NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, October 31st
(All times Eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (10-3-0) at Boston Bruins (7-4-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks will be without Teemu Selanne for the
rest of their road trip, but could have forward Dustin Penner back in the
lineup on Thursday night when they visit the Boston Bruins.
The Ducks lost the first two contests of their eight-game swing, but have
rebounded to win three straight one-goal decisions. That includes a 3-2
triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday as the club rallied from a
Anaheim gave up two first-period goals, but outshot Philadelphia 27-13 over
the final 40 minutes. Andrew Cogliano scored in the second period and Kyle
Palmieri netted a pair of third-period goals, putting home the winner with
4:09 to play.
Cogliano's goal was his 200th NHL point and Jonas Hiller earned the win with
"Everything we wanted to do in the first period, they did to us and we were
sort of sitting back in awe almost, of them," admitted Ducks head coach Bruce
Boudreau. "Then after the first period we realized they were human and you
know if we just do what we do as long as we do it, that we might have a
The Ducks did see Selanne exit in the third period after taking a stick to the
face, causing him to lose several teeth and need 40 stitches to close a cut.
The 43-year-old did not return to the game and was expected to leave the club
and return to California for oral surgery.
Selanne is expected to return to action in two weeks and has produced three
goals and seven points in 11 games this season.
The veteran joins Saku Koivu (head), Jakob Silfverberg (broken right hand) and
Viktor Fasth (lower body) on the sidelines, though Penner could play for the
first time in six games after suffering a concussion versus Dallas on Oct. 20.
Penner has two goals and four points in six games this season.
The Ducks will visit the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers following
tonight's game and take on a Bruins club that dropped a 3-2 decision to the
Pittsburgh Penguins last night.
In a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals, which Boston swept in
four games, the Penguins got a bit of revenge with a 3-2 victory.
Patrice Bergeron notched a goal and an assist while Jarome Iginla pulled the
Bruins within a goal when he scored with 1:43 to play. Boston failed to net
the equalizer though and has lost two straight following a four-game win
Tuukka Rask allowed all three goals on 31 shots in defeat, Boston's first in
five road games this season.
"We know we can be a lot better," Iginla said. "In the third, we were a lot
better and were able to get back into it, but just came up short."
The Bruins are hosting the Ducks for the first time since a 3-0 setback on
Dec. 20, 2010, Anaheim's second victory in a row in Boston. It was also the
Ducks' third straight victory overall in this series before suffering a 3-2
home loss to the Bruins on March 25, 2012.
Hiller is 3-1-0 with a 2.18 goals against average in five meetings (4 starts)
with the Bruins.
Rask lost his only previous encounter with the Ducks back on Jan. 13, 2010,
giving up four goals on 32 shots. Backup Chad Johnson has never faced them.
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