By Michael Walters
The Ducks struck early in this game as a poor pass by the Penguins led to a partial breakaway chance for Ondrej Kase, He faked a shot on the forehand and then shot the puck with his backhand high past Murray. Halfway through the period, the Ducks scored again after a failed clearing attempt by the Penguins. Rickard Rakell got to the loose puck and went to the backhand somehow squeezing the puck behind Murray’s arm and body. The Ducks led 2-0 after the first period.
Early in the period, Hampus Lindholm was called for cross checking giving the Penguins the first power play of the game. But it would be the Ducks that took advantage as Brandon Montour cleared the puck and it sprung Andrew Cogliano on a breakaway. Cogliano made no mistake and beat Murray low giving the Ducks a 3-0 lead. Murray was pulled from the game. Towards the end of the period the Ducks were awarded a power play and Cam Fowler made them pay scoring a goal with just four seconds to go in the period.
In the final twenty minutes, the Ducks found a way to shut down the Penguins. Unlike the previous games on this road trip where Anaheim allowed teams back in the game, the Ducks give the Penguins any chance to rally in this game.
The Ducks played a complete game tonight. They beat the Penguins at even strength play and special team play. Gibson had previously had a difficult time with the penguins only winning one game in four contests with a .859 SV% and 4.95 GAA. He had a perfect night stopping all 29 shots on goal and made a spectacular save against Sidney Crosby in the second period. A solid game turned the Ducks road trip into a success as Anaheim finished 3-2-1 in the six contests. They return home to face the Vegas Golden Knights next Wednesday after the holiday break.
Gibson recorded his 13th career shutout.
It’s almost halfway through the season and the Ducks are currently in a playoff spot despite everything they have endued this year.
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December 23rd, 2017