It was a huge night for Adam Henrique, this game marked his NHL career playing in Honda Center as a member of the Anaheim Ducks!
Head Coach Randy Carlyle has put a whole lot of trust in Henrique because for the last couple games he has been in starting lineup- being paired with Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell, and it seems to me that it appears to be a good pairing. The way he plays is that he is a center but shows that he has the ability to play as a winger, that is something that Randy Carlyle can definately take advantage of.
The game marked a few firsts in Ducks players’ NHL careers: Henrique- got his first official goal as a member of the Anaheim Ducks and his first game played at Honda Center as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Miller- first NHL career shutout as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, it was his 40th career NHL shutout which is the second most in NHL history among US born goaltenders.
Because this is a back-to-back game RYAN MILLER gets the start. That’s right is’s MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME! The Anaheim Ducks spotted this sign at Honda Center- I think that this sign is Miller Approved.
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Here are the higlights from the Ducks vs Senators game at Honda Center:
The Ducks went without the aid of Hampus Lindholm and Jakob Silverberg due to injury. They brought up Jaycob Megna to add some depth to the defense and had Beauchemin play in back-to-back games.
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The Ducks came into the game knowing that the Senators haven’t been doing too well so they were going to come at them hard and make them really work hard for the win.
Just about 6 minutes into the game the Anaheim Ducks go on a power play when Derick Brassard is off to the penalty box for high sticking Logan Shaw.
This is what happens about 30 seconds later and Perry and Dion Phaneuf having some issues. Apparently he doesn’t like both Corey Perry and how he tends to get under players skin.
Corey Perry was cross-checked and then shoved into the net and goalie by Dion Phaneuf. Perry decides that he has had enough and they go at it, punches are thrown. Both Perry and Phaneuf are off to the box with a 5-minute penalty for fighting. It’s 4-on-4 for 5 minutes. Both of the teams were able to kill the penalty. Penalty Killed.
When skating up and down the ice the Ducks turned over the puck many times. Passing too much is how the Ducks lost posession of the puck.
The good news is that the Ducks had a strong goaltender that was making save after save. It is so awesome to see the athletic abilities of Ryan Miller’s goaltending skills. That is why the Ducks fans sometimes chant and say “It’s Miller Time, MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME” and if you’re Brian Hayward John Alhers “Big save by Miller or there was no chance for the puck to get past him”. It is so good to have a technically sound goalie that is so good on the PK.
It’s Penalty Killing Time. Brandon Montour is off to the penalty for interference against Jean-Gabriel Pageau. With Miller looking smooth they had no chance. Penalty is killed.
Ryan Miller just continues to display how confident and reliable as he continues to make pad saves and the big unbelievable type of saves that just look effortless. Brian Hayward refers Miller as being the big guy that is building a wall infront of the net, making save after save
Just seconds before the period comes to an end, Andrew Cogliano is off to the penalty box for tripping Erik Karlsson. The penalty kill will continue into the begining of the second period since it was called with just 20 seconds left on the clock.
The Ducks head to the locker room knowing that they will be a man down for 1:40 minutes and that they need to come out strong from the puck drop. Being stronger on defense and letting little access to a chance at Ryan Miller and to be so strong and really aggressive on the offense right from the start. They also need to be aggressive with the puck and get the puck past Anderson and into the net, since the score is tied at 0-0.
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Here we go time to kill the remainder of the penalty to Andrew Cogliano. With the aid of Ryan Miller being unstoppable. Penalty Killed.
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL and #10 COREY PERRY!!! Rakell gets the puck up top from Perry and Rakell finds Henrique and he shoots the puck and it finds the back of the net. This time it officially is a good goal that belongs to Adam Henrique.
The Zebras were blind again and it was a clear call that should have been made. Chris Wagner got high-sticked by Mike Hoffman. The rediculous thing that the game was paused but there was no call made.
With just about 8 minutes left in the period, ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE and THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! He has too much time and too much skill, it was no match for Anderson. To me it looked like an old-school Corey Perry type of goal.
The Ducks go on the penalty kill as Josh Manson is off to the penalty box for delay of game. With Miller on fire and being strong the Ducks were able to kill that penalty.
Antoine Vermette had a pretty close to perfect shot on goal but Anderson just robbed Vermette from scoring a goal with a big glove save.
The Ducks head to the locker room in the lead 2-0, which leaves the Senators trailing by 2. The Ducks are really frusterating the Senators with playing the way that the Ducks are playing. According to the announcers they feel that this is so far the best defensive game that the Ducks have played this month. The Ducks need to come into the 3rd strong and aggressive and keep playing the way that they played in the second period. The Senators are going to come out playing desperate and frusterated because the Ducks defense keeps on shutting them down.
