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January 14, 2010 2:54 AM

Third Period Comeback Lifts Ducks Past Bruins

Earlier this season, the Anaheim Ducks visited Boston, dealing the Bruins one of their roughest defeats of the year in a one-sided 6-1 hockey game. On Wednesday night, the two clubs met up again, with the scene shifting to Anaheim. Although the Bruins had a 3-2 lead after two periods of play, the end result was the same, as the Ducks netted a pair of goals in the third, picking up a 4-3 victory on home ice.

The game got off to quite a bang, as a pair of young players did their best to spark the energy of their respective clubs. Adam McQuaid and Troy Bodie dropped the gloves at center ice, leading to a great fight with plenty of punches being thrown. Both players knocked their opponents' helmets off in the duel, before McQuaid ultimately scored the takedown after nearly slipping himself.

In the latter stages of the first period, penalty trouble became a bit of an issue for the Bruins, as Matt Hunwick and Vladimir Sobotka each found themselves in the penalty box. Boston killed off Hunwick's minor, but wasn't as fortunate on Sobotka's. Steve Eminger started the play at the right point, dishing a pass across the blueline to James Wisniewski for a slap shot. Wisniewski's shot got blocked by the defense, but Bobby Ryan pounced on the rebound, banking a pass off of Tuukka Rask, connecting with Dan Sexton. Sexton had most of the goal to shoot at, as he gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with less than one minute remaining in the period.

The second period was by far Boston's best, and four minutes in, the visitors evened up the score. Michael Ryder and James Wisniewski collided along the end boards, allowing David Krejci to pick up the loose puck. Krejci curled around the back of his net, before tossing a pass back to Zdeno Chara at the left point. Chara let a slap shot go, ringing his fourth goal of the season in off of the right post.

A little more than three minutes later, the Bruins took their first lead of the night. Marco Sturm picked Troy Bodie's pocket at Boston's defensive blueline, bumping the puck ahead to Mark Recchi on the right side of the ice. Recchi carried the puck deep into the offensive zone, looking for options with the puck on his backhand. Matt Hunwick joined the play late, giving Recchi the perfect target. Hunwick shot the puck as soon as he got it, beating Jonas Hiller on his stick side. The goal was Hunwick's sixth of the season, which ties a career high.

Just after the midway mark of the hockey game, Anaheim drew even. James Wisniewski fired the puck forward from his own zone, trying to connect with Petteri Nokelainen in center ice. Nokelainen managed to get a stick on the puck, tipping it into Boston territory. Tuukka Rask had difficulty handling the puck at the edge of the trapezoid, leading to a turnover to Corey Perry. Perry quickly centered a pass to Nokelainen, who was stopped, but Matt Beleskey managed to find just enough space to score the tying goal.

The tied score barely lasted two minutes, as Boston responded to retake the lead. Jonas Hiller stopped the puck behind his own cage, leaving it off for Steve Eminger. Eminger and Ryan Whitney had a tough time communicating, as Mark Recchi and Miroslav Satan forced a turnover deep in the offensive zone. Satan came away with the puck, passing to Recchi on the right side. Recchi glided back toward the point, before wristing a shot in on goal. Marco Sturm got a piece of the floating puck, knocking it down and through Hiller's legs.

Despite only taking six shots in the entire middle frame, the Bruins found the back of the net three times, carrying a 3-2 lead into the intermission.

Less than two minutes into the third period, that lead evaporated, as the Ducks made their comeback. Todd Marchant snapped a cross-ice pass to James Wisniewski on the right side of center ice. After crossing the blueline, Wisniewski feathered a pass through Derek Morris, hitting Ryan Getzlaf in stride. Getzlaf went against the grain with his shot, picking the top corner on Rask's stick side.

Shortly after the eight-minute mark of the period, Anaheim took the lead. Steve Eminger cycled the puck around the right wing boards to Saku Koivu behind the Boston goal. Koivu came out on the left side, setting up Bobby Ryan in the left circle. Ryan put a heavy wrist shot on goal that Rask stopped, but had difficulty controlling. The puck trickled down behind the Bruins' netminder, where Steve Eminger poked it in over the goal line.

The Bruins pressed during the third period, and with less than two minutes to go, the visiting team received a great opportunity for an equalizer. Kyle Chipchura was sent off for cross checking at 18:48, essentially giving Boston a 6-on-4. However, Hiller saved his best performance for the third period, as he stopped all 15 shots for a 4-3 Anaheim victory.

In the game, Jonas Hiller stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced for the Ducks, picking up the win between the pipes. Tuukka Rask suffered the loss for the Bruins, despite making 28 saves on 32 shots.

The Boston Bruins continue their trip through the Pacific Division on Thursday night, when they visit the San Jose Sharks. Face-off for that game takes place 30 minutes later at 10:30.

Down on the farm, the Providence Bruins went 1-1-1 last weekend, defeating Adirondack, falling to Worcester in regulation, and dropping an overtime contest to Worcester. This weekend, the Baby B's will start on the road in Bridgeport and Hartford, before returning home to take on Albany on Sunday.

Scoring Summary:
1. ANA Sexton (7) (Ryan, Wisniewski) (PP) 19:14
2. BOS Chara (4) (Krejci, Ryder) 4:00
2. BOS Hunwick (6) (Recchi, Sturm) 7:08
2. ANA Beleskey (4) (Nokelainen, Perry) 11:47
2. BOS Sturm (15) (Recchi, Satan) 13:49
3. ANA Getzlaf (12) (Wisniewski, Marchant) 1:59
3. ANA Eminger (1) (Ryan, Koivu) 8:07

Penalty Summary:

1. BOS McQuaid- Fighting 4:11
1. ANA Bodie- Fighting 4:11
1. BOS Hunwick- Interference 13:42
1. BOS Sobotka- Tripping 17:26
1. BOS Bitz- Fighting 19:16
1. ANA Chipchura- Fighting 19:16
2. BOS Chara- Roughing 9:49
2. BOS Thornton- Roughing (Double-Minor) 9:49
2. ANA Getzlaf- Roughing 9:49
2. ANA Ryan- Roughing (Double-Minor) 9:49
2. BOS Wideman- Delay of Game 14:44
2. ANA Getzlaf- Slashing 19:43
3. BOS Satan- High Sticking 15:14
3. ANA Chipchura- Cross Checking 18:48

BOS Tuukka Rask (10-5-2): 32 shots, 28 saves
ANA Jonas Hiller (17-12-2): 30 shots, 27 saves

Shots on Goal:
BOS 9-6-15=30
ANA 13-7-12=32

Power Plays:
BOS 0-for-2
ANA 1-for-4

Three Stars of the Game:
1- ANA Jonas Hiller
2- ANA Bobby Ryan
3- ANA James Wisniewski

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