VIDEO: Rakell Lifts Ducks To Victory In OT

Photo: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Photo: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks entered this game riding a six game win streak. Frederik Andersen went in net for the Ducks and Cam Talbot got the call for the Edmonton Oilers in back-to-back games.

First Period

The Ducks came out strong to open the game. They got an early power play when Mark Letestu was called for holding against  Ryan Garbutt. The didn’t score and then started to find themselves in penalty trouble. Kevin Bieksa was called for elbowing and later Jakob Silfverberg was called for slashing, but the Ducks were able to kill off both penalties. Despite some good chances by the Ducks, the period ended with no score. Shots favored Anaheim 13 to 5.

Second Period

The second period was more evenly played. Andersen made some quality saves in this period to keep it scoreless. The Ducks did get two power play opportunities. First Taylor Hall was called for tripping against Garbutt, but the Ducks couldn’t convert. Then late in the period, Jujhar Khaira was called for holding against  Rickard Rakell. The Ducks didn’t score, but started the third period on the power play. Shots were 10 to 8 in Edmonton’s favor.

Third Period

Ryan Getzlaf scored just 42 seconds into the period to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. It was short-lived as Jordan Eberle would make a nice play and tie the game just over a minute later. The Ducks poured on the offense throughout the period, but could not get another goal. They out shot the Oilers 12 to 3 and headed to overtime tied at one.

Overtime

Just over a minute in and Rakell turned on the after burners skating by everyone and lifted the puck over Talbot for the game winner. Ducks won 2-1.

Key Moment of the Game

Rakell’s goal was the game winner, but it was a great around individual play. He cut through a few players and then went backhand for the win.

Analysis

For the second game in a row, the Ducks found themselves in a low scoring battle. This game mirrored the game against Buffalo, as the Ducks came out strong in the first period and then the second period play was more even. When Getzlaf scored early in the third period it seemed like the Ducks might pull out another 1-0 victory, but the Oilers had other plans. Just over a minute later Eberle tied the game. The Ducks dominate the rest of the third period, but couldn’t get another one past Talbot in regulation. Rakell solved that problem in overtime when he blew by everyone in a white jersey to score the game winner on one of the best goals scored by the Ducks this season.

Again like the last game, Andersen played well and the Ducks won the play on the special teams. The Ducks had three power plays and were able to cash in on a nice play from the captain Getzlaf. The Ducks penalty kill that had been struggling, again didn’t give up a goal for the second game in a row. The Oilers had three power plays, but couldn’t get one past Andersen on those chances. Depending on what happens tonight between Buffalo and Los Angeles, the Ducks could tie the Kings in terms of points tomorrow with a victory over LA.

Game Notes/Stats

The goal by Rakell was his first game-winning overtime goal of his career.

Getzlaf scored a goal and now has a 10 point game streak.

Andersen is now 11-0-2 since his last regulation loss on December 21st. During that time he had a 1.83 GAA and .938 SV%.

The overtime victory was only the second time this year the Ducks won during the 3-on-3 overtime.

The Ducks have won seven in a row.

What’s Next?

The Ducks take on the Kings at Honda Center this Sunday February 28 at 6PM.

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