By Adam Tenenbaum
The Ducks returned home after playing last night in San Jose as they played the second game of back-to-backs against the Nashville Predators. This was the first meeting between the two teams since the Predators eliminated the Ducks last April in seven games. The Ducks came into the game 2-3-2, good for six points, while the Predators are 2-3-0, and have four points. The starting goaltenders for the contest were John Gibson for the Ducks and Pekka Rinne for the Predators. Out of the lineup for the Ducks was captain, Ryan Getzlaf, as he is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
In the first, the Ducks would get an early power play as Roman Josi went to the box for hooking. On the power play, Michael Sgarbossa finds Nick Ritchie, who backhands it past Rinne for the goal, as the Ducks took a 1-0 lead. Later in the period, the Ducks would go shorthanded for the first time in the game, as Chris Wagner was called for interference. The Predators did not score and at the end of one period, the Ducks led 1-0. Shots in the first were 10 to 9 in favor of Anaheim.
In the second, the Predators would get an early power play as Korbinian Holzer was sent to the box for high-sticking. On the power play, the Predators would turn the puck over and gave the Ducks a 2 on 1, as Shea Theodore found Jakob Silfverberg, who one-timed it past Rinne for the 2-0 lead. Following the goal, the Ducks went on the penalty kill again as Cam Fowler was called for holding. Once again, the Predators power play came up empty as the Ducks improved to 3 for 3 on the night on the Penalty Kill. Later in the period, Ryan Johansen was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the Ducks their second power play of the night. On the power play, Silfverberg would score his second goal of the night, as the Ducks extended their lead to 3-0. Later in the period, Corey Perry would score his fourth goal of the season, and doing so passes Paul Kariya on the all-time Ducks points list with his 670th career point. The goal extended the Ducks lead to a commanding 4-0 over the Predators late in the second period.
After that goal, the Predators pulled goaltender, Pekka Rinne and inserted Marek Mazanec into the game. Shortly after, Kevin Bieksa went the box for delay of game as the Predators got their fourth power play of the night. Much like their second power play, this one resulted in another short-handed goal for the Ducks. This one by Andrew Cogliano on the breakaway, as he beat Mazanec for the Ducks fifth goal of the night. After the penalty expired, the Predators would go shorthanded, as Colin Wilson was sent to the box for tripping. On the power play, the Ducks would score yet again, as Ryan Kesler would get his first goal of the season, and extended the Ducks lead to 6-0. That would be the score after two period as the Ducks led the Predators 6-0 after 40 minutes of play. Shots in the second were 11 to 11 in favor of Anaheim.
In the third, the Ducks would get a power play chance as Yannick Weber was sent to the penalty box for interference. The Ducks would not score as they ended the night 3 for 4 on the power play. Following the power play, Nick Ritchie would go to the box for interference as the Predators would get their fifth power play of the night. The Predators would finally score as Collin Wilson would get them on the board as they cut the lead to 6-1. The score would hold the same as the Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators 6-1. Shots in the third were 10 to 5 in favor of Nashville.
Key Moment of the Game
The power play goal by Jakob Silfverberg was the key moment in the game, as the Ducks extended their lead from 2-0 to 3-0 and never looked back in what was a seemingly tight hockey game up until that point.
Key Player of the Game
Jakob Silfverberg. His two goals on special teams were huge for the Ducks and changed the momentum of the hockey game in the second period.
Key Stat of the Game
The Ducks became the first team since the 08′ Oilers to score 3 power play goals and also have two shorthanded goals in the same game.
Anaheim takes on Columbus this Friday at Honda Center at 7 PM PT.
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