Ducks Fall in a 5-3 defeat to Devils on Adam Henrique’s Return to New Jersey

Adam Henrique is back in New Jersey and in the arena where his career in the NHL began, playing against his former team- THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS.
 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

On November 30th the Ducks made a trade with the New Jersey Devils, the Ducks acquired Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi from the Devils and traded Sami Vatanen to the New Jersey Devils. This is the first meeting between this season and since the trade. This marks the day that all New Jersey Devils fans got to see Adam Henrique in a Ducks jersey and Anaheim Ducks fans got to see Sami Vatanen in a Devils jersey.

The Anaheim Ducks made the decision to bring along some of their injured players on the road trip and Nick Ritchie was activated- coming off injury reserve and into the Ducks vs. Devils game. The players on the trip and currently on IR is Ryan Kesler and Joeseph Blandisi. Then, Corey Perry is in California but his gear is with the team.

Tonight is Miller Miller Miller Time!!! Ryan Miller is in the net for the Anaheim Ducks to start the set of back to backs this week. An interesting fact about Miller is that since he signed as a member of the Ducks he has NOT YET lost a game in regulation (60-minutes).

Randy Carlyle doesn’t really like to play Francois Beauchemin in the back-to-back games so it is Andy Welinski in for Beauchemin, giving him the night off which means Beauchemin will be in the lineup tomorrow night. Tonight Randy Carlyle has Adam Henrique as the center for the special teams line with Cogliano and Silfverberg.

Something interesting about the Devils is that they are the 4th worst team in the NHL in the face-offs and the Ducks are close to be in the top 3 or so best teams in face-offs.

The Devils goaltender Corey Schneider has been pretty good lately and will count on him to get the W for the New Jersey Devils tonight. That is what he did for his team he got them the big W after giving the Ducks in the lead in the beginning the Devils bounced back and beat us in the end.

 Adam Henriqu getting a standing ovation during first comercial break with a video of his time playing for the New Jersey Devils, he spent 5 years with the Devils. [photo by Anaheim Ducks]

Game Highlights

Video by YouTube

What better way to start a hockey game than by some hard hitting from the beast. That is what Chris Wagner did he made a big hit on Andy Greene and minutes later a hit on Nico Hischier.

Miller started the game playing smart and being the calm and smooth goalie that he is by making saves and covers the puck he does this sometimes when he sees that his teammates need changes. That is how he started off the game.

The word BEAST doesn’t even start to describe Bieksa he is all around one tough guy one I wouldn’t mess with. He hits Brian Boyle hard into the boards- I wish I could’ve found a video of this one.

ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL AND ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! A 2-on-1 break and Getzlaf’s shot went right through Schneider’s five hole. The Ducks are in the lead 1-0.

Click here to see Ryan Getzlaf Goal: Getzlaf five-hole goal

Miller is looking good- and another great save by netminder Ryan Miller!!! It is looking like its time… IT’S MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME!!!

Just moments later like about 3-4 minutes later… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO AND ASSISTED BY THE #14  ADAM HENRIQUE!!! Andrew Cogliano with a perfect pass and Silfverberg with a quick release he was able to find the back of the net. The Ducks now have a bigger lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks leaving the Devils trailing by 2.

Click here to see Jakob Silfverberg Goal: Silfverberg’s snap-shot goal

Antoine Vermette is not the type of player that decks and runs over players but what is shocking is that he did both of those things in this game towards the final minutes of the first period. Miles Wood gets hit by Antoine Vermette, basically Wood gets decked by Vermette who just skated through like he wasn’t even there. Wood was not happy in fact he looked a little ticked off at Vermette. I think that is because if it was intentional a call could’ve been made on Vermette, a 2-minute interference penalty but NO CALL WAS MADE. Wood wanted to start something with Vermette but nothing ever did get started.

Nearing the end of the first period, Ryan Miller showed what time it was with the constantly saving puck after puck.

