This past Wednesday Anaheim tallied their first regular season win after three heart-breaking losses with a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Anaheim started off strong with a powerplay goal less than three minutes into the game. Bobby Ryan lofted a gorgeous saucer pass that landed perfectly on the stick of captain Ryan Getzlaf who slipped the puck just past Canuck goaltender, Roberto Luongo. With that goal, the Ducks had their first lead of the season, which was cut at one minute, 16 seconds. The first would soon get away from the Ducks when Vancouver scored twice within 18 seconds. The Ducks returned to the locker room after the first 20 minutes down 2-1.
The second period would be scoreless for 15 minutes, until Teemu Selanne scored a beautiful powerplay goal with assists going to Getzlaf and Visnovsky. Definitely a highlight-reel worthy goal, Selanne tallies his first goal of the season, hopefully the first of many more to come.
In the third period, Vancouver would pull ahead again at 5:23 with another powerplay goal, this time from Christian Ehrhoff. However, just a few minutes later, Corey Perry would tip in the puck just being Luongo tying the game up again at three each. Only one minute twenty seconds later, the last of Anaheim's top line would convert with Bobby Ryan scoring giving Getzlaf his third assist and fourth point of the game.
Despite still being outshot, 39-32, Anaheim undoubtedly stepped their game up in so many more ways than one. Jonas Hiller made some absolutely fabulous saves, and the blue liners in front of him started to form some stronger chemistry in each partnership making the job so much easier. Another huge change was the discipline that Anaheim exhibited during the whole game, by taking three minor penalties and one fighting major. However the biggest change was the ability for the top line to finally start raking in the points, with Getzlaf an impressive 4 points (1+3=4), Bobby Ryan had two point (1+1=2) and Perry one single point (1+0=1).
Next up, Anaheim takes on the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at 7pm Pacific Time, hopefully these changes will prove permenent and consistent alterations tonight instead of a one night temporary fixes.