ANAHEIM, Calif. - Todd Marchant tallied a third period shorthanded goal to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday afternoon at Honda Center.
The victory improves Anaheim's record to 16-2-6 with 38 points to lead the Western Conference. The Ducks are also 11-1-4 at Honda Center this season.
Marchant's game winner was the product of hard work by one of the league's best penalty killing units. The Ducks' veteran forward battled to get the puck out of his own zone along the boards just inside Anaheim blue line. Marchant gave the puck to Travis Moen at center ice. Moen lugged the puck into the New Jersey zone and slipped a pass back to Marchant who scored the tiebreaking marker.
The goal was Marchant's second shorthanded tally of the season and the 22nd of his career. Marchant also added an empty netter in the closing seconds of the contest to give him two goals in the game.
The Ducks and Devils were tied at two goals apiece after two periods.
Dustin Penner opened the scoring for the Ducks at 6:31 of the first period. Penner took a feed going hard to the far post from linemate Ryan Shannon and redirected the pass in for his ninth goal of the season.
Anaheim took a two goal lead at 13:59 of the first on Samuel Pahlsson's fifth goal of the year. With time winding down on a minor to Ducks forward Todd Marchant, the Anaheim penalty killers took the puck out of the zone three-on-two. Pahlsson gained the blue line on the right wing, cut to the center of the ice and fired a slap shot by Devils netminder Martin Brodeur to make it 2-0.
New Jersey fought back to cut the lead in half at 16:43 of the first period. Patrik Elias one-timed a Jamie Langenbrunner pass from the left face off circle that got past JS Giguere.
In the second period, the Devils used the power play to pull even. Brian Gionta used his speed to get in alone on Giguere and tied the contest at 2-2 at the 4:25 mark of the period.
Anaheim will stay home to face the Calgary Flames on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. to close out a November home slate that will have featured 10 games on Honda Center ice.
FINAL - ANA 4, NJ 2
20:00 - END OF GAME
19:32 - ANAHEIM GOAL - EMPTY NETTER - TODD MARCHANT (4). Assists to Scott and Rob Niedermayer
14:52 - NJ PEN - Jay Pandolfo goes off for hooking. Anaheim goes on their fifth power play, they are 0-for-4 today.
9:23 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SHORTHANDED - TODD MARCHANT (4). One of the most hard working goals the Ducks have scored this season. Marchant fights along the boards at the left point to get the puck out of the zone on the penalty kill. The speedy Ducks forward gives the puck to Travis Moen at center ice who lugs the puck into the New Jersey zone. Moen slips the puck past four Devils backcheckers back to Marchant who tallies the shorthanded marker to give Anaheim a 3-2 lead.
8:04 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer is called for hooking. New Jersey goes on their sixth power play. The Devils are 1-for-5 today.
6:08 - New Jersey kills both penalties.
4:07 - NJ PEN - Martin Brodeur high sticks Dustin Penner going for a rebound. Anaheim now has a two-man advantage.
3:30 - NJ PEN - Colin White goes off for slashing. Anaheim goes on their third power play. The Ducks have yet to convert with the man advantage today.
0:00 - The third period has begun with the Devils and Ducks tied 2-2.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 14-22, NJ 8-15.
15:52 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner goes off for hooking. The Devils go back on the power play, their fifth of the game.
12:11 - ANA PEN - Todd Marchant takes a hooking minor. NJ goes on their fourth power play. The Devils are 1-for-3 today with the man advantage.
8:21 - NJ PEN - Patrik Elias goes off for hooking. Anaheim goes on their third power play - they are 0-for-2 today.
4:25 - NEW JERSEY GOAL - POWER PLAY - BRIAN GIONTA (9). Gionta gets in alone on Giguere and scores his team-leading ninth goal to tie the contest 2-2 on the power play. The assists go to Scott Gomez and Brad Lukowich.
4:05 - ANA PEN - Chris Pronger takes a slashing minor. NJ will go on their third power play after 16 seconds of 4-on-4 hockey.
2:21 - NJ PEN - Brian Rafalski is called for holding. Anaheim goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1 today.
0:00 - The 2nd period is under way. New Jersey begins the period with 0:33 of power play time remaining from Getzlaf's minor.
20:00 - END OF FIRST PERIOD. SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 8, NJ 7
18:33 - ANA PEN - Ryan Getzlaf is called for cross checking. NJ goes on their second power play. They are 0-for-1 today.
16:43 - NEW JERSEY GOAL - PATRIK ELIAS (5). Elias one-times a pass by Jamie Langenbrunner from the left face off circle to cut the Anaheim lead to 2-1. Langenbrunner and Travis Zajac get the assists.
13:59 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SAMUEL PAHLSSON (5). In the closing seconds of Marchant's minor, the Ducks penalty killers get a 3-on-2 rush. Pahlsson lugs the puck the whole way, cuts into the center of the sheet and fires a slap shot that beats Martin Brodeur on the stick side. The goal is unassisted and even strength.
11:57 - ANA PEN - Todd Marchant is called for boarding giving New Jersey their first power play.
10:20 - After a scrum in front of the Anaheim net, George Parros and Cam Janssen drop the gloves. Janssen appeared to have been injured during the bout and went right to the New Jersey dressing room after the fight. Fighting majors are given to each player. Also, during the ensuing timeout, Teemu Selanne's 500th goal from Wednesday night was replayed on Honda Vision. Selanne acknowledeged a warm reception from the Anaheim crowd.
6:31 - ANAHEIM GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER (9). Ryan Shannon feeds Penner going hard to the far post. Penner redirects the pass to give Anaheim an early 1-0 lead. Assists to Shannon and Shane O'Brien on the goal.
1:22 - NJ PEN - Zach Parise goes off for hooking giving Anaheim their first power play of the game.
0:00 - 1st period is under way at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 35 JS Giguere, NJ 30 Martin Brodeur.
Scratches: ANA 30 G Ilya Bryzgalov, 39 Travis Green; NJ 8 D Alex Brooks, 12 C Jim Dowd.
The Ducks face the New Jersey Devils in a special post holiday matinee contest today at 1:05 p.m. at Honda Center.
Anaheim is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Veteran winger Teemu Selanne tallied his 500th career NHL goal in the contest for the Ducks whose conference-best record went to 15-2-6 and 36 points.
The Devils are currently tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with the New York Rangers. New Jersey is 12-7-1 with 25 standings points.
New Jersey is led offensively by Zach Parise (8-10=18), Jamie Langenbrunner (8-7=15) and Brian Gionta (8-7=15). Devils netminder Marin Brodeur is 12-7 with a 2.45 GAA and .912 SV.% this season.