By Adam Tenenbaum and Michael Walters
The Ducks finished off their homestand, as they faced off with the Winnipeg Jets for their second meeting of the season. The Ducks are coming off a win on Tuesday against the New York Rangers and looked to make it two straight heading into the all-star break. The Jets have won three straight and sit up top the Central Division with 65 points. The starting netminders for the contest were Connor Hellebuyck for the Jets and John Gibson for the Ducks.
In the first, the Jets would get on the board first as Patrik Laine would cash in off a Ducks turnover and make it 1-0 Jets. Later in the period, with a delayed penalty for slashing, Adam Henrique would find the back of net to tie up the hockey game at one. Following the goal, Nick Ritchie was guilty of roughing, giving the Jets their first power play of the night. On the power play, the Jets appeared to score, but instead were called for goaltending interference prior to goal, which made it 4 on 4. Late in the period, Ducks captain, Ryan Getzlaf was guilty of tripping, giving Winnipeg their second power play of the game. Once again, they did not score as the game remained 1-1. The score would stay the same as horn sounded for the opening twenty. Shots in the first were 14 to 11 in favor of Winnipeg.
Early in the second, Nick Ritchie would break the tie, as he tips in a shot from Adam Henrique, to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. The lead did not last long as the Ducks coughed up the puck in their own zone, which led to a 2-on-0 break for the Jets, and Brandon Tanev one-timing a shot past Gibson to tie up the game at two. Later in the period, the Ducks would get their second power play as Toby Enstrom was guilty of slashing. The Ducks would not score however and the game remained deadlocked at two. Late in the period, Marko Dano would be called for tripping, as the Ducks would go on the power play again. Once again, they failed to score as the game remained tied. Minutes later the teams would remain tied just like they were at the end of one. Shots in the second were 11 to 9 in favor of Anaheim.
In the third, Ryan Kesler would break the tie as he throws a wild puck at the net that found it’s way past Hellebuyck to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Once again, the Ducks lead evaporated quickly as Jack Roslovic scored his first NHL goal, to tie up the game at three. Later in the period, the Ducks would their fourth power play as Nikolaj Ehlers would be called for closing his hand on the puck. The Ducks power play would fail to score again, as they went 0 for 4 with the extra man on the night. Late in the period, John Gibson would leave the game as he was run into by Jets captain, Blake Wheeler. Ryan Miller came in relief of Gibson and did not face a shot. The game remained tied after regulation, with both teams earning a point. Shots in the third 11 to 4 in favor of the Ducks.
In the overtime session, the Ducks possessed the puck the majority of the way. Kesler and Rakell both had great chances to win the hockey game, but could not cash in. Shots in the overtime period were 6 to 0 in favor of the Ducks, as the game went to a shootout.
Ducks: Corey Perry, saved
Jets: Bryan Little, saved
Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf: miss
Jets: Patrick Laine; saved
Ducks: Rickard Rakell, miss
Jets: Blake Wheeler, saved
Ducks: Ondrej Kase- saved
Jets: Matt Hendricks – saved
Ducks- Adam Henrique- goal
Jets: Mathieu Perrault – saved
The Ducks played a solid game and could have won in regulation if not for some key turnovers in this contest. The first two goals scored by the Jets were the result of turnovers in the Ducks own zone. Even the Jets third goal was the result of clearing attempt by Ryan Getzlaf that ended up on Jack Roslovic’s stick, which he shot past Gibson to tie the game at three. In the shootout, the Ducks played a game of keep away from the Jets. Anaheim held the puck making several line changes trying to get a quality scoring chance while at the same time tiring out the Jets players on the ice. The Ducks had a few good chances but ultimately had to go to the shootout. Henrique scored the only goal and that’s all Anaheim needed for the win.
Miller recorded the win tonight without making an official save(excluding the shootout). It’s just the sixth time that’s happened in NHL history in the last 40 years (Elias Sports Bureau).
The Anaheim Ducks recorded their 500th win at home in franchise history. (Hockey Reference)
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January 26th, 2018