Ducks & Nucks played an even first period. Ducks took the first lead as newcomer Daniel Winnick opened the scoring. About seven or so minutes into the first period the Nucks started sending two players to the Ducks net. It paid off a couple of minutes later when Dan Hamhuis sent a blast from the point that Jonas Hiller never saw. Daniel Sedin took the lead at 11:23 when Daniel Sedin picked up some loose change in the low slot and went far side against a diving Hiller. That was the high point for Vancouver.
Ducks tied it up at 15:23 of the first when Teemu Selanne beat one of hockey’s best, Manny Malhotra on a face off and pushed the biscuit to Sheldon Souray who sent a blast through Schneider. Ducks had a 14-10 lead on face offs in the first.
Dan Winnick again opened the scoring in the second frame. It was beautiful tic tac toe play from Cogliano to Koivu to Winnick.
Two of our Ducks four new guys, Winnick and Souray had accounted for all of the scoring. Ducks best players stepped up and took over from there on out.
Corey Perry put our Ducks up by two when he picked up some loose change in front of Schneider. Kyle Palmieri put our Ducks up by 3 just 11 seconds later when he one-timed a Ryan Getzlaf setup for his 1st of the year. Getzlaf then setup Teemu Selanne on a cross ice pass after the lane opened when Nucks D Kevin Bieksa lost his stick.
Alexander Edler replied for Vancouver. Flash closed out the scoring with a wrist shot from about 20 feet that beat Roberto Loungo cleanly. Loung had replaced Schneider after the Ducks fifth goal.
Selanne’s four point night put on pace to rack up 192 points on the season.
Both teams played sloppily in their own end at times. The difference in this game was Jonas Hiller made some key saves at key times. Toni Lydman was brilliant breaking up 3 different Vancouver opportunities, one of which looked like a 3 on 1. he also led our Ducks D with 3 blocked shots on the night.
Ducks special teams were successful going 3 for 3 on the PP and 50% on the PK. The checking line of Koivu-Cogliano-Winnick outscored the Sedins 3-1. Our guys dominated the face off circle as Teemu took 4 of 6, Koivu 16 of 27 for 59% and Ryan Getzlaf won 54% of his face offs.
In post game interviews two goal scorer Dan Winnick gave credit to Coach Boudreau’s plan to roll four lines. Winnick said that everybody seemed fresher when they were called upon. Teemu Selanne said he felt good after his first game in nine months.
Notes: Ducks played without Cam Fowler who picked up that flu bug making its way throughout the Southland. Ducks pressed 7th D-man Jordan Hendry into service. Vancouver is without two-thirds of its second line as Ryan Kesler and David Booth were unable to go.
Ricard Rakell centered the 4th line with Devante Smith-Pelly and Matt Beleskey on the wings. Ducks can keep Rakell up for five games before they have to decide whether to keep on the roster for the season. In a full NHL season Rickard could have been given a 10 game look. Overall he played well though the 4th line did get hemmed up in their own zone and got caught out there against the Sedin line a couple of times.
Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were healthy scratches.
Ducks are off to Calgary for game against the Flames Monday.