By Nolan P. Smith
(Anaheim)– As the season stretches further on, the Anaheim Ducks looked to rebound from a somewhat lackluster start as they returned home to the Anaheim to do battle with the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. It was a sell out crowd, as 17,322 people packed the Honda Center for some post holiday hockey action that had the Ducks soar high as they defeated the Flyers 4-2.
With more than half of the season left, Anaheim can easily turn the situation around and blaze a path through the Western Conference.
It didn’t take long for fists to fly as a hard hit in the first prompted a brief scuffle a mere minute and a half after the first period began. Tensions ran high in the first, as a second, larger fight broke out at the Philadelphia goal, drawing penalties from a total of 5 players across both teams just over the four-minute mark in the first.
Anaheim scored first on a Power Play Goal by Ryan Getzlaf with assists from Vatanen and Fowler at 6:28. This was Getzlaf’s 2nd goal and 21st point of the season. But the Flyers would answer back, as Jakub Voracek scored at 7:48 with the assist from Schultz, tying up the game 1-1. The first would end at this score as we went to the second period.
The Flyers would take the lead early in the second, as Michael Raffl scored at 2:26 on a Power Play Goal with the assists from Read and Couturier. That lead would not last long as the Ducks quacked back in this shootout, with Corey Perry tying the game 2-2 on a Power Play Goal slapshot with assists from Getzlaf and Maroon at 4:42.
As the teams duked it out into the third, it would be the Ducks to break the tie and break ahead as Corey Perry scored his second goal of the game and 13th of the season at 00:58. Anaheim would not let up as Shawn Horcoff scored his 7th short hand goal of his career at 7:54 with the assists from Cogliano and Stoner. The Ducks would maintain their lead and go on to win 4-2.
Anaheim travels to Calgary on Tuesday for their next game as they look to extinguish the Flames.