The Ducks looked dangerous on their first shift of the game, but after that first period was pretty much all Devils. New Jersey controlled the boards and as such the Ducks had difficulty getting the puck away from them and out of the zone. About seven minutes into the period Saku Koivu was called for tripping Adam Henrique to give the Devils the first power play of the game. However, during the advantage the Ducks caught the first break of the game, when Michael Ryder was left uncovered on the back side and nailed his shot off the pipe. The Ducks killed the penalty and almost immediately went on a power play of their own when Cory Schneider cleared the puck over the glass while being pressured (including a little slash on the stick) by Corey Perry. The first shift wasn't bad, but New Jersey had the two best chances while shorthanded. The first was a two on one with Dainius Zubrus and Travis Zajac on Cam Fowler, who actually took himself out of the play and Jonas Hiller stood up to a 2 on 0 in tight. The second came as Henrique zoomed past Francois Beauchemin on the outside and his shot went off the crossbar. In the final three minutes of the period Damien Brunner took a hit from Marc Fistric that left him hobbled. Brunner's leg got pinched between Fistric's and the boards, he attempted to crawl off the ice before the whistle blew and he was helped off. He did not return to the game, but no penalty was called or really warranted. The Ducks had another chance on the power play with just over two minutes remaining and it went a little better. Mathieu Perreault and Kyle Palmieri each had good chances in close on Schneider. Perreault couldn't' find any space in the five hole and Palmieri was in too close to the aggressive Schneider to lift the puck over his shoulder. The period ended scoreless and with the Ducks leading the shot total 9-8, but five of those shots were on the power play and that didn't tell much of the story.
Ducks Palmieri comes up big in 3-2 OT win over Devils
Anaheim Calling | Dec 21