NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Carolina
(Friday, December 29th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Anaheim 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored the game-tying goal and added an assist on a night named in his honor, as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-2, at RBC Center.
Brind'Amour, the team captain, extended his point streak to five games (three goals, five assists) on Rod Brind'Amour night, a tribute designed to honor his career achievements and 1,000th NHL point scored on November 4 in Ottawa. Brind'Amour is just the 71st player in NHL history to achieve that milestone.
Ray Whitney added a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who have won six of seven. Justin Williams scored and had an assist, and Erik Cole scored an empty net goal to ice the win. Cam Ward made 25 saves between the pipes to extend his personal-best winning streak to five games.
Teemu Selanne scored both goals for the Ducks, who had won eight of ten coming into the night and suffered only their sixth regulation loss of the season. Making just his second start in net, Michael Wall stopped 23-of-26 shots and also recorded his first career NHL point, picking up an assist on Selanne's first-period score.
Anaheim's normal starter, Jean-Sebastien Giguere missed the game after suffering a groin strain Tuesday in a 4-3 victory at San Jose. Giguere, who leads the NHL with 23 wins, left in the second period of that game and is day- to-day. Regular backup Ilya Bryzgalov has also been sidelined nearly a month, leaving Wall as the team's emergency starter.
A bang-bang power-play tally got Carolina off and running at 7:42 of the first period. With Chris Pronger off for holding, David Tanabe started the play with a backhand pass to Williams, who sent the disc cross-ice to the blade of Whitney. The left winger one-timed a slapshot past Wall to make it 1-0, the only marker of the stanza.
Both teams combined for four goals scored in the first seven minutes of the second period.
Selanne rifled a slapshot two strides over the blueline that beat Wall just 41 seconds in. The netminder never appeared to catch up to the play, barely flinching as the puck skimmed over the top of his glove and hit the twine behind him to make it a 1-1 game.
The Ducks then opened a 2-1 margin on the power play, as Selanne scored his second goal of the period at 3:22. Off a pass from Pronger, the right winger notched his 21st goal of the season, ripping a slapshot from the top of the right circle that skipped past the netminder.
After Sean O'Donnell was whistle for holding, Carolina answered quickly, as Brind'Amour corralled the puck at the top of the slot, took two strides, and unleashed a wrist shot past Wall for the game-tying marker at 4:31.
Williams followed up to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead, taking advantage of an Anaheim turnover at center ice and tipping in a shot by Whitney at 6:57.
Anaheim had its best chance to tie the game with three minutes remaining in regulation, but Ward made a sliding save on shot by Chris Kunitz and then blocked a slapshot by Pronger seconds later.
Pronger was given a double-minor for high-sticking with 2:26 remaining and Cole added an empty-net goal on the power play with 30 ticks to play.
In a pre-game ceremony, Brind'Amour was given an engraved hockey stick and an oil painting marking his time spent with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina...Ward has stopped 130 of the last 141 shots he has faced...Tanabe returned after missing eight games with a lower body injury and recorded two assists...The Hurricanes were 3-for-6 on the power play, while Anaheim finished 1-for-6.
12/29 22:12:05 ET