ANAHEIM from California
Seth Jarvis scored the deciding goal midway through the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes ended the Anaheim Ducks’ eight-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.
Ethan Bear scored his first goal of the season and Frederik Andersen made 31 saves against his former side for the Hurricanes, who improved to 13-2-0 after hanging on to win a well-played game between clubs expanding. Carolina has won three back-to-back wins, including the first two on their six-game West Coast road trip.
“When we got there we knew they were feeling pretty good and playing with a lot of confidence,” said Andersen. “We knew we had a good test going for us, but it’s something that keeps us focused and allows us to focus on our game.”
Troy Terry extended his 16-game streak with a first-period goal for the Ducks, who had not lost since Oct. 29 and scored no less than three goals in 12 straight games, a franchise record.
John Gibson’s winning streak ended in seven games despite 29 saves for the Ducks, including stopping a penalty shot from Jarvis in the third period with 18:40 left. The Carolina forward atone eight minutes later as he shoved the puck into Gibson’s back behind the net for his third goal of the season.
“Having missed the penalty shot it was good to come back and get one for the boys,” said Jarvis, who also scored a decisive third period goal in Vegas two nights earlier. “I give myself a 20 second rule (after a mistake). You can’t dwell on things that long, especially when the game is going as fast as this one.
Anaheim’s 10-game scoring streak ended with her winning streak, which was tied for the third longest in team history. The two were the longest active streaks in the league, but the Ducks still received several standing ovations from a Honda Center home crowd grateful to see an exciting team again after three straight seasons without a playoff.
“We’re a rebuilding team, but our heads are above water,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “We managed to hang on and play with all the teams this year. … (Caroline) is the best team in the league, I think. And if they’re not, they’re in the top two or three.
Bear put the Hurricanes ahead in the opening minutes by converting an exceptional back pass on the ice from Martin Nečas.
Terry then hit home a rebound from Adam Henrique’s shot for an equalizer and the final run of his streak, which started exactly one month ago on October 18. Captain Ryan Getzlaf earned the second assist for his 1,001st career point.
“Now that this streak is over and behind us, all we have to do is refocus and get back on the road,” said Henrique. “Good teams don’t let losses pile up. … I think we’ve shown that we can play in different games and play in a certain way against different teams. The challenge is to come back to the winning side now.
Terry’s 16-game streak matches the current streak of Connor McDavid, who also scored for Edmonton on Thursday.
Terry’s 12 goals are more than all but one Ducks scored in the entire 2020-21 season, as Anaheim finished last in the NHL in scoring. The Ducks have been completely transformed this season, playing an aggressive, fast-paced style that has left them barely resembling last year’s squad despite an almost identical roster.
But Terry was not happy afterwards, saying the Ducks had wasted too many scoring chances.
“Our mindset is different now,” he said.
Andersen spent three successful seasons on winning Pacific Division teams in Anaheim, supporting the Ducks until the 2015 Western Conference Finals. He teamed up with Gibson to win the Jennings Trophy in 2016, but the Ducks traded him to Toronto soon after because Andersen needed to extend his contract.
Max Comtois and Sam Steel, the two forwards chosen with draft picks sent by the Maple Leafs, are both regulars with the Ducks, although Comtois missed his third straight game Thursday with an upper-body injury.
Hurricanes: In Kings Saturday.
Ducks: At Predators on Mondays.