Monday, February 8, 2010

Perry Kills Kings

The Ducks continued their 10 home-game win streak and broke the King's 9 game win streak, with a score of 4-2 at the Honda Center.

After losing in Los Angeles last Thursday, the Ducks were eager for a little revenge, and tonight's game showed their intensity.

The Kings put up the first point off a backhanded goal by Oscar Moller at 12 minutes in. Moller twisted the puck behind his back to beat Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller. Hiller, who was signed onto a four year extension in January, has had four wins in his last five starts, and has stopped 169 of 179 shots.

It would be the only time the Kings would lead in the game, and it was a short-lived victory. Teemu Selanne found the back of the net, off a Corey Perry rebound, on the Duck's first powerplay, a five-on-three opportunity, after a delay of game and bench minor call for the Kings, just five minutes after the Kings put up their first point.

Just before the end of the first period, Teemu Selanne and Dustin Brown exchanged words after Brown's stick is broken by a hit from Teemu. Somehow, Ducks player Matt Beleskey and Kings player Wayne Simmonds were both given a 2 minute roughing call, going into the second period with each team a man down.

Ryan Getzlaf opened up the scoring in the second stanza three minutes in. Corey Perry beat Davis Drewski to the boards and sends the puck backwards to the wide-open Getzlaf who fired it in past King's goalie Jonathan Quick.

The Kings gave the Ducks another opportunity to score after a slashing call on Kings defenseman Matt Greene just one minute later. Saku Koivu got a backhanded rebound just as the penalty expired to put the Ducks up 3-1, 6:24 into the second period.

The Ducks earned a penalty two minutes after their goal, as Ryan Carter gets sent to the sin bin for boarding. The Ducks were able to kill the penalty, though there were a few close shots. Kings right winger Brad Richardson was called for tripping just seconds after the Duck's penalty ended, but the Ducks weren't able to capitalize on the opportunity.

The Kings got their next chance to score on a powerplay after Ryan Whitney was called for tripping. One second after the penalty expired, Kings star Anze Kopitar got the puck past the pipes to put the Kings within one of the Ducks, 3-2.

But Corey Perry wasn't happy that the lead he worked so hard to earn was about to be thrown away. Picking up the puck at the red line and weaving through Kings players, he puts one past Kings netminder Quick for a 4-2 lead.

While there was no scoring in the third period, it wasn't completely devoid of action. The Kings had half of their shots (18) in the last period, compared to the 7 that the Ducks were able to manage. The defensive prowess of Jonas Hiller kept the Kings at bay, stopping 35 of 37 shots throughout the game. The only penalty of the third period was to Ryan Whitney for holding, but the PK unit was able to shut down the Kings.

Tonight's game marked the 10th win for the Ducks at home, and have won four of the last five games. Teemu Selanne scored his 597th goal tonight as well, and is looking for #600 sometime after the Olympics.

The Ducks next face the Edmonton Oilers at home on Wednesday.

Lets Go Ducks!

1 comment:

Ben said...

Very nice, I'm still learning what all of this means but I think I get the gist of it. And Perry the platypus is still my favorite player, for no reason in particular.

-Benji