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ANAHEIM - The Ducks got two goals from an unlikely source in their 3-2 victory over Minnesota in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Ryan Getzlaf's shorthanded goal was the eventual game-winner.
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin
, who had only seven goals during the regular season, scored twice in the first two periods to help the Ducks to a pivotal victory. The win, which came in front of another raucous Honda Center crowd, gave the Ducks an all-important 2-0 lead in the series.
Beauchemin put the Ducks on the board 13:19 into the first when his one-timer from inches inside the blue line got through everybody, including Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. Rob Niedermayer's screen in front ensured that Backstrom never saw the puck.
That gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead after a bruising first period in which the two teams combined for 48 penalty minutes. The last infractions came at the conclusion of the period, as the Ducks' Travis Moen and Minnesota's Derek Boogard exchanged pleasantries and were each tagged with 10-minute misconducts.
The Ducks' next visit to the box cost them early in the second. Marian Gaborik's goal at 3:33 technically came three seconds after Chris Kunitz's hooking penalty had expired, but the Ducks still had only four skaters defending the play. Chris Pronger attemped to clear the puck from just in front of the crease, but it softly slid to Gaborik's stick. Gaborik quickly wristed it over Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder.
Things turned the Ducks' way with two quick ones in the latter part of the second period. With 3:43 left, Beauchemin struck again on the power play by rifling a one-timer from the right circle off a Ryan Getzlaf feed. It was Beauchemin's second career two-goal game in the postseason, as he also turned the trick in a Game 4 loss to Calgary in last season's first round.
"It feels good," Beauchemin said, especially when we make that power play work a little bit. When you get a chance to make some one-timers, it helps a lot."
Getzlaf got one himself 2 ½ minutes later, this time when the Ducks were shorthanded for the fourth time in the period. Getzlaf took a Travis Moen pass at center ice, made a nifty drag move around Wild defenseman Martin Skoula and fired a backhander under Backstrom's right pad. It was a bonus of a Ducks penalty kill unit that denied all six of Minnesota's man-advantage opportunities.
"I was excited," Getzlaf said. "I think I wasted more energy on the celebration than the actual goal. That was a pretty exciting moment. I was just trying to get it to the net. He played a little off that post and there was a little bit of room for me."
Things got a little more tense for the Ducks late in the third period, when the Wild's Brent Burns made a centering pass that hit off an Anaheim skate and Mikko Koivu wristed in the net. The goal, at 15:04 into the period, cut the Ducks' lead to 3-2.
But Anaheim, with the help of Beauchemin, held Minnesota scoreless over the last five minutes to secure the victory.
Ilya Bryzgalov, with another solid effort in his second straight start made a few key saves over the closing moments, stopping 30 in all.
The series now moves to Minnesota, where the Ducks take on the Wild on Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Ducks have extended their winning streak versus Minnesota to six games in postseason play (Four game sweep in 2003 Western Conference Final).
With tonight's win, the Ducks now have a 30-24 record in the postseason (.556 win %). The club has improved their overall home playoff record to 18-7.
The Ducks have not allowed a power play goal in seven consecutive games, dating back to March 29 vs. CBJ in the regular season. The club has successfully killed 30-of-30 penalties.
Francois Beauchemin's two goals tonight mark the third time in club history a Ducks defenseman has scored two goals in a playoff game. Beauchemin has now done it twice (also 4/25/06 vs. Calgary in the CQF (Game 3)). The only other Ducks defenseman to score 2 goals in a playoff game is J.J. Daigneault, who did so in Game 2 of the CQF on 4/18/97 vs. Phoenix. He has a three-game point streak (2-2=4) dating back to April 7 vs. CBJ, the final game of the regular season.
Teemu Selanne's assist was his 30th career playoff point with Anaheim (16-14=30) breaking Paul Kariya's previous all time Duck's record (14-15=29). He has recorded points in five consecutive postseason games dating back to last year (2-4=6).
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his first career shorthanded playoff goal. He now has a three-game point streak (2-4=6) dating back to April 7 vs. CBJ, the final game of the 2006-07 regular season.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 30-of-32 shots for his eighth career playoff win (8-4), marking the sixth time he has allowed one-goal-or-less in a postseason contest.
