Teeumu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer -- Anaheim's big free agent
acquisitions -- scored power-play goals and Rob Niedermayer, Scott's
younger brother, added one with the Mighty Ducks short-handed.
But Joffrey Lupul, entering his second NHL season, had two
goals, one at even strength, the other short-handed.
"Getting the first goal was a relief," said Selanne, in his
second tour with the Mighty Ducks. "The first win was more
Scott Neidermayer was happy to get back to work after losing a
season to the lockout in what could be a faster, more-fluid NHL
because of several rules changes.
"Both teams were excited to get back on the ice," he said.
"You have that combined with the number of penalties and it wasn't
really a control game for either team. There was a lot of activity
all over the ice."
The Mighty Ducks converted two of nine power-play chances, while
the Blackhawks were 1-for-9.
Rob Niedermayer said the last time he and his brother scored a
goal for the same team in the same game was with Team Canada during
the 2004 World Cup. Scott wasn't so sure, but looks forward to
skating with his brother.
"I don't have that good a memory of it, but if he said it, it
must be true," Scott Niedermayer said of scoring in the same game.
"Just going the full season of competing together for the same
team will be special for us."
Lupul profited from playing on Anaheim's special teams to get
his first career short-handed goal.
"I don't think I saw two seconds on penalty killing last
year," Lupul said. "Now (coach) Randy (Carlyle) is giving me a
great opportunity to kill penalties and work on the power play.
It's something I've got to run with."
"It's one game. I'm not going to sit there and beat the team
down after one game," Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. "The start
was excellent. When we played 5-on-5 hockey, we were very, very
"When they scored two short-handed goals, that's difficult. It
takes a little wind out of your sails."
Eight of the nine free agents signed by the Blackhawks since
July 2004 played Wednesday. Only defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (sore
ribs) didn't dress.
The Mighty Ducks had three newly signed free agents -- Selanne,
Scott Niedermayer and Jason Marshall -- in their lineup.
Bell opened the scoring at 8:22 of the first period by jamming a
loose puck past Giguere from a scrum in front of the net.
Selanne was credited with a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 11:33 that
tied it 1-all.
Petr Sykora's shot from the point struck Selanne, then
ricocheted off Chicago defenseman Jassen Cullimore and slipped
between Khabibulin's pads.
Lupul's scored the first short-handed goal of his career with
2:30 left in the first to put Anaheim ahead 2-1.
After breaking away down left wing, Lupul cut in front and fired
a low shot that squeezed between Khabibulin's pads and barely
trickled over the goal line. Lupul's second goal, at 2:19 of the
second, made it 3-1. He cut down left wing, backed in rookie
defenseman Brent Seabrook, cut to the net and scored on another low
Brown cut it to 3-2 at 8:40 when he took Kyle Calder centering
pass and scored from the edge of the crease.
Scott Niedermayer's goalmouth deflection on the power play made
Bourque made it 4-3 by popping in a rebound on the power play
with 3:56 left in the second.
Rob Niedermayer converted a rebound for a short-handed goal at
1:40 of the third to make it 5-3.
The Blackhawks welcomed back fans with quick personal
messages from GM Dale Tallon, the coaching staff and individual
players on the new United Center videoboard. ... The game drew a
crowd of 16,533, even though the White Sox were playing Game 2 of
their ALDS with Boston a few miles away at U.S. Cellular Field.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Tim Peel, Dean Warren Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 16,533 (83.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mark Bell (1)
Assists: Martin Lapointe, Brent Seabrook
Teemu Selanne (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Petr Sykora, Corey Perry
Joffrey Lupul (1)
Joffrey Lupul (2)
Assists: Kip Brennan, Keith Carney
Curtis Brown (1)
Assist: Kyle Calder
Scott Niedermayer (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Fedorov, Andy McDonald
Rene Bourque (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Kyle Calder, Curtis Brown
Rob Niedermayer (1)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Andy McDonald