By: Mario Ramirez
The Anaheim Ducks (23-13-8) finish up a short two-game road trip facing off against pacific division rival Arizona Coyotes (13-22-6). The Ducks are playing well as of late winning 5 out of their last 6 to take the top spot in the division. Jakob Silfverberg looks to stay hot as he has 4 points in his last 3 games (2G 2A). The Ducks will look to keep the momentum in Arizona.
The line of Cogliano, Kesler and Silfverberg started the game with a dangerous shot from Silfverberg at 18:44 however Arizona goalie Louis Domingue made a big save. The Ducks and Coyotes traded the next few shots in the period with the Ducks opening the scoring at the 14:11 mark when Hampus Lindholm put a blast past Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue off a cross-ice pass from Ryan Getzlaf. However, the referees did not see the puck enter the goal. It took a review of the shot for the referees to award the Ducks the games opening goal. The Coyotes came close to tying the score at the 10:10 mark when Arizona defenseman Michael Stone rang a shot off the post in behind Jonathan Bernier. The Coyotes were awarded the game’s first power play when Shea Theodore was sent to the box for a roughing call with 7:48 left in the first period. Despite the 1-0 lead and having a 8 to 7 shots on goal advantage the Coyotes seemed to control the play in the 1st period. The Ducks did get a power play at the end of the 1st when Luke Schenn took an interference penalty with 24.2 left. Bernier had to be the story of the period. He was good at the beginning of 1st making bigs saves and great at the end of the period.
The Ducks started the period with power play but were unable to capitalize on a glorious opportunity with Kesler shooting the puck over an open net. The power play seemed to give the Ducks a jump in their step as they would pick up their play and spend the majority of the first half of the period in the Arizona zone. Bieksa almost put the Ducks up 2 when he hit the post with a shot from the blueline. With 10:40 left Ryan Kesler was called for a hooking penalty putting the Coyotes on power play for the 2nd time in the game. The Ducks penalty kill which has been very good as of late came through and killed the penalty keep the score 1-0. At the 5:37 of the period Kevin Bieksa was involved in a collision off the puck with Shane Doan. After replays of the incident, it seemed as though Doan was able to see Bieksa before the collision. However, no penalty was called. The Ducks continued to play a good road game with Bernier keeping it 1-0 at 3:56. The shots after the 2nd period came in at a total of 15-15.
The Ducks started the 3rd period off as well as a team can. They scored just 35 seconds in when Nick Ritchie retrieved a diagonal dump by Kase that was misplayed by both Coyotes defenseman and Goalie. Ritchie was able to get to the puck and slip it 5-hole for a 2-0 lead. The momentum of the goal would be muted a short time later as Hampus Lindholm was called for a holding penalty with 18:25 left in the 3rd. The Ducks would kill the 3rd Coyotes power play to stay perfect on the kill and remain up in the game 2-0. The Ducks would get a power play of their own with 10:29 when Tobias Rieder was called for interference. The Ducks power play was unable to capitalize on the man advantage, however, they seemed to capture a little momentum. The period would go back and forth with each team creating some chances. With 2:37 left in the game to Coyotes would come close to making it a one-goal game when Oliver Eckman-Larson hit the post. Arizona would pull their goaltender with 2:15 remaining. They would put some pressure on the Anaheim net however Bernier would stand tall and stopped every shot he would face. Kesler sealed the game with 20 seconds let with an empty net goal making the final score 3-0 Anaheim. The shots on goal total for the game would end up with the Coyotes having a 26 to 22 advantage.
While the Ducks didn’t play their best game they played well enough to get a hard-fought victory on the road. Jonathan Bernier played an excellent game, making big saves early in the 1st period and late in the 3rd period. The penalty kill stayed hot and the Ducks killed all 3 penalties they took. The Power play remained cold however they only had 2 opportunities. The Ducks were able to find the back of the net 3 times and get 2 big points against a pacific division team which is always huge. This was a solid road win and keeps the Ducks momentum going.
The Ducks are at home today against the St. Louis Blues. The game starts at 6 PM PT.
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January 15, 2016