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Ducks 5, Chicago 2

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

By Adam Brady


Andy McDonald (middle) had two goals in the second period.
ANAHEIM - After suffering a letdown at home Wednesday against one of the Western Conference's non-playoff teams, the Ducks weren't about to do it again Friday night against Chicago. And they put that on display early in their 5-2 blowout of the visiting Blackhawks in another physical game punctuated by several fights.


Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald each had two goals in the victory, as the Ducks scored five over the first two periods. The victory gave the Ducks a tie for their club record for wins (43 and points (98). Both records were set last season.


Selanne opened the scoring 3:31 into the first period when he tucked the puck in on Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's stick side after the Khabibulin couldn't corral an Andy McDonald wrister from the slot. Selanne gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead with his second goal 13 minutes later on the power play, one-timing a gorgeous feed across the crease by McDonald. The goals were the 42nd and 43rd on the season, moving him into second in the league goal-scoring race.

McDonald picked up two goals of his own in the second period, the first after he had just gotten out of the penalty box for roughing. He picked up a loose puck near the right faceoff circle in the Chicago zone, then went 1-on-1 with Khabibulin and put a backhand past him. That was at 9:47 into the period and he added another at 13 minutes even. That one wasn't as pretty, as McDonald's centering pass during a Ducks man-advantage ricocheted off a Chicago defenseman and into the net.

In between the McDonald goals, Corey Perry took a rebound off a Scott Niedermayer point shot and batted it in the back of the net. The Niedermayer assist gave him his 600th career point.

"It was a physical game," McDonald said. "I've always said that I think this team responds well when it's physical. I think it kind of woke us up and I think we played pretty well tonight."

A stick to McDonald's face from Chicago's Danny Richmond with 2:25 left in the second period led to retaliatory punches on Richmond from Chris Kunitz, McDonald's linemate. Kunitz paid for it, receiving series of penalties that were capped off with a game misconduct that ended his night.

Chicago took advantage of the resulting power play, as Adrian Aucoin wrested one from above the right faceoff circle that deflected off teammate Rene Bourque's stick and through Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.


The Hawks, like Vancouver two games ago, got very physical with the Ducks, leading to several fights. Among the penalties were the Kunitz game misconduct, as well as the same punishment for Sean O'Donnell and Chicago's David Koci late in the third period. Their fight came right off the faceoff following a George Parros-Tony Salmalainen that erupted into a group skirmish.


"We've always got to look out for the line," Kunitz said. "I think there were a couple high hits on him [McDonald] and obviously he's a big part of our team and I've got to protect him. I don't think it was a cheap shot. But I just had to calm it down a little bit, make sure nobody gets hurt."


Chicago entered the contest on somewhat of a hot streak, having won four of their last five, including a 4-3 shootout victory the night before in Los Angeles. But they were still 12th in the Western Conference and out of playoff contention, and the Ducks were not about to take them as lightly as they took Columbus the night before.


"It was a great team win," Kunitz said. "Bryz played great and our power play was obviously clicking tonight. Teemu and Mac were great tonight, and that helps. We had all four lines going.  When we flow like that and get good offense early on, we tend to win."


The win was the Ducks' sixth in seven games, and it gave them standings points in each of the last 10 games, during which they are 8-0-2.



- The Ducks have scored 18 goals over their last four games (4.5 per game), scoring four-or-more goals in each contest.


- The Ducks have allowed only three power play goals in the last seven games, killing 31 of 34 penalties (91.2%). 


- Andy McDonald recorded his third career four-point game (ties career-high), his second this season (Nov. 19 vs. PHX, 2-2=4). He has 8-8=16 points in his last 10 games, including three multi-goal efforts.


- Scott Niedermayer tied his career-high with three assists for the second consecutive game (0-6=6 over last two games). It marks his fourth career three-assist game and third overall this season. He also has eight assists (0-8=8) in his last four games.


- Teemu Selanne has three-straight multi-point games (4-3=7) and has 11-11=22 points in his last 15 contests. His second goal tonight set a new club record for career power play goals with 108 (Kariya, 107). He also has 10-10=20 points in his last 13 home games. In addition, Selanne moved to 2nd in the NHL in goals and moved ahead of Frank Mahovlich on the All-Time Goal Scoring list to have an outright hold on 26th place (535 goals).


- The Ducks have sold out the last 19 home games and 21 of the last 22.  The club has 22 sellouts on the season, 10 more than it had all of last season.  The 22 sellouts mark the most since the 1997-98 season (25).


FINAL 1 2 3 T
Chicago    0 1 1 2
Anaheim     3 2 0 5





20:00 - The game mercifully ends with no more punches thrown. Final shots on goal: ANA 26, CHI 33.

