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Monday, October 1, 2007

Belated Ducks News - Ducks Win 4-1

Sorry for the delay, but here are all the links for the Ducks victory over the Kings on Sunday.

Photo of the game

Official Ducks Coverage

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Super Stats



By Adam Brady

LONDON, England – The Ducks ensured they won’t leave London with a bitter taste in their mouths by bouncing back from the previous night’s defeat to take down the L.A. Kings 4-1 in the second game of NHL Premiere at The O2.

Corey Perry had goals in each of the first two periods and Swiss rookie Jonas Hiller had 22 saves in the first start of his NHL life to pace Anaheim.

"I'm really happy for the whole team," Hiller said about his first NHL win. "We proved we were able to come back after the game yesterday. I'm happy I could add do it. It's been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to play in the NHL and the dream came true today.

The Ducks were able to get off to a better start than the night before, taking advantage of a rash of Kings penalties and scoring two power play goals in the first period. They added two more even-strength markers in the second.

"We came out with a better level of intensity than we did last night," said Ducks captain Chris Pronger, referring to the 4-1 loss to the Kings the night before in the first game of the weekend. "We put in upon ourselves to get pucks deep and get on that forecheck we're known for."

Perry first put the Ducks ahead on a Ducks power play with 9:11 remaining in the opening stanza, taking an Andy McDonald pass in the slot and flicking past the left leg pad of Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera.

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CBC Coverage

Corey Perry scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in London, England on Sunday.

The teams split games of an identical score at the new 02 Arena over the weekend, as the NHL launched its season in England.

It was a fun week," said Perry. "It's nice to get over here and see the different lifestyle and see different things that you may not ever see in your life.

"We'll take this week and we'll remember it for the rest of our lives."

Chris Kunitz and Travis Moen also scored for Anaheim, while Jonas Hiller won his NHL debut in net, stopping 22 shots.

Hiller starred for Switzerland at the world championships in May.

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TSN Coverage with Video

LONDON, England - Everyone went home happy.

The Los Angeles Kings got a split, the NHL sold out its first-ever regular-season games in Europe, British hockey fans finally saw a real NHL fight and the Anaheim Ducks? Well they were breathing a little easier.

Staring down home openers in Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh this week, the Stanley Cup champions were in no mood to leave England winless and it showed Sunday.

"It would have been tough going back to three home openers 0-2," said winger Ryan Getzlaf. "We know we can play now and we can move forward."

Corey Perry had two goals and an assist while Jonas Hiller looked impressive in his first NHL start as the Ducks downed the Kings 4-1 to split the opening games of the 2007-08 season with a British twist.

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MVN Analysis

After a less than stellar performance in the opening game of the NHL season in London, England, the Ducks woke up and got their first win of the season in game 2 against the Kings. Today, there was no problem with the arena lights, although TSN will probably complain about the lack of the Canadian anthem again. (Note to TSN - even though Canadians do make up the bulk of NHL teams, the two teams playing were US teams, therefore no Canadian anthem required.)

Coach Randy Carlyle who could not have been pleased with his team’s performance yesterday shook things up a bit by switching lines around and putting rookie Jonas Hiller in goal. Hiller was not severely challenged, but made the stops when called upon. He stopped 22 of 23 shots in all. Jason LaBarbera got the nod in goal for the Kings and was more challenged by the Ducks than Jonathan Bernier was challenged yesterday. LaBarbera stopped 21 of 25 shots.

The two top Ducks lines today were Chris Kunitz (newly appointed assistant captain), Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. The other top line consisted of Andy McDonald, Todd Bertuzzi and Bobby Ryan. Getzlaf and McDonald merely switched places and the changes worked. Perry had two goals (one on the power play and one even strength) and an assist on Kunitz’ power play goal. Travis Moen had the other Ducks goal that made the game 4-0 early in the second period.

DesertMonsoon posted his photos of the game on Flickr - Link