beat Rangers, move to top of Pacific
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[March 27, 2017]
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With two
weeks left in the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks took sole
ownership of first place in the Pacific Division for the first time
in two months.
Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Eaves scored two minutes apart early in
the third period to give the Ducks 6-3 win over the New York Rangers
on Sunday night at the Honda Center.
Eaves scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf contributed four assists, one
fewer than his career high, as the Ducks (41-23-11) used their
eighth win in 10 games to take a two-point lead on the idle Edmonton
Oilers and San Jose Sharks.
"Coming out of that bye week, everything felt better," Getzlaf said.
"The start of the year was a little bit tough. We were finding ways
to win a game here and there, but we weren't playing with that
consistency. I thought that break was good for us. We had a good,
relaxing time and we came back ready to play."
Getzlaf's performance has been pivotal in Anaheim's surge. Since
March 1, Getzlaf has accumulated 20 points in 12 games, with 17
coming on assists.
"Getzy's playing out of his mind right now," Eaves said. "Just the
way he possesses the puck, it makes it really easy to play on his
line. We've got Ricky (Rakell) flying and making plays so I feel
we're getting some chemistry, and that's what I was hoping."
Josh Manson, Ryan Kesler and Nick Ritchie also scored for Anaheim.
Goalie Jonathan Bernier picked up his fourth consecutive victory and
his eighth in nine decisions by stopping 25 shots.
Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Brady Skjei scored for the Rangers, who
have lost five of seven. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in
his first game since March 7 when he strained his left hip.
"Overall, I felt OK," Lundqvist said. "There are a couple of reads I
could do better on the odd-man rushes, how aggressive I should be.
You don't feel as comfortable. But they made some good plays and we
made some mistakes that they cashed in."
Cogliano broke a 3-3 tie 2:19 into the third period. After winning
the draw at the right circle in the Rangers' zone, Kesler
immediately sent a shot to the net. Lundqvist made a stick save, but
Cogliano deposited the rebound for his 16th goal this season.
"That play surprised everyone," Lundqvist said.
Then at 4:23, Eaves scored his second goal of the game. Getzlaf
stole the puck from Michael Grabner after Grabner fanned his shot
and began a two-on-one breakaway that Eaves ended by redirecting
Rakell's pass inside the left post.
The Rangers (46-26-4) pulled Lundqvist for an extra attacker with
three minutes to play, but Ritchie scored his 13th goal of the
season into an empty net with 1:38 remaining.
"We let our guard down on a couple of plays and they made us pay,"
Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "In general, we weren't
pretty sharp with our passing and they looked a step quicker than
us, as far as coming up with pucks and controlling the play more."
Nash's 22nd goal of the season gave New York a 1-0 lead 5:54 into
the game. After Marc Staal's pass from the Rangers' zone freed Nash
for a two-on-one breakaway, Nash fired a wrist shot from the top of
the right circle. Bernier closed his legs, but the puck ricocheted
off the inside of his left knee and trickled slowly into the net.
"When you play the Eastern teams, it's a bit of a different game,"
Getzlaf said. "They do a lot more of flipping the puck, skating onto
it, those kind of things. Sometimes it takes a little bit to get
adjusted to that."
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Ducks defenseman Josh
Manson (42) scores a goal as center Ryan Kesler (17) is in front of
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second
period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY
About three minutes later, Eaves tied the score by
converting the rebound of Cam Fowler's shot from the blue line.
Eaves' goal at 8:55 was his 26th of the season and his fifth since
being traded by the Dallas Stars on Feb. 24.
The Rangers regained a 2-1 lead on Stepan's 15th goal of the season.
Chris Kreider began the scoring sequence and started a three-on-one
breakaway by beating a slipping Manson to the puck in the neutral
zone. Stepan finished the play with a wrist shot from the left post
under the crossbar at 14:32.
Then with two minutes left in the first period, Kesler tied the
score on the power play. While stationed in the slot, Kesler used
the blade of his stick to deflect Getzlaf's slap shot from the blue
line. Video replay confirmed that Kesler's stick remained below
shoulder level and he had his 21st goal of the season.
Manson gave Anaheim its first lead with a short-handed goal 9:39
into the second period. Getzlaf began the play by intercepting Mika
Zibanejad's no-look backhanded pass in the Ducks' zone. Getzlaf then
skated along the right boards and passed to Manson, who dragged a
shot from the slot for his fifth goal of the season.
But Zibanejad made amends by starting the sequence that led to
Skjei's tying goal. Zibanejad intercepted Hampus Lindholm's pass and
began a three-on-two breakaway. Skjei, trailing the play, received
Jimmy Vesey's pass and fired a shot from the slot at 13:10 of the
second period for his fifth goal of the season on his 23rd birthday.
NOTES: New York scratched D Dan Girardi, LW Tanner Glass, D Adam
Glendenning, D Steven Kampfer, RW Brandon Pirri and LW Matt Pumpel.
... Rangers D Kevin Klein returned to the lineup after missing the
past 16 games with a back injury. ...The Rangers' 27 road wins are
the most in the NHL this season and one shy of a team record. ...
The Rangers and Ducks are two of just four teams that have won at
least 40 games in each of the past four seasons. The Chicago
Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins are the others. ... Anaheim
scratched RW Jared Boll, G John Gibson and D Korbinian Holzer. ...
The Ducks will begin their final road trip of the season Tuesday
night, a four-game swing through Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and
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