By Randy Gonzalez
Ducks face a depleted New York Rangers team that is coming off of a loss Sunday night to the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers have not been a good road team coming into tonight’s game with a record of 7-11-2 this season. Anaheim comes into tonight’s contest looking to rebound from Sunday nights loss to the San Jose Sharks. Starting goaltenders for tonight’s game were John Gibson for Anaheim and Henrik Lundqvist for New York.
The game started with some great energy and looked like a team ready to play. The scoring would start early as TJ Brown would take the puck out of the Anaheim zone, come down the boards and would score the first goal of the game unassisted. The scoring flood gate would then open as Rick Nash would score the first goal for the Rangers on the power play mid way through the period. Corey Perry would answer with a power play goal of his own on a short breakaway making it 2-1 Anaheim. A couple minutes after the Anaheim goal, Rick Nash would once again score tying the game at 2-2. Near the end of the period Andrew Cogliano would be the next to score after he takes a drop pass from Josh Manson and rifles one to the top of the net. Henrik Lundqvist would see his night end after giving up three goals as he was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec. Brandon Montour would take a tripping penalty right after the Anaheim goal giving the Rangers their second power play of the period. Anaheim would go on to score a short handed goal when poor puck management in Rangers zone gave Ryan Getzlaf the puck off a steal who then passed it to Adam Henrique for the goal. The period would end with a score of 4-2 in favor of Anaheim. Shots 18-8 in favor of New York.
In the second period, New York would give up three power play chances to Anaheim. The Ducks did not capitalize on any of the power plays but would give up a goal short-handed when Ryan Getzlaf lost an edge and would lose the puck. Mika Zibanejad would recover the loose puck and pass it to Michael Grabner for a short-handed breakaway goal. The game was now 4-3 in favor of Anaheim. The Ducks would start the third period with left-over time from a power play after Brenden Smith would get a slashing penalty against Ryan Kesler with less than two minutes to go in the period. Shots on goal were 14 for both sides.
The third period started with Anaheim on the continuation of the power play. Twelve seconds into the start of the period and Jesper Fast would get called for interference against Ondrej Kase giving Anaheim a 5-3 power play. The Rangers would kill off the first power play but two seconds later Rickard Rakell would score a great power play goal after he collects a big rebound off of Ondrej Pavelec’s right pad after a shot from Cam Fowler, making it 5-3 Anaheim. Both teams would trade scoring chances as the period went on and John Gibson would come up with some great saves. Anaheim continued to play well in the Rangers zone and controlled a lot of the play in the period. In the final minutes of the game, Ryan Getzlaf would net an empty-netter to seal the game for the Ducks with a final score of 6-3 Anaheim. Shots on goal this period were 12 -9 in favor of New York. The total shots on goal were 44-31 also in favor of New York.
The Ducks improved their play from Sunday night’s game. Randy Carlyle moved all four lines around which seemed to have worked. The offense improved their net-front presence from two nights ago which put pressure on the New York defense by pinning the puck in the Rangers zone. The defense was still shaky at times but did a great job at keeping the Rangers offense to the outer part of the defensive zone. John Gibson once again stood tall in net saving 41 of 44 shots. Tonight’s games saw a couple firsts. TJ Brown scored his first goal in a Ducks jersey and Adam Henrique scored his first short-handed goal of the season. The Ducks will face a much improved Winnipeg Jets team from last season. This will be Anaheim’s last game before the All-Star break. The game is Thursday night at Honda Center, puck drop is at 7:00 pm.
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January 24th, 2018