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Ducks score five straight in win against Flyers

Kase gets two goals, Getzlaf has two points in return; Patrick injured

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in his return to the Anaheim Ducks lineup, helping them to a 6-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

Getzlaf missed the previous three games for the Ducks (4-3-1) because of a lower-body injury.

 

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"Overall it was pretty good," Getzlaf said. "I felt good getting my wind back. The passing and those sort of things will come. … I felt good out there. That was our focus before I got back this time. Last time we rushed it back, obviously I ended up back on [injured reserve]. This time we wanted to make sure we did the work and we were ready to go."

Getzlaf played a Ducks-high 22:19 and also brought a renewed confidence level to the lineup.

Video: ANA@PHI: Getzlaf goes five-hole for his first goal

"He's our captain and he's our best overall player," defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. "You take [Sidney] Crosby away from Pittsburgh, what happens? It's a different team. When he's back and he's playing well, we're a really good team."

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm made his season debut after offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He had an assist in 19:48 of ice time. Last season, he was second among Ducks defensemen with six goals and 22:26 of ice time per game.

"They're our captain and then a minute-chewer on the back end," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of Getzlaf and Lindholm. "… We've been banged down and beaten up pretty good with injuries. Anytime you can welcome veterans back and they come in, it does energize your group and give you confidence."

Ondrej Kase scored twice, and Brandon Montour, Nick Ritchie and Rickard Rakell each had a goal for the Ducks, who started a four-game road trip. John Gibson made 31 saves.

Video: ANA@PHI: Kase tallies second goal on penalty shot

Sean Couturier scored two goals for Philadelphia (5-4-0), and Brian Elliott made 19 saves.

Flyers rookie center Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, left the game at 2:35 of the second period after Ducks forward Chris Wagner hit him in the left corner of the Philadelphia zone. General manager Ron Hextall said he would have an update on Patrick's condition Wednesday.

Getzlaf gave the Ducks a 5-1 lead at 3:59 of the third period when his shot along the ice from the right side got between Elliott's pads.

It was the fifth straight goal for Anaheim.

"They have a good forecheck, guys that can skate, big bodies," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "We just couldn't feel the puck tonight."

Couturier scored his second of the game at 11:54 of the third period to make it 5-2. It was his sixth goal, tied with Wayne Simmonds for the Flyers lead.

Video: ANA@PHI: Couturier dekes past Gibson to open scoring

Kase scored his second of the game on a penalty shot at 15:49 for a 6-2 Ducks lead. He was slashed from behind by Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov on a breakaway.

Anaheim scored three goals in the second period to take over a game that was tied 1-1 after the first.

Montour gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 5:40, and Ritchie made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 10:03. Rakell scored to make it 4-1 at 18:17 off a pass from Getzlaf, who played his third game of the season.

Couturier gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead at 8:51 of the first period, taking a pass from Giroux and lifting the puck over Gibson's left leg from in tight. Kase tied it 1-1 at 18:22 with his first goal since Anaheim's season-opening 5-4 win against the Arizona Coyotes.

Video: ANA@PHI: Montour speeds in, rips shot by Elliott

 

Goal of the game

Kase was skating through the slot when he tipped Derek Grant's wrist shot from the left wall past Elliott to get the Ducks on the board.

Video: ANA@PHI: Kase tips home Grant's spinning feed

 

Save of the game

With 5:31 left in the first period and the Ducks trailing 1-0, Gibson got his left pad on a hard shot by Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim from above the left hash marks.

 

Highlight of the game

Montour reached with his stick while diving to deny Jordan Weal a scoring chance at the left post with Gibson out of position during a Flyers power play 53 seconds into the third period.

 

They said it

"Felt OK. Took awhile to get the feel of the game. It was quick so you have to be in position otherwise the guys are going to make you pay, which they did early. … Thought I recovered well." -- Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm on his season debut

 

"This one stings a bit and humbles you a bit. It's our first bad loss as a team this season so I think it's going to show a lot about our team how we respond." -- Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere

 

Need to know

Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin got his 200th NHL assist on Montour's goal, and forward Kalle Kossila got an assist for his first NHL point. … Couturier's two goals gave him 200 NHL points. … Sanheim had an assist on Couturier's second goal for his first NHL point. … Flyers forward Jakub Voracek had two assists to reach 500 NHL points. … Philadelphia was 0-for-6 on the power play. ... The teams split their season series. The Flyers won 3-2 in overtime at Anaheim on Oct. 7.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, KCOP-13, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Ottawa Senators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Kase scores twice to lead Ducks to 6-2 victory

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