Ryan Getzlaf conquered a mountain of negativity and a giant of a man in one — make it two — swoops Friday.
Ending the Ducks' five-game winless streak by scoring a winning goal with 5.2 seconds left in overtime, Getzlaf scored on Tampa Bay's 6-foot-7 goalie Ben Bishop to give the Ducks a 1-0 victory at Honda Center.
"I just knew there wasn't that much time left," Getzlaf said about collecting the puck in the neutral zone as seconds dwindled and Bishop — who had stopped the 41 previous shots — stood before him.
"I looked at the clock, knew if I went on one last rush, they wouldn't have time to score. … I just wanted to get one at the net. I ended up getting two cracks at it."
After slamming a shot at 13-game-winner Bishop that was knocked down, Getzlaf poked his stick again at the airborne puck and it traveled just over the goal line.
"It got over his shoulder and I kind of blacked out after that," Getzlaf cracked after fist-pumping in celebration of his 13th goal. "Good for our group."
The first-place Ducks (16-6-3) were in self-described desperation, given the slump that included their most bitter defeat of the early season Wednesday, when defenseman Ben Lovejoy's pass deflected off teammate Corey Perry and went in the Ducks' goal to seal an overtime loss to New Jersey.
Friday started ominously when the goalie who watched that one get past him, Jonas Hiller, was pressed into emergency service with all of two minutes' notice after planned starter Viktor Fasth suffered a lower body-injury in warmups and went to the medical room.
Hiller responded with calm, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said, and used some extra time afforded him thanks to a pregame tribute to Ducks recent Hall of Fame inductee Scott Niedermayer to stretch and prepare.
Eight days earlier, Tampa Bay (14-8-1) scored five goals on Hiller in 20 shots.
Friday, he proceeded to stop all 31 shots he faced, producing what Boudreau said was "easily" his best game of the year.
"I didn't have too much time to think about anything," Hiller said. "Sometimes, it's almost easier that way. All your focus is about getting into the game, making the next stop. It was great to have some good stops early; that gave me the confidence and it was good to be in a good goaltending battle."
Fasth will not be available for Saturday's game in Phoenix, Boudreau said.
Through three periods, the teams were scoreless despite 68 combined shots (40 by the Ducks) and 17 penalties (10 by the Ducks).
"We dug deep," Perry said as the Ducks improved to 9-0-1 at home with their first 1-0 overtime win in five years.
"I didn't think anyone would score on those goalies," Boudreau said. "Getzy plays hard. He is the leader. He logged a lot of minutes [25:04] tonight. It was only rightful."
DUCKS AT PHOENIX
When: 5 PST.
On the Air: TV: Prime Radio: 830.
Etc.: Phoenix is riding a club-record-tying 11-game home unbeaten streak (9-0-2). The Ducks placed defenseman Francois Beauchemin on injured reserve through at least Friday's home game against Calgary.