17:59 - CHI GOAL - POWER PLAY - JASON WILLIAMS (14): Williams one-times one past Bryzgalov off a feed from Jeff Hamilton to cut the Ducks lead to 5-2. Martin Havlat earns the second assist.

17:11 - Right off the ensuing faceoff, ANA Sean O'Donnell and CHI David Koci exchange punches. They get an early trip to the locker room, with O'Donnell getting 4 minutes for spearing, 5 for fighting and a game misconduct. Koci gets 5 for fightin, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct. The Blackhawks go on a 5-on 3 as a result.

17:12 - The Ducks' George Parros gets into it with Chicago's Tony Salmalainen after Parros knocks him down away from the puck. That leads to another battle royale that again features Andy McDonald throwing blows. The fallout: 2 minutes for roughing for McDonald and CHI Patrick Sharp and Parros 2 minutes for the relatively benign interference.

6:48 - Now Ryan Getzlaf and Danny Richmond drop the gloves and start throwing punches. They'll both spend some quiet time in the box for the next 5 minutes.

4:35 - CHI penalty - Danny Richmond - 2 min. slashing. Ducks are 3-5 on the power play.

0:00 - The third period is underway.


20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 8 FOR 18 TOTAL, CHI 11 for 21 total.

19:05 - CHICAGO GOAL - POWER PLAY - ADRIAN AUCOIN (5): The Ducks pay for that power play as Aucoin wrists one from above the right faceoff circle that deflects off Rene Bourque's stick and gets through Bryzgalov. Jeff Hamilton gets the second assist.

17:35 - Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu delivers a stick to the face of two-goal scorer Andy McDonald, after which linemate Chris Kunitz retaliates. Ruutu gets a 2-minute high sticking, while Kunitz is hit with a 2-minute instigating penalty, 5 minutes for fighting, a 10-minute mosconduct and a game misconduct. The Hawks are awarded a 5-minute power play.

16:25 - Chicago has made a goalkeeping change, inserting Patrick Lalime.

13:00 - ANA GOAL - POWER PLAY - ANDY MCDONALD (24): McDonald gets his second of the period, but this one's not quite as pretty. His centering pass from the right faceoff circle ricochets off the Chicago defenseman and into the net. It gives the Ducks a 5-0 lead.

12:25 - CHI penalty - Duncan Keith - 2 min. delay of game. Ducks are on the 5-on-3

11:15 - CHI penalty - Jason Cullimore - 2 min. interference.

9:47 - ANA GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD (23): Fresh out of the box, McDonald picks up a loose puck near the right faceoff circle in the Chicago zone. He goes 1-on-1 with Khabibulin and backhands the puck past him.

7:22 - Andy McDonald objects to being slammed into the boards behind the Chicago goal and starts something with Cameron Barker. He gets tagged with a 2-minute roughing minor. The Honda Center faithful do not agree.

6:56 - The first TV timeout brings a St. Patrick's-themed Kiss Cam for the fans' viewing pleasure.

2:24 - ANA penalty - Ryan Shannon 2 min. tripping. Chicago is converting at 12.0 percent on the power play, 30th in the league. The Ducks are  84.8 percent on the penalty kill, 6th in the league.

0:00 - The second period is underway.


20:00 - END OF FIRST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 8, CHI 10: The Blackhawks outshoot the Ducks, but Anaheim makes the most of their attempts, converting 3 of their 8.

16:45 - ANA GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (43): Selanne quickly gets his second of the game, one-timing a gorgeous feed across the crease by Andy McDonald. Ryan Getzlaf gets the second assist, feeding McDonald from the point.  

16:02 - CHI penalty - B. Seabrook - 2 min. hooking. The Ducks are on the 5-on-3.

15:50 - CHI penalty - J. Cullimore - 2 min. hooking. The Ducks are 1 for 1 on the power play tonight.

9:36 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - COREY PERRY (17):  Scott Niedermayer's shot from the point bounces off Khabibulin to the waiting stick of Perry, who quickly redirects it in the back of the net. Niedermayer's assist gives him his 600th career point, while Francois Beauchemin gets the other assist.

7:28 - CHI penalty - Duncan Keith - 2 min. hooking. The Ducks are converting at 21.5 percent on the power play, third in the league. Chicago is 83.3 percent on the penalty kill, 13th in the league.

5:49 - ANA George Parros and CHI David Koci get into a prolonged scrap, much to the approval of the roaring Honda Center crowd. They each get tagged with the obligatory 5 for fighting.

3:31 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (42): Khabibulin can't corral Andy McDonald's wrister from the slot and after Scott Niedermayer gets a stick on it, Selanne tucks it in on the right side. The assists go to Niedermayer and McDonald.

2:32 - ANA Shawn Thornton and CHI 44 Danny Thornton mix it up early and each gets a roughing penalty.  

