Anaheim vs Chicago
Is it cannibalistic for the Ducks to eat turkey? Apparently not, because the team that played on Friday's early day game was clearly suffering the after-effects of a turkey coma.
It was a one goal game, in favor of the Ducks with the only goal of the game scored by Ryan Getzlaf off of a pass from Corey Perry late in the second period.
Jonas Hiller started in the net as JS Giguere took off towards home for family reasons. He's expected to return sometime this weekend. Hiller earned his second career shutout, stopping all 29 shots.
Shots for the Ducks was also suprisingly low, only 21 attempts were made throughout the game, but all it took was one to go in for the win.
Also lacking were penalty minutes for the Ducks, only five penalties were called altogether, three of them belonging to the Ducks. Halfway through the second period, George Parros and Matt Walker from the Blackhawks got into a skirmish, earning a five minute penalty each. It was on this 4-4 play that Getzlaf found the net to earn the Ducks the game-winning goal.
The PK (penalty kill) unit has also been outstanding of late, killing off all 13 penalties over the last three games to keep the Ducks winning at home. This win marks the second of two games they've won at home.
Absent from the game were, as mentioned earlier JS Giguere, Brian Sutherby (strained groin), and Ryan Carter (a healthy scratch... again).
This win at home gives the Ducks a 13-8-3 record, with 29 standing points. They're currently 10 points behind the NHL leader, the San Jose Sharks. Next challenger to the Sharks is the New York Rangers, with 36 points. Tied for third is the Boston Bruins and the hated Detroit Redwings.
Lets Go Ducks!