VIDEO: Ducks Can’t Hold Off Canucks

Photo: Alex Gallardo, A{

Photo: Alex Gallardo, AP

By Adam Tenenbaum (Summary) and Mike Walters (Stats & Analysis)

The Ducks continued their home stand as they took on the Vancouver Canucks for the fifth and final time of the season. The Ducks are 2-0-2 in the season series. The Canucks come in 28-36-13, good for 69 points, while the Ducks are 43-23-10, good for 96 points. The starting goaltenders were Jacob Markstrom for the Canucks against John Gibson for the Ducks.

First Period:

The Ducks got on the board just 29 seconds in, as Josh Manson got to a loose rebound and fired it in the net for a 1-0 Ducks lead. Later in the period, the Canucks would go on the power play as Corey Perry was called for tripping. The Canucks would not score as the Ducks held their one goal lead. Late in the period, the Ducks would go shorthanded again as Ryan Kesler was called for slashing. The Canucks did not score as the Ducks led 1-0 after one period. Shots in the first were 9-8 in favor of Vancouver.

Second Period:

In the second, the Canucks would tie it as Jannik Hansen stretch pass found Bo Horvat in the offense zone, and he would beat Gibson five hole to tie up the game at one. Later in the period, Chris Stewart and Nikita Tryamkin each got two minutes for roughing. Neither team would score on four on four as they game remained tied. Then with 36 seconds left in the second, Alex Biega was called for holding, as the Ducks got a brief power play. They did not score but would carry a minute, twenty-four seconds of extra man into the third. The game would be tied at one after two periods. Shots in the second were 13-8 in favor of Vancouver.

Third Period:

The Ducks would break the tie early in the third, as Nate Thompson cashed in on a rebound and scored, as the Ducks now led 2-1. Three minutes later, the Canucks would tie the game again, as Dan Hamhuis beat Gibson short side to tie up the game at two. Then two minutes later, former Duck, Emerson Etem would score on a rebound off Gibson, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead late in the third. The Ducks would attempt a late comeback but ultimately fell short as the Canucks would hold to win 3-2 over the Ducks.

Key Moment of the Game

Emerson Etem burned his former teammate Gibson and the Ducks for the game winning goal. The Ducks couldn’t tie the game up after that.

Stat of the Game

19 turnovers. The Ducks didn’t play a clean game tonight. They were missing some players due to injury or illness, but they still could have played better and beat Vancouver.

Player of the Game

Chris Wagner. He played well on the fourth line with Ryan Garbutt and Thompson. Wagner drove to the net almost scoring, which created a rebound for Thompson to score the go ahead goal at that time.

Analysis

The Ducks started the game with pressure and an early goal. Afterward that and especially in the second period, Vancouver carried the play. The Ducks went ahead in the third, but then two quick goals by Vancouver and they were behind by one. The Ducks tried to rally , but couldn’t get the tying goal.

The fourth line played extremely well tonight. The rest of the team seemed to have a difficult time finding consistency in their play. Passes were not as sharp and establishing the forecheck for periods of time was difficult as well. The Ducks played well and worked hard in the opening and closing moments of this game, but in between that Vancouver out worked the Ducks and carried the play. Regardless of the missing personnel, the Ducks are going to need to stay consistent in their play as the playoffs approach.

What’s Next?

The Ducks face the Stars Sunday at 6PM.

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