June 24, 2018
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Ducks’ Hiller shuts down Bruins, runs win streak to 12

By Forrest Lee, The Sports Xchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With goalie Jonas Hiller continuing his standout play, the Anaheim Ducks beat the Boston Bruins in a matchup of division leaders Tuesday.

Hiller made outstanding stops throughout the game and captured his club-record 12th consecutive victory as the Ducks defeated the Bruins 5-2 at Honda Center.

“It’s nice to get quite a few starts in a row, and I’m definitely excited things are going well,” said Hiller, who posted 30 saves. “Having that confidence right now that the team trusts me and the coach trusts me, that’s definitely way easier for your mental game as a goalie.”

Anaheim center Mathieu Perreault scored twice. Right winger Teemu Selanne had two assists for the Ducks, who won their fourth in a row and 14th in the past 15 games.

Anaheim (32-8-5) also registered its eighth straight win at home, where the Ducks have yet to lose a game in regulation (18-0-2).

The Bruins’ two-game winning streak ended. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 15 shots for Boston (28-13-2).

“It’s definitely pretty nice to be outshot in the first (period) and after the second you’re up 3-1,” Hiller said. “Those are kind of fun games to play, especially as a goalie. But I don’t think we plan to do things that way.”

Boston outshot the Ducks 32-20 overall and held a 16-3 shot advantage after one period. Hiller kept the Bruins scoreless until late in the second period, turning in a performance that Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said was the difference.

“What he showed was he kept us in the game, as he did the last game in the first period (and) until we got our stuff together,” Boudreau said. “It’s incredible goaltending when you think of the consistency. Usually, you can play a lot of good games in a row but you have a clunker. But he hasn’t had a clunker.”

Three goals in the second period boosted Anaheim, the top team in the Pacific Division, and allowed it to hold off a rally by the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins, who pulled to within a goal early in the third but couldn’t halt the Ducks’ balanced attack.

Anaheim took a 1-0 lead at 5:53 of the second when Selanne slipped a pass to Perreault, who ripped a shot past Rask.

Right winger Corey Perry, who had a goal and an assist, made it 2-0 with his 24th goal after rebounding a Nick Bonino shot and scoring at 8:29.

Center Andrew Cogliano delivered a short-handed goal for the Ducks with 2:50 remaining in the second. He deflected a puck that was corralled near the left circle in front of the Bruins’ net by center Daniel Winnik, who dropped a pass to Cogliano for a 3-0 advantage. It was the second short-handed goal of the season for Cogliano and the seventh of his career.

Boston got on the board with 16 seconds left in the period. Rookie left winger Justin Florek, in his second NHL game after being recalled last weekend, connected on a cross-ice pass to left winger Daniel Paille, who sneaked the puck past Hiller to cut the Ducks’ lead to 3-1. It was Florek’s first assist.

The Bruins trimmed the lead to 3-2 on a goal by defenseman Dougie Hamilton at 7:19 of the third period, but they got no closer.

“It’s unfortunate the final score doesn’t indicate it, but I thought we played a good, solid game,” Boston coach Claude Julien said.

An interference penalty on Boston left winger Brad Marchand 28 seconds after the Bruins had gone on a power play proved costly. Getzlaf found Bonino, who had a goal and an assist, with an excellent pass, and the Anaheim center scored on a power play for a 4-2 advantage with 6:37 remaining.

Perreault added his second goal with 2:31 left.

The win gave Anaheim a split in the season series with Boston. The Bruins claimed a 3-2 shootout victory on Oct. 31 at TD Garden.

NOTES: Boston RW Jordan Caron, who is ailing with a back injury, was scratched. … Anaheim C Ryan Getzlaf has 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in the past 24 games. … Anaheim rookie D Hampus Lindholm (plus-22) is tied for third in the league in plus-minus ratings. … This was the first outing of a three-game West Coast swing for the Bruins. They visit the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday before venturing north to play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. … The Ducks have a two-game trip with games at the Nashville Predators on Thursday and at the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. … A sellout crowd of 17,238 attended the game.

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