Ducks Win; Stay Hot in Pacific Division
Monday, November 26th 2007, 7:30 am
By: News On 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Ryan Getzlaf's scoring touch has helped the Anaheim Ducks dominate their Pacific Division rivals. Getzlaf scored twice in the Ducks' 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, and Anaheim improved to 6-2-2 during a 10-game stretch against its division.
Getzlaf has a career-best eight-game points streak (six goals, six assists).
``He's obviously coming into his own,'' said Chris Kunitz, who scored the game-winner. ``He's a person we can build the team around. He definitely picked our team up tonight with a couple goals.''
The Ducks signed Getzlaf, a third-year pro, to a five-year, $26.625 million contract extension on Tuesday.
With his team trailing 2-1, Getzlaf shifted to his backhand to whisk the puck past Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera for his second goal of the game to draw the Ducks even early in the third period.
``I think we are moving the puck real well and the puck's finding the net,'' Getzlaf said.
In other games, it was: Dallas 3, the N.Y. Rangers 2; St. Louis 3, Calgary 0; and Vancouver 2, Chicago 0.
Anaheim got the winner on a pinball-like play as both Kent Huskins and Todd Bertuzzi hit the post before Kunitz swiped in a rebound with 3:06 remaining.
``One hit the left post, one hit the right post and then it hopped on my stick,'' Kunitz said. ``It's nice to get one in, I felt the puck was (not bouncing our way) but it's nice to get one at the end.''
The late rally brought the defending champions within two points of Dallas for the division lead.
The Kings had an extended two-man power play in the final minute and pulled their goalie for a 6-on-3 advantage, but could not beat Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (23 saves).
``We got a couple (shots) off there, that's what we've got to do,'' Los Angeles defenseman Rob Blake said. ``When there was minute left they did a good job of standing up and getting (the clock) down. You've got to shoot it.''
The Kings lost for the fifth time in six games.
``We have to get to the point where if we have the lead in the third that doesn't happen,'' said forward Dustin Brown, who scored his 10th goal of the season in the first period to give the Kings a 2-0 lead. ``We had the opportunity to win that game tonight. We have to get to that level where it doesn't happen.''
Stars 3, Rangers 2
At New York, Brenden Morrow's power-play goal early in the third period stretched the Stars' winning streak to five games.
Loui Eriksson scored his first of the season, on the power play, to tie it in the second after Jussi Jokinen got the Stars even at 1 in the opening period.
Jaromir Jagr snapped out of a slump with a goal, and Brendan Shanahan also scored for the Rangers. The Rangers outshot the Stars, 41-18.
Blues 3, Flames 0
At St. Louis, Manny Legace stopped 24 shots and Jamal Mayers scored two goals to lead St. Louis to its sixth win in seven games.
Mayers scored 27 seconds after the opening faceoff and added a short-handed goal into an empty net at 17:24 of the third. Brad Boyes had his team-leading 13th goal on a power play.
Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Brendan Morrison scored an early power-play goal and Roberto Luongo made 27 saves for the Canucks.
Daniel Sedin added an empty-net goal with 31.7 seconds left for Vancouver, which improved to 7-1-2 in the past 10 games.