By Michael Walters
The Ducks came out strong and dominated the entire period. Anaheim outshot Colorado 22-3 and had three power play chances. It looked like at any moment the Ducks would score, but Pickard kept the Avalanche in the game. He was able to block all 22 shots and Colorado killed off all three penalties. There was no score after one period.
In the second period, it was Colorado who came out fired up. Just over halfway into the period, Eric Gelinas fired a shot that cracked the glass behind the Anaheim net. The Honda Center employees brought out two different pieces of glass, but neither one fit. The on-ice officials decided to have the second period intermission and it was announced a third period of 29:48 would be played. Once the glass was finally able to be replaced, it was then announced the teams would play the 9:48 remaining in the period, then there would be a dry scrape followed by the normal third period. After the delay was all said and done, Colorado would end up scoring on a goal by Gabriel Landeskog in the period and lead 1-0. The Avalanche outshot the Ducks 12-7 in the period.
In the opening minutes of the period, Nikita Zadorov put a big hit on Jakob Silfverberg into the boards. Silfverberg was down for a moment, then was able to skate on his own power to the locker room, but he didn’t return to the game. About two minutes later Josh Manson engaged Zadorov and the two dropped the gloves. The Ducks put on the pressure after the bout and finally broke through getting a power play goal from Hampus Lindholm after Landeskog was called for hooking. The teams continued to battle for the rest of the period and it looked like the game might go to overtime, but Nick Ritchie shot a laser past Pickard giving Anaheim a 2-1 lead with just over two minutes left. Colorado pulled the goalie for the extra, but Anaheim was able to hang on for the 2-1 win.
This game was a tale of two teams for the Anaheim Ducks. In the opening period, the Ducks looked like they were on a mission and could have easily scored two or more goals in the period. Pickard kept the Avalanche alive and they turned the tables on the Ducks in the second period. Anaheim was on their heels for a majority of the first ten minutes of the second period. The 45-minute glass delay may have helped the Ducks regroup, but they were scored on shortly after that and trailed 1-0 after two periods. The turning point in this game seemed to come in the third period after Silfverberg was knocked out of the game. The Ducks appeared fired up after the hit and returned to the play that was present in the first period. Manson stood up for Silfverberg by fighting Zadorov and then the Ducks were able to get two scores to pull out the win.
Silfverberg left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury. According to Randy Carlyle, he is being evaluated to the extent of the injury.
During the game, it was announced the Ducks traded Andrew O’Brien to the Nashville Predators for Max Gortz. He has played in 30 games with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals this season, recording four points(1G + 3A). He will report to San Diego.
Ducks travel to Minnesota on Saturday to play the Wild at 6 PM PT.
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January 20, 2017