By David Solis (Summary) and Mike Walters (Analysis and Stats)
The ducks can out onto the ice and quickly taking advantage of home ice, by scoring two goals to get the crowd going right away. Goals by Jamie McGinn and Ryan Kesler gave Anaheim the early 2-0 lead. Boston had two power play chances, but couldn’t convert. Anaheim had one power play chance and didn’t score with the man advantage. Matt Beleskey went to the locker after being clipped in the face, but he did return in the second period. Boston lead in shots 11 to 10.
This period was very evenly played. Both teams generate scoring chances and each goalie bad saves to keep the score the same. Boston had one power play opportunity in the period and couldn’t score. And the end of the period, tempers flared as Brad Marchand and David Perron each reached matching minors. The teams would start the third period with 4-on-4 play. Boston leads in shots 16 to 10.
Less than a minute into the period, Hampus Lindholm scored to make it a 3-0 lead for Anaheim. Boston tried to pressure, but Andersen was on his game stopping everything coming his was. Tempers again flared in the middle period and Clayton Stoner would square off with Zdeno Chara. Chara tried to land a couple of punches, but missed and Stoner hauled Chara down to the ground. It wasn’t really a fight, but it was still entertaining. The Ducks added one more goal from Rickard Rakell and Anaheim would go on to win 4-0.
Key Moment of the Game
Lindholm’s goal at the beginning of the 3rd period. The Ducks had built a 2-0 lead, but a score by Boston and the final period would have been interesting. Instead Lindholm scored and the Ducks didn’t look back after that.
Player of the Game
A no brainer here, Frederik Andersen. He made all kinds of saves throughout the game and played out of his best games ever. He stopped all 38 shots on net and several good scoring chances by Boston.
Highlight of the Game
Of course Stoner and Chara mixing it up. Here is a video of it.
The Ducks got back to their game in this contest. They took advantage early with two goals and Andersen had one of the best games of his career. Anaheim did a decent job of blocking shots, but Boston still applied pressure and had 38 shots on net. With just 11 games left to go in the regular season, Andersen is clearly making his case as to why he should be the starter going forward. He hasn’t had a poor outing since December 21 when he gave up three goals on 11 shots. Since then he has gone 15-1-2 with a GAA 1.77 and 9.37 SV%. John Gibson has played poorly either, but Andersen has been better as of late. It will be interesting to see what Bruce Boudreau does in the next couple of week.
Andersen is 4-0-0 in his four games against Boston.
Andersen earned his fifth shutout of his career.
Andersen in 15-1-2 in his last 19 games played, having only lost one game in regulation since December 21.
Anaheim is now four points behind Los Angeles. Both have 12 games to play and will face each other one more time before the end of the season.
The Ducks visit the Jets Sunday March 20 at 12 PM PT. Join us for a watch party at Avila’s El Ranchito in Orange!
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