Going back to the regular season, the Ducks now have a 24 game sellout streak.
20:00 - The Wild empty the net in the final minute and have several chances, but can't get anything past Bryzgalov. The crowd helps count down, "3...2...1" until the clock hits zero and they erupt. Ducks win 3-2 and lead the series 2-0.
15:04 - MIN GOAL - MIKKO KOIVU - Brent Burns makes a centering pass that hits off an Anaheim skate, right to Koivu who wrists it past Bryzgalov. Things just got a little more tense in here. 3-2 Ducks.
14:55 - Bryzgalov makes a sweet spread-legged save on a speedy Pavol Demitra slap shot from just inside the blue line.
It was just announced that Dustin Penner will not return to the game due to injury. The specifics are unknown.
10:14 - Pushing and shoving ensues after a Bryzgalov makes a save. MIN Brent Burns and ANA Rob Niedermayer each get relatively un-rough roughing minors.
10:01 - Gaborik unleashes a wrister from deep on the left side and Bryzgalov snags it like Johnny Bench.
9:49 - MIN Wes Walz took a puck to the face on a Corey Perry shot, and he goes down and forces a whistle with the Ducks in the middle of a scoring chance. He is quickly led off the ice.
3:48 - Getzlaf almost gets his second right in front of Backstrom on a nice Corey Perry feed, but it's saved.
0:00 - Here we go with the third, the Ducks clinging to a two-goal lead
0:00 - END OF PERIOD - It's starts out rough for the Ducks, but they turn it around with two quick ones and lead 3-1. Shots on goal are even at 19.
18:43 - ANA GOAL (SHORTHANDED) - RYAN GETZLAF - Getzlaf takes a Travis Moen feed at center ice, makes a nifty suck-and-drag move around Wild defenseman Martin Skoula and fires a backhand under Backstrom's right pad. It's shorthanded and it's 3-1 Ducks.
17:00 - ANA PENALTY - George Parros, 2 min. for holding the stick.
16:17 - ANA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN - Beauchemin gets his second of the game by rifling a one-timer from the right circle off a Ryan Getzlaf feed. The normally soft-spoken Beauchemin goes ballistic, as do the more than 17,000 who leapt out of their seats. It's his second career playoff two-goal game. He also had one against Calgary in Game 4 of the first round last year.
8:19 - ANA PENALTY - Kent Huskins gets 2 for delay of game after he flicks it over the glass from the Anaheim zone.
4:01 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Kunitz, 2 min. tripping. Kunitz to the box yet again.
3:33 - MIN GOAL - MARIAN GABORIK - The Ducks' Chris Pronger tries to clear the puck from in front of the net, but softly puts it on Gaborik's stick who wrists one over Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder. Pavol Demitra and Kurtis Foster get the helpers. It's 1-1
1:30 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Kunitz, 2 min. hooking. And Kuni finds the box again.
0:00 - We get things rolling in a game that had 48 penalty minutes in the first period.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Buzzer and organ music. Ducks lead it 1-0 and outshoot the Wild 11-9. Wait, hold it a minute. We hear that Travis Moen and MIN Derek Boogard each get 10-minute misconducts for getting a little fussy at the end of the period. We'll be back in 17 minutes.
18:21 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Kunitz, 2 min. slashing. Kunitz puts a stick on the back of a MIN player after Andy McDonald's shot is saved by Backstrom.
13:55 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Pronger, 2 min. hooking. The Honda Center cheers turn quickly to boos as Prongs gets the minor.
13:19 - ANA POWER PLAY GOAL - FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN - Beauchemin's one-timer just inches in front of the blue line gets through everybody for the goal. Thanks to Rob Niedermayer's screen in front, Backstrom never sees it. Niedermayer's fellow checking liners, Samuel Pahlsson and Travis Moen, get the assists.
13:11 - Teemu Selanne makes a nice one-time attempt from the bottom of the left circle, but Backstrom does a good job of sliding over and making the stop.
