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Ducks 3, Penguins 2, OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:17 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 3, Penguins 2, OT
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Anaheim Ducks 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -The NHL season is more than a month old and no team has beaten the Anaheim Ducks in regulation yet - which makes their one overtime loss and three shootout defeats sting even more.

Teemu Selanne scored 44 seconds into overtime on a power play after drawing a tripping penalty from Noah Welch, and the Ducks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Monday night. Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who outshot Pittsburgh 40-17 while improving to a league-best 11-0-4.

By earning at least one point in each of their first 15 games, Anaheim tied the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the most consecutive games without a loss in regulation to start a season.

"The games that we lost in overtime or a shootout, they feel like losses," Selanne said. "I mean, we got the one point out of those games, but we weren't really happy about it because we knew there were two points available. And I think that maybe the reason for this streak is that we really considered those games as losses - and then we bounced back. That's a good sign."

Dominic Moore and Chris Thorburn scored first-period goals for the Penguins, who concluded a four-game road trip with their second straight loss following a five-game winning streak. Sidney Crosby, who scored 39 goals last season as a rookie and became the youngest player in NHL history to record at least 100 points, did not have a shot on net for the third consecutive game.

"I'd definitely like to get more pucks to the net, but I'm not going to sit here and worry about it too much," Crosby said. "Obviously, you want to get shots, but I think I've passed up a couple to try to make a play and I don't regret that. When I think it's time to shoot, I'm going to shoot. But there's no doubt that there's guys pretty much within a stick-length of me all the time. So if I want to get shots, it's going to have to be around the net and it'll have to be a clear chance."

Selanne had plenty of open ice to maneuver with the teams skating 4-on-3 in overtime, and he got in perfect position to redirect Scott Niedermayer's centering pass from the right circle. It was Selanne's 44th game-winning goal with the Ducks, tying Paul Kariya's franchise record.

The Penguins played without defenseman Mark Eaton, who dislocated his left wrist just 63 seconds into Saturday's 3-2 loss at San Jose and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Eaton, who leads the team with 36 blocked shots and is a key member of the penalty-killing unit, was injured when Jonathan Cheechoo of the Sharks rode him into the corner boards and landed on top of him.

Jocelyn Thibault made 16 of his 37 saves during the second period in his first start of the season. The 13-year veteran was 1-9-0 with a 4.46 goals-against average in 16 appearances last season before missing the final 40 games because of a hip injury that required surgery.

Thibault's previous start was Jan. 6 in Atlanta, when he gave up three goals on nine shots and was benched 10 1/2 minutes into a 6-4 loss to the Thrashers.

"I've been training real hard this summer and practicing real hard to get to my first game, and this was a good game to build on," Thibault said. "I wasn't that nervous. It took me a few minutes to kind of get into a groove, but I expected that. I'm pretty happy about the game I played, but I'm disappointed that we didn't win."

Anaheim had seven of the game's first eight power plays. The Ducks capitalized on Moore's holding penalty to tie the score at 13:13 of the second period when Perry banged home a rebound of Niedermayer's one-timer.

"It's hard to get any momentum going when you get penalties all the time," Crosby said. "It wasn't like we just had one period of penalties. It was consistent throughout. We just couldn't stay out of the box. Against a team like that, you need to get in a flow."

Thorburn, playing in his 12th NHL game and 10th with Pittsburgh, put the Penguins ahead 2-1 at 10:49 of the first period when he pounced on a rebound of Evgeni Malkin's one-timer and backhanded it past Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his first NHL goal.

Notes: Eaton was replaced in Pittsburgh's lineup by D Brooks Orpik, who made his season debut after recovering from surgery on his broken hand. ... The Penguins played their first game in Anaheim since Dec. 15, 2002, when they lost 5-0 to Giguere and were outshot 47-19. ... Thorburn was claimed off waivers from Buffalo on Oct. 3 and is one of 10 Pittsburgh players who are younger than 25.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:29
ANA
Chris Kunitz (7) Slapshot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (10), Andy McDonald (6)
1 - 0 ANA
03:50
PIT
Dominic Moore (3) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Thorburn (1), John Leclair (4)
1 - 1 Tie
10:49
PIT
Chris Thorburn (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (5), Sidney Crosby (13)
2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
13:13
ANA
PPG - Corey Perry (4) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Niedermayer (9), Chris Pronger (11)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
00:44
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (4) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Niedermayer (10), Ryan Getzlaf (5)
3 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
06:28
PIT
Chris Thorburn  Hooking
11:24
PIT
Michel Ouellet  Hi-sticking
14:05
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Hooking
19:09
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Interference
2nd Period
01:49
PIT
Noah Welch  Hooking
05:52
PIT
Noah Welch  Hooking
11:50
PIT
Dominic Moore  Holding
16:17
PIT
Chris Thorburn  Boarding
17:05
ANA
Chris Kunitz  Interference
3rd Period
03:18
PIT
Nisse Ekman  Too many men/ice - bench
15:02
ANA
Chris Pronger  Roughing
15:02
ANA
Todd Marchant  Roughing
15:02
PIT
Nisse Ekman  Roughing
15:02
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Roughing
17:12
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Holding
17:12
PIT
Mark Recchi  Holding
OT Period
00:21
PIT
Noah Welch  Tripping
goalie stats
Jocelyn Thibault
SA: 40TOI: 60:44
Saves: 37EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .925SH: 1 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 17TOI: 60:37
Saves: 15EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0