Vermette Leads the Ducks to Victory Over the Blues 3-2

Ducks vs Blues.jpg The goal-scorers of the night Kevin Roy (1g/1a) and Antoine Vermette (2g) (Photo by stlouisgametime.com)

The Ducks came into the game with a losing streak and the Ducks came into the game with devastating loss to Chicago and looking to turn the tables and get back on the right track going into the festive and busy month of December. December is when some of the Ducks IR players dates of expected return is set to be playing before Christmas. One of those players being none other than Ducks veteran Center, alternate captain Ryan Kesler… hopefully we will see Kase, Rakell, Boll, and Montour back in the game within the 24 days before Christmas, that is something that I’m hoping for and is on my “Christmas Wish List” I know that is a weird thing to wish for but I am wishing for Anaheim Ducks players completely healed and ready to get back in action. Sad news for the Ducks that after 2 periods of playing Jakob Silverberg didn’t return in the third and we are now being told that he is out for upper-body injury and is being held out for precautionary reasons. Despite all injuries that the Ducks have experienced this season they go to Columbus on Friday with a 11-10-4 record. After taking into mind their injuries that is a impressive record, playing with a bunch of young players and players that were brought up from the San Diego Gulls.

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For the Blues they expected a win because Paul Kariya was being honored by the Blues for being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and I am thinking there was some magic for Perry having shaken his hand twice this season. Perry didn’t score but he had so many great opportunities to score he just ran into the good goaltending of Jake Allen.

 

Tonight Randy Carlyle changed a pairing in the blue line due to Montour’s injury, he put Sami Vatanen and Francois Beauchemin on the same line which allowed Vatanen to play more on the aggressive side of the game.
 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

It took only 5 minutes for the Ducks to get on board and make it a special night for Kevin Roy. ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! ANTOINE VERMETTE!!!! Assisted by Fracois Beauchemin and Kevin Roy. Roy’s first NHL career assist. The play was under review to determine if there was intentional hand touch on the puck by Antoine Vermette. After review there was no sign of intentional hand touching the puck. WE HAVE A GOOD GOAL. The Anaheim take the lead 1-0 which leaves the Blues trailing by 1.

Click here to see Vermette’s Good Goal: Roy’s 1at NHL assist on Vermette’s goal

It’s penalty killing time for the Anaheim Ducks, Antoine Vermette is off to the penalty box for interference with Brayden Schenn. Unfortunately for the Blues they were unsuccessful in getting a puck past John Gibson. Penalty Killed.

Then out of nowhere Joel Edmundson just punches Corey Perry right in the face. Edmundson recieved a trip to the penalty box for roughing things up with Corey Perry. Too bad for the Ducks because the Blues were able to kill the penalty on Edmundson.

The Blues go on the power play since Antoine Vermette is off to the penalty box again but for cross-checking Brayden Schenn. The Blues again unsuccessful on the power play. John Gibson standing tall and strong. Gibby helped the Ducks kill that penalty.

The Anaheim Ducks are on the power play because Patrik Berglund is off to the penalty box for tripping Logan Shaw. That call was made with 15.4 seconds left on the clock whch means that the Ducks start the second period on the power play.

The Ducks head into the locker room in the lead 1-0, which leaves the Blues trailing. I wonder what the “notes” that the Blues got from their coach after the first period. The Blues enter the period on a sad note beause they are left trailing and starting the period short handed with the Ducks having 1:45 left on their power play.
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And the Anaheim Ducks start the period off with the remainder of their power play, the time that the Blues wished they could’ve killed the penalty to Berglund. It is game of firsts for Anaheim Duck Kevin Roy. ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! KEVIN ROY WITH THE POWER PLAY GOAL!!!!! Kevin Roy with his first NHL career Power Play Goal. Assisted by Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen.

Click here to see Kevin Roy PPG: Roy’s 1st Power Play Goal

We all know how Corey Perry likes to get under players skin and well I guess Robert Bortuzzo had enough, he showed that with his really hard hit that completely knocked Perry down. Here’s what I say about that-UNCALLED FOR. The blind zebras not making the calls when they are so obvious.

Blues have another penalty to kill as Patrik Berglund is sent to the box with a penalty for interference, he interfered with Sami Vatanen. And the Anaheim Ducks are on the power play, right now the Ducks are 1/2 on the power play lets make something happen on this one. The Blues failed to kill the penalty.

ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! ANTOINE VERMETTE!!!!!! Assisted by Chris Wagner and Kevin Bieksa. It’s a POWER PLAY GOAL!!!! Tonight are now 2/3 on the power play.

Click here to see Vermette’s PPG: Vermette’s Power Play Goal

Everyone clearly knows Corey Perry and what type of game he plays and sometimes that ends up with some time in the penalty box and that is where he was headed. With about 7 minutes left in the period Corey Perry is off to the penalty box for tripping Robert Bortuzzo. John Gibson made sure that the Ducks killed the penalty he didn’t allow one single puck in during that Blues power play.

Things get a little bloody when Kevin Bieska gets high-sticked in the face by Vladimir Sobotka. Vladimir Sobotka is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Bieksa, he recieved a double minor because there was blood. The crazy thing is that the Blues were able to kill the 4-minute penalty. Penalty Killed.

The Ducks head to the locker room still in the lead, it’s 3-0 Ducks. Unfortunately the Blues feeling a little blue will be coming into the final period of play trailing by 3. The Ducks just need to keep it up and seal the deal on this game and take the big W from St. Louis.
 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

With just 3-minutes into the period the Ducks go on the power play as Brayden Schenn is off to the penalty box for using his hand in the faceoff, that is a face-off violation penalty. Jake Allen helped his team kill that penalty.

Penalty killing time. Cam Fowler is off to the penalty box for slashing Alexander Steen. The Ducks killed that penalty.

And the St. Louis Blues Goal. Kyle Brodziak with the goal. The puck goes right under the legs of John Gibson- a hard puck to deny entry into the net.

Click here to see Blues Goal: Broziak’s goal #1

The St. Louis Blues pull Jake Allen with 2 munites remaining in the period, this gives the Blues an extra attacker on the ice to see if they can get a goal in the final 2 minutes of the game.

The St. Louis Blues goal with just 16.7 seconds left in the game. It’s Kyle Brodziak with the goal.

Click here to see the Blues Goal: Broziak’s Goal #2

That makes it 3-2 Ducks the Blues are trailing by 1 but with seconds left in the game the Ducks didn’t give them a chance at Gibson since they kept on icing the puck trying to get the puck go into the empty net.

ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Update on where the IR players are at:

Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler are and have been working and skating a lot but have not taken part in practice since being put on IR. Ondrej Kase and Jared Boll both have been skating and practicing with the San Diego Gulls since the team is out on the road trip. Montour skated before Blues game but didn’t feel right so there hasn’t been a known time when he might return.

John Gibson (on losing streak): We were tired of losing. We wanted to come out hard and end the losing streak here tonight. We battled hard. We played a lot better defensively, blocking shots and doing what we needed to do for the win.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle: When you get thumped like we did the other night in Chicago, you look for a response from your group. We knew we could be competitive. Tonight we gave ourselves a chance to win a hockey game. Our special teams basically won us the game.

Josh Manson (on injuries): Odds are against us with guys going down with injuries. We’re not making excuses. We’re finding ways to get the job done. It’s something we need to build on. Get the ball rolling here.

LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Recap: Vermette Scores Twice in 3-2 Victory over Blues”

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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Recap: Vermette Scores Twice in 3-2 Victory over Blues”

 

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