0:00 - The Ducks and Blackhawks are underway at Honda Center.


Starting Goaltenders: ANA 30 Ilya Bryzgalov, CHI 39 N. Khabibulin

Starting Skaters: ANA 5 R. Jackman, 8 T. Selanne, 14 C. Kunitz, 19 A. McDonald, 23 F. Beauchemin; CHI 10 P. Sharp, 14 R. Bourque, 25 C. Barker, 33 A. Aucoin, 51 J. Hamilton

Scratches: ANA 22 T. Marchant, 24 B. May, 25 C. Pronger, 38 R. Shannon, 47 Tim Brent;  CHI 12 P. Bondra, 16 R. Vrbata



Game Preview


7:05 p.m. at Honda Center
TV: KDOC     Radio: AM 830

The Ducks will look to match their team record for points they set last season when they host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at Honda Center.

Despite being tied for 12th in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks are suddenly hot, having won 4 of 5 games. That includes Thursday's 4-3 shootout victory in Los Angeles. Tuomo Ruutu scored the tying goal in the third period and Nikita Alexeev, who scored in the first period, added the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout.

Anaheim goes into the game with 96 standings points, three behind Western Conference leader Detroit and two behind Nashville. Last year they set a club record with 98 points.

The Ducks (42-17-12) are tied with Buffalo for the third-best record in the NHL and own a seven-point lead in the Pacific Division. They had won five straight before Wednesday's 5-4 shootout loss to Columbus.

Anaheim has still picked up points in each of its last nine games, going 7-0-2 with an overtime loss over that span.

"The fact that we got a point is a very positive thing," goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said after he made 23 saves in regulation and overtime Wednesday. "This means we can sometimes play a bad game and have some kind of positive outcome.

"But we can't really accept the kind of effort we gave. Obviously, I don't think we can be happy with our defensive game. We gave them too many scoring chances."

Defenseman Francois Beauchemin had two goals against the Blue Jackets, and Chris Kunitz scored with just under two minutes left in regulation to earn Anaheim a point. The defeat ended a six-game home winning streak.

The Ducks were 1-for-7 on the penalty kill after holding opponents without a power-play goal (0-for-20) in their previous five games. They also failed to score with the man advantage after going 5-for-15 on the power play in their previous three contests.

"We turned the puck over too many times and messed up some plays," Beauchemin said. "We've got to find a way to stay focused in every game for 60 minutes. It wasn't that good of a game for us, but we still got a point out of it."

Last night's game was the third on Chicago's five-game road trip. The Blackhawks, who own the worst power-play in the league, went scoreless with the man advantage for the second straight game after going 3-for-8 in their previous two contests.

Chicago won 4-3 in a shootout at Anaheim on Nov. 17 in the last meeting between the teams, ending a seven-game losing streak in the series. The Ducks, who have not lost in regulation to the Blackhawks since a 3-1 road defeat on Nov. 2, 2003, are 11-1-1 with one tie in the last 14 meetings.

- Associated Press contributed to this report


Nov 17, 2006 4 - 3 N. KHABIBULIN T. RUUTU
Oct 28, 2006 3 - 0 I. BRYZGALOV D. PENNER

Oct 28, 2006 DUSTIN PENNER

Mar 15, 2007   CHI 4 @ LAK 3
Mar 13, 2007   CHI 1 @ SJS 7
Mar 10, 2007   CHI 7 @ PHX 5
Mar 6, 2007   LAK 0 @ CHI 3
Mar 4, 2007   OTT 3 @ CHI 4
Mar 14, 2007   CBJ 5 @ ANA 4
Mar 11, 2007   VAN 2 @ ANA 4
Mar 9, 2007   EDM 1 @ ANA 5
Mar 7, 2007   PHX 1 @ ANA 2
Mar 4, 2007   NSH 2 @ ANA 3

Mar 16, 2007   CHI @ ANA
Mar 20, 2007   CHI @ CBJ
Mar 21, 2007   SJS @ CHI
Mar 23, 2007   LAK @ CHI
Mar 25, 2007   CGY @ CHI
Mar 16, 2007   CHI @ ANA
Mar 18, 2007   LAK @ ANA
Mar 22, 2007   ANA @ PHX
Mar 23, 2007   DAL @ ANA
Mar 26, 2007   ANA @ DET

2006-2007 Team Stats
63 Points: 96
27 Wins: 42
3 ShutOuts: 5
30 Power Play Rank: 3
13 Penalty Kill Rank: 6
.583 Win % When Leading After 1: .731
.750 Win % When Leading After 2: .848
.167 Win % When Trailing After 1: .421
.211 Win % When Trailing After 2: .227

+/-: M. HAVLAT 15 C. PRONGER 26

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