ANAHEIM – Ryan Getzlaf picked a fine time to break out of a scoring funk.
The Ducks captain, scoreless in the previous six games and without a goal in the previous 12, notched the go-ahead goal in the third period to pace the Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Honda Center.
"It was a good feeling," Getzlaf said. "We’ve been working really hard the last little bit here and trying to get results. Tonight was one of those nights where we were able to. It is a relief, but there is still a task at hand."
Bobby Ryan had two goals in the game, including a beauty to tie it in the third, as Anaheim snapped a three-game losing streak.
"We haven’t heard our win song in awhile," Ryan said. "It’s a nice feeling. At the end of the day, it’s two points and a starting point. Hopefully, we can string some things together here and move forward. It was definitely refreshing and like a monkey off our back."
With 7 1/2 minuters left in the game and the Ducks and Isles skating 4-on-4, nobody came to Getzlaf on the low right wing. He quickly made his way to the net, shifting to the backhand in front of defenseman Milan Jurcina before roofing it into the top left corner of the net.
Three minutes earlier, Ryan tied the game on his second of the night, a prototypical Ryan highlight reel goal. Corey Perry left the puck to Ryan on a shorthanded rush, and Ryan fooled d-man Andrew MacDonald with a deke to the backhand, then cut sharply in front of goalie Evgeni Nabokov before dropping it into the open net. The home crowd erupted as Ryan elatedly hugged Perry. It was the first shorthanded marker of the season for the Ducks, and Ryan’s fifth goal in the last five games.
"Pears did most of the work on it," Ryan said. "He held on to that puck through two guys up the wall. He displayed some great patience with it all the way up the ice. For me, I just tried a one-on-one move and tried to get back to my forehand. Generally, I miss those. It’s nice for me to pull one back to my forehand and get one to go. It was huge. You could see the emotion on the ice between us."
The goal, while beautiful, was an important one for a Ducks team that had trailed 2-1 after Kyle Okposo chipped in a John Taveres feed 6:20 into the third period.
But the Ducks reeled off three unanswered after that, the last coming when Teemu Selanne added some comfort with 2:54 left in the game. Niklas Hagman flung a backhand on net that kicked hard off Nabokov into the slot, where Selanne punched it through to make it 4-2 Ducks.
"When Bobby scored his second goal, it lifted the bench and lifted the crowd," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "The other big shift was just before Beauchemin got his penalty, Corey Perry and Ryan were just owning the corners and had a great shift. That was sort of the sign that said ‘We are not going away tonight.’ Everybody jumped on the bench and followed it."
The Ducks took the evening’s first lead, just after the first power play of the game expired, when Jason Blake skated into the circle and fired a shot that rebounded off Nabokov into the slot. Ryan was there to sweep it in with the backhand, responding with an uppercut fist pump and a slam into the glass.
New York tied it on a fluky goal less then two minutes later, as Matt Martin put the puck on net off the backside of Jonas Hiller and it rested in the snow on the stripe. Hiller, trying to smother it with the glove, accidentally nudged it inches over the line.
Hiller only had to make 19 saves on the night, as he helped the Ducks improve to 10-0-4 in games where they give up two goals or less.
"We played hard," Getzlaf said. "We didn’t start the game the way wanted to either. Our guys got a little bit of a wake-up call in between periods. We talked about a few things and got going. We were able to come through tonight."
Said Boudreau, "There were a lot of good things about that game that we were looking for. We got mad instead of hanging our heads when we got behind. The big guys got mad and it showed. When they are playing good, everybody else just rides along."
Anaheim continues its season-tying six-game homestand with Sunday’s contest vs. Columbus (5:05 p.m.).
Bobby Ryan’s second goal tonight marked the second short-handed goal of his career (also Nov. 19, 2010 vs. CBJ). It was his fourth multi-goal game of the season (23rd career). Ryan now shares the team-lead in goal scoring (15, with Perry) and has scored at least one goal in four of the last five contests (5-1=6 in that span).
With his first assist on the night on Bobby Ryan’s SHG, Corey Perry picked up his 400th career NHL point (now 183-218=401). Perry has 1-2=3 points over the last two games and has scored 9-12=21 points over the last 22.
With his seventh goal of the season, Ryan Getzlaf has now picked up 3-14=17 points over the last 22 games.
Jonas Hiller picked up his 10th win of the season, and is now just one win shy of 100 in his NHL career (99-78-15).
Teemu Selanne scored his 649th career goal in tonight’s contest. He continues to lead the Ducks in scoring this season, having earned 12-25=37 points in 39 games (.95 points-per-game). Selanne has scored 4-11=15 points over the last 15 games, 5-13=18 over the last 18 and 7-15=22 points in the last 22.
Including an assist tonight, Luca Sbisa has collected points in four of the last six contests (1-3=4).
Since his return from injury (missed eight games with a groin strain), Saku Koivu has scored 0-3=3 points in three games.
Tonight’s attendance was 13,892.
20:00 - END OF GAME - Ducks polish off the win, 4-2.
