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Getzlaf's goal completes Ducks' rally vs. Hurricanes

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks keep saying that winning close games will get them ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They've certainly had plenty of practice.

Ryan Getzlaf scored 45 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks a 5-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Honda Center on Tuesday.

Getzlaf one-timed Corey Perry's pass from the left side to complete a comeback after Anaheim trailed 4-2 in the third period. The Ducks (33-12-6) are 23-0-6 in one-goal games.

"Too many of them, let me tell you," Getzlaf said of the number of close victories. "As long as you're winning them, that's the best thing."

Perry scored his 20th and 21st goals in addition to the game-winning assist.

"We found a way," Perry said. "It's never pretty, but we'll take it."

Anaheim was coming off two straight regulation losses for the second time this season and needed a win before it began a five-game trip. It's been all-or-nothing for the Ducks, who have been outscored 57-21 in their regulation losses. Getzlaf was serious about the importance of these two points.

"We've got to find a way to just keep pushing forward, just keep doing the right things, and get our legs under us, get the excitement back in the locker room that we've had for most of this season," he said.

The Hurricanes (17-26-7) squandered two 5-on-3 man advantages in the third, including a full two-minute advantage early. Goalie Anton Khudobin had his six-game winning streak end.

"You ought to continue to work on it," Carolina coach Bill Peters said of the power play. "You ought to continue to evaluate your personnel and [get] the right guys on it. They've got to execute better. Obviously that was the difference in the game. Two 5-on-3s [and] we came up dry."

Perry's second goal of the game tied it 4-4. He chipped in the puck in a goal-mouth scramble at 15:52. Devante Smith-Pelly brought the Ducks to 4-3 when he redirected Jakob Silfverberg's shot at 9:31.

Carolina took a 4-2 lead on a penalty-shot goal by Brad Malone and Jordan Staal's second goal this season in a 69-second span of the third. Malone was given a penalty shot when he was defended by Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler on a partial breakaway at 4:01, and he put a wrist shot past Andersen. Jordan Staal finished Eric Staal's rebound at 5:10.

"We knew we had to keep playing," Getzlaf said. "We've been a resilient group throughout the whole season. We just have to keep playing all the time. It wasn't our best game, but throughout the year you're going to have a little bit of a lull out of our group. The fact that we found a way to win the hockey game is a good thing. Maybe it's a wake-up call before we go on the road."

Ryan Kesler made a backhanded redirect of Hampus Lindholm's point shot on the power play to tie it 2-2 at 14:21 of the second period. It swung the game back to Anaheim after sloppiness in its end gave Carolina a 2-1 lead on goals by Jay McClement and Alexander Semin.

Perry clinched his seventh 20-goal season when he backhanded his own rebound 37 seconds into the second. Jordan Staal committed a giveaway to Getzlaf, who fed Perry on the right side.

The Hurricanes are 0-1-1 on a four-game trip, but they are 5-2-3 in their past 10 games. Malone likes the way they are playing even though the results aren't always there.

"It's frustrating to have a two-goal lead and giving one up in overtime, but we played a pretty good game against another really good team," Malone said. "I'm going to take the positives out of it, and move on and get ready for [the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday]."

Anaheim out-shot Carolina 13-3 in a scoreless first period to contrast a wild final 40 minutes.

"Very rarely do you get two 5-on-3s against, especially in one period [or] within 10 minutes of a period," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But if you usually kill them off, it's funny how it works, you usually end up winning the game. They had their opportunities to bury us. When a team doesn't put another team away, usually bad things happen."

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