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Ducks ride Hiller’s great save to continue home dominance

Jan 8, 2014, 1:32 AM EDT

The Anaheim Ducks are on a truly special start to the 2013-14 season at home, as they improved to 18-0-2 at the Honda Center with a 5-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Sometimes special runs require special moments. In tonight’s case, people were left raving about Jonas Hiller‘s special save:

Ryan Getzlaf called Hiller “the difference” in that contest. Even the Swiss-born netminder raved about it.

“You don’t make those saves every night,” Hiller said. “It got the crowd into it.”

When you win 5-2, it’s not just about a single save. The Ducks also dominated on the man advantage, going 3-for-3 on the power play while shutting down Boston’s three chances.

“We’re playing some unbelievable hockey right now and getting the bounces at the right time,” Mathieu Perreault said.

It’s good news that Perreault seemed to be in good spirits after the game, as Bruins forward Gregory Campbell delivered this questionable hit during the contest:

Then again, it’s easier to shake off those lows and embrace the highs when you’re doing outstanding, sometimes history-making things. The Ducks were kind enough to summarize everything in a convenient infographic:


  1. soundsofsuccess7 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Stanley Cup is Anaheim bound.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      with any other coach at the helm i would give this a thumbs up, however bruce boudreau is pretty famous for regular season dominance followed by unexplainable and utter failure come playoff time

      • areaman714 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Hard to argue with established history . . . but I truly think these Ducks are much deeper than those top-heavy Caps teams.

  2. areaman714 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Read on some other forums . . . Many alleged B’s fans were blaming the refs for this one. Yikes! The Perreault cheap head shot should have been 5. Marchand’s bonehead interference right in front of the ref gave the momentum back to the Ducks. The Stanley Cup will remain in the west again this year . . . The Western Playoffs will be so tough to get through . . .

    • hockey412 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      B’s fans always have someone else to blame or fingers to point (“ok we were wrong but THEY WERE WRONGER”), you get used to it after a while. It starts with Julien and rolls downhill.

      • supercoop8 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Don’t forget the hypocrisy of the self appointed moral compassing from pens fans; screaming “classless” from their soap box and putting a bow tie on the apologetic picture of their own team. They show up unprovoked to cause an outrage then complain about the outrage, complain when another player is deemed elite, and leave backhanded compliments generally on the accolades of other teams. Kudos on being used to B’s fans.

      • drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        You’re a toilet clown just like your western PA brethren. No one pointed fingers after their Game 6 collapse and ultimate defeat to the superior team last year. Just like I would hope no Pitt fan would have anyone but their beloved Pens to blame for their ECF beat down last season.

      • hockey412 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        toilet clown, huh? Interesting choice of names to call someone – there’s a commenter on here with the name ‘toiletclown’ that is pretending to be a Pens fan too, to get other teams fans upset. Ah well. Probably just a coincidence.

        (I thought it was sad too).

      • drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        …hence my lazy use of the term. I’m a lot of things, but a toilet clown isn’t one of them. Impressive win by the Pens last night while the Bs were taking the pipe at the Honda.

    • montrealbbr - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      The western teams will kick the crap out of each other during the playoffs and the Cup will be in the East where it belongs. I cant wait for the parade we will have when the Habs win it this year!

  3. sclairebear - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    You can’t call a penalty on Gregory Campbell, Daddy will get angry!

    • lordstanley65 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Hey, that’s Habsman’s line! He’s gonna be pissed!

  4. ironyisadeadscene - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    It should have been a penalty but 5 minutes? please…it was a sell job and the refs knew it……he reacted like he got shot in the head

  5. pastabelly - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    I fell asleep after Anaheim scored its first goal. To that point Hiller was amazing. If he plays like that in the playoffs, Anaheim would be a serious threat. It’s also possible he’s getting hot at the wrong time of the year. I miss the old schedule already when we had fewer of these late night games to stay up for. It would be better if they tried to do the East at West games on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.

  6. joey4id - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Ugly game for Mr. Krug! Holy! Cr@p! Teeeeeeeeemu! Very good game by a 43 year old. Can still skate very well, has great vision, and can make nifty passes. Perry/Getzlaf chemistry was obvious and will be valuable for TC in Sochi. Probably not the B’s best defensive game.

    • lordstanley65 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Agreed. They looked very disorganized out there last night. Hiller gets a ton of credit though, he did a superb job.

      • joey4id - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Yep! Hiller came up huge especially in the 1st with the shots being 16 – 3 for B’s.

  7. areaman714 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    The Ducks often borrow Muhammad Ali’s “Rope-A-Dope” tactic. They trust their great goal tender and let the opposing team punch themselves out early on . . . then BAM POW WHAM!!! The Ducks are up by three goals before the pain sets in . . .

    • flash8910 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Funny, it’s really been just like that for the last 1/2 dozen games. Ducks have been completely outplayed by opponents in the 1st periods. Yet finals score are like 6-3, 5-2 Ducks.

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