by Tasha Florentz-Clift
The Ducks are looking to gather some steam on this road trip. They are on the second half of a back to back games. Last night the Ducks got a win versus the Hurricanes by great forechecking and gritty puck work from their third line(Cogliano, Horcoff, and Hagelin). Anaheim wants to keep their momentum going against the Nashville Predators. Who on Saturday beat the Jets by a score of 7-0. Yes you read that right, 7-0. The Ducks dominated the second and third periods, but it was not enough and the Ducks drop one in Nashville.
Anaheim looked a little sluggish in the first five minutes of play allowing several turnovers. Frederik Andersen stood tall and stopped Nashville’s Mike Fisher after a costly turnover in the defensive zone. The Predators were taking liberties against Corey Perry and Kevin Bieksa was not having it. He and Mike Fisher dropped the gloves and had a nice scrap. Both players got in great hits, and Bieksa lost a tooth during the fight. Nick Ritchie would get his first NHL penalty after he was called for slashing. The Ducks would kill that penalty off. Carl Hagelin would get called for hooking after bringing down Filip Forsberg. The Ducks would not be able to kill of this penalty after Nashville’s Shea Weber scores. Not long after that Corey Perry would get fed up with all of the liberties taken against him and would drop the gloves with Roman Josi. During the 4 on 4 time, Rickard Rakell would score for the Ducks with a pretty wrap around goal. The game is tied 1-1. A few minutes later, Nashville would strike again with a shot from the blue line from James Neal. Ducks would go into the intermission down 2-1.
The period started off fast and furious. With both teams having excellent scoring chances. The Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was on fire stopping every Ducks shot that came his way. Six minutes after puck drop Nashville would score again to the take lead by 2 goals. After allowing his 3rd goal on 10 shots, Andersen was pulled in favor of Anton Khudobin. Each team had 2 penalties called on them this period and each team killed them off. Khudobin faced 7 shots that period and stopped them all. Ducks has several breakaway attempts, but Rinne somehow stopped them. Anaheim had 19 shots on goal in this period and Rinne would not let a single one through. Ducks would go into the locker room still down 3-1. Cam Fowler and Jakob Silfverberg both got attention from the trainers this period, but both returned to the ice and continued playing. This was not the Ducks typical second period let down. They fought tooth and nail this period, but the scoresheet would stay the same for them.
The Ducks continued to pound Rinne with shots, but he stood on his head. Finally Mike Santorelli scored to bring the Ducks within one goal. Bieksa chased after the puck, threw it on net and Santorelli cleaned up the rebound to get one passed Rinne. After that it seemed like Rinne put up an invisible wall in front of him. Chance after point blank chance Anaheim could just not get one by him. Anaheim failed to score on their two power plays this period. Khudobin was solid in net for the Ducks and had to make just 4 saves in the third period. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau pulled Khudobin with 1:30 secs to go in regulation. The Ducks just did everything in their power to get a tying goal, it just was not their night. This is the Anaheim Ducks we fans are used too. This team never gave up, never said die, and kept at it. If this game does not show you that the Anaheim Ducks we know and love are back nothing will.
Team News and Notes
-Anaheim has a rematch versus the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Game time is 4:30 PST
-Mike Santorelli and Rickard Rakell both scored their third goals of the season tonight
-Kevin Bieksa lost a tooth during this fight with Nashville’s Mike Fisher
– Defensemen had assists on every Ducks goal tonight. (Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen, Kevin Bieksa)
-Ducks had double digits in SOG in every period (10, 19, 11) for a total of 40 SOG
–Chris Stewart lead the Ducks with 4 hits
–Hampus Lindholm lead the Ducks with 6 SOG and in TOI with 24:54
-Tonight was Ryan Kesler’s 100th game as a Duck and 755th in the NHL
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the effort:
“If you get that kind of effort every game, you’re going to win an awful lot more games than you’re going to lose. Other than the first five minutes of the game, where we were pretty ragged, I thought we played a really good game. Our conditioning was good. We did so many good things to build off of. Unfortunately, we put ourselves in this position in the first 10 games. These are games you have to win.”
“He made some big saves to keep us in the game to give us the opportunity to win it.”
“He was an All-Star goalie tonight, there’s no doubt. He controls the puck so well. We’ve got to find ways to score goals.”
“The last three starts, I thought [Andersen] was a tad off from what I expect from Freddie, and I think from what Freddie expects from himself,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Knowing him, he’ll get back to it and he’ll be fine.”
On tonight’s effort:
“In the third, we turned it on an extra notch. We have to play that way for 60 minutes; right from the start. When we play like that, we’re a good team. We just have to find that consistency. We need to find a way to get the two points.”
On his goal:
“I just wanted to get to the net. Luckily the puck bounced there. It was nice that it went in.”
On Khudobin’s performance
“He had a huge save in the second period that lifted us up. We came out hard in the third.”
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