For two teams that are pretty much at the bottom of things in their respective conferences, audiences saw a pretty competitive game between the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes. Ultimately, the Ducks came out on top, winning, 3-2 in overtime after a controversial call -- or lack thereof.
Despite the Ducks' aggressive approach all over the ice from the get-go, Carolina got the bulk of the game's chances to start and the game's first power play. The 'Canes also got the game's first goal, thanks to leading-scorer Tuomo Ruutu working hard to tip the puck in while on his knees close to the end of the first period.
Still Anaheim continued with their aggressive approach, resulting in more Carolina turnovers and a Ducks' goal from Nick Bonino to tie. Lubomir Visnovsky earned an assist on the goal, and he can thank that monster set-up shot.
While both of the earlier goals came later in periods, Carolina's next goal came before the third was four minutes old, as Eric Staal worked behind the net and goes around to tuck the puck in past Jonas Hiller -- one the usually solid goaltender would want back. Thankfully for Hiller, the Ducks' Saku Koivu answered right back, successfully banking in a rebound as Cam Ward continued to have trouble with rebounds. The back and forth buzz continued through the third until the Hurricanes took over the momentum. Once again, though, Hiller stayed strong in net and kept the game in a tie.
In overtime, the Jussi Jokinen went to retrieve the puck from the 'Canes end. As he went behind the net, Corey Perry trailed him and tripped him. Seeing there was no call on the play, Perry sends the puck to Sheldon Brookbank and then gets it back on a give-and-go and slaps the puck past Ward for the game-winner:
The Ducks are now eight points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final playoff seed in the West with games in hand on three teams ahead of them. With 29 games left, Anaheim may now be making a legitimate run at the playoffs.
There sure seems to be some luck on the Ducks' side for now.