Anaheim vs Los Angeles
With the loss of Francois Beauchemin on the starting lineup after the game against Nashville, the Ducks were looking grim as they warmed up on the ice Sunday afternoon before the game against Los Angeles. To compensate for the loss of one of their top defensemen, the Ducks needed to step it up.
And step it up, they did.
Answering the call was Jonas Hiller, who started in the net to shut out the visiting Kings, stopping all 29 shots to help the Ducks triumph, 2-0. This marked his first career shutout, but it definitely wont be his last.
Corey Perry and Bret Hedican were the goal scorers for this event, with Perry's goal coming in halfway through the second period. Hedican gave the Ducks the insurance they needed towards the end of the third, with the assist from Chris Kunitz.
The Ducks had to fight through 11 minutes of penalty time in the first period alone, allowing Los Angeles ample time to score. Thanks to the performance of Hiller, and consistent defensive effort, the Ducks were able to snap out of the three game losing streak.
Bobby Ryan was called up from the AHL to replace Beauchemin, who will be out for 6 months for a torn ACL. Ryan played about 17 minutes of the game and was on the ice for the first goal. Rookie Brett Festerling also saw some playing time.
Also absent from the lineup were Rob Niedermayer, Ryan Carter and Nathan McIver, all as healthy scratches.
The Ducks extend their record to 10-7-2, and are now ranked 2nd in the Pacific Coast behind San Jose with 22 points.
They end their homestand against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, November 19. It is important for the Ducks to end on a good note before facing St Louis and rival Dallas on the road. The last road trip for the Ducks saw them winning all 4 of their games.
Lets Go Ducks.