It was definitely a win-and-lose situation for the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night at Honda Center. They defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 to move into fifth place in the NHL Pacific Division with a 13-11-7 mark.
However, on the same night they got team captain Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg back on the ice after injury-induced absences, they lost Corey Perry to a first period knee injury.
“It was fun to get back out and feel the support from our fans,” Getzlaf said. “It was really nice for me and uplifting to start that game. As the game went on, I felt a little bit more comfortable out there. I was losing a few pucks in my feet, those kinds of things. Overall, I was happy with the way the team played.”
After falling behind 1-0, the Ducks knotted it up in the first period on Derek Grant’s goal, and went ahead 2-1 on a score by Silverberg in the second. The lead was extended to 3-1 in the third on a goal by Logan Shaw.
With John Gibson again shining in goal with 28 saves, the Ducks hung on to win. The team is next in action on Thursday in St. Louis to take on the Blues (21-8-2), who lead the NHL Central.
Panthers hope to cook at home again
When the Orange High Panthers meet the Strathmore High Spartans on Saturday at 6 p.m., they will have one big advantage going for them: the home field.
The Panthers (13-2) will be facing the unbeaten (15-0) champs of the East Sequoia League. The Spartans feature a balanced attack. Quarterback Nick Salas has passed for 1,568 yards and 17 touchdowns, and run for four more scores.
On the ground, the visitors will be led by Jose Garcia, who has rushed for 2,626 yards and 45 TDs. He shares the ball-carrying duties with Alonso Acevedo, who’s gained 1,152 yards on the turf and scored 15 touchdowns.
OHS will answer with QB Jason Wilkinson (2,818 yards passing and 30 TDs) and Joseph Martinez (1,010 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns).