By Adam Tenenbaum & Michael Walters
Following a loss to the New York Islanders last night, the Ducks looked to rebound against the New York Rangers, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The game marks the end of a four game Eastern Conference road trip, as they are 1-2-0 on the road trip. The starter in net was John Gibson, who came in relief of Frederik Andersen last night in Brooklyn. Ducks center Nate Thompson returned to the lineup, whose three game suspension was over.
Early in the first period, Patrick Maroon and Tanner Glass dropped the gloves, and after each exchanged punches, they were both sent to the penalty box and received five minute majors for fighting. Minutes later, the Ducks would get a power play chance, as Dan Boyle was called for holding the stick. The Ducks would not score but about two minutes later, Corey Perry would find a loose puck in front, and wrist it past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, as the Ducks took a 1-0 lead. After the goal, the Ducks were whistled for a penalty as Mike Santorelli was called for high-sticking. The Ducks would kill the power play, but minutes later the Rangers would tie it up as Ducks defenseman, Josh Manson coughs up the puck right to Derick Brassard, who shoots it through Gibson’s five hole to tie up the game at one. The score would remain tied at the end of one period, with the Ducks out-shooting the Rangers 8 to 5 in the opening period.
Early in the second period, Ryan Kesler was called for interference, giving the Rangers another power play chance. They would be unsuccessful again, as they game remained tied. After the power play, Kesler and J.T Miller dropped the gloves, and were sent off for fighting majors, early in the second. Then a minute later, the Rangers would get their third power play, as Kevin Bieksa was called for cross-checking, giving the Rangers the extra man. The Ducks killed it again, as the Rangers power play failed to score and the game remained tied at one. Minutes after the power play, the Ducks get one of their own, as Dylan McIlrath gets called for hooking and the Ducks get their second power play. Once again, the Ducks power play fails to generate much, as the Rangers easily kill it off. The game would remain the same the rest of the period, as the Ducks and Rangers were tied at one after two. Shots in the second were even at five apiece.
In the third, the Ducks get an early power play, as Kevin Hayes is sent to the box for hooking, 33 seconds into the period. The Rangers would kill it off, and then just 11 seconds after the power play, Mats Zuccarello picks off a pass from Jiri Sekac and finds Brassard for a one-timer past Gibson, as the Rangers took the 2-1 lead. Following the goal, the Ducks would get another power play as Chris Summers was called for holding the stick. The Ducks power play failed again, as the Rangers kill it off without much resistance. Later in the period, Kesler was sent to the box for interference, with 5:40 left in regulation. The Ducks killed it off, and they looked for the equalizer down a goal with 3:40 left in the game. Then the Ducks would tie it up, as Ryan Getzlaf finds Rickard Rakell speeding on the wing, as he snipes one short side on Lundqvist to tie the game up at two with 2:54 left in the regulation. The game would remain tied at the end of the third period, which means sudden death 3 on 3 overtime. Shots in the third were 10 to 6 in favor of New York.
The Ducks won the opening face-off in overtime, but after a bad change by the Ducks, Boyle finds Ryan McDonagh on a stretch pass, and McDonagh is held by Cam Fowler, giving the Rangers a power play chance in overtime. Then with 30 seconds left on the power play, Boyle finds Zuccarello, who one-times it past Gibson for the game winner, as the Rangers beat the Ducks 2-1 in overtime.
Key Moment Of The Game:
After a poor line change in the overtime, the Rangers McDonagh had a great scoring chance, which Fowler had to prevent by taking a penalty. The Rangers would score on the ensuing power play to win the game. Poor line changes have been an issue for the Ducks in overtime.
Key Stat Of The Game:
The Ducks have gone to overtime seven times this year and lost five times during the 3-on-3. They have gone on to the shootout twice, where they are 1-1.
The game had the appearance of a snails race with two struggling teams trying to generate offense. On a positive note, the Ducks were able to get a point with a goal late in the third by Rakell. However, the Ducks couldn’t score on the power play going 0 for 4 on the night dropping them to 27th in the league at 15.7%. The Ducks also had 19 turnovers, two of which led to both Rangers goals. Maybe the holiday break will help this team to regroup because points are being lost and the season is slipping away.
The Ducks return home on Sunday December 27th to play the Philadelphia Flyers after the holiday break.