Led By Special Teams, Ducks Ground Jets 3-2


Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

By: Matthew Garcia

The Anaheim Ducks were at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg to conclude their brief two-game road trip against the Jets, this will mark the first of three meetings between the two teams. The Jets are coming off a 5-3 win against the Blues on Saturday, while the Ducks are looking to regroup tonight as they dropped their last game to the Wild by a final of 5-3 on Saturday night as well. The Jets will once again be without the services of one of their top goal scorers Patrik Laine as he is missing his eighth consecutive game due to an upper-body injury, the Ducks will be without the services of Jakob Silfverberg for the second straight game as he is out with an upper-body injury. Jonathan Bernier gets the start tonight for the Ducks and will be playing his second straight game as he came in for John Gibson who went down with an injury midway through the first period against Minnesota on Saturday. Ondrej Pavelec gets the start for Winnipeg.

Period 1:

The scoring didn’t take long to get underway in Winnipeg as Andrew Copp was found screaming down the middle of the ice and put one up past the stick side of Bernier to make it 1-0 just 02:14 into the game. Immediately following the face-off after the goal Jared Boll dropped the gloves with Chris Thorburn, Boll got the upper hand at the end with two thunderous right hands that dropped Thorburn. The Ducks found themselves in penalty trouble early as Kevin Bieksa would get the gate for hooking on Blake Wheeler who was screaming to the short side of Bernier. The Jets would be unable to convert on their power play opportunity, but the Ducks would strike shorthanded for the second time in as many games as Logan Shaw would find a rebound in the blue paint and slam it past Pavelec to tie the game less than two minutes after the Jets opening goal. The Ducks would not be done there as Rickard Rakell would take a pass from Ryan Getzlaf off a Winnipeg defender, and weave his way through the defense before potting his 20th of the season from below the face-off circle to make it 2-1. The first period horn would sound and the Ducks take a 2-1 lead into the intermission Anaheim outshot Winnipeg that period 13-6.

Period 2:

The second period started to see Anaheim throw a defensive blanket over the Jets as through the first half of the second period Winnipeg had registered just three shots on goal with no real good looks against Bernier. The Jets would receive their second power play of the game as Josh Manson would get a roughing call levied against him as he went to evade a hit from Joel Armia, but instead got his arm into the face of Armia. The Ducks would be up to the task as they successfully killed off the penalty without allowing a single shot on goal. The Ducks got a great look with a 3-1 break, but Rakell would miss the short side by about a foot shooting high on Pavelec, shortly after their 3-1 break Winnipeg would begin to storm the castle causing Bieksa to take an interference penalty as he took down Copp who was crashing to the front of the net. The Jets looked very dangerous on their third power play of the night registering five shots on goal coming close to converting on a few, but the Ducks would once again kill off the penalty remaining perfect to this point. 17 minutes into the second period Anaheim would receive their very first power play of the evening as Brandon Tanev would sit for two minutes on a goaltender interference call, the Ducks would be unsuccessful on their first power play attempt tonight registering just a single shot on goal. As the second period horn sounds Ryan Kesler would hit Mark Scheifele causing a small scrum in front of the Anaheim bench, penalties to be announced at beginning of the third. Anaheim leads 2-1 after two, Winnipeg would register 10 shots for a period total of 16, while Anaheim would register 5 for a period total of 18.

Period 3:

Winnipeg would begin the third period on the power play as Corey Perry would receive the extra roughing minor at the end of the second period. Ducks would once again be successful as they would kill off Winnipeg’s fourth power-play opportunity of the night while allowing just three shots on goal on this man advantage. Ducks would continue their defensive dominance not allowing a lot of room for the Winnipeg attackers as they have allowed just four shots on goal since the Jets’ opening period power play. Armia would be on the receiving end of a holding call while in the attacking zone as he would pull Cam Fowler to the ice. Kesler would get a great opportunity to bury one on the man advantage but Pavelec would be up to the challenge stopping a slap shot from the face-off circle, the Ducks would recover the puck and Getzlaf would re-direct a Shea Theodore point shot past Pavelec to give themselves a 3-1 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation. A little 4-4 action would be played as Adam Lowry would get the gate for holding, and Antoine Vermette would go for embellishment. The Jets who have been extremely good in 4-4 play make Anaheim pay as Nikolaj Ehlers would have the seas part for him and drive to the net, and put on past Bernier to make it 3-2 with just over seven minutes to play in the game. The Ducks’ mishaps would not stop there as Hampus Lindholm would get the gate for high-sticking with just 05:58 remaining in regulation. Ducks would remain perfect on the night killing off the Jets’ fifth power play opportunity. With just 02:19 left in the third Winnipeg pulls Pavelec for the extra attacker for the Jets. Anaheim would survive the Jets’ onslaught in the final two minutes of the third period and come out victorious. Winnipeg would register 17 shots for a game total of 33, Anaheim would record 9 shots for a game total of 27.

Final Score: Anaheim-3 Winnipeg-2

The Anaheim Ducks were looking for a bounce-back game against Winnipeg as they were not pleased with their performance against Minnesota on Saturday night as they saw a 3-1 lead eventually turn into a 5-3 loss. Anaheim did really well tonight through the first two periods as they clamped down defensively not allowing many point-blank chances for the Jets, but the third saw a small collapse in team play as they allowed 17 shots in the final frame and saw a 3-1 lead turn into a 3-2 lead and Winnipeg looking to get the tying mark sending everybody they had to the net. The Ducks withstood the push from Winnipeg, standing behind solid goaltending from Bernier to help secure the 3-2 win. This was the second night in a row where the Ducks really dominated the special teams play going 5 for 5 on the penalty kill, notching a shorthanded goal while also going 1 for 2 on the power play.

Game/Team Notes:

Logan Shaw notched his first shorthanded goal of his career.

Rickard Rakell notched his 20th goal of the season, his first back-to-back 20 goal seasons.

Randy Carlyle received his 300th career win as the Anaheim head coach.

Hampus Lindholm earned an assist, which was his 100th career point.

What’s Next?

Anaheim (27-14-9) will host Edmonton (26-15-8) Wednesday night at 7:00 PM PT

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January 24, 2017