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Flyers 7, Ducks 4

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Sami Kapanen scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers over the Ducks 7-4 on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

The loss was just the Ducks' second in regulation and marked the first time this season they failed to pick up at least a point on home ice.

"We're going to have bad games here and there, but it's all about how we bounce back," said Ducks forward Teemu Selanne. "We didn't deserve to win and that's it."

Chris Kunitz, Samuel Pahlsson, Dustin Penner and Andy McDonald tallied for the Ducks who out shot the Flyers 41-16 in the game.

The Flyers took control on the scoreboard early, carrying a 5-2 lead into the dressing room after one period.

"It was ugly tonight, but we'll learn something from this and move on," said Ducks Selanne. "The first period cost us the game."

Philadelphia took the lead at 1:48 of the first period when Kapanen (5, Robitaille, Nedved) got off a wrist shot from the point that deflected off the skate of Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and past JS Giguere.

The Ducks managed to get that goal back quickly with a bizarre play of their own. Kunitz (9, O'Brien, DiPenta) banked a shot off the head of big Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher from close range to tie the contest 1-1 at 2:10.

Geoff Sanderson (5, Grant, Umberger) gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 11:16 of the first period. Triston Grant hit the crossbar with a backhand and Sanderson was there at the side of the net to stuff it home for his fifth goal of the season.

The Flyers took a 3-1 lead at 13:02 of the first period as captain Peter Forsberg (6, Knuble, Eager) carried the puck behind the Anaheim net, turned and fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Giguere. Forsberg was back on the ice for Philadelphia after missing the two previous games with an ankle injury.

Philadelphia used two 4 on 3 power plays late in the first to open up a 5-1 lead.

"We didn't compete hard enough and weren't disciplined enough because our penalties took us out of the hockey game in the first period," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.

Mike Knuble (5, Gagne, Pitkanen) scored a power play goal at 15:22 of the period to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead and Simon Gagne (9, Forsberg, Pitkanen) one-timed a Forsberg pass at 16:26 of the first to cap a five-goal period.

After the Gagne goal, Ilya Bryzgalov replaced Giguere between the pipes for the Ducks.

"It was just one of those games," said Giguere. "The floodgates started to open and I couldn't stop it. It's unfortunate, but the main thing is to move on."

Anaheim closed the gap to 5-2 at 18:33 when Pahlsson (4, Moen, Pronger) backhanded a loose puck in front of the Philadelphia cage for his fourth goal of the season.

The Ducks made it a two-goal game in the second period with a power play goal by Penner (7, S. Niedermayer, Selanne). Defenseman Scott Niedermayer carried the puck from his point position into the corner and fed a pass to Penner in front.

The Ducks out shot the Flyers 13-2 in the second frame.

Philadelphia regained control of the game in the third period with a pair of goals.

Alexandre Picard (2, Robitaille, Sanderson) scored the Flyers' third power play goal of the game at 2:59 with a wrist shot from the right point. The puck found its way through traffic and inside the left post.

Kapanen scored his second of the game at 5:16 of the period from Petr Nedved. Kapanen got in alone on Bryzgalov and beat the Anaheim netminder over his glove to open up a 7-3 lead for Philadelphia.

McDonald (6, Pronger, Perry) added a power play goal at 11:21 of the third period. The Anaheim center one-timed a slap shot from the right face off dot past Esche for his sixth goal of the season.

"I think the key is to forget about it, but to learn from it," said Giguere. "We have to know there isn't going to be an easy game in this league, no matter who we play."

The Ducks' five-game homestand continues Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks at 7:05.



20:00 - FINAL - PHI 7, ANA 4 - FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 41, PHI 16

17:39 - PHI PEN - Petr Nedved is called for high sticking. 

13:04 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner is whistled for high sticking.  Philly is 3 for 4 on the power play tonight.

11:21 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - ANDY MCDONALD (6).  McDonald one-times a slap shot from the right face off dot past Esche to cut the Philly lead to 7-4.  Assists to Chris Pronger and Corey Perry.

9:45 - PHI PEN - Peter Forsberg is called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

5:35 - The first fight of the contest is between rookie defenseman Shane O'Brien and Boyd Kane.  Fighting majors are issued to each.

5:16 - PHILADELPHIA GOAL - SAMI KAPANEN (3).  Kapanen gets in alone on Bryzgalov and beats him high glove side for his second goal of the game.  Assist on the goal goes to Petr Nedved.

2:59 - PHILADELPHIA GOAL - POWER PLAY - ALEXANDRE PICARD (2).  Picard gets a wrist shot past Bryzgalov from the point.  Assists to Robitaille and Sanderson.  The goal is Philly's third power play marker of the contest.

1:26 - ANA PEN - Rob Niedermayer is called for goaltender interference.  Philly is 2 for 3 on the power play.

0:00 - Start of the third period.  Anaheim starts with 0:41 of power play time.

2nd Period:

20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - PHI 5, ANA 3 - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 13-27, PHI 2-14

18:41 - PHI PEN - Randy Jones is called for hooking.  Anaheim is 1 for 3 on the power play.

16:16 - Todd Marchant is called for boarding.  Ben Eager gets called for diving.  The teams will skate 4 on 4.

