Hornqvist, Greiss lead Penguins past Ducks

Curtis Zupke  - Correspondent | Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 1:54 AM

ANAHEIM -- There is a recurring theme when Patric Hornqvist plays the Anaheim Ducks. He gets bounces. The puck finds the net more often.

Even Hornqvist chalks up his success against the Ducks to being fortunate.

"Puck luck in front of the net," Hornqvist said after he scored two goals and goalie Thomas Greiss made 27 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory against Anaheim at Honda Center on Friday.

"I try to go there and it seems like I get opportunities to score against Anaheim. It's just luck."

Hornqvist, who tormented Anaheim when he was with the Nashville Predators, has 10 goals in 21 career games against the Ducks. He scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season during a three-goal second period by the Penguins (37-18-9), who began the California portion of a four-game trip with a win against the best team in the Western Conference.

"It means a lot, at least on the road," Hornqvist said. "We didn't play good against [the] Colorado [Avalanche, a 3-1 loss on Wednesday], and then we come with a big win here. A good team effort. We know we can beat anyone. Now we just have to get hot."

Greiss got his first career win (1-3-2) against Anaheim; the Penguins will go for back-to-back wins with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Pittsburgh knew it was important to respond after the loss to Colorado. The Penguins swept the season series against Anaheim.

"You always like the way your team rebounds," Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston said. "If they're in a situation where you haven't played your best game, to come out and play a better game, especially against a top team, that's a good sign for our group."

The Ducks (42-18-7) did little offensively until a late surge that produced Tomas Fleischmann's first goal as a Duck and Corey Perry's 28th goal. Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 20 shots. The loss ended Anaheim's four-game winning streak.

Hornqvist tipped in Ian Cole's point shot for a power-play goal at 18:57 of the second period. The goal came four seconds after the expiration of a slashing penalty to Ducks defenseman Simon Despres, playing his first game against his former Penguins teammates.

Hornqvist's first goal of the night and 20th of the season came on a clever bank shot off Andersen from the right side of the net at 11:53. Hornqvist now has five 20-goal seasons.

Blake Comeau began the scoring by beating Andersen with a 50-foot slap shot to the glove side at 9:51 of the second.

"A couple of them were stoppable today, but there were a couple of bad bounces off the glove," Andersen said. "That's how it goes sometimes."

Andersen twice had the puck take strange caroms off the boards and nearly go into his net on a night of odd bounces for both teams. He was credited with three giveaways. Evgeni Malkin took a shot that went off Andersen and trickled into the net at 2:03 of the third for a 4-0 lead.

After the goals by Fleischmann and Perry cut the Ducks' deficit to two, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau pulled Andersen in the final minutes, but Sidney Crosby hit the empty net with 11 seconds remaining for his 21st of the season.

The Ducks went 0-for-3 on the power play and are scoreless in their past 17 power plays at home. Their last goal with the man advantage in Anaheim was Feb. 3. This is related to injured defenseman Sami Vatanen, the quarterback on their power play who has been out since Feb. 18.

Anaheim has gone 1-for-13 in his absence.

"If you look at our power-play numbers since Sami left and before, I think you'll notice that we miss him a lot," Boudreau said. "But that being said, the guys are looking at video and they're practicing every day. They want it to succeed."

Boudreau also pointed to the lack of power plays. The Ducks' three power plays were as many as they had in their four previous games combined.

"If you're not getting cracks at it, you're not going to score," Perry said. "I thought tonight the puck was just bouncing that extra inch away from us."

Pittsburgh defenseman Ben Lovejoy made his first appearance at Honda Center since he was traded for Despres on Monday. He said he got a little emotional during the ride to the arena from his former home.

"The driver was a bit weirded out," Lovejoy said. "I felt like I got it out then and was able to come in with so much energy and adrenaline. It was so fun to be a part of. I'm so glad my new team won. This was such a special place for me. I was so proud to be a Duck. I'm lucky that my new team is very good and a group that I'm very comfortable with and hopefully can fit right back in with."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
09:51PIT Blake Comeau (15) ASST: Derrick Pouliot (3), Evgeni Malkin (39) 1 - 0 PIT
11:53PIT Patric Hornqvist (20) ASST: David Perron (21), Sidney Crosby (45) 2 - 0 PIT
18:57PIT Patric Hornqvist (21) ASST: Ian Cole (6), Paul Martin (14) 3 - 0 PIT
3rd Period
02:03PIT Evgeni Malkin (28) ASST: Chris Kunitz (23), Blake Comeau (13) 4 - 0 PIT
09:03ANA Tomas Fleischmann (8) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (21) 4 - 1 PIT
13:08ANA Corey Perry (28) ASST: Rickard Rakell (20), Emerson Etem (5) 4 - 2 PIT
19:49PIT EN - Sidney Crosby (21) ASST: Brandon Sutter (12), Kris Letang (40) 5 - 2 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Patric Hornqvist
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:55
Rickard Rakell
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:35
Evgeni Malkin
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:23
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:46PIT David Perron  Holding against  Corey Perry
01:46ANA Corey Perry  Roughing against  David Perron
06:00PIT Rob Scuderi  Tripping against  Jiri Sekac
17:11ANA Corey Perry  Tripping against  Kris Letang
2nd Period
02:54PIT David Perron  Too many men/ice - bench
13:28PIT Patric Hornqvist  Slashing against  Emerson Etem
16:53ANA Simon Despres  Slashing against  Evgeni Malkin
3rd Period
10:04ANA Hampus Lindholm  Holding against  David Perron
17:47ANA Cam Fowler  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/3
Faceoff Wins3137
Blocked Shots1511
Penalty Minutes810
4R. ScuderiD0000217:30
7P. MartinD0110024:14
12B. LovejoyD0011016:44
13N. SpalingC00-10012:31
14C. KunitzL0124015:59
16B. SutterC0122016:38
17B. ComeauL1122012:51
19B. BennettR000008:44
26D. WinnikC0000013:50
27C. AdamsR00-10011:01
28I. ColeD0114014:27
39D. PerronL0120215:47
40M. LapierreC00-20010:41
51D. PouliotD0121017:04
58K. LetangD0111029:26
71E. MalkinC1122018:23
72P. HornqvistR2012216:55
87S. CrosbyC1122019:21
1T. Greiss2729.93159:53
3C. StonerD00-12019:09
4C. FowlerD00-31220:13
7A. CoglianoL00-10011:55
10C. PerryR1004417:48
14T. FleischmannL10-12015:26
15R. GetzlafC00-13020:18
16E. EtemR0101012:33
17R. KeslerC00-32019:47
19P. MaroonL00-10011:12
21K. PalmieriR0005013:26
23F. BeaucheminD00-12021:59
24S. DespresD00-22216:32
33J. SilfverbergR01-22015:05
42J. MansonD0000016:49
44N. ThompsonC00-10010:55
46J. SekacL0001013:24
47H. LindholmD0000220:13
67R. RakellC0112014:35
31F. Andersen1620.80058:41