By Michael Walters
The Ducks would get a power play and score first in the game. Ryan Getzlaf would rip a shot toward Hutchinson and Corey Perry would get to the rebound for the easy score. The Ducks would get another power play, but failed to score. The game was a defensive battle for the rest the period. The Ducks led 1-0 and the Jets had a 11 to 9 shot advantage.
The Jets would get two power plays in this period and they couldn’t convert on both. Andrew Cogliano had a breakaway short-handed, but Hutchinson made the stop. There would be no scoring this period. Jets had the shot advantage 8 to 6.
The Ducks had two power play chances early in the period, but couldn’t convert on both. The Jets also had a power play chance and couldn’t cash in on their opportunity. Late in the period Marko Dano would redirect a shot past Gibson to tie the game. Shots favored Anaheim 11 to 6.
The Ducks had wo great chances to win the game. First Ryan Getzlaf had a breakaway and almost slide the puck between Hutchinson’s pads for the win. Then Jakob Silfverberg made a power move toward the net, but he too couldn’t get it to go in. Blake Wheeler would then get the game winner and his shot caught Gibson’s shoulder and rolled in. Cogliano tried to stop it from going in, but he couldn’t.
Key Moment of the Game
Hutchinson’s stop on Andrew Cogliano in the second period. The Ducks were already up 1-0 and Cogliano had a short-handed breakaway that was blocked by Hutchinson. It kept the game at a one goal margin allowing Winnipeg to eventually tie it late in the third period.
Key Stat of the Game
18 blocked shots by Winnipeg. The Jets did a good job of not letting pucks get to their net. They had a solid defensive effort tonight.
Player of the Game
Michael Hutchinson. Beside the early power play goal by Corey Perry, Hutchinson was on his game tonight. He stopped several breakaway attempts and kept the Jets in this game. He could have been beaten in overtime twice, but again held his ground.
This was another defensive battle for Anaheim. The Ducks played solid defense, but the offense was lacking at times. They did score on the early power play, but went quiet after that. The Ducks had a couple of breakaway opportunities that could have probably sealed this game for them, but Hutchinson was there at every attempt after the early goal.
Anaheim finds themselves locked in a tie for first with Los Angeles. The Ducks will meet the Kings on Thursday and still have a game in hand. If the Kings win in regulation on Thursday and win their final game of the season, then they will be Pacific Division champs. In that scenario even if the Ducks won their last two games they would tie LA, but the Kings still own the tie breaker. If the Ducks can win in regulation on Thursday, then they would only need one point in the final two games to claim the division.
The Ducks are now tied for first with the Kings at 99 points, but Los Angeles holds the tie breaker.
Perry scored his team leading 33rd goal. He leads the Ducks with 12 power play goals.
Mark Scheifele extended his point streak to eight games for Winnipeg.
The Ducks travel up the 5 freeway to face their rival the Kings at Staples on Thursday. The game is at 7PM.
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