By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks took a three game-winning streak into Vancouver. Due to the schedule of back-to-back games, Bruce Boudreau gave Frederik Andersen the start in net. Jiri Sekac was a healthy scratch and Chris Stewart drew back in. The Ducks scored first and tried to hold on for another 1-0 victory, but ended up losing in the shootout.
The Ducks started the game strong by getting some good chances. Shawn Horcoff would get called for hooking, but the Ducks would kill the penalty. Matt Bartkowski would also get called for hooking late in the period. The Ducks didn’t convert, but had 31 seconds left on the man advantage to start the second period. Shots favored Anaheim 9 to 6.
Vancouver killed the rest of Bartkowski’s penalty off to start the period. Yannick Weber would get called for interference a minutes later. Ryan Kesler would score on the power play as he tipped in a pass from Chris Stewart. The Ducks led 1-0 after two periods. Shots were tied in the period at nine apiece.
Just 33 seconds into the period, Jakob Silfverberg would get called for a questionable goalie interference. The Ducks were able to kill the penalty off. Halfway through the period, the Canucks would tie the game as Christopher Tanev would score on a point shot that Andersen was screened on. Late in the period Kesler would get called for tripping, but the Ducks stood tall and kept it a 1-1 game. That’s how it remained and the teams went to overtime. Ducks outshot the Canucks 10 to 8 this period.
The overtime saw long periods of time where each team controlled the puck, but neither could score. Late in the period, Sami Vatanen did make a nice move around the Canuck defender, but was hauled down and crashed into the Vancouver net. There was no call on the play. In the final seconds Ryan Getzlaf tried to drop pass the puck back to Corey Perry, but it didn’t connect. Henrik Sedin took the puck the length of the ice, but was stopped by Andersen. The teams headed to the shootout.
Vancouver elected to shoot first and Alexandre Burrows scored on his attempt. No one else scored in the shootout for either team giving Vancouver the victory. You can watch all the shootout attempts below.
Play Of The Game
Tanev’s goal in the third period. He had missed two games with a bruised foot and was able to come back to help Vancouver. The goal wasn’t the game-winner, but it extended the game to the overtime session.
Stat Of The Game
25 Shots. Even with the overtime period, the Ducks again held another opponent to 25 shots or less. This is the 13th consecutive game that the Ducks have done so, going 7-4-2 over that stretch of games.
The shutout streak lasted 207 minutes, 58 seconds, which is the second longest during the regular season since the club record of 237:07 from December 6-18, 2002. Ilya Bryzgalov still holds the longest shutout streak ever in Ducks’ team history of 249 minutes and 15 seconds, which happened during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs against Calgary and Colorado.
The Ducks are now 11-0-2 when leading after two periods of play.
Anaheim has lost two out of three shootouts this season. They have not won a game during the 3-on-3 overtime yet.
This game was much closer than it had to be. The Ducks had opportunities throughout this game and hit the post five times. Anaheim could have scored a few more times as a result and taken control of this game. The Ducks’ defense continues to play well by limiting their opponent’s shots on net. The Ducks have been doing a great job of blocking shots and clogging up their own blue line. If the Ducks can keep creating those offensive opportunities, then their chances of scoring more goals should increase in the future. The Ducks did earn five out of possible six points on the trip passing Calgary and Edmonton in the standings. They are two points behind Arizona and Vancouver who are tied for second place with 39 points.
The Ducks return to Honda Center this Sunday, January 3rd, to face the Winnipeg Jets. It will be the first of an eight game home stand. Boudreau has already indicated that John Gibson will be in net on Sunday.
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