By Adam Tenenbaum and Michael Walters
The Ducks hit the road for a brief one-game road trip, as they visited the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. The Ducks are fresh off beating the Dallas Stars on Wednesday and look to make it five straight victories overall. The Coyotes come in 4-1 in their last five but sit at the bottom of the Pacific Divison with 44 points. The starting goalies for the contest were Ryan Miller for Anaheim and Antti Raanta for the Coyotes.
In the first, the Coyotes would get on the board first, as Jason Demers confuses Miller with a shot, and made it 1-0 Coyotes. Later in the period, Chris Wagner would take a seat in the penalty for roughing, as the Coyotes got their first power play chance. The Ducks would kill off the man advantage as the game remained 1-0 in favor of Arizona. Ducks would get some decent scoring chances following the penalty kill, but could not sustain any offense and went into the locker room down 1-0 after the opening twenty minutes of play. Shots in the first were 14 to 9 in favor of the Coyotes.
In the second, the Ducks would be shorthanded again, as Ryan Kesler was guilty of hooking. The Ducks would kill off another Coyotes power play, but just seconds after it expired, Francois Beauchemin would be called for a slash, putting them down a man again. Just like the first two, the Coyotes failed to score as the Ducks remained down a goal. Following the power play, the Coyotes got a great chance at extending their lead, but a diving Brandon Montour saved a goal, as the Coyotes bid was denied. The Ducks would get their first power play late in the period, as Clayton Keller would be called for tripping. The Ducks power play would sustain some good pressure, but would not score as the horn sounded with just over 10 seconds left on their man advantage. Coyotes remained up 1-0 after two. Shots in the second were 14 to 7 in favor of Arizona.
The Ducks power play would expire as they began the third period of play. Moments later, Ryan Getzlaf would take a seat for tripping as the Coyotes went on their fourth power play of the night. They would not score despite some great pressure, and the game remained 1-0 in favor of the home team. Following the power play, the Ducks would get one of their own, as Brad Richardson was guilty of interference, giving the Ducks their second power play of the evening. Once again, the Ducks came up empty as they remained down a goal. Later in the period, the Ducks would get a great chance as Andrew Cogliano tipped a puck from Ryan Kesler on net, but it was stopped by Raanta keeping the Ducks off the board. The Ducks would eventually pull Miller for the extra attacker, but the Coyotes would put the nail in the coffin, as Max Domi would hit the empty net, giving the Yotes a 2-0 lead. A minute later and the horn would sound, as the Coyotes shutout the Ducks 2-0, to snap the Ducks four-game win streak. Shots in the third were 10 to 9 in favor of Anaheim.
After winning four games in a row, some in exciting fashion, this game was a total dud. The Ducks only managed a few quality scoring chances in this game with most their shots coming from the perimeter. Anaheim did have another solid defensive effort giving up only one goal which appeared to handcuff Miller. The Ducks had an opportunity to jump past San Jose for second place with a win but now will have to regroup for Edmonton.
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February 25th, 2018