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About 4 minutes into the final period of play the Anaheim Ducks go on a power play when Dion Phaneuf is off to the penalty box for slashing Chris Wagner. Unfortunately, the Senators killed that penalty.
As time passes the Ducks defense keeps on shutting down the Senators and Ryan Miller is on fire, Miller Time is the Best Time when he is in net. He kept on saving puck after puck that was shot, DENIED the Senators from scoring.
With 2:49 left in the game and the score being 2-0 the Senators pull their goalie Craig Anderson. Then a minute later the announcer says TIME OUT OTTAWA.
When there is an empty these days tend to keep shooting the puck at the net and hope it goes in. First Josh Manson takes a shot at the empty which was fired wide. Then Adam Henrique takes a shot…
AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! SCORED BY #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! HIS FIRST EMPTY NET GOAL AS AN ANAHEIM DUCK!!! ASSISTED BY THE #50 ANTOINE VERMETTE and THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! He gets the loose puck and fires it at the net and that loose puck found the back of the net with 1:35 minutes left in the game. It’s 3-0 Ducks, the Senators have no chance in getting 3 goals in with only 1:35 left on the clock. Anderson returns to the net after the goal for the remainder of the game.
IT’S RYAN MILLER’S FIRST SHUTOUT NHL CAREER VICTORY AS A MEMBER OF THE ANAHEIM DUCKS.
Thoughts on the game from Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
Adam Henrique (on the victory): It was a great game all around. Coming off the road trip, getting that extra point last night and coming in tonight against a team that’s been struggling, we knew we needed to jump on them right away. We came out and got to our game. [Miller] played great on the backside.
Adam Henrique (on fitting in): It’s actually been a pretty good transition. The guys have been great on and off the ice talking to me a lot. As far as the systems, I felt pretty good jumping in and playing right away. I felt great. It’s been great so far. Been a lot of fun.
Ryan Miller (on the importance of the victory): We understood the stakes. We knew coming home would be difficult. I just wanted to get off to a good start and get through the first period. We seemed to build confidence in some situations. I thought we had a nice second period and we kept the shots against much lower than we have been. That made a big difference.
Ryan Miller (on Henrique’s impact): It’s nice. It’s another dimension for us. We got Raks [Rickard Rakell] back for a couple games. He’s starting to look comfortable again. We got a few more guys to go, but the guys who are playing are pulling their weight and doing their job. It’s good for our depth as we grind through the year.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the victory): It was more like a business-like attitude we took toward the hockey game. We knew we were playing a team that was going to come in here desperate. We had to manage the puck properly and do some things more consistently. Tonight we were much more on our toes and much more committed to doing the little things.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Henrique’s impact): He’s playing with our better players. He’s playing with Perry and Rakell in the last two games. He’s a smart hockey player. He’s not a flashy guy, but he seems to be in good position most times. You don’t have to tell him things more than once. He gets it. That’s a great asset. He’s got hockey sense and a hockey IQ that is up there.
Thoughts on the game from Ottawa Senators players and coaches
Erik Karlsson (on the team’s play): You’re playing good teams every night and they’re going to create their fair share of scoring chances as well. They capitalized on the few they got today and we couldn’t. That’s just the way the game is going to go sometimes.
Erik Karlsson (on the current losing streak): You never know exactly what is causing it and what is going on. When things are not going your way, you try and look for answers that are not there. You try and get out of your comfort zone and do different things, but at the end of the day you need to do the things you are good at and I think that we are starting to get to that.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (on the momentum of the game): It’s little details and you’re playing against NHL players. Every team is good. Every player is good. They will create their chances too, but I think if we play the way we want for sixty [minutes], obviously we put the chances on our side to win the game.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (on the current slump): It’s hard. We’ve been on a winning team the past few years, last year, going so far. Which is good because we know we can win too.
Head coach Guy Boucher (on his assessment of this game): That was quite an effort there. The guys gave everything they had. It was a terrific bench. Players sticking together and paying the price. We knew this was a big, tough, physical team. We met that physicality right on, right from the beginning.
Head coach Guy Boucher (on back-to-back games testing the team’s character): We got to reload, replenish here, and go back at it with the character and the togetherness we had tonight.
The Ducks are coming off a win into Friday’s game against the Wild. They will face their former coach in this matchup. It’s Ducks vs Wild coming up next….
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