Corey Perry’s breakaway goal with 5:37 left in the game lifted the Ducks to their second win in three games to finish their season-opening homestand.
Cam Fowler scored his first NHL goal but left the game minutes later with a bloodied nose and did not return. Toni Lydman also scored for the Ducks, who got 36 saves from Jonas Hiller.
Scottie Upshall and Eric Belanger brought Phoenix back from down 2-0 with their goals in the third period.
8:56 p.m. update: Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said that keeping Fowler out of the game was “more precautionary than anything at this point.” He did not know whether or not Fowler had broken his nose.
Carlyle (just like anyone who hadn’t seen a video replay of Doan’s hit on Fowler) didn’t offer an opinion on the hit. Fowler was not available after the game.
Here was Doan’s take: “I hit (Fowler) and he fell,” Doan said. “Then he was so low, he hit my hip I think. I’m not sure. Something like that. I knew he went into the boards awkward because he’d hit my hip low. He was kind of going down, trying to drive around, I think. … You never want to see anyone get hurt.”
A few more notes from the game:
C Ryan Carter played 13:14 in his first game of the season, centering a line with LW Matt Beleskey and RW Jason Blake. Carter went 5-for-15 in the faceoff circle, put three shots on goal and recorded three hits.
D Andreas Lilja played 18:11 in his first game of the season, blocked two shots, levied three hits and got a nice gash in his lip in the second period. He was on the ice for Eric Belanger’s third period goal and finished minus-1.
D Toni Lydman scored a goal in his second straight game, his first career
Over the last three games Ryan
Getzlaf, Perry and Bobby Ryan have combined for 6-13=19
points, including 1-6=7 tonight. Getzlaf has a three-game point streak,
earning 2-6=8 points during that span. Bobby Ryan has scored 1-4=5 points over
the last three, including a career high three assists tonight (0-3=3).
Perry is also riding a three-game point streak (3-3=6).
Over the last three games, Jonas
Hiller has gone 2-0-1 with a .918 save percentage (101-of-110) and 2.93 GAA (9 GA/184
Attendance was 13,574.
Defenseman Ed Jovanovski and winger Ray Whitney (both upper-body injuries) were scratches for Phoenix.