By Adam Bess (Summary) and Mike Walters (Analysis & Stats)
The Anaheim Ducks, led by Jakob Silfverberg, routed the New Jersey Devils 7-1 on Monday night, ending a 3 game losing streak and closing the gap between them and the first place LA Kings. It was also social media night, and many fans enjoyed having their questions answered by fan favorite Guy Hebert and seeing the pregame social media jerseys.
There was no scoring in the first, but Frederik Andersen played well and the Ducks offense had a couple nice looks. Nothing major, but it was nice to see the team not get discouraged, especially because the last couple games have been losses.
Andrew Cogliano scored a mere 32 seconds into the period when he caught a rebound from Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid. Moments later, former Duck Devante Smith-Pelly scored to tie the game. At 3:44 into the period, Ryan Kesler one-timed a goal past Kinkaid, and the Ducks were up 2-1 before Silfverberg came in and scored two big goals to end the 2nd period. His second goal was assisted by Kesler and Cogliano, giving them a three point and two point night respectively.
Corey Perry (AKA #ScoreyPerry) scored 2:20 into the third to put the Ducks up 5-1. Then rookie Nick Ritchie scored his first NHL goal and Kinkaid was yanked. Congrats, Ritchie! Backup Yan Denis only made three saves for the Devils, but he was unable to stop Silfverberg from finishing off his hat trick, with a power play goal a little less than halfway through the third. Speaking of saves, Andersen made 24 on his way to the Ducks 7-1 win.
Play of the Game
The entire game, being the Ducks highest scoring game of the season, was a blast to watch, but Silfverberg’s first career hat trick was a joy to watch.
3 Stars of the Game
Silfverberg- A hat trick and an assist. What more could you need from the first star?
Kesler- He aided Silfverberg in his 3 point night and his line led the team offensively.
Ritchie- He scored his first career NHL goal, no doubt the first of many. Congrats, kiddo!
The game started out as a defensive battle with both teams not giving up too much open ice. In the second period it was a different story as the Kesler line dominated the Devils. Cogliano, Kesler, and Silfverberg all scored in the second period building a 4-1 lead for Anaheim. Once the third period started, the rout continued as the Ducks scored three more times. The Kesler line led the way with five combined goals tonight. The Ducks also won this game in the face-off circle, winning 42 face-offs as opposed to 17 for New Jersey. Kinkaid had been playing well for the Devils recently, but found himself giving up costly rebounds. The Ducks will face the New York Rangers on Wednesday night and hopefully they saved some goals for that game.
Silfverberg recorded his first career hat trick last night.
Ritchie scored his first career NHL goal.
Bruce Boudreau won his 200th game as the Ducks head coach.
Cogliano and Kesler tied their career highs with their three-point nights.
Cam Fowler played in his 400th game as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
Seven goals was the most scored by Anaheim in a single game this season.
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