By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks took on the Nashville Predators for the second time this season. The Ducks lost the first meeting 5-3. Ryan Miller went in net for Anaheim and Pekka Rinne went for Nashville. Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg both did not play in this contest.
The game started off tense as Filip Forsberg ran into Ryan Miller. Andrew Cogliano didn’t like the play and took exception. The result was two minute penalties for both Forsberg and Cogliano. After that, Corey Perry and P.K. Subban got into it in front of the Nashville net. The Ducks got a power play, but couldn’t convert. Josh Manson and Cody McLeod then dropped the gloves in a very spirited bout. Nashville got a late power play, but the Ducks killed it off as the teams headed to the locker room tied at zero.
Nashville would score first in the game on a power play, but not without controversy. Kevin Fiala knocked Nick Ritchie‘s stick out of his hands and wasn’t called for a penalty. The puck then came to Fiala, who scored. Ritchie hit Fiala out of frustration and a scrum broke out. The Ducks did get even as Adam Henrique scored his first goal as a Duck when he beat Rinne from the slot on their own power play.
The Ducks took the lead as Cam Fowler drifted in between the red circles and snuck the puck past Rinne’s stick side. Chris Wagner was called for a penalty and the Predators tied the game on the power play. Nashville then thought they took the lead, but Miller made an acrobatic save and kept the puck out of the net. The teams battled hard in the final period, but overtime was needed to determine a winner.
Nothing could be solved in overtime so the teams went to a shootout. Fiala and Kyle Turris both scored in the shootout and the Ducks couldn’t get one past Rinne. Nashville won 3-2.
The Ducks battled hard in this game and should have come up with two points. Both of Nashville’s goals were controversial. The first goal came after Fiala knocked Ritchie’s stick out of his hands prior to scoring and no penalty call was made. The second goal by Nashville was the result of a power play that was awarded because Filip Forsberg fell down when Chris Wagner tapped him on his back after a play. Frustrating night for Anaheim, but they played well with their depleted lineup.
Adam Henrique scored his first goal as an Anaheim Duck. He has two points(1 G + 1 A) in two games with Anaheim.
Ryan Miller still has yet to lose in regulation(2-0-4) in his six starts for the Ducks this season.
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December 2nd, 2017