Ducks center Andrew Cogliano, left, celebrates with winger Devante Smith-Pelly… (Niklas Larsson / Associated…)
Stockholm — Bobby Ryan brushed off a spectacular save by Henrik Lundqvist to eventually silence the New York Rangers goalie's boisterous fans with an overtime winner that gave the Ducks their first victory of the season.
Ryan's goal, coming in the fourth round of the shootout, lifted the Ducks to a 2-1 victory in the Swedish goalie's homecoming.
Bolstered by the crowd, Lundqvist made 27 saves, including one on what seemed to be a certain goal by Ryan, who had been standing alone just to the side of the net when he took a cross-ice pass from Corey Perry.
The save electrified the sellout arena, which began chanting, "Henke! Henke!" — Lundqvist's Swedish name.
But after stopping the Ducks' first three shootout tries, Lundqvist squared off again against Ryan, who glided toward the net and poked an unseemly shot to the low right side of the net.
"It wasn't the way it was drawn up, but I'll take it. I'm going to label it a fortunate miss," Ryan said. "I had one [scoring chance] in the second period that I'd really liked to have back, so I think Henrik and I will trade even today."
Ducks center Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks midway through the first period thanks to forechecking by rookie Devante Smith-Pelly, who got an assist on the play.
From there the Rangers trailed throughout the game, until center Brad Richards scored on a pass from Ryan McDonagh with just over two minutes to play in regulation.
There were 19 penalties, including two against the Ducks for having too many men on the ice.
The Rangers managed 15 shots on goal, and only three in the third period, but the performance by Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller was impressive all the same.
"It was a weird game. I didn't have a whole lot of shots … but I thought we played it pretty well," said Hiller, who stopped shootout tries by the Erik Christensen, Richards, Mats Zuccarello and Artem Anisimov.
Hiller sat out 27 games during the second half of last season because of vertigo symptoms.
The assist by Smith-Pelly marked the first point in the NHL by the 19-year-old, who was drafted by the Ducks in 2010.
"It's a good thing to get the first point out of the way. Now I can just kind of relax and hopefully get that first goal," he said.
The Ducks play host to San Jose on Friday.
The Ducks acquired 24-year-old defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from Colorado for defenseman Jake Newton and a seventh-round draft pick in 2012. Cumiskey, who cleared waivers earlier in the day, played 18 games for the Avalanche last season.
Cumiskey has been dealing with concussion issues and is to undergo a physical with the Ducks on Monday. Should he play 45 or more games with the Ducks, the traded pick would become a fifth-round selection.
— Lisa Dillman