Another emotional game night at the Honda Center where the Anaheim Ducks face the New York Islanders for the first time this season. At last night’s game there was a tribute to the Vegas victims and responders that the Ducks flew out to see the game and spend time with the Anaheim Ducks, the tribute was between the 1st and 2nd period.
Good news for the Anaheim Ducks Patrick Eaves was added to the lineup and contributed to the Ducks with a goal in the 3rd period. YOU BETTER FEAR THE BEARD as the Anaheim Ducks like to say.
Last night, Andrew Cogliano scoring 36 seconds in the 1st period of the game got the Ducks on the map, that was the Ducks first shot on goal. The shooting on goal in the first period clearly went to the Islanders with like 21 shots on goal and John Gibson with a stellar performance only let one goal in during the first period. Watching them get the puck and drive into the Anaheim zone trying so hard to get a puck in the net but John Gibson shutting down and saving all but one of the pucks that the Islanders shot. John Gibson saved 20 of 21 shots on goal in the 1st period. And at the end of the first the Ducks are tied at 1-1.
The Anaheim Ducks head into the 2nd period tied 1-1, but there is one thing that they know for sure that their goalie is looking smooth in his game and that he is in the zone. The Ducks needed to focus on scoring and playing a lot in the Islander zone and that is something the they did. The Ducks got back on top with a goal by none other than Rickard Rakell who was able to tap the puck in through the wickets of the Islanders goalie. Cam Fowler made a sweet shot and that is when Rakell just tapped the puck into the net. Now, Jared Boll, I sometimes like to call him a younger version of George Perros, last night Boll sat for 2-minutes with a penalty for roughing. There are many nicknames/sayings that I have for Jared Boll, such as, “I came in like a wrecking Boll” and “watch out for the Bolldozer” and “here comes the Bolling ball”, just to name a few. Jared Boll got his penalty for roughing and it was a great hit into the glass. With John Gibson on fire he managed to stop every single shot that the Islanders shot his way during the 2nd period. This leaves the score 2-1 Ducks take the lead at the end of the 2nd period.
Now, with the Ducks on top can they make it through the last 20 minutes of play? Well, at the start of the period Boll gets hit with receiving another 2-minute penalty for slashing. Fear the Beard as the Ducks say, Patrick Eaves comes through and with a pass from Josh Manson, Patrick Eaves gets his first goal in his 1st game of the season and this is after missing training camp, pre-season and the first 3 games of the season. According to the Ducks, Patrick Eaves is back and came through for the Ducks with a goal from Getzlaf and Manson with the assist. Now the Ducks added pressure on the Islanders during one of the power plays. Most of the time the Ducks haven’t really executed during power plays, with the addition of Derek Grant the Ducks had a power play goal until the Islander coach decides to challenge the goal for offsides, the referees declared that there is no goal due to the Ducks player was in fact offsides. It would’ve been nice for it to count as a goal because that would have been Derek Grant’s 1st NHL career goal and also would have been nice for that goal to count because then the Ducks would have a 2 goal lead against the Islanders. Winding down to the final minutes of the game, at 1:30 minutes left in the game the Islanders pull their goalie for an extra attacker hoping to tie the game and go into overtime but with John Gibson on fire he basically said no goals for you not in this game that is what his playing said in those final minutes of the game.
AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN!!!!!!!! The Ducks defeat the Islanders 3-2. Now some responses to the game from the Anaheim Ducks and head coach Randy Carlyle:
John Gibson: Well, the start wasn’t something to be proud of, but we found a way to get out of it and get the win.
Rickard Rakell: We knew we could play so much better. It was a good response from the whole team going forward after the first period. We took advantage of the chances we had tonight, and that was important.
Patrick Eaves: We got the win. That was perfect. We found a way.
Randy Carlyle: We need to find a new formula to stimulate our players at the start of the game. Right now, it seems the start has been difficult.
The Anaheim Ducks face Colorado Avalanche on Friday at the Pepsi Center in Colorado at 6 pm. So get ready Ducks fans for the Ducks game, they are coming off a win and they are facing a team that had one of the worst seasons in the NHL last season. Look out the Ducks are coming looking for their first win of their first away season game.
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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