The Ducks head into the locker room with a 2-0 lead over the Devils. The Ducks need to play the rest of the game the way they did in this opening period. Miller needs to keep it up with making those saves. Continue on playing disciplined hockey. Also a goal from former Devil Adam Henrique- he didn’t show but there has to be an element of emotion going on when he is playing his former team. Also for Ryan Getzlaf to keep it up because he looked DANGEROUS in the first period of play.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

It’s Miller Time right from the first shot on goal in the second period. Just a few minutes into the period Josh Manson takes a shot on goal but he breaks his stick in the process of trying to get the puck into the net.

One thing that Kyle Palmieri loves to do is to get in goaltender’s face and under their skin and that is exactly what he did to the Ducks smooth goalie Ryan Miller.

It’s now penalty killing time for the Anaheim Ducks. Josh Manson is off to the penalty box for delay of game. It was not good for the Ducks, with a slap shot from Sami Vatanen goes off Miles Wood and into the net. Miller couldn’t get there in time to save the puck from going into the net. It’s a power play goal. It’s now 2-1 Ducks, the Ducks are still in the lead, they lead the Devils by 1.

Miles Wood Goal: Wood’s Tip-in Goal

The Ducks go on the penalty kill once again as Hampus Lindholm for holding Nico Hischier. With Miller being completely focused, the Ducks kept denying the Devils from the chance of the puck going in the net during the Devils power play. Penalty Killed.

With just 8:30 minutes left in the period the former Devil scores. ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON AND #14 ADAM HENRIQUE. My words can’t describe the goal so please watch this unbelievable goal by Adam Henrique

Adam Henrique Goal:

Through the period Miles Wood and Josh Manson had it out for each other. Josh Manson completely rocks Miles Wood with the hard hit that Wood received from Manson. It looked like it really really hurt, Josh Manson is definitely a big nasty beast that I wouldn’t want to mess with.

After being rocked by Manson, Miles Wood scores. It is now 3-2 Ducks. That is a goal that Miller didn’t see coming since it did come from the side-boards that sometimes can be in a goaltenders blind-side.

Miles Wood Goal: Wood’s Wrist Shot Goal

The Ducks head to the locker room with the 3-2 lead, they need to come into the third playing aggressive and not allowing much entry into the zone and to be way more aggressive with the puck, shooting at the net as much as possible in the final period of play.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Just a few minutes into the period, the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG Power Play!!! Jesper Bratt is off to the penalty box for tripping Cam Fowler. Unfortunately the Ducks were unable to generate anything on that power play. Penalty Killed.

Jesper Bratt gets a breakaway and the Devils tie the game. It’s now 3-3, we are all tied up.

Jesper Bratt Goal: Bratt’s Snap Shot Goal

The Ducks get another chance to score on a JMG Power Play as Blake Coleman is off to the penalty box for slashing Ondrej Kase. Once again the Devils killed that penalty and made sure the Ducks didn’t get a PPG.

Now we are at the part of the game where Stefan Noesen gets lucky and scores to help the Devils take the lead in this game. After a flurry of saves by Miller one save brought him out of the blue paint and wasn’t able to get back fast enough to stop the puck from going into an unprotected and empty net. The Devils are now in the lead, they lead 4-3 and it is now the Ducks who are trailing by 1.

Stefan Noesen Goal: Noesen Goal #1- snap shot

With just 2 minutes to go in the period the Anaheim Ducks pull Ryan Miller and get an extra attacker on the ice. During that time Stefan Noesen shoots and scores on the Duck’s empty net. This gave the Devils a 5-3 lead and there was no chance for the Ducks at that point as the clock was winding down to the final seconds of the period.

Stefan Nosen Goal: Noesen Goal #2- wrist shot

Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Thoughts on the Game from the Anaheim Ducks players:

Adam Henrique (on the game and being back in New Jersey): It was certainly nice to have a great ovation from the fans, which was awesome. It was a special night from that side of things. Certainly an experience I’ll always remember. Nervous , anxious excited. Little bit of everything came into it tonight. It was probably one of the longest games I’ve played. I’m still disappointed leaving points on the board.

Jakob Silfverberg (on the game): In the second and third [periods], we got too passive and watched them make plays. We kind of beat ourselves by being too passive and giving them too much room. It’s a tough loss, but we have a new game tomorrow. Hopefully we bounce back.

Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs Islanders

LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Recap: Ducks Can’t Hold Lead in Henrique’s Return to NJ, Lose 5-3”

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