By Tasha Florentz-Clift
The Anaheim Ducks are coming fresh off their shootout win vs the St Louis Blues on Friday. The Ducks battled back from a 2 goal deficit to get the 2 points they so desperately need, They face a hungry Red Wings team who have won 3 straight. Once a hated Western Conference foe, the Ducks now only see them twice a year. Surprisingly, Anaheim is 4-0 versus the Wings since the realignment moved them to the Eastern Conference. Make that 4-1. Ducks played a great game, but a costly late turnover extended Detroit’s win streak and not ours.
Detroit would strike first just 16 seconds into the period to make it 1-0. A Tomas Tartar shot would get a lucky bounce off of Anaheim Defensemen Hampus Lindholm’s stick. The Ducks looked a little rattled after that. They looked shaky for the next 10 minutes. They would find their groove again thanks to Corey Perry. The Ducks first line of Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell would rush up the ice. Rakell wins a quick battle along the boards and gets the puck to Getzlaf. Getzlaf makes a perfect pass to Perry in front of Wings’ Goalie Petr Mrazek. Perry roofs it top shelf(where your mother never dusts)! Corey Perry now has 16 goals which is good for 18th place in the NHL. Anaheim would take two penalties this period, but the NHL’s top penalty killing unit would kill them off with ease. The Ducks also had one power play, but could not capitalize. Anaheim and Detroit would end the period tied at one a piece.
Anaheim and Detroit would battle back and forth this period. Detroit’s Luke Glendening got called for tripping on Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks had trouble getting the cycle going tonight, but managed a couple good shots on this power play. Both teams would have plenty of offensive zone time, but no pucks would reach the back of the net. Petr Mrazek would stop all 11 Anaheim shots while John Gibson stopped all 8 of Detroit’s. Duck’s defensemen, Josh Manson would take a late penalty for holding against Justin Abdelkader. They would kill off one minute of the minor, but still have one minute to kill of to begin the third period. The third period would come to a close with both teams tied 1-1.
The Ducks killed off the last minute of Josh Manson’s penalty with ease. Anaheim’s penalty killing unit has almost been unstoppable lately. They now have a 89.7% kill rate which is 3.3% above second place NY Islanders. The last time the Ducks PK unit let in a goal was way back on December 27th against Philadelphia! Anaheim has been 100% on the penalty kill for the last 7 games! This game looked like it was headed for overtime. That is until an untimely turnover by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf with 4 minutes to go left Anaheim down 1-2. The Ducks were looking to regroup when Shea Theodore bounced a puck off the boards. Getzlaf took the puck, but did not protect it well. It was poked right off his stick to a waiting Dylan Larkin. Larkin then found a streaking Riley Sheahan who shot it through an unsuspecting John Gibson. The Ducks would try to score the equalizer pulling Gibson with 2 minutes to go, but it was just not meant to be. Ducks lose to the Red Wings 2-1.
Yet again, Corey Perry has the key moment from tonight’s game. With the Ducks starting off the first period a little bit slowly, Scorey Perry would do what he does best, ignite the team with a huge, timely goal. After he scored his 16th of the season, the Ducks would seem to get back on track and take control of the rest of period.
Key Stat of the Game
Penalty kill was 3 for 3. Again the Ducks PK unit came through in a big way. Like stated earlier, the Ducks are a top of the NHL with a 89.7% kill rate.
Ducks Three Stars
Corey Perry: He cored his 16th goal of the season. 3 shots on goal and 1 hit.
Shea Theodore: He had a quietly great possession game of a +6 Corsi Differential. He also had 2+ minutes of power play time.
Shawn Horcoff, Andrew Cogliano and Jiri Sekac: The Ducks third line was on fire tonight having a combined 5 shots on goal tonight.
The Ducks face a familiar face on Wednesday when Bobby Ryan and the Ottawa Senators come to town! Game time is 7pm Pacific time.
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