Getzlaf Helps Ducks Win Home Opener Over Canucks
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Ryan Getzlaf set up Corey Perry’s tying goal and Bobby Ryan’s go-ahead score 1:18 apart in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks finally earned their first victory of the season, 4-3 over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
Getzlaf had a goal and three assists in his first home opener as Anaheim’s captain, and Jonas Hiller made 36 saves while keeping the Ducks close before an impressive third period by their talented top line.
Christian Ehrhoff scored a tiebreaking power-play goal for Vancouver early in the third period. But after Perry tied it by scoring on an open net, Ryan converted a 3-on-1 break against Roberto Luongo, who stopped 28 shots.
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for the Canucks. Sedin and Raffi Torres scored first-period goals 17 seconds apart as Vancouver largely dominated the first two periods of its road opener in a season with Stanley Cup aspirations.
The Ducks hobbled home to Orange County after losing three straight road games to open the season. The way they lost was even uglier: They were outscored 13-2 while giving up an astonishing 145 shots, most at the beleaguered Hiller.
Teemu Selanne scored his 607th career goal for the Ducks, who have yielded at least 39 shots in every game this season, but their third-period rally left Florida as the NHL’s only team without a point.
With Ryan off for a questionable hooking penalty, Ehrhoff’s long shot ricocheted off the shaft of Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler’s stick and wobbled past Hiller. The Honda Center sank, but Anaheim tied it 3 1/2 minutes later when Getzlaf’s pass found Perry unchecked on the edge of Luongo’s crease.
Ryan then poked the puck away from MVP Henrik Sedin at mid-ice and got it ahead to Getzlaf and Perry. The captain passed back to Ryan for his first goal of the season. Getzlaf had the fifth four-point game of his career, one shy of his career high.
Getzlaf scored a power-play goal early in the first period, but the Ducks’ first lead of the season lasted exactly 76 seconds. After Daniel Sedin found a tiny hole over Hiller’s glove during a power play, Torres adeptly tipped home a shot by Dan Hamhuis out of mid-air.
After back-to-back penalties gave Anaheim another lengthy two-man advantage in the second period, Selanne scored over Luongo’s glove for the 40-year-old Finnish Flash’s first point of the season.