Los Angeles Hockey: Mark Giordano

Ducks: Sharks rally to win, Visnovsky hurt

April, 2, 2011
San Jose Sharks 4, Ducks 2

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: The Ducks let a two-goal lead slip away Saturday night at HP Pavilion in San Jose, but can still clinch a playoff berth Sunday evening with a regulation win against the visiting Dallas Stars at Honda Center.

THE STAT: Lubomir Visnovsky scored his 17thgoal of the season in the first period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead and set a franchise record for goals by a Ducks defenseman, but he later left with just over eight minutes left after absorbing a hard check by Douglas Murray of the Sharks. Visnovsky has emerged this season as a candidate for the Norris Trophy, which goes to the league's top defenseman.

TURNING POINT: Less than two minutes after Visnovsky headed to the locker room because of an unknown injury, the Sharks went on the power play when Jason Blake was whistled for holding Ryane Clowe. A minute later, Devin Setoguchi scored on a slap shot from 40 feet to give San Jose a 3-2 lead.

HOT: Corey Perry assisted on both goals by the Ducks, giving him 16 points in his eight-game point streak. He made a highlight-reel pass to Bobby Ryan for the first goal of the game, then helped set up Visnovsky for his power-play goal.

NOT: Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman came in leading the NHL with a plus-minus rating of plus-33, but he was minus-two against the Sharks, which will drop him behind Zdeno Chara of the Bruins (plus-32).

GOOD MOVE: Ryan was questionable before the game after taking a knee-to-knee hit from Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano in the Ducks’ victory Wednesday night, but he showed up to work Saturday night and scored his 34th goal of the season.

BAD MOVE: San Jose coach Todd McLellen matched Dan Boyle and Murray against the Teemu Selanne line early on and they were no match for their speed and creativity. Boyle and Murray did combine for three assists later in the game.

NOTABLE: The Ducks can not only clinch a playoff berth for themselves Sunday against the Stars, but for the Los Angeles Kings as well.

UP NEXT: Sunday vs. Dallas Stars at Honda Center, 5 p.m.

Ducks: Perry doubles up on Calgary in 4-2 win

March, 30, 2011
Ducks 4, Calgary Flames 2

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: Corey Perry continued his red-hot pace, scoring two more goals Wednesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary to lift the Ducks up another spot in the Western Conference standings.

THE STAT: Perry gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead during a first-period power play, deflecting Cam Fowler's slap shot into the net. Perry later scored into an empty net in the game’s final minute for his third two-goal game in the last four, extending his league-leading goal total to 46.

TURNING POINT: With just over five minutes remaining in the second period, the Flames appeared to tie the score when the puck bounced over the goal line as goalkeeper Ray Emery fell into the net during a scramble in the crease. The Calgary players immediately began to celebrate but the referee never signaled that a goal was scored. After a lengthy review, the call on the ice stood because replay officials in Toronto could not verify that the puck crossed the goal line. About three minutes later, Lubomir Visnovsky scored to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead.

HOT: Emery stopped 23 shots to improve to 6-0-0 since he was signed as a free agent in early February.

NOT: Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin had four of Anaheim’s 13 giveaways. He was also penalized for slashing Rene Bourque midway through the second period.

GOOD MOVE: After the Ducks fell behind, 1-0, Bobby Ryan knotted the score with a nifty move on a power play, circling from behind the net and stuffing the puck into the far side of the net.

BAD MOVE: Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman committed back-to-back third-period hooking penalties that gave the Flames some life. The first occurred when the Ducks were already a man down and gave Calgary a 5-on-3. Mark Giordano scored 13 seconds into the two-man advantage to cut the deficit to 3-2.

NOTABLE: Visnovsky’s goal was his 16thof the season, tying a 12-year-old club record for most goals by a defenseman. The Ducks moved into sixth place in the West and have a six-point lead over ninth-place Dallas with six games remaining.

UP NEXT: Saturday at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.