MONTREAL (Ticker) — Six different players scored a goal as the
Anaheim Ducks recorded a 6-4 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists while Corey Perry and
Chris Kunitz both netted a tally and set up another for Anaheim,
which has won three consecutive games on the road.
Defenseman Kent Huskins, Teemu Selanne and Travis Moen also
scored and blue-liners Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger
notched two assists apiece for the Ducks.
“Finally, we’ve put some goals on the board and we’re starting
to win some, so it’s a good feeling all around,” Perry said.
“The last three games on this road trip have been a success for
us, and we’ll try to keep that going.”
Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 47 shots to improve to 4-1-1
lifetime against his hometown team.
“It was fun, it’s always good to play here in Montreal,” Giguere
said. “I had a lot of friends and family around the rink, and
to be able to come out with the win is all that matters.”
Alex Tanguay scored twice and captain Saku Koivu and Tom
Kostopoulos also tallied for Montreal, which had won five
straight games following its season-opening shootout loss to the
Buffalo Sabres on October 9.
“In order to win in this league, you can’t give the other team
odd-man rushes,” Tanguay said. “It seemed like they had a lot
of 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s and 3-on-1s this game – and that was a key
factor in why they got those pucks in.”
“(Anaheim’) a team that has a lot of experience, and it’s a
tough team to play when they have the lead,” Koivu said. “They
don’t give you odd-man rushes and they’re a good defensive team
with talented players.”
Jaroslav Halak surrendered four goals on 12 shots before being
pulled early in the second period in favor of Carey Price, who
finished with 11 saves.
“We had a lot of shots, but we didn’t have a whole lot of
scoring chances,” Price said of the Canadiens’ 51-25 advantage
in shots. “Jiggy played great, he kept their team in it, and
they buried their chances.”
With the Ducks nursing a 4-3 lead with 3:21 remaining in the
second period, Moen’s shorthanded tally on a breakaway gave
Anaheim its second two-goal advantage of the contest.
Selanne made it 6-3 with a power-play tally 5:40 into the third
period, but Tanguay answered with 6:15 remaining, netting his
second of the game from the doorstep.
Huskins and Getzlaf staked the Ducks to a quick 2-0 advantage
just 5:41 into the first period. Montreal entered having
allowed only one first-period goal in six contests this season.
Tanguay halved the deficit with 8:21 remaining in the session
and Koivu leveled the contest with 3:37 to go, burying the puck
from the doorstep for his fourth goal in many contests.
“We didn’t stray away, even though they scored the two goals to
tie the game,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “They go up
3-2, we didn’t stray away from what we were trying to do. We
were fortunate enough that our goaltender made enough stops at
critical times and our power play delivered for us.”