Crazy goal lifts Ducks
Someone needs to remind Todd Marchant which sport he plays.
The Anaheim Ducks forward batted a long mid-air shot like a baseball past Senators goalie Alex Auld to score a strange goal that helped the Ducks overcome Ottawa 4-3 before a crowd of 19,762 at a sold-out Scotiabank Place. (more...)
Despite a frantic third period in which the Senators scored three times to get back into the game from four goals down, Ryan Getlaf's first goal of the season, on the power play in the second period, proved to be the eventual winner.
Yet it was a bizarre marker by Marchant earlier in the period that helped confine slumping Ottawa (2-4-1) to its third straight loss and fourth defeat in the past five games.
"When things are going well for you, you get the bounces, when they are not, they go against you," Senators centre Jason Spezza said.
With an off-day in the World Series, Marchant hit a dumped-in puck out of the air and beating Auld from long range to put Anaheim (3-5-0) up 2-0 just 50 seconds into the middle period.
"I've seen a few strange ones and I don't even know how that one went in," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It was like an infield fly and (Senators defenceman) Jason Smith tried to catch it and Marchant batted it when it was hand level. I'm sure it surprised Alex Auld."
The formerly cold Ducks, in the midst of a four-game road trip have now won back-to-back contests and three of their last four.
"It's just a fluke, break, whatever it is, those are the things that you need to have to happen for you to get out of your funk or your team's bad spell and tonight we where able to hang on for a big win."
Getzlaf sat out Anaheim's 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday night because of an absessed tooth.
But with the Ducks back in Ottawa for the first time since the 2007 Stanley Cup final, he was back in the lineup and helped Anaheim stake a 4-0 lead by the midway point of the second period after Brian Sutherby and Samuel Pahlsson, playing in career game No. 500, also scored.
Getzlaf didn't imagine his goal would turn out to be as important as it was after Ottawa rallied.
Anaheim had been just 1-for-26 on the power play heading into the game and Getzlaf had so far recorded just an assist in six previous contests.
"I hoped that (his goal) wouldn't have to make a difference, but obviously we let things slip a little bit," he said. "They came out pretty fiery (in the third) and they got two power-play goals and that kind of sets you back on your heels, but our guys did a great job regrouping and continuing on with our game plan for the last five."
Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in just his second start of the year to pick up the win.
Daniel Alfredsson and Alexandre Picard scored for the Senators with the man advantage during a wild third and Chris Neil also had a goal.
Dany Heatley recorded three assists while Filip Kuba added two to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games.
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Philadelphia 6, New Jersey 3; New York 3, Columbus 1; Florida 4, San Jose 3; Detroit 5, Atlanta 3; and Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 0.
At Ottawa, Auld, who finished with 28 saves, was also making just his second start of the season.
He hadn't played since Ottawa's second game of the season, when he helped the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Stockholm on Oct. 5, and Sutherby beat him just past the halfway point of the first on a rebound to put the Ducks in the lead.
Then, just 50 seconds into the second, Teemu Selanne flipped the puck from his own end into the Senators' zone, where Ottawa's Smith attempted to catch it with his glove and drop it to the ice to play it.
However, Marchant, from between the blue-line and top of the faceoff circle, batted the puck out of the air and it sailed in past a stunned Auld.
"I don't know what I can say. I saw Teemu flip it up in the air, I saw Jason go and grab it and he went to put it down. I happened to be right there and took a whack at it," Marchant said. "I looked at it on the replay after the game and, sure enough, I'm actually looking the other way after it goes in the net. I had no idea." (less)
Added: 26 Oct 2008
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