By Matthew Garcia
Tonight the Ducks were in Raleigh, North Carolina to face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena. After a comeback bid fell short in Columbus last night the Ducks were looking to get back in the win column against a struggling Hurricanes team.
The first period began almost identical to the one in Columbus, where the home team outplayed Anaheim for a majority of the opening period. Early mishaps nearly spelled trouble for the Ducks as they went shorthanded very early due to a cross-checking call against Kevin Bieksa. Carolina came dangerously close to taking a quick 1-0 lead when a shot squeaked through Jonathan Bernier and had come to a stop in the crease just before Sami Vatanen came to the rescue and swept the puck behind him and teammate Chris Wagner cleared the puck the length of the ice. Anaheim’s best chance of the period came from Silfverberg on a backhand bid that Cam Ward got enough of to keep the game tied.
Anaheim opened up the scoring in the second period less than 5 minutes in on a very good forecheck from the trio of Ryan Kesler, Jakob Silfverberg, and Andrew Cogliano. The puck went in deep where Silfverberg was able to track it down and leave it for Cogliano who would dish a backhand pass to the front of the net where Kesler would be able to get a quick snapshot off and beat Ward to make it 1-0. Later in the period the Ducks would make it 2-0 off a goal from Silfverberg who would corral a puck off the end boards and quickly fire it home. Silfverberg was not done there, three minutes later he would collect a puck off a failed pass that hopped the stick of Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce’s stick. Silfverberg took it down the length of the ice where he would fire a low, fast shot past the goaltender to give Anaheim a 3-0 lead. The Hurricanes were able to put a small dent in the gap as Teuvo Teravainen managed to redirect a point shot past Bernier to make it 3-1 at the 14:58 mark of the second period. The Ducks would head to the intermission with a 3-1 lead.
The Hurricanes stormed out of the gate looking like a new team and managed to get on the board extremely early as the Ducks were unable to clear the zone. Jeff Skinner pounced on a loose puck in Anaheim’s defensive end and wrapped a pass around the net to forward Victor Rask who slammed it home to make it a 3-2 game just 3:15 into the 3rd period. Anaheim clamped down defensively through the rest of the 3rd period and would only allow eight shots on net. Kesler gave the Ducks the insurance marker with an empty net goal. Silfverberg would get the secondary helper to notch his 4th point of the night.
Final Score: Anaheim-4 Carolina-2
The Ducks will have a full day off tomorrow before hitting the ice against Nashville for a tilt with the Predators on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. Anaheim and Nashville have met once this season already that saw the Ducks trounce the Predators at Honda Center by a final score of 6-1. This will be the second of three meetings between the two teams this season. Start time is 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Three Stars of the Game:
1st Star: (RW) Jakob Silfverberg (2G/2A)
2nd Star: (C) Ryan Kesler (2G/0A)
3rd Star: (LW) Teuvo Teravainen (1G/0A)
Ryan Kesler scored twice, to give him a team-leading six goals on the season.
Jakob Silfverberg had a 4 point night (2 goals, 2 assists) tying a career high.
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