Ryan Getzlaf interrupted the tie with Teemu Selanne for the Anaheim point record, assisting Troy Terry in the third period in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens by the Ducks.
Getzlaf scored a power-play goal for Terry in the middle of the third game, delivering an accurate pass near center court to help the Ducks end a six-game losing streak.
Getzlaf, 36, scored 989 points in 1,111 games, all with Duck, 279 goals and 710 assists. Selanne has scored 457 goals and made 531 assists in 966 games against Anaheim.
“I cannot convey how much it means to me to be in front of our fans, our property, my family, to be here in our building to achieve this,” said Getzlaf. “It was great for me.”
Passing the franchise record to his former teammate and mentor meant so much more.
“Look, I’m not here to take Teemu’s place; I think Teemu has done more for Southern California hockey than anyone, Getslaf said. “I am honored to be a part of this and to be with him. What he did is impossible, that’s for sure. Teemu was the face of everything and Teemu has the ability to accept it. “
Adam Enrique, Vinnie Lettieri and Sam Carrick also scored power-ups for Anaheim, with John Gibson making 16 saves. The Ducks won for the first time since October 18 in Calgary and for the first time since they won against Winnipeg on Opening Night.
Mike Hoffman and Jake Evans both scored for Montreal and Sam Montembo stopped 22 saves. Montreal lost for the second time in two nights in Southern California after losing 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
“I think you always want to have the urgency to win and play this game,” Evans said. “Many of us grip the sticks a little tightly. You want to win so badly and you don’t want to screw it up, and sometimes it can cost you dear. ”
The Ducks opened the scoring at 3:39 of the first as Enrique took a pass from Sonny Milano in the near left corner and beat Montembo under the right hand.
The Canadiens tied the score 33 seconds later on their power play when Hoffman fired from the top of the right circle over Gibson’s shoulder and from under the crossbar.
The Ducks regained the lead from 7:13 to the end of Lettieri’s first goal of the season. Anaheim had a human advantage after Cedric Puckett received a severe penalty for landing on Trevor Zegras.
The Canadiens drew at the end of the second period. Evans won the puck in front of goal and pushed it under Gibson’s feet in his first season.
After a goal by Terry in the middle of the third period, Carrick added an empty net from 1:10 to the end.
“I forgot that I even scored. It was so cool for me, ”Terry said. “As soon as it happened, just jumping into his arms like this was a special moment. Selfishly, it was probably one of the coolest moments in my hockey career, and I will remember it forever. “
While the Ducks had something to celebrate, the Canadiens are just trying to recalibrate.
“We have a big home team ahead and all of these games are so important during the regular season to be in a good position to qualify for the playoffs,” said Montreal’s Nick Suzuki. “We haven’t done a lot of work to be consistent every night and that needs to be changed. I feel like we’ve talked a lot about this, but on the ice something has to change and we have to get better. “
Notes: Montreal striker Mathieu Perrault underwent surgery for a detached retina in his right eye, and he will miss two to three weeks. … Ducks striker Jacob Silfverberg was included in the NHL COVID-19 protocol, and Rickard Ruckell was placed in reserve with injuries due to an upper body injury.