By Phil Wunderlich (Game Summary) & Michael Walters (Stats & Analysis)
Early in the game it started out terrible as Darren Helm scored on a break away chance as he faked out Gibson. With a little over three minutes played, Danny DeKeyser would be called for a high sticking penalty against Ryan Kesler, the Ducks would not score on this power play. With about seven minutes played Ryan Kesler would receive an amazing pass from Jakob Silfverberg and would score low glove against Howard. Another penalty would go against Detroit as Brendan Smith would be called for a cross-checking minor against Jakob Silfverberg, the Ducks would not score on this opportunity. Then with a little over two minutes to play Corey Perry would score for the Ducks’ second goal. The goal was assisted by Rickard Rakell and the newly acquired David Perron. Towards the end of the period Perron would be called for goal tender inference. The Ducks would lead in shots this period, 13-9.
The Red Wings would begin this period on the power play, however they would not score on this one either. In the first four minutes of play Kesler would have a great chance but it would be once again stopped by Howard. Perron would once again get called for a penalty, as he got called for holding against Jonathan Ericsson, no goal was scored. Then, Tomas Jurco would be a part of three on two rush and score with a little over ten minutes played in the period. Gibson was out of position so it was an easy goal making it 2-2. Shortly after Perron would get out of the box, Ericsson would get called for a hooking penalty against him, once again no goal was scored. With a little over eight minutes to go, Mike Green would get called for a delay of game penalty as he tossed the puck over the ice. Gibson would have several great saves this period, including one against Green on a breakaway chance. The Ducks would also have more shots on goal this period, 13 to 10.
The Ducks would start strong this period. It paid off as Perry would score early with an amazing set up by Rakell. Ducks led 3-2. With three minutes played Silfverberg would get called for a high-sticking minor against Pavel Datsyuk, no goal was scored once again. Ryan Kesler would fake out Jimmy Howard and moved the puck inside for his second goal making it 4-2. Rakell would then be called for a boarding minor against Brendan Smith, and Detroit would pull Howard during this penalty. No goal was scored while the Wings were on the power play however with a little over two minutes to play DeKeyser would score with a sweet pass by Teemu Pulkkinen. The Ducks would outshoot the Red Wings 9-8 this period. The Ducks would go on to win this game 4-3 and would also out shoot the Red Wings, 35-27.
Key Moment Of The Game
Kesler’s second goal of the game. The goal gave the Ducks a two goal lead and ended up being an insurance marker that was necessary as Detroit scored later trying to rally. Without this goal the Ducks could have gone to overtime instead of earning the regulation win.
Player(s) Of The Game
Usually there is one player of the game, but tonight two had big roles in this victory. Kesler and Perry both took this game over for the Ducks. They each scored two goals as both their respective lines played well in this contest.
Stat Of The Game
9-3-1 record since the holiday break. The Ducks have turned their game play around in Anaheim. They are currently two points behind Arizona for a playoff spot and have a game in hand.
The start to this game was similar to the previous contest back on January 10th at Honda Center. The Ducks gave up a goal early when Detroit’s Helm got behind Theodore and scored on the breakaway on Gibson. The Ducks didn’t let it phase them, as Kesler and Perry would answer immediately in the first to give the Ducks the lead.
Offensively the Ducks played a solid game with 35 shots on net and more plays toward the net. The new lines are working and it’s difficult to put a number on each one. This is a good situation with Anaheim because now the top three lines can be rolled out equally throughout the game. Defensively the Ducks and Gibson didn’t play as well. There were some breakdowns that led to odd man rushes and Gibson gave up big rebounds, but overall the Ducks played good enough to win. The Ducks penalty kill was perfect on the night while being short-handed four times. The power play didn’t score on its four chances and had issues getting set up at times.
The Ducks willingness to go the net was evident in this game. The additions of Perron and Garbutt were to help facilitate and that’s exactly what the Ducks did. If they can continue this style of play, then the stretch run is going to be entertaining to watch.
Post Game Notes
Perron has earned a point in each of his three games with the Ducks. He has one goal and two assists.
Rakell had two assists last night and has his own three game point streak.
Silfverberg also had two assists last night and now has nine points(3G +6A) in his last seven games.
Kesler scored his 9th and 10th score of the season last night. Anaheim now has three players that have scored double digit goals.
The Ducks now average 2.02 goals scored per game. The last time the Ducks were above two goals per game was November 30th.
Looks like the Ducks will head to Boston on Tuesday, unless a makeup game between them and Washington is announced.
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