‘It’s about time’ — Ducks finally get into the win column


Despite giving the Flyers seven power play opportunities, the Anaheim Ducks escaped Philadelphia with a 3-2 victory on Thursday to conclude a five-game road trip to begin the season.

It’s Anaheim’s first victory of the season and first victory with Randy Carlyle back behind the bench, after three straight one-goal losses and a 0-3-1 record.

John Gibson took the win in goal, as he stopped 20 shots.

Penalties had been an issue for the Ducks through the first four games and that didn’t change Thursday. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were among those guilty of infractions against the Flyers.

The Ducks were guilty of taking five straight minor penalties in the second period, but the Flyers could only capitalize once on seven total opportunities with the power play. Certainly that’s one area of their game they would like to improve on.

After a difficult start, they still ended the road trip on a positive note, getting back into the early Pacific Division battle.

Ryan Garbutt, who isn’t known for his scoring ability, scored the winner in the third period.

“When you’re on the road, you need to find ways to win. It’s about time we won a hockey game, that’s for sure,” said Carlyle.