Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/13
Take away their leading scorer and starting goalie, and the Ducks still win. Forced to adapt through a Sunday scratch of acknowledged leader Ryan Getzlaf (upper-body injury) and a last-minute illness to goalie Jonas Hiller, the Ducks weathered being outshot by Pacific Division rival Vancouver to win 3-1 at Honda Center. "You've got to be ready when you're called upon to give the team a solid chance to win the game," said rookie goalie Frederik Andersen, who found out he was starting for Hiller 30 minutes before the game and stopped 35 shots to improve to 6-0. Owning the NHL's best record, the Ducks (15-3-1) are now 8-0 at home and on an 8-0-1 run as they re-pack for a four-game trip that starts Tuesday in Florida. That trip will close a test of 20 games in 37 days and 12 of 15 road games. "… January and February, we get a lot of time off. That seems like years away right now," said Ducks center Nick Bonino, who scored the decisive goal with 51 seconds remaining in the second period. With an empty-net goal by Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, the Ducks have outscored their eight home opponents by a combined 35-13. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said the decision to scratch Getzlaf was made Sunday after the league's second-leading scorer (22 points) told the coach "he wasn't feeling right," experiencing lingering discomfort from a Friday morning skate fall. "It made for an easy decision," Boudreau said. "This isn't game 77 or the fourth game of the playoffs." Hiller was suffering through flu symptoms, Boudreau said. The Ducks took just five first-period shots at Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack and — after scoring on two first-period power plays Friday with Getzlaf on the ice — let a high-sticking penalty pass with no real threat.
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