Roundup: Anaheim extends home streak
The Associated Press | November 30,2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dustin Penner had two goals and Saku Koivu had two assists in his long-awaited return to the lineup, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 victory Friday over Calgary.
It was the Ducks’ 18th win in a row over the Flames at home. The streak is the Ducks’ longest against any opponent at Honda Center. Calgary hasn’t beaten Anaheim on the road since Jan. 19, 2004; only three players on Calgary’s current roster had made their NHL debut by then: Michael Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler and Matt Stajan.
Sami Vatanen and Corey Perry scored 54 seconds apart in the first period. Perry and Andrew Cogliano each had a goal and an assist during Anaheim’s 42-shot barrage, and rookie Frederik Andersen made 19 saves for the defending Pacific Division champions, who are off to a franchise-best 10-0-1 start at home.
Anaheim is the only NHL team that hasn’t lost at home in regulation. New Jersey beat the Ducks 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 20.
Ladislav Smid and David Jones scored second-period goals for the Flames. They have won only two of 11 games since beating the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in overtime on Nov. 3 at Chicago.
Calgary played without impressive rookie Sean Monahan, sidelined with a non-displaced hairline fracture in his left foot. Defenseman Dennis Wideman also missed his first game of the season because of a broken left hand.
The Ducks were not assessed a penalty for only the fifth time in club history.
Anaheim center Nick Bonino, who signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract extension Thursday, got an assist on Penner’s goal to help the Ducks extend their lead to 3-0. Ryan Getzlaf faked a 50-foot slap shot on a power play and found Penner at the left of the crease for his eighth goal and fourth in three games.
Flyers 2, Jets 1
PHILADELPHIA — A rare morning start didn’t bother the Flyers, who jumped out over a sluggish Jets team that couldn’t get going until it was too late.
Scott Hartnell opened the scoring 48 seconds in and Steve Mason stopped all but one shot as Philadelphia skated to a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg on Friday.
As soon as he got the ice for his first shift, Hartnell found an unattended puck in front of the Jets’ net and immediately slapped it past Ondrej Pavelec to put the Flyers up, 1-0.
“I just shot it as hard as I could,” Hartnell said. “I’ll take it. It’s nice on your first shift, right in the slot there’s a little present waiting for you there.”
Mason turned away 25 shots in the matinee that began at 11:30 a.m., including an impressive pad save on Matt Halischuk on a 2-on-1 chance in the second period. He improved to 3-0-1 in his career against the Jets (12-12-4).
The Flyers (11-12-2) won their fifth straight game at home after dropping their previous two on the road at Florida and Tampa Bay.
“It’s huge,” Mason said. “Our Florida effort was terrible. Both games were lackluster, so to come home and get a big win before we go on the road for (12) days is a step in the right direction.”
Both Flyers goals came off Winnipeg turnovers.
Hartnell’s score was the Flyers’ lone goal in a dominating opening period in which they outshot the Jets 13-2.
“Morning game, obviously the first period was one where we weren’t engaged in the game,” Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said. “You don’t know what to expect. ... Obviously it wasn’t a great situation.”
Sean Couturier had a short-handed breakaway opportunity in the first period that Pavelec stopped with a right pad save. But in the second he once again forced a Jets turnover on the penalty kill, this time beating Pavelec on a breakaway for his second goal of the year.
Couturier also played a big role on the Flyers’ penalty kill that held the Jets without a goal in six power-play opportunities.
Red Wings 5, Isles 0
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Daniel Alfredsson had two goals and an assist, Darren Helm had two goals and Jimmy Howard made 29 saves and the Detroit Red Wings dominated the Islanders 5-0 on Friday for their first regulation victory against New York in a decade.
Detroit won its third in a row as the reeling Islanders lost their fifth straight.
Since beating Boston 3-1 on home on Nov. 2, the Islanders are 2-10.
New York came into the game with a 6-0-1 mark against Detroit in its past seven meetings.
The Red Wings hadn’t beaten the Islanders in regulation since November 2003.
Helm scored his sixth of the season at 7:09 of the first. He took a pass from Alfredsson at the top of the left circle, then skated in and slid a backhand past a flailing Kevin Poulin, making his fifth straight start for the Islanders.