NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, March 6th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Anaheim 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ric Jackman and Matt Bradley scored first- period goals, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins post their first home win in over two months with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim.
Andy Chiodo rebounded from a disastrous performance which saw him surrender nine goals on Thursday night with 26 saves for the Penguins, who last won at home on December 29. Pittsburgh hadn't won at the Igloo in its previous 16 homes games (0-15-1).
"I was pretty excited to get back in net," Chiodo said. "I was a little nervous to put on a good performance after (Thursday night)."
Steve Rucchin scored the lone goal for Anaheim in the loss, a costly defeat that hurts the Mighty Ducks' current playoff push. Anaheim, which had its three-game winning streak come to an end, entered the game six points behind Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 for the Mighty Ducks, who had won their previous three contests against Pittsburgh.
"Here we are in a must-win situation and we didn't handle it like you have to," Mighty Ducks head coach Mike Babcock explained.
Jackman got the Penguins on the board early with a power-play goal. He took a Dick Tarnstrom pass in the slot and deposited the puck into the net for his seventh goal of the campaign, staking Pittsburgh to a 1-0 lead just 2:24 into the contest.
Bradley then doubled the Penguins' advantage when he skated in on a 2-on-1 and ripped a slap shot over the glove of Giguere. The goal came at the 12:12 mark of the first period and eventually proved to be the game-winner.
Despite being completely dominated throughout the opening 20 minutes, the Ducks went into the locker room down just 2-1. Rucchin's was able to slam home a rebound with just 10 seconds to play in the first to make it a one-goal game.
Pittsburgh held a commanding 12-4 shots on goal advantage after one period of play.
Chiodo needed to deny just six shots in the second period before stepping up to make 17 saves in the third. Chiodo was called upon to stop several point- blank opportunities in the final stanza, helping Pittsburgh get the monkey off its back with the rare home win.
"As the game went on I felt better and better, and obviously when you are up one in the third, you have to bear down," Chiodo said.
Tarnstrom now has 26 assists this season...Pittsburgh's last home win was a 1-0 win over Chicago...The Pens stopped a 14-game home losing streak early this week with a tie against the Islanders...This was the finale of a two-game road trip for Anaheim. The Mighty Ducks return home Monday for a game against Montreal.
03/06 22:46:05 ET