11:38 - Backstrom stops and holds an Andy McDonald try, and the Wild apparently feel the Ducks are too close to their goaltender. A mini-meley ensues, with the premier bout turning into Chris Kunitz and Brent Burns. Burns gets 5 for fighting and 2 for roughing, Keith Carney gets 2 for roughing, Kunitz gets 5 for fighting and Corey Perry gets 2 for roughing. Already Game 2 is lining up to be even more physical than the opener.
11:16 - Selanne fires a slapper from the top of the right circle that Backstrom gobbles up.
10:12 - Ducks rookie Kent Huskins takes a hard hip check from Derek Boogard near the corner boards in the Anaheim zone, prompting some pushing and shoving between both teams. Boogard gets a double dose of penalties - two for tripping and two for roughing. George Parros' retaliation gets him 2 for roughing. Ducks go 5-4.
9:58 - Corey Perry finds himself ahead of the defense and fires a shot that Backstrom barely snags with the glove.
4:09 - MIN PENALTY - Martin Skoula, 2 min. interference. First power play of the game for Anaheim.
0:00 - We're underway in Game 2 after a nice rendition of the anthem by former American Idol contestant Sabrina Sloan.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Ilya Bryzgalov; MIN Niklas Backstrom
Starting Skaters: ANA Francois Beauchemin, Scott Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer; MIN Kim Johnsson, Mikko Koivu, Marian Gaborik, Pavol Demitra, Nick Schultz
Scratches: ANA Sebastien Caron, Mark Hartigan, Todd Marchant, Aaron Rome, Shawn Thornton; MIN Manny Fernandez, Shawn Belle, Dominic Moore, Adam Hall, Petteri Nummelin, Matt Foy
Teemu Selanne's breakaway goal opened the scoring for the Ducks in Game 1.
Two days after a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Wild in the opening game of the series, the Ducks will try to do it again in a pivotal Game 2 at Honda Center.
There is no word yet on who will be Anaheim's starting goaltender tonight, but all indications point to Ilya Bryzgalov making his second straight start. Bryzgalov was exceptional in Game 1, starting in place of J.S. Giguere, who had been dealing with medical problems with his newborn son. Bryzgalov responded with a strong performance, allowing only Pavol Demitra's goal 6:01 into the second period and finishing with 24 saves.
"We felt that the emotional roller coaster Giguere has been on, it was more beneficial to let him get his feet underneath him," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
The 26-year-old Russian is also no stranger to the postseason. He won six straight playoff games in 2005-06 when Giguere was injured to help the Ducks reach the Western Conference finals, where they lost in five games to Edmonton. Bryzgalov is 7-4 with a 1.42 GAA and three shutouts in 12 postseason games.
"When you play well, it gives you more confidence," Bryzgalov said after Wednesday's win. "The team played very well in front of me."
Dustin Penner's goal with 5:20 remaining lifted the Pacific Division champion Ducks to a 2-1 victory. He poked home a loose puck after Minnesota defenseman Kim Johnsson crashed into goalie Niklas Backstrom, who was sent sprawling backward into the net.
Backstrom was excellent in his playoff debut despite the loss, making 32 saves. He stopped five of six all-out or partial breakaways, giving up Teemu Selanne's tying goal at 9:52 of the middle period.
Backstrom felt Penner's goal should have been disallowed.
"I watched the replay and I was sure it was under me and nobody saw the puck," he said. "Of course, you're going to get the puck out from a goalie if you slash at it with your sticks. That's a bad goal and we lose a game on that."
Anaheim has won five straight playoff games against Minnesota, including a four-game sweep in the 2003 conference finals. The Wild have lost eight of their last nine visits to Anaheim, with the lone victory coming in a shootout Nov. 6, 2005.
Minnesota gave up 34 shots on goal Wednesday after allowing 28.8 per game during the regular season.
"We've got to be better defensively," defenseman Nick Schultz said. "It's something where they've got guys with speed and a lot of skill and we have to make sure we don't give them those quality opportunities."
All five meetings between the teams this season resulted in one-goal games.
This series shifts to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.
- Associated Press contributed to this report