On Tuesday, 12/28, the Ducks ended their longest road trip of the season with a win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Once again, the Ducks were outshot 32-24 but scored three goals in the first period and hung on to their lead the rest of the game, allowing only a goal by Shane Doan in the second period on a 5 on 3 power play. Defenseman, Andreas Lilja, was all over the ice with 7 blocked shots, and causing netminder, Jonas Hiller to comment that he thought Lilja had “more saves than me.” George Parros beefed up his PIM stat and now leads the League with the most Majors at 14, after dropping gloves with Paul Bissonnette early in the first period. Parros had 6:39 in ice time, but spent five of those minutes in the sin bin.
Unfortunately, the Ducks lost Captain, Ryan Getzlaf, in the second period of the Coyote game when he deflected a Shane Doan shot off his dome. The visor-less Getzlaf did not return in the game as he required 12-15 stitches and suffered multiple nasal sinus fractures. According to Coach Carlyle, “There is quite a gash there. He had bleeding into [the] nasal cavity and felt nauseated at times with it because of the blood draining into his stomach.” Getzlaf, who has not missed a game this season, was placed on the IR for the weekend.
The absence of Getzlaf, however, did not seem to affect the Ducks, who began a six game home streak on New Year’s Eve against the second place, Philadelphia Flyers. This was the Ducks second win over the Flyers this season in which they were, of course, outshot (37-27), but managed to outscore the Flyers 5-2. The Ducks got two goals from Jason Blake, two goals from Lubomir Visnovsky, two assists from Teemu Selanne, Toni Lydman, and Saku Koivu. Visnovsky’s second goal was his 100th goal of his ten year career. Even Jonas Hiller got involved in the offense with an assist on Blake’s first goal, his fourth career assist.
With a two game win streak, and five more home games coming up this week, the Ducks confidently hosted the also Captain-less, Chicago Blackhawks, tonight in their third meeting of the season. Despite holding on to win 2-1, the Ducks lost another star just 2:50 into the game when Jordan Hendry lost an edge and pushed Jason Blake into the boards. Slow to get up, Blake left the game, and did not return. Andreas Lilja and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks and the Hawks’ only goal was given to Bryan Bickell, but was scored by Jonas Hiller, who accidentally pushed the puck into the net. Hiller redeemed himself with huge saves at the end of the game including a glove save while on his back, to stop Jack Skille from scoring what looked to be a goal to everyone but the refs who reviewed the video replay. Hiller also had a great save with less than two minutes remaining in the third when he lunged across the crease to knock Dave Bolland’s redirect over the net. With the loss of Jason Blake and Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks only had 18 shots on goal, forcing Hiller to play phenomenal with 39 saves. This was the Hawks’ third loss in a row.
Ducks continue their home stand versus the Nashville Predators on Wednesday 1/5/11 at 7:05 pm at the Honda Center.
Sidney Crosby’s streak ended at 25 games on the 29th versus the New York Islanders, ending one of the NHL’s longest scoring streaks in the last 20 years. Crosby still leads the League in points and goals, but couldn’t find it within himself to tally a point in an ugly game versus the Capitals in the rainy Winter Classic. The Pens went 19-5-1 while Crosby was on his scoring streak.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA