SAN JOSE, Calif.
— So much for any criticism of the Anaheim Ducks
as being a one-line team.
Their top trio of Ryan Getzlaf
, Corey Perry
and Bobby Ryan
shouldered much of the scoring load during the regular season. But it was an unsung supporting cast that delivered in a 3-2 Game 2 victory over San Jose that gave Anaheim a commanding two games to none lead in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Unheralded center Andrew Ebbett
snapped a 1-1 tie with a bad-angle shot off the right pad of Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov
. Drew Miller
pushed the lead to 3-1 when he banged in a loose puck in a scramble in front created by Scott Niedermayer
’s initial shot.
Along with Ryan’s power-play goal in the first period, it was the first postseason tallies for all three players.
"I said the other day that we’ve got such a good group of young guys and old guys," said the undrafted Ebbett, playing in his second playoff game. "We had three young guys scoring the goals tonight and we’ve got [Todd] Marchant, the old guy making that big block in the third period. It’s just a combination of everything. It’s working right now."
Miller’s goal took on greater significance when Jonathan Cheechoo
went around a falling Niedermayer and flicked a wrist shot by Hiller just 37 seconds later to cut the Ducks’ lead to 3-2 and give San Jose a flicker of hope.
"Scotty gets the shot on net and it goes off Robby [Niedermayer]," Miller said. "The rebound’s there and I’m just trying to find the holes and get a little lucky. We got a chance there. A big goal for us. Now we’re going to move on from there and get ready for Tuesday."
Ryan, who established himself as a Calder Trophy candidate with 31 goals, got Anaheim started when he stayed with his own rebound of a backhand shot off the right post, beating Nabokov to the loose puck and ramming it home.
"Top to bottom, we’re trying to have contributions from everybody," Miller said. "You see our penalty killers are getting the job done. Our big penalty killer right now is Mike Brown
. He doesn’t play as many minutes as Getzlaf’s line but he’s out there killing power plays and that’s the contribution that we need from him and everyone else.
"Just playing our roles as best as we can."