A three-goal flurry in the third period lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Friday night ay Honda Center. The win squared the Orange County team’s record at 3-3-1, good for a fourth-place tie in the NHL Pacific Division.
“We’re going to try and take the positives out of it because that was the best start we’ve had this year,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
In the first period, the Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Dennis Rasmussen, Derek Grant and Antoine Vermette. The Canadiens (1-6-1) closed it up with two goals in the second period, but Anaheim put the game on ice with goals by Brandon Montour, Grant and Chris Wagner.
John Gibson had 49 saves on 51 shots for the Ducks. We found a way to win,” Gibson said. “It was a big win for us. They needed a win, too, so it was a desperate hockey game. Just a lot of different pushes. It wasn’t the prettiest, but a win is a win.”
Next up for the Ducks is a game Tuesday in Philadelphia against the Flyers (4-3-0).
Mariners win to set up showdown with JFK
The Pacifica High School boys’ water polo team beat Valencia 11-4 on Thursday at Valencia High School to go 4-0 in league and 19- 4 on the season. Pacifica is ranked #1 in Division 6 CIF-SS Polls.
The Mariners will play Kennedy High School next Thursday (Oct. 26) in La Palma for the Empire League Championship.