By Bryson Breedlove
The Anaheim Ducks entered Wednesday’s game riding a 4 game winning streak. They started the game looking like the team everyone had expected them to be.
After a quick start by the Arizona Coyotes, the Ducks were on the powerplay. Ryan Kesler passed a puck to Hampus Lindholm who threw it to the net, Chris Stewart saw the rebound and rammed it home for his 3rd goal of the season. 1-0 Ducks led. Just 66 seconds later the Ducks were back in the Coyotes zone, playing the perimeter Clayton Stoner made a cross ice pass to Sami Vatanen who clapped a bomb towards Anders Lindback. Kesler made a downward deflection on the puck and it bounced past Lindback’s right pad. Ducks up 2-0 on Kesler’s first goal of the young season. Frederik Andersen was able to stop the flurry of shots Arizona threw at him during the 1st period and looked relatively confident in net.
The second period was another downer for the Ducks. The Ducks were once again a man down in the early minutes of the second period, when Anthony Duclair found a puck in the middle of the ice and slapped it home behind Andersen. 2-1 Ducks now led. Later in the second the Ducks were still struggling to get a solid offensive effort going, when a puck squirted to Max Domi who snuck it through Andersen’s five hole to tie the game 2-2. For the remainder of the period the Ducks attempted to get back to their style of play, however they were unable to capitalize. With less than 10 seconds remaining in the 2nd, Domi was able to take a side angle shot that sneaked in between the post and Andersen glove side. 3-2 Arizona lead after 2.
The third period remained a back and forth affair through the first half. Later Vatanen dangled past the Coyotes defense, and after receiving a pass back from Andrew Cogliano, was able to roof a back hand shot over Lindback’s right pad, making it a 3-3 tie game. Late in the period the Ducks got a 5-on-3 power play for about 53 seconds, but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal. The teams went to overtime tied 3-3.
Overtime remained a tight nit affair, until Ryan Getzlaf attempted to set up Corey Perry. He absent mindlessly left the puck in the middle of the ice which Mikkel Boedker picked up and took off on a break away. He got Andersen to bite on a nifty deke and scored the game winner.
Point Streak: The overtime win for the Arizona Coyotes snapped a 4 game winning steak for the Ducks, however they have gained points in 5 straight game.
First Period: In the last five games the Ducks have outscored their opponents 7 to 0 in the first period.
Second Period: During this five game stretch the Ducks have been outscored 7 to 3 in the second period. For the season they been outscored 21 to 5.
Ryan Kesler: He finally broke through a with his first goal of the season tonight. Hopefully he starts to pick it up more offensively.