The Ducks didn’t disappoint a sellout crowd at the Honda Center with an exciting final home game.
All seemed in the bag the final three minutes of regulation with the Ducks playing keep away from the Stars.
That was until Steve Ott ripped his second goal of the game with only 13 seconds left, sending the game into overtime. In the end, both teams were unable to find the back of the net during the overtime period sending the game into a shootout.
Failed attempts by Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan left the weight of the game on the shoulders of Ryan Getzlaf, after Dallas was able to get a goal passed Jonas Hiller.
Getzlaf answered the call with a goal and Hiller was able to stand tall against Mike Modano as he clanged his shot off the top cross bar pushing the shootout into another round.
On fan appreciation night, it was fan favorite Teemu Selanne scoring the winning goal out-dueling Dallas goaltender Marty Turco.
Rushing down the ice the veteran Selanne forced Turco into making a quick move only to stop just short of Turco and simply shooting the puck over the sprawled and defenseless goaltender.
Hiller would come up with yet another great save extending his phenomenal performance record in shootout play.
With tonight’s victory, the Ducks have sealed a spot in the Western Conference playoffs, but which seed is still to be determined.
Multiple scenarios can happen and the Ducks have no power on how other teams will fair the last two days of the regular season.
With the Ducks clearly in the playoffs one order of business needs to be addressed and that is starting J.S. Giguere in goal versus the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Ducks will need Jiggy in the playoffs and the game versus the Coyotes will hopefully give him the opportunity to get his game back.
The Ducks will need both Jiggy and Hiller in order to make a successful playoff run and Randy Carlyle will need to know if he can call upon Jiggy when they need him.
I have no doubts Carlyle will give the goaltending nod to Jiggy and the Ducks will give him the support needed to rebuild his confidence back in net.
The Coyotes players are playing hard and recently put a 4-1 beating on the league leading San Jose Sharks so this will be a great test for Giguere.
The Ducks need to continue to play their game and not let up knowing they are officially in the playoffs. They will need Jiggy in the playoffs and Jiggy will need them.