By Philip Wunderlich
The Ducks would come into Florida losing their last game in Nashville. Luongo would start for the Panthers and Andersen would be in net for our Ducks.
The opening minutes of the period the Ducks would have several chances. Andrew Cogliano had a great break away chance, however it would be stopped by a poke check by Aaron Ekblad. A scramble was created later on in the period in front of Roberto Luongo‘s net, Nick Ritchie grabbed the puck and tried to force it in, but he would be denied. The first chance by Florida would be one created by the veteran, Jaromir Jagr, as he would get an excellent 2-on-1 chance, but Frederik Andersen would stand tall and deny it. The Ducks would get the majority of the shots during this period as they would have 16 and Florida would only have 7.
It looked as if the intermission really created a spark as the Panthers energy would finally begin to match that of the Ducks. They had several chances, including one by Wilson. However, Andersen would remain perfect. There was also a chance as there was a 3-on-2, Andersen would come out and passed it out but it caused a bad rebound. Ducks would thankfully get the rebound. Silfverberg would get on a breakaway chance, but Luongo made a fantastic save with his glove and deny “The Silfver Bullet”. Jaromir Jagr would be called for a hold on Rickard Rakell, and the Ducks would take advantage of it as Cam Fowler scored the first goal of the game. The goal would be assisted by the twins, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. The Ducks would also outshoot the Panthers this period as well, 17-7.
The Ducks would come into the period leading by one. Both teams would have several chances in throughout the period, including one by Perry who displays great puck control but would be denied. Cogliano would get the second goal of the game as Shawn Horcroff would create a 2-on-1 set up by a great poke check. However, shortly after the Panthers would answer with a goal by Aleksander Barkov. This would end Andersen’s shut out chance. Jakob Silfverberg would get the last goal of the night, and his first goal of the season. The Ducks would fall in shots this period 8-11.
Both goalies looked fantastic this game with very few mistakes. Ritchie looked good as well as he would get a couple great chances in front of the net. The Ducks will be going to Tampa on Saturday to play the Lightning.
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