Anaheim Ducks update
With eight shopping days left until Christmas the New York Rangers’ Nikolai Zherdev got an early gift. That gift came in the form of a goal that Zherdev was awarded in the waning seconds of Tuesday night’s game with the Anaheim Ducks when Chris Pronger slowed down the Ranger attacker and prevented him from sliding the puck into the empty net.
All this happened in the final stages of the game when the Ducks while playing two men short were applying pressure on New York. Anaheim had pulled goaltender Jonas Hiller for an extra attacker.
The final score was 3-1 Rangers and ended the Ducks five-game home winning streak. Chris Drury and Nigel Dawes also scored for the Rangers.
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Hiller started in goal because Jean-Sebastian Giguere learned yesterday that his father Claude passed away in Montreal after battling a lengthy illness. Giguere will be leaving later in the week for memorial services, and he will not see his teammates until they return to the Honda Center for a New Year’s Eve game with Columbus after a five-game road trip which will see them make stops in Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Dallas, and St. Louis.
Chris Kunitz scored the only Anaheim goal late in the second period. The Ducks had just moments before finished killing off a penalty. Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist was unable to control a rebound and Kunitz pounced on the loose puck and hammered it into the empty cage with three sprawling Rangers unable to stop him. Brent Hedican and Ryan Carter were given assists on the goal which at the time made the score 1-1.
The Ducks had extended their home winning streak to five games with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. It was the first meeting between the two teams this season after the Ducks dropped three out of four games to the Wild in the 2007-2008 season
Although it was not the winning goal, Corey Perry scored a pretty goal on a nice passing play with Chris Kunitz. It was Perry’s first goal in nine games.
- Ducks’ second round pick in the 2007 NHL draft Eric Tangradi will be playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa starting December 26 th. In 34 games this season with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, the Philadelphia native has 21 goals and 28 assists.
- Ducks’ third round pick in the 2008 NHL draft Josh Brittain has 20 goals and 10 assists in 33 games with the Barrie Colts of the OHL. Josh was named first star thanks to his two goal performance on Dec. 12 in a 7-2 victory over his former team the Kingston Frontenacs.
- Anaheim’s third round choice in the 2007 NHL entry draft, Maxime Macenauer scored three goals for Rouyn-Noranda in a 5-1 victory over Lewiston on Dec. 12. Macenauer who missed a lot of playing time two years ago in his draft season has 10 goals and nine assists in 27 games thus far. In 67 games last season he posted 23 goals and 37 assists along with 16 points in 17 playoff games.
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