Ducks Team Report
After finally getting a payoff from their third consecutive strong effort, the Ducks must once again sit idle while other NHL Western Conference contenders have opportunities to make headway in the Stanley Cup playoff chase.
Wednesday's 4-3, overtime triumph over visiting Vancouver moved the Ducks within a point of the eighth and final postseason position, but there is no telling what the margin will be by the time the Ducks return to Honda Center for a Sunday matchup with the San Jose Sharks.
Such down time is the price for having been the first team in the West to reach the 68-game mark.
Still, the manner in which the Ducks beat Vancouver to snap a three-game losing streak could be significant. After seeing a 2-0 lead disappear in a span of 50 seconds midway through the second period and a 3-2 advantage get away 15:02 into the third period, the Ducks regrouped to win on Scott Niedermayer's goal at 3:37 of the extra session.
"It's important for our well-being and our sanity, more than anything," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We've worked hard in some games and had as many chances and still come up empty.
"That's as strong a team effort and as emotional as we've been in awhile."
DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 3 (OT): Nice plays by Todd Marchant and Chris Pronger set up Scott Niedermayer's decisive strike 3:37 into overtime. The goal came with the teams skating three a side after minor penalties on Pavol Demitra of Vancouver and Teemu Selanne of the Ducks. Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and recently acquired center Petteri Nokelainen also scored goals for the Ducks, while fellow newcomers Erik Christensen and Ryan Whitney had two assists apiece. Goaltender Jonas Hiller registered 32 saves in his second consecutive start, keeping the Ducks alive long enough to win despite having let 2-0 and 3-2 leads get away.
Notes and Quotes
--With his 12th career overtime goal in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Vancouver at Honda Center, defenseman Scott Niedermayer extended his NHL record for defensemen. Like his previous overtime goal this season, Feb. 11 in a 3-2 triumph over visiting Calgary, Niedermayer scored with the teams skating three on three, rather than the usual overtime manpower situation of four-on-four.
--With his 573rd career goal in Wednesday's 4-3, overtime victory over visiting Vancouver, right wing Teemu Selanne moved into a tie with former New York Islanders great Mike Bossy for 18th place on the all-time list. Selanne also recorded his 1,199th point, one shy of tying Dino Ciccarelli for 44th place all-time.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was fortunate that I kind of bobbled it so I didn't have time to think too much. I just tried to get it up high." -- Scott Niedermayer after beating Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo on a breakaway to give the Ducks a 4-3 overtime victory Wednesday night
Strategy and Personnel
GOALTENDERS: Jonas Hiller, Jean-Sebastien Giguere
DEFENSEMEN: Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Ryan Whitney, James Wisniewski, Sheldon Brookbank, Brett Festerling
FIRST LINE: LW Erik Christensen, C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Corey Perry
SECOND LINE: LW Bobby Ryan, C Andrew Ebbett, RW Teemu Selanne
THIRD LINE: LW Rob Niedermayer, C Todd Marchant, RW Mike Brown
FOURTH LINE: LW Ryan Carter, C Petteri Nokelainen, RW George Parros
EXTRA: RW Troy Bodie
INJURED: D Bret Hedican, D Francois Beauchemin, LW Brad Larsen
--LW Erik Christensen, in his third game with the Ducks, produced his first points with two assists. It marked his first multi-assist game since Nov. 2, when he was with Atlanta, against Florida.
--D Ryan Whitney had two assists to record his third multi-assist game this season. The first two came with Pittsburgh, before the Feb. 26 trade that brought him to the Ducks.
--C Petteri Nokelainen scored his first goal of the season, in his third game with the Ducks. He previously played 33 games with Boston before a March 4 trade that brought him to the Ducks.
--D James Wisniewski left the game in the second period with what the Ducks called an upper-body injury. There was no report on the severity.
--D James Wisniewski (upper body) is uncertain after leaving in the second period March 11 against Calgary.
--D Bret Hedican (back) is likely to be out until at least mid-March after having undergone treatment early in the month.
--D Francois Beauchemin (reconstructive knee surgery) hasn't played since Nov. 14 and is still rehabilitating.
--LW Brad Larsen (sports-hernia surgery) is out for the season.