Ducks 2, New York Rangers 1 (SO)
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: Bobby Ryan scored the only goal of the shootout, putting an off-speed shot high into the corner of the net against goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist, lifting the Ducks to their first victory of the season Saturday night at Ericcson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.
THE STAT: Ducks goalkeeper Jonas Hiller faced only 15 shots against the Rangers, stopping 14. He also saved two attempts in the shootout.
TURNING POINT: The Ducks took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period with some strong forechecking by their third line. Andrew Gordon dumped the puck into the New York zone and fellow rookie Devante Smith-Pelly jarred it loose along the boards. Gordon collected the loose puck and passed in front of the net, where Andrew Cogliano was in position to poke it past the goal line.
HOT: Luca Sbisa also had a solid all-around game for the defense, delivering four hits, blocking two shots and accounting for a takeaway. Fellow defenseman Cam Fowler played a team-high 28 minutes 38 seconds and blocked six shots.
NOT: Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf continue to be in training camp mode. The high-scoring forwards are still looking for their first points of the season. They went scoreless against the Rangers, yet combined for two trips to the penalty box. Good thing the youngsters have been stepping up for the Ducks
GOOD MOVE: Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has been showing a lot of confidence in his young players. Smith-Pelly, Gordon and Guenin each played double digits in shifts against the Rangers and all three have a point through the first two games, unlike the top line of Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan.
BAD MOVE: Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky had the puck on his stick in his defensive zone but couldn’t clear it. Instead, it went to Ryan McDonagh at the blue line who found Brad Richards down low. Richards skated in and beat Hiller with a nifty shot high in the net with 2:15 remaining in regulation.
NOTABLE: The Ducks have allowed just 15 shots on goal in the last four periods.
UP NEXT: Friday vs. the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center, 7 p.m.