Your source for the best in Anaheim Ducks News, Stories, Events, Pictures and Video.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks win 3-2 (SO)

Well that was a fun game to watch. Not just because they won, but it was a good hard fought game. The scary thing is that with the win, the Ducks are number one in the Pacific Division. Shows you how things have changed from last year. One cool note is that Teemu showed up at the game with some friends. Here is the recap from last nights win.

Photo of the Game

Chris Carlson/AP

Official Ducks Game Reports

Super Stats


Shootout Details

Video and Photos

NHL Highligts 700K

DucksTV - Link

TSN Highlights - Link

Photo Gallery - Link

Official Ducks Coverage

ANAHEIM – It wasn’t enough for Ryan Getzlaf and Andy McDonald to carry the Ducks in regulation Friday night against San Jose. They did it again in the shootout.

Getzlaf and McDonald, who scored the two Ducks goals in the second and third periods, respectively, were also the only players to connect in the shootout, as the Ducks prevailed 3-2 over San Jose.

Going first in the shootout, Getzlaf skated in from the left side, faked a shot and snapped one past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Then McDonald clinched it with a backhander that slipped between Nabokov’s pads. In between, J.S. Giguere denied San Jose shooters Joe Pavelski and Jonathan Cheechoo. (Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider, the hero of the Ducks’ last shootout win over Columbus on Nov. 1, was unsuccessful in his attempt.)

It was just the fourth shootout win at home for the Ducks since the format was put into place during the 2005-06 season and made them 9-19 in the format. But it was their second in a row, including that win over Columbus.

"It feels good to win," McDonald said. "We’ve got a frustrated group in here. We’re fighting for wins. To be able to come from behind like that tonight to win feels good. To be able to contribute like that feels good."

Read the rest here - Link

LA Times Game Coverage

Perhaps no one has epitomized the Ducks' early struggles more than center Andy McDonald.
As his former linemate Teemu Selanne sat in the Honda Center stands appearing content in semi-retirement, McDonald often has looked as if he's alone on an island with only eight points in the first 17 games.

The diminutive center took center stage for the first time this season as he scored the tying goal in regulation and added another in the shootout to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory Friday night over the San Jose Sharks.
The Ducks also got a goal from Ryan Getzlaf, who also added one during the shootout to help lift his team to only its third win in the last nine games.

Read the rest here - Link

OC Register Coverage

Every member of the Ducks needed Friday night's 3-2, shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks, but none more so than centers Ryan Getzlaf and Andy McDonald.

Getzlaf entered as the club's leading scorer, but he took two poorly placed penalties that helped leave the Ducks down a goal early in the third period.

McDonald, meanwhile, has struggled to find his scoring touch all season while skating with an assortment of linemates that has not included the unofficially retired Teemu Selanne. Selanne, with whom McDonald flourished the past two seasons, watched the game Friday from the seats at Honda Center.

Read the rest here - Link

LA Daily News Coverage

When Mathieu Schneider returned from an injury to make his season debut on Nov. 1, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle surprisingly handed him the puck when the game went to a shootout. Schneider's proved to be the only shot that made it into the net, the Ducks beat Columbus, and Schneider has collected six points in the four games he's played since.

When Andy McDonald scored a breakaway goal in the third period Friday against the San Jose Sharks, tying the game at 2, Carlyle got an idea.

"Any time a player has production," the coach said, "you'd like to give him an opportunity to continue to produce."

Read the rest here - Link

Press Enterprise Coverage

Teemu Selanne showed up and Andy McDonald scored a couple big goals.

That's a trend the Ducks would certainly like to see repeated.

With McDonald and Ryan Getzlaf scoring in the shootout and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopping both shots he faced, the Ducks took a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks before a sellout crowd of 17,174 Friday at Honda Center.

Shortly after the Ducks left the ice, Selanne, who has been contemplating retirement, appeared in the area adjacent to the locker room to greet his former teammates. He would not speak to reporters, but his decision to get back into the hockey atmosphere could fuel speculation he is thinking about returning.

Read the rest here - Link

San Jose Mercury News

The Sharks and Anaheim Ducks have a lot in common this season.

"Inconsistent" is the word heard most frequently around both locker rooms. Both teams have fallen short of expectations, hanging around the .500 mark for the first month of the season when they were supposed to be mopping up.

But Friday night, both teams got closer to the kind of performance that everyone thought they were capable of playing: fast-paced, knock-'em-down hockey.

Read the rest here - Link

MVN Coverage

Early November and the Ducks were playing their league leading 18th game of the year. The Ducks came into the game with a 6-8-3 record and were looking to get two more points against another Pacific Division foe. Coming into the game, just 2 points separated first and last place in the division, the tightest it has ever been. The Ducks are in the midst of a 10 game series with Pacific Division teams and have gone 1-1-1 in the previous three. The Ducks have been lacking in consistency all season and this would be a great opportunity for the Ducks to get things back on track. The Ducks recent performances likely explain the absence of bodies in the seats, in spite of the announced sell out crowd of 17,174.

Read the rest here - Link

Earl from BOC went to the game

Oh, and as for the game? Well, we didn't get to see Roenick's 500th goal (I kept urging his teammates to pass to him, even when he was on the bench), but we did get to see Torrey Mitchell's first. At first when the Sharks fished the puck out of the net (I swear I meant no pun there) I thought they were going to bogusly award the goal to JR, like they tried with Mike Modano a week ago, but congrats to the kid anyway.

Read the rest here - Link