By Bryson Breedlove
In today’s world we are often thrown head first into tragedy. Wednesday was no different. Southern California witnessed a horrendous event that saw at least 14 lives claimed, in a shooting that took place at a health center in San Bernardino. On nights like Wednesday’s we often look to sports to provide a distraction from the real world. The Anaheim Ducks gladly took that position.
Wednesday saw the Eastern Conference Champions, Tampa Bay Lightning, come to town to face the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks decided to go with the young John Gibson in net, after his stellar performance against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday (a 4-0 shutout); while the Tampa Bay Lightning went with the towering (6ft 7in) Ben Bishop.
The first period saw the Ducks come out with a quick 4 shots on goal, with the Lightning only getting 1. After a spirited Ducks power play, the Lightning went on a power play as well. Some time into the first minute of Tampa Bay power play they were awarded a 5-3 opportunity. The Ducks were able to defend well enough to only allow one shot on goal. The first period ended 0-0.
The second period is where all the scoring took place. Less than 3 mins into the second, Jonathan Drouin took a rebound off of John Gibson’s pad and picked the right corner to make it 1-0 Tampa Bay. Two minutes and twenty seconds late Corey Perry scored almost an identical goal to make it 1-1. Tampa Bay then scored twice, but both goals were reviewed and reversed. One was deemed to be hit in with a high stick and the other as a result of goalie interference. Tampa Bay did score again and this one counted as it was Jonathan Marchessault who scored the eventual game winner, on a pass from Jonathan Drouin. 2-1 Tampa Bay. The Ducks would start the 3rd on the power for 1:35 on a tripping penalty by J.T. Brown.
The Ducks started the third on the power play and did not score. Anaheim would get two more power plays and plenty of chances, however they were unable to capitalize. The Ducks came close to tying the game in the final seconds when a shot hit the post after Gibson was pulled for the extra attacker. The Ducks lost 2-1, their record falling to 9-12-5.
Key Moment of the Game
Jonathan Marchessault’s goal put the Lightning up 2-1 and proved to be the game winner.
Key Stat of the Game
Anaheim was 0 for 4 on the power play. The Ducks had the final three power plays of the game in the 3rd period and couldn’t get the game tying goal.
I dedicate this article to those who were killed or injured in the horrendous events of December 2nd, in San Bernardino, CA.