It’s not every day that a hockey player proudly displays his stick after scoring a goal – that might be considering taunting in the etiquette-laden NHL – but it’s not every day that a player scores a goal with an opponent’s stick either.
Bobby Ryan’s second-period goal and celebration, after scoring with Mikko Koivu’s stick, will be the lasting memory from the Ducks’ win Sunday at Honda Center.
It was almost enough to overshadow the first career hat trick for Corey Perry, which included his first career penalty shot in the second period. Perry also scored 19 seconds into the game for the fourth-fastest goal from the start of a game in franchise history.
The line of Ryan (goal, two assists, +4), Perry (three goals, two assists, +3), and Ryan Getzlaf (two goals, assist, +3) accounted for all of the Ducks’ scoring. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky had a pair of assists.
Jonas Hiller needed only 20 saves for the win. More details in tomorrow’s editions.