The Ducks' ability to time their goals dramatically Sunday allowed them to extend their unbeaten-in-regulation home winning streak and beat the Vancouver Canucks. "Those things are what character teams are made of," forward Corey Perry said after slipping a shot under goalie Eddie Lack with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Ducks a 4-3 victory. Overtime happened only because center Nick Bonino blasted a tying shot off a sprawled Canucks defenseman past Lack with 87 seconds remaining in regulation. "Our will and our character in the last two periods, never say die, was really tremendous," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you believe you can win, you're always in the game." After trailing, 2-0, in the first period and 3-2 for most of the third, the Western Conference co-leading Ducks are 17-0-2 at Honda Center and on a 13-1 roll. Only five NHL teams in the last 40 years have recorded a point in their first 19 home games. Falling behind, playing a lackadaisical first period "are things you learn from, you can't do that against good teams," Perry said. "But we never backed down, we kept grinding. "We weren't ready to play, but something triggered us … to keep doing the things we've been doing. We're going to keep coming at you." The Ducks out-shot Vancouver by a 20-2 margin in the second period, getting goals from Saku Koivu and Matt Beleskey, but then defenseman Kevin Bieksa launched a blue-line shot 66 seconds into the third period that beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. "It was [getting late], but we knew if we kept doing those things we were doing after the [first] break, we couldn't be denied," Perry said. "You're going to get those breaks, those chances. We created those. That's what good teams do." Bonino's tying shot, set up by a Daniel Winnik pass, was the Ducks' 43rd of 49 total shots compared to Vancouver's 20. "Probably the hardest shot I've taken in awhile," Bonino said of his 12th goal. In overtime, Bonino drew Bieksa into a hooking penalty by getting past him with 1:06 left, matching members of the Canucks' NHL-best penalty-killing unit against the Ducks' 26th-ranked power-play group.
Corey Perry lifts Ducks past Vancouver, 4-3, in overtime
Los Angeles Times | Jan 6