By Tasha Florentz-Clift
The Anaheim Ducks are trying to get only their second win of the season tonight versus the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks got their first win of the season versus this team back on October 18th with a stellar performance from Anton Khudobin. Frederik Andersen is in net tonight for Anaheim and we are all hoping this is the game that the Ducks turn around this slow start. Alas, it was not meant to be as the Wild beat the Ducks 3-0.
The Ducks had good start after the puck drop by getting some good looks in the offensive zone. Sami Vatanen would take a slashing penalty at the 6 minute mark, but the Ducks penalty killing unit stood tall and killed it off. Anaheim only managed 3 shots on goal this period to the Wild’s 15. Frederik Andersen was amazing. Stopping all 15 including a highlight reel stick save on Minnesota’s Matt Dumba’s point blank shot from the left slot. Dumba would get that shot back when he would put the Wild on the board with 4 minutes left in the first. Ducks would be going into intermission down one goal.
The Ducks would get into penalty trouble this period and would have to kill off 4 penalties. The Ducks penalty killers tonight were on fire stopping all 4 this period. But the Duck’s luck seemed to catch up with them when Minnesota’s Thomas Vanek scored just as Patrick Maroon’s interference call expired. Anaheim would get a power play when the Wild’s Charlie Coyle held defensemen Sami Vatanen. While on the power play, former Duck Ryan Carter and Justin Fontaine would get a 2 on 1 shorthanded breakaway. Carter would score the shorthanded goal and the Ducks would go into the second intermission down 3-0. Anaheim did have 6 shots on goal this period, but allowed Minnesota to get 11.
Anaheim came out with more ferocity at the start of this period. The Ducks would have significant puck possession in the early part of the period. Too bad none of their 6 shots on goal of the period would find the back of the net. Anaheim would lose to the Wild 3-0. The Anaheim Ducks play the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night 5:30 pm PST.
Ducks N Pucks Watch Party
Do not forget that we have a Ducks N Pucks watch party planned at Avila’s El Ranchito for 5:30 pm on October 26th as our Anaheim Ducks take on the Chicago Blackhawks! It is located 182 S. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866. There will be drink and dinner specials along with some prizes to be given away! It is on a first come first serve basis!
News and Notes
-There is still no timetable for Simon Despres return to the lineup.
–Frederik Andersen made several terrific saves to keep the Ducks in the game. He stopped 27 of 30 shots for a .900 save percentage on the night. Freddie has a cumulative .938 SV% and a 1.86 goals against average after playing in 4 games.
–Clayton Stoner was eligible to play tonight after being taken off injured reserved. He had 16 minutes of ice time.
-Ducks have 4 shutout losses to start the season, which is the total number of shutouts they had all of last season combined.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau–
“As coaches, we have to figure out why they haven’t responded or put pressure on the other team for sustained periods of time. There’s pressure every time they touch the puck. The pressure mounts, especially when you have chances and don’t score. Not a fun time.”
“There’s no secret. This is going to take hard work. We’ve said everything. It’s a matter of going out and playing. This is frustrating. Right now, we can’t get anything right. We have the talent in the room. We need to go back to the basics.”