By: Matthew Garcia
Anaheim opened up their three game road trip at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The previous meeting between the two teams was less than two weeks ago on October 28th where the Columbus Blue Jackets shut out the Ducks 4-0 at Honda Center. Tonight the Ducks would be looking to solve goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, and open up their road trip with a win.
The Blue Jackets would strike just 1:23 into the game. John Gibson would come up with a big save on Scott Hartnell before the rebound popped out and right to Boone Jenner who would bury the opportunity and get his first goal of the season. Just a little under five minutes later the Blue Jackets would strike once more as Ryan Murray would come down from the point and feed a pass to Brandon Saad who would rip home a one-timer to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead. Anaheim would have a very hard time getting things going in the first and would have a 2-0 deficit going into the 2nd period.
Trailing 2-0 to start the period the Ducks would look to put more pressure on Bobrovsky who at this point had only faced 9 shots. The Ducks did jus that as they hunkered down defensively, and allowed the offense to start generating opportunities. It would take almost the entire second period for the Ducks to finally solve Bobrovsky, but Rakell found a way as he threw a puck towards the net and it managed to squeak through a hole between the goaltender and the post to help the Ducks cut the deficit to just one goal. The Ducks managed to get 15 shots on Bobrovsky while only allowing the Jackets to get five shots on net.
The Ducks would begin the third on a brief power-play opportunity as Matt Calvert was serving a roughing call that he received late in the 2nd period. Time would expire on the penalty and the 3rd period would begin play at full strength. The Ducks would get the equalizing goal 1:25 into the 3rd off a play that saw Blue Jackets goalie Bobrovsky go to play the puck behind the net, only to get it stripped by Joseph Cramarossa who threw the puck in front for Ritchie to bury. Ritchie’s goal would be the only one of the period and the game would go to OT tied 2-2.
Anaheim this season in the overtime session is 0-2 while the Columbus Blue Jackets are 1-2. Columbus, coming off a 2-1 OTL to St. Louis, was looking to pick up the win, and would do just that 1:21 into the overtime session off a goal from rookie Zach Werenski. Werenski would pot his 3rd goal of his rookie campaign, Alexander Wennberg would factor in the goal receiving his 12th assist of the season.
3 Stars of the Game:
1st Star: (D) Zach Werenski (1G / 0A)
2nd Star: (C) Boone Jenner (1G / 0A)
3rd Star: (D) Jack Johnson (0G / 1A)
Anaheim received a point tonight with the Overtime loss, beginning the road trip 0-0-1. Anaheim will look to rebound from tonight’s 3-2 overtime loss tomorrow night as they are taking on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC arena. Start time is 7PM ET/4PM PT.
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