By Michael Walters
Coming off a 1-0 victory against the Calgary Flames, the Ducks looked to repeat that performance against the Edmonton Oilers and they did just that as they beat the Oilers by the same score of 1-0. The Ducks went with the same lineup that has worked and now have a three game winning streak.
The Ducks got the first power play of the game when Taylor Hall was called for slashing. Ryan Getzlaf scored on a nice backhand goal and the Ducks took a 1-0 lead. The Ducks did get called for two penalties in this period and they killed both of them off. The Ducks led 1-0 after the first period and held a 11 to 9 shot advantage.
The second period became a little more physical. Matt Hendricks tried to take a run at Rickard Rakell in open ice. Kevin Bieksa didn’t like what he saw and grabbed Hendricks. The two dropped gloves, but fell down before anything really got started. About a minute later Luke Gazdic and Patrick Maroon would get into it, but the refs separated them before a fight could happen. The score remained 1-0 Ducks, shots favored Anaheim 14 to 5 in this period.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got called for tripping, but the Ducks were not able to convert on the power play. The Oilers tried to make a push for the tying goal. They pulled their goalie with less than two minutes to go. Shawn Horcoff was called for a penalty and the Oilers had a 6-on-4 power play for the final 1:24 of the game, but couldn’t tie the game.
Play Of The Game
Ryan Getzlaf‘s power play goal in the first period. It was his second goal in three games and the game winner tonight.
Stat Of The Game
21 shots. The Ducks have now allowed 25 or less shots in 10 of their last 12 games. The Ducks are 7-4-1 over that 12 game span.
John Gibson has played 157 minutes and 34 seconds of shutout hockey. Ilya Bryzgalov holds the longest shutout streak in Ducks’ team history of 249 minutes and 15 seconds, which happened during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs against Calgary and Colorado.
This is the first time a Ducks’ goalie has posted back-to-back shutouts on the road during the regular season. The first Ducks’ goalie to post back-to-back shutouts on the road ever was Jean-Sebastien Giguere during the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs against Minnesota.
The Ducks are 11-0-1 when leading after two periods of play.
For the first time this season the Ducks have evened their record at 15-15-6.
The Ducks get right back at it tomorrow against the Vancouver Canucks at 7PM PST.
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