The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2 Wednesday night. The Ducks came into the game knowing that it was a milestone night for Antoine Vermette, this being his 1,000th NHL game he’s played but they didn’t know that it was going to be memorable for Kevin Roy who got his very first NHL goal on Wednesday night’s game against the Bruins.
With this win the Anaheim Ducks continue their winning streak against the Boston Bruins. The Ducks won their eighth straight victory over the Bruins.
Despite missing key players in the Ducks lineup due to their injuries/recovering from surgery the Ducks found a way to end up on top with another Duck out of the lineup, Hampus Lindholm was out for the game but I heard recently that it is a 99.9% chance that he WILL be playing in Sunday’s game.
Just as always the period started off with soild goaltending by John Gibson. With every game his goaltending seems to get better and better at his game. Skating back and forth, handling the puck better and the Ducks being more aggressive with the puck, the Ducks knew that it was only a matter of time for one of the shots on goal to go in… and that did happen for the Ducks in the opening period.
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! KEVIN ROY!!! HIS 1ST NHL CAREER GOAL!!!!!! Roy was able to put the puck in the net, Nick Ritchie shot and it is rebounded off the goalie and the bouncing puck rebound was no trouble for Kevin Roy. The Ducks are in the lead 1-0.
The Ducks head to the locker room with the lead while the Bruins going in trailing by 1 with the Ducks in the lead 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Bruins will come into the second desperate for a goal to tie the game up but with John Gibson giving a stellar and solid performance it will be one of those things that is easier said than done.
So this happened just about a minute and a half into the second period. John Gibson with the save. He continues to show just what kind and how good of a goalie and teammate he really is. He came through for the Ducks with this rediculously awesome save. I still can’t believe how athletic he is to be able to save this one.
Then the Boston Bruins tie up the game with a goal by Daton Heinen. The game is now all tied up at 1.
Click here to see the Bruins goal: Bruins Goal by Heinen
With just 5:28 left on the clock ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!JOSH MANSON!!!!!!!!!! Perry fails his sweet swifty move so he gets the puck to Manson in the corner and just fires it and what do you know the puck went in. What a goal from Perry to Manson, the Ducks have the lead once again in this game. It’s 2-1 Ducks.
I’ve said it before but I have to say it again, Chris Wagner is a Beast. He took a big hit on Noel Acciari, Wagner hit him so effortlessly. He is the kind of player that doesn’t need speed to build up momentum for a hard hit
Nick Ritchie wraps this period with…. ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!!! NICK RITCHIE!!!!! With a great pass from Manson, Nick Ritchie basically just found the net. Now it is 3-1 Ducks.
Here is the link for the Ritchie Goal if the video doesn’t work: Ritchie Goal
The Ducks head to the locker room with a 2 goal lead against the Bruins. It’s 3-1 Ducks. Lets bring this home Ducks. The Bruins will be coming into the final period trailing by 2.
Here we go, we’re at the beginning of the final stretch of the game.
Brandon Carlo decides to exchanges some words with Andrew Cogliano, that didn’t amount to anything. Plus Andrew Cogliano isn’t much of a fighter anyway, so it’s probably a good thing that nothing got started between Carlo and Cogliano.
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEREK GRANT!!!!!!!!! With a shot on goal by Perry at the time everyone thought it was a Perry goal but it got tipped in by Grant. I saw who cares, that’s all statistics. All that matters is that the Anaheim Ducks remain in the lead, making it 4-1 Ducks, Bruins now trail by 3.
Corey Perry looses his balance and he lands hard on his right knee. He heads straight to the locker room and putting little to no pressure on his knee.
The first penalty of the night is on Nick Ritchie for tripping Sean Kuraly. Since the Ducks were being aggressive with the puck on the penalty kill. The Bruins weren’t able to do anything on their power play.
Boston Bruins Goal. Noel Acciari with the short rebound. John Gibson was unable to control the puck from going in. The Bruins now trail by 2. The Ducks are still in the lead, it’s 2-4 Ducks.
With time winding down and a goaltender giving a solid performance, John Gibson denied them for the win.
ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN 4-2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Gibson stopped 39 of 41 shots on goal. Words can’t even begin to describe John Gibson’s athletic abilities that he showed tonight. Gibby Time is always a GOOD TIME!
Thoughts from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:
Corey Perry (on generating chances): I’m starting to feel more confident with the puck. I always keep telling myself I have more time than I have. Early on, I was getting rid of the puck a little too soon. I can hold onto it and make plays.
Corey Perry (on the second period): We didn’t play very well, that’s for sure. I don’t think we had a shot until eight minutes left in the second [period]. We found a way to score a goal and get another one right after. It’s not the way we want to play, but we’ll take it.
Kevin Roy (on the emotions after scoring his first NHL goal): I didn’t see it. I just heard the noise and saw the players around me. It just felt awesome. It’s a moment you dream of. Getting the first one is pretty special.
Kevin Roy (on former Northeastern teammates scoring against the Bruins): Mans [Josh Manson] had a big game, too. It was pretty awesome. Maybe a little extra motivation for us. It was good to see.
Josh Manson (on Roy’s goal): It was awesome. I couldn’t be more happy for him. He’s worked really hard. I’ve seen the progress through college. He’s a goal scorer. It’s the first of many.
Josh Manson (on the victory): You’re always desperate for wins in this league. We’re banged up right now. We have a lot of injuries. We’re trying to get through it and come out on the good side of it. Just trying to get through it until we get guys back. We’ve been doing a pretty decent job. There are a lot of things we need to tighten up on. The urgency is there right now to get some wins.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the start): We had our legs underneath us and it was a much better start to the hockey game than we had the other night against Tampa. That was our focus. We couldn’t afford to have that type of start. We got ourselves a one-goal lead and then kind of went to sleep, but we found ways at opportunistic times to score some goals.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on preparing for Sunday’s game): Tomorrow will be a day off and we’ll come back to practice on Friday and Saturday. Get ourselves ready for Sunday. That’s what we talked about after the game, what’s ahead of us. We have this time here to get our hockey club playing well and to make sure we take the necessary steps to prepare for Sunday because that’s the important one. Hopefully we can build off a strong game there and carry it through into next week.
Thoughts from the Boston Bruins players and coaches:
Jake DeBrusk (on the second period): Some bounces were going their way. I thought we had a really good second overall. We had some guys in front of the net doing their thing. There were a couple of plays there that they capitalized on. It was a lead we couldn’t get back.
Jake DeBrusk (on John Gibson’s performance): There were other times where I thought we could have more guys in front of the net and more bodies, including myself. You can pick and choose what you want to critique, but good on him. He’s a very good goaltender.
Tuukka Rask (on the team’s defensive performance): Letting in four goals is something we want to fix. There were tough bounces. I don’t want to evaluate that. I haven’t seen the video, but there were tough bounces for my part.
Tuukka Rask (on the margin of error with patchwork lineup): It’s very thin, especially with how much we have to work for our goals. We haven’t been scoring a lot lately and those goals have been tough to come by. We can’t afford to have any unlucky bounces against us and today we had a couple. We have to try to limit our errors and play as solid as possible.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy (on the second period): We weren’t great in the first. Obviously, they had lots of energy and a good push and we got behind, and deserved to be behind a goal. We found our game in the second and that was one of our better periods most of the year.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy (on the patchwork lineup): I’m not going to use that as an excuse. We’ve got some young players up front, we know that, but at the back-end and our goaltending there is experience there.
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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