It didn't start off pretty, but in the end, the Ducks were able to squeeze out another victory, this one a 3-2 defeat of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The first period was sluggish and the Flyers happily capitalized on that with goals from Matt Read and Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier, coming off a hat trick in his prior game, looked like a one man wrecking crew on the ice and was dangerous all night long.
"They were really ready," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "They came out and they skated … everything that we wanted to do in the first period, they did to us. We were sitting back in awe of them almost. And then it's like after the first period we realized they were human and if we just do what we do as well as we do it, that we might have a chance."
The Ducks woke up and figured it out and those first two goals were all that Jonas Hiller yielded. Hiller, who was back in net after two stellar starts by rookie Frederik Andersen, made 26 saves for the win.
The Ducks nearly got back in the game late in the first period with a goal from Matthew Perreault, who was back in the line up after spraining his wrist last Friday in Ottawa. The goal was batted in past Steve Mason with a high stick and the review in Toronto held up that call on the ice.
Nonetheless, Andrew Cogliano finally got a legitamate goal at 16:25 of the second period, finishing off Ryan Getzlaf's shot at the net. It was Cogliano's 200th NHL point.
The Ducks took their momentum into the third period and you knew that not only would they get their chances, but they would capitalize on them.
Kyle Palmieri got his first of two goals in the period at 1:01 to tie the game. His second goal at with just over four minutes left in the game turned out to be the game winner.
"In the third period, we were all over them from the start," said Palmieri. "We were able to regroup. That says a lot about us, and the guys we have in this room, to do that on the road."
As joyous as the win was, the Ducks lost yet another player to injury on the ice. Seeming to have a quota of at least one player per game, Teemu Selanne took Luke Schenn's errant stick in his mouth early in the final frame. Selanne lost several teeth, had 40 stitches and got a trip to the oral surgeon on Wednesday to fix everything up. He will be out for the next couple of weeks.
"You hate to see it," said Boudreau. "I just hate to see the whole teeth thing. Drives me nuts. It was a reckless use of the stick but what are you going to do."
Schenn was not penalized on the play.
The Ducks now are 10-3-0 to start the season and head off to Boston where they will trick or treat for what they hope will be a fourth win in a row on the road trip.