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Perry's two goals spark Ducks past Flyers

by Abbey Mastracco

ANAHEIM -- Corey Perry scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center on Sunday.

Perry tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal at 4:14 of the second period and put the Ducks ahead to stay 58 seconds into the third with a sharp-angled wrist shot that beat Flyers goaltender Steve Mason. It was Perry's first multigoal performance since Nov. 24 against the Calgary Flames. He leads the Ducks with 13 goals.

It was a game with plenty of heavy hits and lots of emotion, which the Ducks felt played to their strength.

"It's definitely the way we have to play," Perry said. "We have to play with a little bit of emotion. When we don't, we're flat. We have to play that upbeat style and in-your-face style of game."

John Gibson made 24 saves for Anaheim (13-15-6). Mason finished with 33 saves for the Flyers (15-13-7).

Perry also triggered an altercation that led to Getzlaf's first-period power-play goal, which opened the scoring.

Mason stopped Perry on a breakaway at 4:29, and Perry shoved Mason into the net. A scrum ensued, with Perry, Mason and Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn each receiving minor penalties for roughing and Philadelphia's Ryan White and Anaheim's Kevin Bieksa being assessed game misconducts.

That gave the Ducks a power play, and Flyers captain Claude Giroux was sent off for slashing 32 seconds later, giving the Ducks a two-man advantage. Getzlaf capitalized by one-timing a shot past Mason at 6:28, one second before the 5-on-3 power play expired. It was Getzlaf's second goal of the season and came as a huge relief for the struggling captain, who is off to the worst start of his career.

"That's the first time I've really shot a puck like that and it felt nice," Getzlaf said. "And that's the first time I've gotten one in in a long time, so it felt good."

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said the series of events that led to Getzlaf's goal helped shake off any lingering rust from the three-day break and get the Ducks into the game.

"We've got a bunch of big boys that love to get involved in the hitting," Boudreau said. "When they're involved, it's pretty good. It's what we play."

Jakub Voracek tied the game at 12:12 when he took a rebound off the end boards and beat Gibson for his fourth of the season.

Michael Raffl scored 2:26 into the second period to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead but Perry tied it less than two minutes later when he scored off a goalmouth scramble.

"Perry just comes in left-hand side, I'm in the right position and he just squeaks it through the five-hole," Mason said. "It should have been a pretty standard save."

Getzlaf was credited with the primary assist to earn the 700th point of his career, becoming the second player in franchise history to do so.

After Perry put Anaheim ahead to stay, Shawn Horcoff put the game away when he went five-hole on Mason for a shorthanded goal at 7:54 of the third period.

The Flyers felt there were chances for the taking but they failed to capitalize when they failed to simplify their play.

"Sometimes we try to make that extra pass coming off the rush instead of just chipping it in or chipping it out. We were trying to make the perfect play," Schenn said. "Sometimes, when your execution is off you've just got to keep it simple."

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler left the game at 6:28 in the first period with a lower-body injury. He did not return and Boudreau had no update following the game.

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