10:02 - PHI PEN - Mike Richards goes off for tripping.  Anaheim is 1 for 2 on the power play.

6:09 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - DUSTIN PENNER (7).  Scott Niedermayer carries the puck all the way into the corner and feeds a pass in front to Penner who redirects it home to cut the Philly lead to 5-3.  Assists to Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne.

4:49 - PHI PEN - Mike Knuble goes off for holding.  Anaheim is 0 for 1 on the power play tonight.

0:00 - Start of 2nd period.  Anaheim starts with 1:38 of power play time.

1st Period:

20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - PHI 5, ANA 2 - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 14, PHI 12

19:37 - PHI PEN - Simon Gagne gets caught hooking.

18:33 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SAMUEL PAHLSSON (4).  Pahlsson cleans up a rebound in front of Esche on the backhand to cut the Philly lead to 5-2.  The assists go to Travis Moen and Chris Pronger.  

16:26 - Ilya Bryzgalov replaces JS Giguere in the Anaheim net.

16:26 - PHILADELPHIA GOAL - POWER PLAY - SIMON GAGNE (9).  Gagne one-times a pass from Peter Forsberg in the left face off circle on the power play.  Assists to Forsberg and Joni Pitkanen.

16:08 - ANA PEN - Ryan Shannon goes off for high sticking creating another 4 on 3 power play.

15:22 - PHILADELPHIA GOAL - POWER PLAY - MIKE KNUBLE (5).  Joni Pitkanen, Simon Gagne and Knuble play tic-tac-toe with Knuble finishing at the side of the Anaheim net.  The goal is Knuble from Pitkanen and Gagne to make it 4-1.

14:52 - ANA PEN - Andy McDonald takes a hooking penalty creating a 4 on 3 power play opportunity for the Flyers.

14:28 - PHI PEN - Freddy Meyer gets a hooking minor negating Philly's first power play chance.

13:58 - ANA PEN - Sean O'Donnell goes off for hooking.  This is the Flyers' first power play. Philly's power play operates at 9.3% (30th NHL) and the Ducks kill at 89.4% (4th NHL)

13:02 - PHILADELPHIA GOAL - PETER FORSBERG (6).  Forsberg takes the puck behind the Anaheim net and turns and fires on his forehand at the side of the goal.  The shot goes over the shoulder of Giguere.  Assists go to Mike Knuble and Ben Eager.

11:16 - PHILADELPHIA GOAL - GEOFF SANDERSON (5).  Sanderson cleans up a rebound at the side of the Anaheim net after Triston Grant hit the cross bar with a backhand.  The goal is Sanderson's fifth from Grant and RJ Umberger.

6:23 - Here's what the Anaheim lines look like in the early going...Selanne-McDonald-Shannon / Penner - Marchant - Parros / Kunitz - Getzlaf - Perry / Rob Niedermayer - Pahlsson - Moen.

2:10 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS KUNITZ (9).  The Ducks get the goal right back with a bizarre play of their own.  Kunitz shoots a puck in front of the Philly net that appeared to go off the head of big Philly defenseman Derian Hatcher and in the net.  The goal is Kunitz's team-leading 9th from Shane O'Brien and Joe DiPenta.

1:48 - PHILADELPHIA GOAL - SAMI KAPANEN (2).  Tough break for the Ducks.  Kapanen's shot from the right point hits the skate of defenseman Francois Beauchemin and pops straight up in the air.  The knuckler handcuffs Giguere.  Assists go to Randy Robitaille and Petr Nedved.

0:00 - First period play is under way between Anaheim and Philly at Honda Center.

0:00 - Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg is in the lineup and will start tonight for the Flyers after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury.  Chris Kunitz who missed last game with a left hand injury is in the lineup for Anaheim.  Newly acquired George Parros is in the lineup for the Ducks.

STARTING GOALTENDERS: ANA 35 JS Giguere, PHI 42 Robert Esche

SCRATCHES: ANA 18 D Ian Moran, 39 C Travis Green; PHI 11 C Ryan Potulny, 19 LW Kyle Calder


The Ducks host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Honda Center.

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Anaheim enters tonight's contest as the top team in the Western Conference at 13-1-4 with 30 points.  The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at Honda Center. 

On Monday, the Ducks and Flyers made a swap as Anaheim forward Todd Fedoruk was sent back to Philadelphia in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2007.  The Ducks also made two other moves Monday picking up George Parros from Colorado for a second rounder in June and sending Stanislav Chistov to Boston for a third-round pick.

Fedoruk remains sidelined after suffering a facial injury on October 27 in a game at Minnesota.

The Flyers are coming off a 3-2 loss on Monday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Philadelphia is 3-12-2 with 8 points and in last place in the Eastern Conference.

Philly's star centerman Peter Forsberg was been hampered of late by an ankle injury and has missed the last two games.  He is listed as day-to-day. 

The Flyers are led offensively by Simon Gagne (8-3=11), Forsberg (5-4=9), Geoff Sanderson (4-5=9) and Mike Knuble (4-5=9).  Antero Nittymaki has played in 14 games between the pipes for Philadelphia and is 2-9-2 with a 3.22 GAA and a .882 Save Percentage. 

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