By: Matthew Garcia
The Anaheim Ducks (25-17-9) would be in Kanata, Ontario for a tilt with the Ottawa Senators. (15-24-9) The Ducks are playing their second of five games on this current road trip, they took the first one in Boston by a final score of 3-1 and will be looking to extend their current three-game win streak to four. Meanwhile, the Senators are looking to snap a six-game losing streak. With a win or an OT/SO loss AND an LA Kings loss, the Ducks would climb back into a playoff spot within the Pacific Division. Tonight’s starting goaltenders would be Ryan Miller for Anaheim and Mike Condon for Ottawa.
Both teams would hit the ground running early in the first, however one player stuck out more than others and that was Matt Duchene as he would get the first two real good scoring chances. The first one would come by dancing around defenseman Kevin Bieksa and trying to go back against the grain with a one-handed move that Miller would get a toe on, and his second would come off of Bieksa getting caught up with a referee allowing Duchene to go in uncontested on Miller. The Ducks would be awarded the first power play of the game as Erik Karlsson would be sent to the box for tripping Jakob Silfverberg who was cutting to the front of the net, Anaheim would register three shots on goal during the two-minute man advantage but would not be able to convert. The first period would come to an end in a scoreless tie. Shots on goal favored the Ducks 14-10
The middle frame would start off at a much slower pace than the first period as both teams really put a clamp on opportunities. The Ducks would get another crack on the power play just seven minutes into the period as Christopher DiDomenico would be the recipient of an interference penalty right off an offensive zone draw against Adam Henrique. Anaheim would not be able to convert on their second man advantage of the night, however just minutes after the power play expired Silfverberg would rip a shot on net that would unfortunately ring off the iron and down the length of the ice. Ottawa would respond with a plumbing shot of their own. Late in the period the Senators would get their first man advantage of the night as Ryan Kesler would be on the receiving end of a goaltender interference call, Ottawa would not be able to convert on the power play, despite registering three shots on goal during the man advantage. The second period horn would sound and we would still be deadlocked in a scoreless tie, Ottawa would go on to out-shoot the Ducks six-to-four.
Early in the period the Ducks had thought that they would be going on an early man advantage due to a tripping call against Ryan Dzingel, but the officials would even the playing field as they would send Ducks forward Chris Wagner to the box on a very marginal roughing call. However, a power play would be upcoming for the Senators as Silfverberg would be given two minutes for tripping. Ottawa would not waste the opportunity as former Duck Bobby Ryan would get a tip on a Mike Hoffman point shot that would find its way past Miller to give the Senators a 1-0 lead with just over 15 minutes to play. The Ducks would have a knack for the dramatic as Randy Carlyle would pull Miller for an extra attacker and it would pay off as Kesler would tip-in a pass from Rickard Rakell to tie the game with just 54 seconds left in regulation. A late penalty by Henrique would see the Ducks go short-handed for the remainder of regulation and some of overtime.
Ottawa wouldn’t wait long to end the game as Karlsson would rip one past Miller on the power play for the overtime game winner just 32 seconds into the extra session.
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February 1st, 2018