By Adam Bess
With a chance to increase the regular season win streak in Honda Center vs. the Calgary Flames to 21, the Ducks went out and earned a solid 5-3 win on the back of the first line. With 9 points between them, the first line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Rickard Rakell led the team and John Gibson earned his first win of the season.
It was Jean-Sebastien Giguere Coin Night at Honda Center, and everyone in attendance got a commemorative coin with his likeness. He also appeared with Mark Rogondino and Guy Hebert during the second intermission. It was great to see Jiggy in Anaheim again. He is such a fan favorite, probably second to Teemu Selanne, and he is a great addition to any broadcast.
Starting off the night with a fight, Chris Stewart battled Brandon Bollig early in the first, giving the game a high intensity. It didn’t take long, however, for the Flames to strike, with Michael Frolik and Sam Bennett scoring, chasing Ducks netminder Anton Khudobin. He allowed 2 goals on 5 shots before recent call-up goalie prospect John Gibson took over. Gibson’s arrival seemed to revitalize the flailing Ducks, who quickly struck when Corey Perry went five hole and beat Kari Ramo. Not long after, Rickard Rakell scored on the powerplay to tie the game. He beat Dougie Hamilton on his way to a filthy backhand goal. Teams were tied two apiece at the end of the first period.
In the second period, the Flames scored again to make it 3-2. Frolik struck again, beating Gibson on the blocker side. The Ducks played better overall in this period getting 13 shots on net to just four for Calgary. They created some good chances, but couldn’t tie the game. The comeback kids were needed once again.
In the third, Rakell scored again to tie the game from passes from Getzlaf and Perry. On the powerplay once again, the Ducks took their first lead of the game when Perry scored a five hole goal on a breakaway created by a feed from Getzlaf and Cam Fowler. Enduring a late push from Calgary, Gibson proved his worth and the Ducks found themselves killing off a late Carl Hagelin penalty. After an aggravating empty net miss, Ryan Kesler got his 2nd goal of the season when Getzlaf fed him the puck with less than a second left. The Ducks won 5-3 and the streak continues against Calgary!
Key Moment of the game:
When Gibson came in, the whole feel of the game changed. It went from an aggravating start to a high energy game and there were several instances of enormous offense pressure from the Ducks. Gibson also made many great saves to keep them in the game.
Three Ducks Stars of the game:
Rakell- his first goal was absolutely beautiful and his second one tied the game. He has been the best fit for the first line and I hope to see him there more.
Perry- Two goals and an assist for Pears. He must be the bane of Ramo’s existence. His second goal was the game winner and looked sick.
Getzlaf- 5 assists. 5 apples. 5 helpers. Let that sink in. He led this team and the results cannot be argued with. Good Getzlaf= Good Team.
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