By Michael Walters
The first 10 minutes the Ducks played well and earned a power play chance when Stefan Matteau was called for holding. The Ducks did not score. The Canadiens played better the second half of the period. They had a power play chance when Kevin Bieksa was called for interference. They couldn’t score on their power play either. At one point Montreal almost scored as the puck got past John Gibson, but Josh Manson was there to clear the puck and save a goal. No score in the first period, shots favored Montreal 12 to 7.
Montreal scored just over four minutes into the period. Alex Galchenyuk one timed the puck past Gibson giving them a 1-0 lead. Shortly after the Ducks would get a power play on a delay of penalty call. The Ducks had several chances, but couldn’t convert with the extra man. The game would get chippy and the Ducks would get several power plays. One was the result of the Montreal coach Michel Therrien saying something in French to the referees. Despite around four minutes of power play time the Ducks could not score, but Jamie McGinn would score later in the period to tie the game to get his first as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. The score remained 1-1 after two periods.
Montreal came out strong in the third period. Alex Galchenyuk would score again just 56 seconds into the period. David Perron then took a high sticking penalty, but the Ducks were able to kill off the penalty. Halfway through the period Morgan Ellis was called for boarding. This time the Ducks converted on the power play as Corey Perry scored a tap in goal. The teams would battle back and forth, but the game ended tied at two after regulation.
In the overtime both teams had chances to win the game. Getzlaf came close twice for Anaheim, but again the teams remained tied.
Only one player would score in the shootout and who else, but Mr. Automatic Jakob Silfverberg. John Gibson stopped all three shot attempts by Montreal and the Ducks would get the valuable second point.
Key Moment of The Game
Corey Perry tying the game on the power play. The Ducks struggled earlier with the extra man, but Perry made it count when it needed to. The goal allowed the Ducks get one point and then go on to get the second point in the shootout.
The Ducks started the game playing well for the first ten minutes, but then the Canadiens played well after that. Anaheim had numerous power play chances in the second period, but couldn’t get a goal. Newcomer McGinn did get his first goal in his first game with Anaheim. And of course Perry would cash in on the power play to tie the game late. It wasn’t the Ducks best game, but Gibson held the fort down and Silfverberg did what he does best in the shootout to help Anaheim win.
Anaheim is now tied with Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific Division in terms of points. The Kings do have more Regulation and Overtime Wins(ROW) so they own the tie breaker over the Ducks.
Jakob Silfverberg owns the best shootout efficiency rating in NHL history (minimum 20 attempts) at 62.1 percent (18-for-29).
The Ducks have now won nine games in a row.
Gibson is 3-0 in the shootout.
The Ducks get right back at it tomorrow with a trip to Arizona to face the Coyotes at 6PM PT.
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