It’s game 2 of the Ducks 6-game 11-day road trip and they make a stop in the nations capital to take on the Washington Capitals. The Capitals is one of the top teams in the league this season both in their division and in NHL standings of divisions combined.
The biggest news going into the game was that Hampus Lindholm (who was on the Injury Reserve) would be in the linup in the Capitals game. It is so good to see the IR players come flying off the IR list and back to being in the lineup or HEALTY scratches.
The Anaheim Ducks come from rookie Kevin Roy making a difference in the game against the Blues with scoring twice in the game leading the Ducks to the 3-1 victory. Many Ducks fans hoped that their was going to be more momentum from that victory to give them a boost to defeat the Capitals but the Washington Capitals made a comeback, tied the game and Alex Ovechkin ended on top with the overtime goal, but for a long time the Ducks had the lead.
The thing about tonights game was that in the arena there was a basketball game that went into overtime which softened the ice so skating on it was not exactly the way that players are used to playing on.
Because of the technical difficulties I missed part of the first period and started watching on the Fox Sports Go app just after the Bieksa vs Wilson fight.
Highlights of the game
The game begain with the Beasts of the Anaheim Ducks throwing some pretty nasty hard and heavy hits on the Capitals. Josh Manson made his hit on winger Tom Wilson. Kevin Bieksa joined the action with a hard hit on Chandler Stephenson. Up next to take a hard hit on the Caps was Chris Wagner when he effortlessly hit Dmitry Orlov. Brandon Montour took action with a hard hit on Lars Eller. The Capitals had enough of this hard hitting from the Ducks so Captain Alex Ovechkin made a pretty hard hit on Cam Fowler.
One thing I would never do is make Kevin Bieksa mad, mad enough that there is nothing he’d rather do is to fight with a player on the opposing team. Tom Wilson and Kevin Bieksa go at it the gloves are off and punches are being thrown.
Here is the Tom Wilson and Kevin Bieksa Fight- INTENSE
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After the officials are able to get between the two and put the fight to an end Tom Wilson and Kevin Bieksa are off to the penalty box with a 5-minute penalty for fighting. This means that it is 4-on-4 for 5-minutes. During this time and between both the Caps and Ducks, many shots were made at John Gibson and Braden Holtby denied every puck that came flying and shot at them during the 4-on-4. Shots on goal was not all that went on during this time, a beastly Josh Manson takes a hard hit on former Duck, Devante Smith-Pelly. The Ducks, one Ducks in particular took some hard hits from Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, Wagner took a couple hits from Orpik a few just seconds apart. The Capitals kept on shooting at Gibson but time and time again the puck was denied over and over again. Penalties Killed, Wilson and Bieksa are back on the ice.
The Ducks kept on shooting the puck at Holtby and if we were in Honda Center the crowd would probably be chanting, “HOLTBY HOLTY HOLTBY, YOU SUCK, YOU DON’T BELONG HERE” This is what fans say to the goalies to try to get in his head. That could get in his head or it could be one of what some people say that Corey Perry is the dirtiest player and most hated player in the NHL because of what he does and how he plays his game and he is like the “bash-brothers” he loves getting booed and getting under players especially goaltenders skin. That is one of the many reasons that the Anaheim Ducks love him and that his nickname happens to be Scorey Perry.
With Gibson on fire and the clock winding down to the final minutes of the period there was no chance that he was going to one past him. There is only 4 minutes remaining on the clock. John Gibson giving a solid performance, well Holtby, now that is a different story because…
With just 4 minutes left in the period… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! SCORED BY THE #38 DEREK GRANT!!! ASSISTED BY THE #48 LOGAN SHAW AND ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! It’s Derek Grant with the snap shot. It’s 2-on-1 breakaway and Holtby stood no chance as the puck went right under the blocker. The Ducks take the lead over the Capitals, it’s 1-0 Ducks.
Click here to see Grant’s goal: Grant’s 2-on-1 Breakaway Goal
With Gibson on fire the Ducks head to the locker room with the 1-0 lead over the Capitals. The Ducks need to come out into the second period with John Gibson continuing and making rock solid saves and stay in the zone. The Ducks need to make Holtby uncomfortable by shooting and causing chaos in front of the net. Keep the puck in the Capitals zone by being aggressive with the puck and the defenders working hard and to not allow entry into the zone to take the shot on Gibson.
