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Rowney scores twice in Ducks win against Jets

Mahura has three assists in season debut for Anaheim in opener of seven-game homestand

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Rowney pads the lead

WPG@ANA: Rowney beats Brossoit on the break

Carter Rowney skates in and goes to his forehand to beat Laurent Brossoit on the break and extend the Ducks' lead to 6-4 in the 3rd

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ANAHEIM -- Carter Rowney scored two goals and Josh Mahura had three assists in his season debut for the Anaheim Ducks, who opened a seven-game homestand with a 7-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center on Tuesday.

Derek Grant, Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler each had a goal and an assist, Jakob Silfverberg had two assists, and John Gibson made 36 saves for the Ducks (8-6-0).

Mahura, recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, tied the Ducks rookie record for points and assists in a game by a defenseman. 

 

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"It was excellent to see him having his head up, he was moving his feet and he was all over loose pucks," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "He had an excellent night."

Video: WPG@ANA: Getzlaf nets quick wrister after face-off

Nikolaj Ehlers had two goals and an assist, Bryan Little had a goal and an assist, and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg (6-7-0).

Connor Hellebuyck allowed five goals on 19 shots for the Jets before he was replaced by Laurent Brossoit, who made seven saves.

"I'm not putting it on the goalie," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "He's been too good for us up until this point. It was just off. It wasn't easy for him around the net. Nothing was clean for him."

The Ducks trailed 2-1 before outscoring the Jets 4-1 during the second period.

Getzlaf scored off a face-off win by Max Comtois 38 seconds into the period to tie the score at 2-2.

Adam Henrique scored off a deflection in front of the net at 6:18 to give Anaheim its first lead at 3-2.

Ehlers scored his second goal off a rebound to tie the score at 3-3 at 7:00, but Mahura found Troy Terry open for a long stretch pass that led to a breakaway goal and a 4-3 lead at 8:00.

Video: WPG@ANA: Terry beats Hellebuyck on the break

Grant made it 5-3 at 9:10 after a save by Hellebuyck rebounded off Grant's body and into the net.

A turnover in the neutral zone led to a goal by Little at 6:39 of the third period that narrowed the lead to 5-4. But Rowney made it 6-4 on a breakaway at 16:12, and scored into an empty net with three seconds left for the 7-4 final.

"It was going back and forth a little more than we wanted it to," Ehlers said. "They got some easy chances and scored on them."

The Jets took a 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the first period on a goal by Ehlers set up by a long stretch pass from defenseman Tucker Poolman.

Fowler tied the score at 1-1 at 10:01, his 61st goal with Anaheim, moving him past Scott Niedermayer for the Ducks' all-time record by a defenseman. Fowler gave up the puck as he came through the neutral zone, got it back as he crossed the blue line and then scored with a wrist shot from the right circle.

"There was a couple [shots] that I didn't even see," Hellebuyck said. "I liked a lot of my game, just a little bit off."

The Jets regained the lead after Gibson tried to pass the puck out from behind his net, but it went off the blade of defenseman Jacob Larsson and directly to Wheeler, who scored into the open net at 12:02 of the first period to make it 2-1.

"Our first period looked like a first period you get coming off these long road trips," Eakins said. "You try to do different things to get better starts, and we were in the mud. But I thought the group really challenged themselves coming out for the second period."

Video: WPG@ANA: Grant credited with goal after puck pinballs

 

They said it

"We need a consistent approach from everyone, not just defensemen." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler 

"We're going to have to have everyone digging in and contributing, whether it's goal scoring, saving goals, blocking shots. This is going to have to be a team effort each and every night." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

 

Need to know

Jets forward Patrik Laine sat out with a lower-body injury, the first game he's missed since March 26, 2017 (illness). … The Jets played with seven defensemen and 11 forwards. … Hellebuyck came in 5-0-1 in his NHL career against Anaheim with a .932 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against average. ... Mahura's three assists came in a span of 2:52. He is the first NHL rookie with three assists in under three minutes since Todd Richards of the Hartford Whalers on March 31, 1991. … The last Ducks rookie to have three assists in a game was Fowler on Jan. 7, 2011 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the last Ducks rookie with three points in a game was Sami Vatanen on Jan. 15, 2014 against the Vancouver Canucks. … Comtois has two goals and two assists in a four-game point streak. … Getzlaf has scored in three straight games.

 

What's next

Jets: At the San Jose Sharks on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Canucks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, SNP, NHL.TV)

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