Ducks Open Homestand With Win Over Philadelphia

The Ducks have beaten the Flyers twice this season.

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Ducks Vs. Flyers: Anaheim Defeats Philadelphia, 5-2, At Honda Center

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky both scored twice, as the Anaheim Ducks handled the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, at the Honda Center.

Bobby Ryan also lit the lamp for the Ducks, who have won two in a row and three of five overall. Jonas Hiller made 35 saves.

Anaheim learned on Friday that forward Ryan Getzlaf will be out indefinitely with multiple nasal sinus fractures.

Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have lost three of four since a five-game winning streak. Andreas Nodl also scored.

Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 22-of-27 shots for Philadelphia, which has allowed 20 goals over its last four games.

The Ducks drew first blood at the 5:10 mark of the first period. Toni Lydman made a nice pass to a streaking Blake, whose backhander on a breakaway made it 1-0.

Visnovsky gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead at the 3:58 mark of the second. Teemu Selanne whiffed on a shot from the slot, but Visnovsky was there to fire a wrister past Bobrovsky. The Ducks scored on the power play exactly two minutes later for a 3-0 margin. Joffrey Lupul's shot from the bottom of the right circle set up a rebound for Blake, who chipped the puck into the back of the net.

Following a timeout, Philadelphia got on the board at the 8:15 mark of the middle stanza. Matt Carle slid a pass to the left circle for Nodl, whose slapper beat Hiller. Carter's 16th goal of the season cut the gap to 3-2 at the 3:30 mark of the third. The Ducks responded just more than two minutes later. Ryan gathered the puck at the right circle and fired a wrister past Bobrovsky for a 4-2 margin. Visnovsky scored his 100th career goal with 3:10 left to account for the final margin.

The Ducks have won three in a row over Philadelphia, which was 3-0-1 in its last four visits to the Honda Center...The Ducks acquired center Maxim Lapierre from the Montreal Canadiens on Friday in exchange for defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth-round draft choice in 2012...Philadelphia was without forward Jody Shelley, who served the second of a two-game suspension...Anaheim started a six-game homestand on Friday.

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

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Report: Ducks Close To Acquiring Center Lapierre From Canadiens

The Anaheim Ducks are reportedly close to acquiring center Maxim Lapierre from the Montreal Canadiens. The trade, which has been reported by both David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period and Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, is not yet official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported that the trade is Lapierre for defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth-round draft pick in 2012.

The 25-year-old Quebec native was drafted by the Canadiens in the second round of the 2003 draft. In 38 games this season, Lapierre has five goals and three assists. In 293 games in five seasons in Montreal, Lapierre has 40 goals and 40 assists. His 63 penalty minutes this season are the second most in his career, and with half a season remaining he figures to blow past his high of 76 penalty minutes in the 2008-2009 season.

The 24-year-old Festerling has appeared in one game this season for the Ducks, for a total of 15 minutes. Festerling appeared in 82 total games in the last two seasons.

The Ducks are 23rd in the NHL in scoring this season, averaging 2.55 goals per game. The Ducks just completed a seven-game road trip, and open a six-game homestand tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center.

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

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Ducks, Without Getzlaf, Return Home To Host Flyers At Honda Center

(Sports Network) - The Flyers were able to score enough goals on Thursday night to overcome another defensive lapse. Facing a Ducks team that will be without Ryan Getzlaf could be just what the team needs. Philadelphia continues its longest road trip of the season tonight, while Anaheim returns to the Honda Center to start up a six-game homestand.

The Flyers began this five-game swing with a 6-2 loss in Vancouver on Tuesday. In danger of dropping a third straight contest, Philadelphia responded with a 7-4 victory in Los Angeles last night to improve to 11-3-3 in its last 17 games and pull within two points of Pittsburgh for the NHL lead of 53. One of Mike Richards' two goals came during a four-goal second period and the Flyers captain finished with his fifth career four-point game, one off his career mark. Scott Hartnell, Jeff Carter and James van Riemsdyk all added goals in the second period, while Claude Giroux set a career high with three assists.

Philadelphia's offense helped make a winner of Michael Leighton in his season debut. Leighton played in an NHL game for the first time since a Game 6 loss to the Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks on June 9. Leighton underwent back surgery in late October and ended with 32 saves. "It was good to get back and, obviously, I'm not too excited about the way I played," Leighton said. "We got a win and the team really saved my butt tonight and we did a great job. They scored some goals for me and that was that. I felt better in the third period and hopefully I just build off of that."

Philadelphia, which has allowed 15 goals in its last three games, is also carrying goaltenders Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky on the roster and it is unknown who will start tonight. Boucher did dress as the backup last night, while Bobrovsky made 19 saves in a 3-2 home loss to the Ducks on Oct. 21.

That victory was Anaheim's second in a row over Philadelphia, but the Flyers have won two straight and three of their last four at the Honda Center. Getzlaf scored the game-winning goal when the Ducks and Flyers met early this season, but he won't play this weekend due to multiple nasal sinus fractures suffered when he was hit in the forehead by a puck in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Phoenix. The 25-year-old captain leads Anaheim with 24 assists to go along with 13 goals over 40 games, but won't know how long he will be out until visiting a specialist on Friday.

Instead, the Flyers can focus on Corey Perry, who had a goal in Tuesday's win and has eight goals and 14 points over his last 10 games. He has a goal and five helpers in five career games versus the Flyers, including a pair of assists in the last meeting. Former Flyers Luca Sbisa and Joffrey Lupul also scored in Tuesday's win, with Sbisa netting the first of his career. Jonas Hiller ended with 31 saves for the Ducks, who ended a two-game slide and finished 3-4-0 on their road trip.

"I thought the first period we were better than we were in the second period," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "We started turning the puck over in the second period and it gave them momentum." Anaheim now begins a six-game homestand and is 11-6-1 as the host this season. Philadelphia is 11-3-3 as the visiting club. Hiller is 1-1-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average in his career versus the Flyers and did not face them in October.

Richards had a goal and four assists in five career meetings with Anaheim for Philadelphia, which will again be without Jody Shelley. The forward concludes a two-game suspension tonight for post-whistle punch delivered to Vancouver's Andrew Alberts on Tuesday.

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

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