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The second period gets off on the right start, John Gibson on fire and the Ducks being aggressive with the puck.
With just a few minutes into the period, Alex Chasson gets a breakawy and a good chance at scoring on Gibson, but glove save Gibson shot is DENIED and after the puck is in the glove of the netminder, Gibson just shakes his head, NO WAY, NOT TODAY. Chasson just got robbed by John Gibson on that one.
After a scramble infront of Holtby with the Ducks trying to get the puck into the back of the net, Andrew Cogliano face-plants into the ice, he was slow getting up and skating to the Anaheim bench. The good news that he DID NOT go into the locker room, he got looked at when he was on the bench and I guess the trainor said he was ok and was back on the ice in his next shift.
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG Power Play!!! Andre Burakovsky is off to the penalty box for hooking Adam Henrique. Just 5 seconds into the power play… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF AND ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! Ryan Getzlaf on top near the blue line just takes a slap shot on net and Silfverberg right in front of Holtby to tip the puck into the back of the net. With the PPG the Ducks maintain the lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks.
Click here to see the PPG: PPG- slap shot from Getzlaf that Silfverberg tips in
The second half of the second period belonged to Gibson DENIED pucks left and right from going in. Then there is the big chest save by Gibson. The Caps got a breakaway and chest save Gibson, he had time and space and he was one DANGEROUS player on this play.
With netminder John Gibson basically robbing the Capitals from scoring and the clock winding down. Tom Wilson getting frustrated, tried to rock the Ducks with a hard hit he made on Cam Fowler, but with a technically sound goalie there was nothing he could do to get it past Gibson.
The Ducks head to the locker room with a bigger lead, 2-0. The Capitals will come into the final period of play trailing by 2 and most likely will be playing desperate to tie up the game. The Ducks just need to come out and play like they did in the second and seal the deal on this game against the Capitals.
The period started off with a big butterfly save by John Gibson. Then turned a different direction one that the Ducks DID NOT want.
If the ice would’ve been solid and not soft like it was this might not have happened. The Washington Capitals goal. It’s Nicklas Backstrom with the goal. It was a turnover by Josh Manson and John Gibson in a bad position to save the puck from going in, Backstrom put the puck in the net on the side that was unprotected and no Duck in sight to save it from going in. The Caps trail by 1, it’s 2-1 Ducks.
Click here to see the goal: Backstrom lucky empty netter
Just about 5 minutes later the Washington Capitals tie the game. It’s Evgeny Kuznetsov with the goal. The Ducks basically looked sort of confused and didn’t do much to prevent this one from going in, there it goes sliding right past John Gibson. We are all tied up at 2-2.
Click here to see the goal: Kuznetsov wrist shot ties the game
With Gibson laser focused for the rest of the period and no goal this game goes into overtime. Which is when Alex Ovechkin gets his chance at Gibson.
The Washington Capitals goal and win the game. It’s Alex Ovechkin with the game winning goal. He just overpowers Gibson on a breakaway where Montour just couldn’t get there fast enough to defend his goalie.
Click here to see the Game Winning Goal: Ovechkin’s GWG- breakaway goal
The Capitals came in the third and got lucky and came back and won the game in overtime
John Gibson’s 2 big saves he made in this game:
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
Hampus Lindholm (on the game): You can’t protect the lead. You have to play offense, too. We did a bad job of that. Overall, we played a decent game. There are some things we can clean up, but we had some good things, too.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s performance): We were neat and tidy with the puck. We kept things to the outside. We didn’t take any penalties. They have a very potent power play, and that allowed us to get a two-goal lead. We kind of gave them the goals in the third period. They were two complete giveaways. And right now, overtime isn’t our friend.
Thoughts on the game from the Washington Capitals netminder
Braden Holtby (on the game): We came out with purpose in the third period. We’ve been playing well in some areas and not so well [in others], and I think the last half of the second period wasn’t a great performance by any of us. We really wanted to come out and make a point of doing the right things in the third. I thought we really played well and played the game we needed to [in order] to win.
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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Recap: Ducks Earn Point, But Lose, 3-2 in OT, to Capitals”
Source: Mike Vogel- “#CapsDucks Postgame Notebook: Overtime is Ovechkin Time”
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