The Anaheim Ducks were on the verge of losing their third straight game but team leaders Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf refused to allow that to happen as the home team came from behind to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday night at the Honda Center.
The Canes were up by two goals midway through the third period but the Ducks would score twice to tie the game, then won it 45 seconds into the extra period on a sweet feed from Perry to Getzlaf.
After a slow, scoreless first period in which the Ducks outshot the visitors, 13-3, things opened up in the second.
Perry started things off with a put-back of his own rebound on a bam-bam play just 37 seconds into the second.
At one point, the Canes did not have a shot on goal in over 10 minutes of play and things were not looking good, but Alexander Semin scored his first in a long time, (his second of the season) on a pretty shot to make it 1-1, at 9:24 into the period.
The goal seemed to give the Canes some energy and Jay McClement would also score his second of the season shortly afterward off of a nice feed by Elias Lindholm.
Getzlaf then tied the score on a powerplay goal and it was 2-2 heading into the third period.
To start off the final stanza, the Canes were awarded a full two minute 5-on-3 opportunity when both Staal brothers were infringed upon, on the same play, just 17 seconds in. But the team came up short and it looked like the Ducks would gain momentum from their kill.
Brad Malone then broke into the clear, was dragged down as he tried to get off a shot, and was given a penalty shot. He promptly skated down with some speed and beat Frederik Andersen with a nifty shot to give the Canes a 3-2 lead.
Just 1:09 after the penalty shot, Jordan Staal made it 4-2 and things looked good for Carolina, but the Ducks were not done yet.
Devante Smith-Pelly tipped in a shot past Anton Khudobin to make it 4-3 and then Perry scored his second of the contest to tie it up with just 4:08 left in the game. Give the Ducks credit in that they crashed the net hard and with desperation on Perry's goal. There was a bevy of humanity in front of the Carolina net.
The home team controlled overtime as the Canes did not get off a shot. Perry broke in alone and was stopped by Khudobin, but then got the puck back shortly afterward and passed it to an open Getzlaf who easily guided the puck into the net as he broke in free for the winner.
Next up for Carolina will be the Coyotes on Thursday night.
- After their slow start with just three shots in the opening period, the Canes ended up out-shooting the Ducks 32-31 for the game. Jordan Staal led the way with seven.
- Brad Malone continues to shine and finished with a (+2) to go with his penalty shot goal. He also had three hits to lead the team, (along with McClement).
- Justin Faulk had 26:25 of ice time.
- The Canes actually had two long chances at 5-on-3. They failed to score on the first, then Jeff Skinner was called for tripping to negate the second.