Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bobby Ryan Scores Late Goal, Gives Ducks 3-2 Win

The Anaheim Ducks went into Honda Center having lost two straight games where they held a 2-0 lead. The Ducks did not let that streak reach three games.

The Ducks came out and controlled much of the tempo during the first two periods of play and jumped out to a lead halfway through the first period. Bobby Ryan recorded his first of the game just under eight minutes into the game after Kings goaltender, Jonathan Quick, miss played the puck from behind the net. Teemu Selanne picked up the puck and Ryan buried Selanne's blocked shot.

About ten minutes later, reigning Hart Trophy winner, Corey Perry, finished off a back door pass from Ryan Getzlaf, which gave the Ducks a two goal lead going into the second period.

Between the Ducks and Kings a total of 20 shots were taken during the second period, but only one found the back of the net. Kings forward, Dustin Penner, picked up a rebound and found Slava Voynov streaking in from the point to put the Kings on the board with under a minute to play in the second period.

The Kings carried that momentum into the third period, where they out shot the Ducks 23-8 and controlled the play for the majority of the period. A goal by Justin Williams, midway through the third period tied the game at two and put the Ducks in a familiar place.

However, despite a lopsided shot total, the Ducks cashed in on an offensive zone faceoff with under a minute to play. Selanne won the face-off and Ryan put a shot on net. The shot deflected off of Kings defense-man, Drew Doughty, and fluttered over the shoulder of Quick.

A late push by the Kings fell short and the Ducks won their first game under new coach Bruce Boudreau.

Quick Stats:
Jonas Hiller, turned away 37 of 39 shots for the win. Teemu Selanne recorded two assists. Bobby Ryan scored two goals. Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 27 shots.

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