ANAHEIM CA - NOVEMBER 05: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks receives high fives from the bench after scoring a goal in the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Honda Center on November 5 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ducks Defeat Penguins, Get First Back-To-Back Wins This Season

The Ducks are 4-1-1 at Honda Center this season.

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Ducks Beat Penguins, 3-2 Thanks To Strong Second Period

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu each scored in the second period to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh at the Honda Center.

Lubomir Visnovsky contributed two assists while Jonas Hiller turned away 30 shots to earn the victory for the Ducks, who earned their first regulation victory over the Penguins since December 15, 2002.

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne became the 87th player and just the 10th European-born player in NHL history to play in 1,200 games and celebrated with an assist to move past Al MacInnis into 33rd place on the league's all-time scoring list with 1,275 points.

Sidney Crosby scored his first two career goals against Anaheim and Kris Letang assisted on both for the Penguins, who have lost two in a row and five of their last six.

Marc-Andre Fleury yielded all three goals on only 19 shots in the defeat and was denied his 150th career victory.

After a scoreless first period, Anaheim scored three times in less than seven minutes in the middle session to forge a 3-0 lead.

Visnovsky's slap shot was blocked in the slot and came right back to him at the midpoint. He then sent a pass to Ryan, who scorched a wrister from the top of the right circle past Fleury 7:35 into the stanza.

From the bottom of the left circle, Ryan bounced a pass off the end wall to Corey Perry, who came out to the left side of the net and slipped a pass through the crease to Getzlaf, who one-timed it home at 12:22.

Just two minutes and four seconds later, Koivu picked up a rebound in the slot and put home the loose puck for his third goal of the season.

The Penguins got on the board with a power play goal with 2 1/2 minutes left in the period to trim their deficit to 3-1.

Alex Goligoski passed from the midpoint to the top of the left circle from where Letang's slap shot was tipped home on the backhand by Crosby.

Pascal Dupuis shot from the right circle and the rebound caromed to the slot where it was picked up by Crosby and backhanded between the legs of Hiller just 3:48 into the final period to make it a 3-2 game.

The Penguins pulled Fleury with just over a minute left. Evgeni Malkin was denied by Hiller from the right doorstep in the visitors' best scoring chance with the extra attacker.

Getzlaf has recorded points in six of his last seven games while Visnovsky has points in six of his last eight, including multiple points in four of his last six...Koivu has 22 goals and 50 points in 47 career games against Pittsburgh. Hiller earned his first career win over the Penguins...Ryan netted his first goal against the Pens in four matchups...Dupuis played in his 600th career game. He missed Wednesday's loss in Dallas to attend to the birth of his daughter Lola...Letang has a goal and three assists in two meetings with the Ducks...The Penguins are 4-3-1 on the road...Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma scored 10 goals and 32 points in 209 games for the Ducks from 2000-04.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.


Ducks Host Penguins, Looking For First Back-To-Back Wins This Season

(Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby dropped his gloves the last time Pittsburgh was on the ice, but it failed to spark his team to a victory. Crosby and the Penguins hope to avoid a fifth loss in six games overall and record a fifth straight victory over the Anaheim Ducks in tonight's meeting at the Honda Center.

Though Pittsburgh's captain has become one of the faces of the NHL for his playmaking ability, the 23-year-old showed his willingness to get physical in Wednesday's matchup in Dallas, engaging in a fight with Matt Niskanen in the second period.

Crosby even arguably got the better of Niskanen in his fifth career fight, but his team still lost in the scoresheet, dropping a 5-2 decision. Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cookie scored the goals, while Brent Johnson suffered his first regulation loss in seven starts after allowing all five goals on 29 shots.

"This was a game where we just got out-battled in every phase," said Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma. "We had opportunities to seize control on the power play and we didn't make the most of our chances."

It is unknown if Johnson will be in net tonight or if Bylsma will go with Marc-Andre Fleury. Johnson is 6-3-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average versus the Ducks, while Fleury has won all four of his career starts against them with a 2.50 GAA.

Pittsburgh has split the first two contests of a four-game road trip and will try to post a second straight victory in Anaheim. The Pens posted a 4-3 triumph at Honda Center on Nov. 3 of last season, snapping a five-game series losing streak, and then recorded a 5-2 home win over the Ducks 13 days later to improve to 5-0-1 in their last six games against Anaheim.

The Ducks have yet to post back-to-back wins this season, but can do so tonight after besting the Lightning, 3-2, in overtime on Wednesday. Teemu Selanne scored in regulation and then helped set up Ryan Getzlaf's game-winner in OT, giving the forward four goals and five assists over his last seven games.

"It was a big game for us," said Getzlaf. "It felt like we played pretty well tonight for the most part. We were able to come back at the end."

Rookie Kyle Palmieri scored to tie the game with 4:20 remaining in the third period in his NHL debut, while Jonas Hiller made 32 saves.

The Ducks improved to 3-1-1 at home after winning the opener of a three-game residency.

Hiller has allowed nine goals on 56 shots in losing both of his career starts versus the Penguins.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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