lasted.
12:25 - Getzlaf somehow slips the puck to Perry out of a crowd and he's absolutely robbed with the glove by Howard. Yikes.
11:43 - Ellis with the glove save on the point shot. Playing well right now.
9:51 - Big kill. Big kill.
9:20 - Ducks have it in there own end for way too long on the PK, until Ruutu provides some relief by clearing it off the wall and down.
7:51 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. Getzlaf gets the blade up in Datsyuk's grill.
7:20 - Ryan drives in one net, denied by Howard.
6:20 - Sexton and Ruutu team up to smash former Duck Miller into the glass behind the Detroit net.
4:10 - Ryan creates a rebound with a shot from the high right wing, and Getzlaf just misses the rebound.
1:54 - ANAHEIM GOAL - JASON BLAKE - On the rush, Selanne drops the puck behind himself to Blake, who fires a rocket past defenseman Ruslan Salei and over Howard's right shoulder, denting the net. It's 1-1.
0:00 - Here we go in the third. Let's do it, Ducks.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks give up a flukey one to Datsyuk to go down 1-0. They'll have 19 seconds of PP time when we come back.
18:50 - Howard makes a huge stop on a Selanne one-timer from point blank.
18:19 - DET Penalty - Jonathan Ericsson, 2 min. holding. Ericsson takes down Blake.
16:45 - Fowler's come close a couple of times on point shots. He may be due.
13:05 - Ellis a nice kick save on Cleary in deep.
12:38 - Selanne nearly sneaks one past Howard. 8 could use a goal.
12:02 - Hudler with a one-timer that Ellis makes a nice save on. He gets a soft shot into the glass from former teammate Lilja and gives back a stick to the leg.
10:20 - Ryan gets on the run with Selanne and fires from the left wing just wide.
9:00 - Perry works his tail off to get to a puck in front of the net, and fires off Howard from his knees.
5:10 - DETROIT GOAL (POWER PLAY) - PAVEL DATSYUK - Datsyuk picks up the puck behind the net and tries to feed in front to Holmstrom, but the puck hits off Ellis' leg and pops into the net. Ugh. It's 1-0 Wings.
4:34 - ANA Penalty - Brad Winchester, 2 min. interference. Winchester gets his first penalty as a Duck after running over Kindl in the corner. He then gets nose to nose with him for good measure.
3:20 - Selanne races down the wing, then behind the net, and feeds in front to Perry who chips it over the cage.
2:13 - DET Penalty - Danny Cleary, 2 min. hooking. Cleary gets called right off the draw. I remember him when he was Dan.
Oops, had shots wrong at the end of the first. Reverse that. As usual, don't listen to me.
0:33 - ANA Penalty - Toni Lydman, 2 min. interference. Lydman has 20 penalty minutes on the year. He's taken 4 in this game.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks only get off eight shots to the Wings' three, but we're scoreless.
18:45 - Ducks get a break when a Kronwall point shot loudly rings the post.
18:26 - Lidstrom snaps his stick in half on a one-timer, allowing the Ducks to clear and Getzlaf to come out.
16:53 - Toni Lydman, 2 min. delay of game. Lydman gets his skate caught up with Cleary's in the corner and flips the puck out of play.
16:26 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. hooking. Getzlaf gets the stick into Ericsson and it comes out of his hands.
It's Guess the TV Theme Song time during the timeout and they go with a classic, Who's the Boss. Among the choices of that, Diff'rent Strokes and ... shoot I missed the other one ... dude guesses correctly.
13:45 - DET Penalty - Henrik Zetterberg, 2 min. interference. Just three seconds into the power play, it's wiped out when Zetterberg interferes with his opponent on the draw, Marchant.
13:41 - ANA Penalty - Andreas Lilja, 2 min. hooking. Lilja tries to recover after taking a bad angle against Hudler and knocks him down near the wall.
12:14 - Nice drop pass by Winchester to Chipchura, who fires from the slot, but Howard pushes out to take it in the gut.
7:07 - DET Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. holding. The former Duck grabs the shoulder of Sbisa in the corner.
For the singing contest during the timeout, it's "Sweet Caroline" and Barry from Long Beach, who is wearing a Ducks jersey, changes the lyrics from "Good times never been so good" to "Red Wings never been so good." Kind of messed that one up. Gets booed hardily and loses the contest to a girl named Michelle.
4:10 - Ducks nearly get one shorthanded, but Marchant can't chip in the one-timer on the rush off a Ruutu pass. Nice save by Howard.