18:30 - Beauchemin slaps the puck from his own corner to the other end while falling down, and nearly gets it to skip into the abandoned net.
17:40 - Isles empty the net.
17:06 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE - Hagman taps the puck to himself before throwing a backhand on net that kicks hard off Nabokov into the slot, where Selanne punches it under him. Huge insurance goal for a Ducks team that now leads it 4-2.
16:40 - Selanne fights for a shot from the right wing that goes wide on the far side.
15:04 - TV timeout with 4:56 left, the Ducks with a one-goal lead.
12:25 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - Getzlaf finds a great way to break out of a scoring slump with a huge go-ahead goal. Nobody comes near him on the low right wing, so he charges toward the net, moving the puck to the backhand in front of Jurcina before roofing it in the top right corner. First point in seven games for the captain and it's 3-2 Ducks.
11:43 - NYI Penalty - P.A. Parenteau, 2 min. tripping. The power play is wiped out when Parenteau takes down Perry. It's 4 on 4, then a minute of power play time for the Ducks.
9:22 - ANAHEIM GOAL (SHORTHANDED) - BOBBY RYAN - Another highlight-reel goal for Ryan, who takes the puck from Perry on the rush, dekes to the backhand around MacDonald and fools Nabokov with a move to the forehand before dropping it into the open net. Huge roar from the crowd as an elated Ryan hugs Perry. It's 2-2 on Ryan's second of the game, fifth in the last five games and the first shorthanded goal for the Ducks this season.
8:10 - Hiller with a lunging stop to save a sure goal.
7:35 - ANA Penalty - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. tripping. Perry's spin-and-shoot creates a fat rebound, but Beauchemin takes down Parenteau trying to charge it.
6:20 - NEW YORK GOAL - KYLE OKPOSO - Moulson rips a slap shot from the wing that rebounds hard off Hiller's chest to Tavares, who chips a backhand pass to Okposo for the punch-in. It's 2-1 Isles.
3:00 - No shots yet for Anaheim, but one tip that went just wide.
0:00 - Here we go in the third.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ryan gets one, and Martin gets a fluky one to tie it. It's 1-1 going to the third.
19:20 - Ducks with a mini flurry (sounds like a McDonald's dessert) around the Islanders net.
17:40 - Nielsen takes a big hit from Beauchemin at the red line. Crowd likes it.
16:04 - NEW YORK GOAL - MATT MARTIN - It's an ugly one as the puck is tipped behind the net and Martin throws it on net off the back of Hiller. It rests in the snow on the stripe, and as Hiller reaches to smother it with the glove, he nudges it over the line. Yikes. It's 1-1.
14:15 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - BOBBY RYAN - Just after the power play expires, Blake circles into the right wing and fires off Nabokov's chest, creating a juicy rebound that Ryan backhands in from the slot. A big uppercut and slam into the glass by Ryan as the Ducks lead it 1-0.
13:01 - Visnovsky with a rocket that Nabokov snags with the glove from his rear.
12:09 - NYI Penalty - Milan Jurcina, 2 min. slashing. And after more than 32 minutes, we have our first penalty.
11:40 - Ryan's shot is nicely tipped in front by Perry, just wide. They're threatenin' though.
8:20 - Off a Ducks giveaway, Hiller thwarts a NYI 2-on-1 with a pretty stop on Martin.
6:00 - Cogliano has an open look, but tries the pass, and it's knocked away.
3:44 - Koivu hits Selanne on the right wing, and his slap shot is trapped under Nabokov's arm.
2:50 - Gordon-Pelley-Beleskey line very active tonight.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Not much to that first period as the Islanders outshoot the Ducks 8-3. Two posts for the Isles and one for Anaheim.
19:56 - Martin tries to get one in before the horn, but Hiller is there.
19:30 - Perry collided with Streit, and both look in a little pain as they head to their benches.
19:15 - Perry with a turnover, but Hiller with a nice logo save on Grabner.
14:25 - Rolston with a pretty tip from right in front of the net that also chips paint off the post. He's everywhere tonight.
12:30 - Sbisa's bid is tipped just wide.
A couple threatens to ruin Kiss Cam with some lizard-tongue work.
9:40 - Rolston off the pipe.
9:20 - Hiller with a point blank stop on Parenteau.
8:45 - Getzlaf's shot from the right wing gets deflected behind Nabokov, but goes just wide.
8:00 - Hagman's shot sounds like he banged the right post with a hammer.
7:40 - Hagman has a good look off a Selanne feed, but his shot is blocked.
4:05 - And just as we say that, Hiller makes a nice stop on a Rolston shot from the slot.
4:00 - Barnburner so far. No shots for either team.
2:05 - Andrew Gordon in there after clearing waivers this morning.
1:50 - Bonino gets in deep but he's just wide of the net. He played well last game.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
7:07 p.m. - Dawn Wright returns for the anthem after not being here the last few games.
Nabokov in net for the Isles, Hiller for the Ducks. Starters in bold/italics.