December 25, 2019
Carney scored with 2:26 left in the game to break a 3-3 tie and give the Ducks (2-1-1) their first home victory of the season. The Ducks fended off a late Blue Jackets (1-4-0) flurry in the final minute to preserve the victory. Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 19 saves in goal to earn the victory. Joffery Lupul’s second goal of the night, the streak-ending power play goal with 12:31 left in the game, gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead. The Mighty Ducks finally realized the power play was their friend. So was hard work and focus. The Ducks scored their first power play goal in three games on Friday, but still needed a save from Keith Carney to escape with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in front of an announced 12,930 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Even though Lupul found the net on the man-advantage, it was a hard-earned goal. Carney sent in a hard shot from the point that Leclaire saved. Lupul got the rebound at the near-side goal mouth and attempted to slot it past Leclaire, who saved it. Lupul again collected the rebound and caromed it off the foot of Columbus defenseman Adam Foote into the net. All of Lupul’s work almost went for naught as Hrdina scored with 4:07 left in the game to tie the score. The Blue Jackets came into the game with a league-low seven goals scored, but the Ducks still managed to blow a two-goal lead. They were penalized 12 times, which came back to hurt them in the third period. Brian Berard scored on the power play with 16:46 left in the third period to tie the score at 2-2 and Hrdina’s game-tying goal also came on the power play. Lupul scored with 4:17 left in the second period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. He scored off of a rebounded save by Leclaire. Leclaire stopped a hard shot by Ryan Getzlaf and the puck bounced to Lupul, who netted it over a pile of defenders attempting to clear the puck. Getzlaf scored the first goal with 12:20 left in the second period on a feed from Jonathan Hedstrom that went across the crease from the near-side. Getzlaf collected the puck and backhanded it over Leclaire and into the net. Hrdina halved the Ducks’ lead with a goal with 2:36 left in the second period. Even though the Ducks scored a power play goal, they have still only scored three power play goals on the season. Conversely, they have given up four power play goals in 30 opportunities. DUCKS NOTES: Rookie Corey Perry had an assist on Lupul’s goal, extending his club record for most consecutive games with a point to begin his career … Defenseman Jason Marshall took a puck to the face 2:27 into the game and did not return. He was diagnosed with a fracture and is question for Sunday’s game at Minnesota. In other games: Flyers 6, Penguins 5: Mike Rathje scored 3:17 into overtime to lead Philadelphia. Maxime Talbot’s fluke goal with 8:03 completed Pittsburgh’s rally from a four-goal deficit, but the Penguins couldn’t pull out their first victory in their fourth consecutive overtime game. Canucks 5, Wild 3 : Richard Park had the go-ahead goal and two assists against his old team to lead Vancouver. On an assist from new linemate Markus Naslund, Park fired an uncontested wrist shot from the back of the left circle that got past goalie Dwayne Roloson early in the third period. Maple Leafs 9, Thrashers 1 : Jeff O’Neill scored a goal in each period for his second hat trick against visiting Atlanta in two seasons and routed rookie goalie Michael Garnett. Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2, SO : Nikolai Khabibulin played his best game in goal since signing with Chicago, and visiting Chicago scored on all three chances in a shootout to beat Colorado. Stars 3, Oilers 2 : Steve Ott scored his first goal of the season with 8:15 left in the third period and Johan Hedberg turned aside 33 shots for visiting Dallas. Reports on other games from AP., 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!