Penalties Killed the Ducks in the Game Against the Avalanche

The Anaheim Ducks lose to the Colorado Avalanche. Call me super suspicious but having a game scheduled on Friday the 13th might have had something to do with the Ducks falling short 3-1 well 2-1 due to an empty net goal with about 1-minute left in the 3rd period.

The Anaheim Ducks had 8 penalties which gave the Colorado Avalanche 8 power plays, while there 1 penalty for the Colorado Avalanche which means only 1 power play for the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks announced that Ryan Getzlaf would not be playing in the game due to injury, so the Ducks had to find a way to get the win without him but with too many penalties against the Ducks which gave several advantages for the Colorado Avalanche they weren’t able to bring home a win from their first away game of the season.

The Ducks went up against a familiar face, Jonathan Bernier who was the back-up goalie for the Anaheim Ducks last year, so the Ducks went into the game with the knowledge of what type of goalie they were going up against. Before the game Vermette and Shaw talked about that he is a competitive goalie, one that is not big in size but that he indeed is a smart goalie.

It seemed to me that the Ducks started off the game the same way that they started off the game against the Islanders on Wednesday, they just didn’t come out on top in this game against in the Avalanche.

Rickard Rakell, was very angry at the referee for the slashing penalty he received giving the Avalanche their 1st power play in the game. It seems to me that the Ducks don’t really tend to do well with power plays and penalty kills. It was on the Avalanche power-play where Gabriel Landeskog managed to get on past John Gibson. Yes that means the Ducks trail by one with the goal on Gibson during the Rakell penalty. That was not the only penalty against the Ducks that they recieved. Montour got a 2-minute penalty for high-sticking, Derek Grant got a penalty for poking McKinnon in the right eye with his hockey stick. Both Corey Perry and Dennis Rasmussen got 2-minutes in the penalty box for slashing.

The Avalanche managed to take 19 shots on John Gibson while the Ducks were able to get only 4 shots on former Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier.

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There was a change to the line-up coming into the 2nd period, which at the time I couldn’t figure out for the life of me. Randy Carlyle pulled John Gibson and didn’t come back in for the rest of the game it was only announced at the end of the game that the Ducks starting and #1 goalie John Gibson was out with an injury.


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Reto Berra made his NHL debut in last night’s game when he stepped in for John Gibson after Gibson left the game with an injury. Berra played the remaining 2 periods of the game.

The Colorado Avalanche coach challenged for goaltender interference on what should’ve been their second goal, the call on the ice was Colorado “No Goal” after review of play the call to Toronto was made that gave a suggestion but the official call was made by the referee that was made by the referee that made the goal on the ice that ruled it “No Goal”. The Colorado Avalanche lost their time-out because they lost their challenge.

A nasty hit made on Brandon Montour, he gets rocked pretty bad so bad that the knee on knee contact that caused him to do a 360 landing flat on his back, the good news was that he got up so it was very different from knee on knee contact Ducks players received last season. Shortly after that the Ducks go on their first power-play, which they did really nothing with.

Holtzer gives some hate toward Wilson, the announcers thoughts on that were that there might be some leftover feeling from the playoffs when Wilson played for the Nashville Predators.

Something that really made me yell and get angry was when Josh Manson got hit into the glass and got punched and Manson gets the penalty for roughing when there was no penalty for roughing that should’ve been called.

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Final period of regulation and the 1st thing that happened was another penalty for slashing was called on Cam Fowler who got 2-minutes in the penalty box for the slash. Sometime after that ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!!!!! BRANDON MONTOUR, short-handed goal. That goal was Montour’s 1st goal of the season, with that goal the game is tied at 1.

Something gets repeated to the Colorado Avalanche same thing that happened to them in the second period. The call on the ice was no goal- goaltender interference- AVALANCHE NO GOAL, but the Avalanche got an up-side when Brandon Montour got a penalty for slashing and on that power play the Avalanche managed to score a goal on Berra that finally counted as a goal, a power-play goal.

The referee didn’t make a call after Vermette gets a high-stick to the face, it was a call that totally should have been called. With the Ducks desperate for a goal to tie-up the game, Randy Carlyle pulls Reto Berra with just 1-minute left but unfortunalty for the Ducks an empty netter goal was made, making the final score of the game 3-1. The Ducks lost to the team that was the worst team in the NHL last season and that team defeated the Anaheim who played a few rounds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. Maybe if we had some of our key players the game would have been different but they had to make due with the players that they had.

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Berra on going in the game, he knew that he’d go in during the first intermission “you try to follow the puck, follow the game for when you go in.” – Reto Berra.

Randy Carlyle on Getzlaf and Gibson, Randy said that both Getzlaf and Gibson are “day-to day” at this point- Randy Carlyle.

Randy Carlyle on the game, “We have to learn. The slashing penalties we took tonight are the new rules being enforced.”- Randy Carlyle

Ducks are back at Home and will go up against the Buffalo Sabres @ 6 pm in Honda Center. If you are going to the game at Honda Center know that it is “Hockey Fights for Cancer” Ducks would like all fans attending the game to bring crazy socks for courageous kids, this will help the Anaheim Ducks fill the JoyJars for The Jessie Rees Foundation.

I am looking to see some players on the injured list come back to play in the game on Sunday, the players like Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen and possibly Ondrej Kase if he is healing and looking game day ready. If they aren’t back for Sunday’s game I hope to see them soon maybe next week or the following week or at least before Halloween.

LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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