By Adam Tenenbaum
The Ducks hosted the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at Honda Center. The teams meet for the second and final time this season, as the Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime at Madison Square Garden in December. The Rangers begin their three game California road swing, and came into the game 39-23-7, good for 85 points. The Ducks meanwhile are in the midst of a three game home stand, and sit 38-21-9, good for 85 points. The starting goaltenders for the game were Antii Raanta for the Rangers and John Gibson for the Ducks.
The majority of the first period was scoreless with each team flying around the neutral zone in a tightly defended contest. Then late in the period, Rangers’ defenseman Kevin Klein has his pocket picked by Corey Perry who then finds Jamie McGinn in the slot as he one-times it past Raanta for the first goal of the hockey game. After the goal, the Rangers would get a power play chance as Clayton Stoner was whistled for tripping. The Ducks would kill off the man advantage as they held their one goal lead. The period would end minutes later with the Ducks leading 1-0 after one period of play. Shots in the first were 5 to 4 in favor of Anaheim.
In the second, the Rangers would the tie the game as Kevin Klein received a rebound from the shot by Tanner Glass and fired it past a diving Gibson to tie up the game at one. After the goal, the Rangers would get their second power play of the night as Ryan Getzlaf was called for slashing. The Ducks would once again kill off the Rangers power play, as the game remained tied at one. Each team would threaten in the period, as Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard come close to breaking the tie, but Gibson was there to make key saves. On the other end, the Ducks had a 4 on 2, but Cam Fowler fired wide. The game would remained tied at one goal each after two periods of play. Shots in the second were 9 to 7 in favor of the Rangers.
Early in the third, the Ducks nearly take the lead as Brandon Pirri takes a shot off Raanta that trickles down to David Perron who just misses wide on the nifty back hand. Later in the third, Eric Staal finds Kevin Klein in front of the net, who tips his shot past Gibson as the Rangers took a 2-1 lead late in the third. Following the goal, David Perron would be called for boarding, as he checked Marc Staal into the boards in the offensive zone. The Rangers would fail to score again, as their power play went 0 for 3 on the night. The Ducks would pull the goalie and make a frantic effort for the equalizer, but their bid would come up short as the Rangers held on for the 2-1 victory over the Ducks. Shots in the third were 11 to 11 in favor of Anaheim in the third.
Key Moment of the Game
Kevin Klein‘s second goal of the game. Before that play it looked like the teams would go to overtime like they did in their previous meeting. Both of Klein’s goals redeemed himself after Perry had stripped him earlier in the game.
To start the game, both teams had a few chances in the opening minutes, but then the game quickly became a defensive battle. The Ducks were able to get the first goal when Perry made a nice steal and found McGinn to get the early lead. After that point the Ducks had difficulty getting quality scoring chances. The Ducks missed the net several times in the game and at times made one too many passes when on the forecheck. Bruce Boudreau mentioned when the team doesn’t get a power play, then it also makes the game more difficult. The Ducks didn’t get one power play chance. Additionally the Ducks committed too many turnovers with 16 to just seven for the Rangers, which was an issue when Anaheim played New York in their first meeting. Ducks remain four points before the Kings for first in the Pacific Division.
The last time Anaheim had zero power plays was December 19 against the New Jersey Devils.
The Ducks hadn’t lost a regulation game at Honda Center since January 17 against Los Angeles.
The Ducks finish the home stand on Friday against the Boston Bruins at 7pm.
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