The Anheim Ducks are in New York to face the Islanders after a loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden. Hope that this game will be the turning point as the Ducks are getting close to the end of this December road trip to the East Coast. Here are the highlights from the game:
This is the final meeting in the season that the Ducks will face the New York Islanders. For this game we switch from Gibby Time which was Tuesday but tonight it’s… MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME!!! Ryan Miller is in the net for the Anaheim Ducks, he has only 1 regulation loss in his career as an Anaheim Duck. He is a tall, calm, smooth and a technically sound goaltender- the Ducks are in good hands. The Ducks will need to get under the skin of Islander goalie Jaroslav Halak- who apparently has been playing pretty good lately, let’s see if the Ducks can change that.
This game marked a first for Hampus Lindholm and marked a record in the Ducks franchise. He is the second defenseman to score a hat trick in Ducks franchise history.
The Ducks have much more control of the puck than they did on Tuesday when they played the Rangers.
The Ducks started off playing aggressive and Halak was the goaltender that saw most shots on goal. It looked like when the Ducks got the puck and had an open shot took it until…the puck finds it way to the back of the net and…
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO AND ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Getzlaf finds Cogliano on the top of the crease gets the puck and gets it in a position to shoot it at the net and Lindholm just tips it in. It’s a good goal, the Anaheim Ducks are first on the board and it’s the Ducks with the 1-0 lead over the Islanders.
Hampus Lindholm Goal: Lindholm Scores Off Deflection
The Islanders try to get the puck around and into the net but they don’t know that it’s Miller time. Time and time again he denied the puck and did a much better job at it than Halak because…
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON AND ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! On this one all the Ducks went to the crease to get a handle on the loose puck and put it in before Halak gets his chance to cover up. Halak didn’t expect that Kase was there to get it past him. That’s Kase a DANGEROUS WEAPON when he’s on the ice, especially in a situation like that one. The Ducks now have a bigger lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks leaving the Islanders trailing by 2.
Ondrej Kase Goal: Kase pots loose puck from the crease
The opening period went penalty free which I like and it is just fun to watch a period with players not being penaltized even when there are calls that could be made but weren’t.
The Ducks head to the locker room with the 2-0 lead over the Isle. Ryan Miller just needs to keep it up and continue to give a solid performance like he did in the opening 20 minutes. The Ducks have to continue to push the puck in the offensive zone and get more shots on goal. Also, continue to defend and really limit the time and chances they get in the Anaheim zone and at netminder Ryan Miller. They played a solid 20, lets keep it going for the next 40 minutes of play.
The Ducks got off to a good start with getting the puck and taking it to the net and the Islanders playing a little desperate they blocked shots and got their shot at Miller.
Just 5-minutes into the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Kevin Roy is off to the box for tripping Andrew Ladd. Then just 10 seconds later the Islanders get the 5-on-3 man advantage when Kevin Bieksa is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Anders Lee. I could barely see the high-stick on the replay- BLIND ZEBRAS- I say bad call ref.
With a 1:50 minute of 5-on-3, the Islanders get lucky. The New York Islanders goal. It’s Matthew Barzal with the power play goal. Cam Fowler just couldn’t get there in time to get a handle on the puck to tip it away preventing it from finding the back of the net. The Islanders trail by 1, it’s now 2-1 Ducks.
Click here to see Matthew Barzal’s power play goal: Islanders PPG
With 12 minutes remaining Antoine Vermette comes to the rescue, he takes a dive behind Miller and basically on the goal line- soccer goalie style- to help prevent the puck from going into the net. Very Impressive Play by center Antoine Vermette.
Something sets Halak off because he goes after Nick Ritchie and starts to throw punches which is something that officials don’t like but the fans love goalie fights. Don’t have a video for this one but wish I did.
Nick Ritchie is off to the penalty box for slashing Jaroslav Halak. Jaroslav Halak is penaltized for roughing when he went after Ritchie, Jason Chimera is off to the penalty box to serve the penalty for Halak. It’s 4-on-4 for 2-minutes.
YOU BLINK, YOU MISS IT…
AND ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Getzlaf wins the faceoff and goes to Lindholm and because he has time and space he just hammers the puck at the net and in just a blink of an eye that puck went flying into the back of the net and there was nothing Halak could do about that one. The Ducks once again have a 2-goal lead over the Islanders, it’s 3-1 Ducks.
Hampus Lindholm Goal: Lindholm blasts home second goal
With 5:14 minutes remaining in the period the Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG Power Play Scott Mayfield is off to the penalty box for cross-checking Chris Wagner. Unfortunately for the Ducks…Penalty Killed.
It’s penalty killing time. Kevin Roy is sent to the penalty box for tripping Cal Clutterbuck. The Islanders got another PPG with a 2-on-1 rush John Tavares gets one past Ryan Miller right before the penalty to Roy expired. The Islanders now only trail by 1, it’s 3-2 Ducks.
John Tavares power play goal: Tavares with the PPG- rebound
The Anaheim Ducks go on another JMG Power Play when Andrew Ladd is caught high-sticking Hampus Lindholm. As the clock is winding down the Ducks will begin the third period with almost an entire 2 minutes left on the power play.
The Ducks go into the locker room with the 3-2 lead, also knowing that when they come back they will start the period on a power play. The Ducks played another solid 20 their were a few things to correct but it was a good solid performance by the Ducks. The Ducks basically just need to go out into the period and keep up what they are doing and seal the deal on this one before heading to Pittsburgh.
The Ducks begin this final period with a 1:50 minute power play from the high-sticking penalty on Andrew Ladd. The Islanders were able to kill that penalty.
With chaos around Ryan Miller trying to get one through and eventually that is what happened. New York Islanders Goal. It’s John Tavares with the goal. Miller had a hard time tracking that puck with so much foot traffic right in front of him. With that goal we are now tied up 3-3.
John Tavares goal: Tavares goal #2 ties the game
Then about 3 minutes later they get another one. The New York Islanders Goal. It’s Andrew Ladd with the goal. The puck goes off Kase’s stick and right to Ladd to get that one in. The Islanders are in the lead, it’s 4-3 Islanders.
Andrew Ladd goal: Ladd puts Islanders in the lead
A bunch of great chances at scoring but pucks didn’t go in either net, that is until the Anaheim Ducks pulled Ryan Miller with 1:25 left on the clock.
Just 10 seconds after Miller is pulled and in the Anaheim bench…THE ANAHEM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR AND BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Montour takes a slap shot at the net and that bounces off the pads of Halak and Rakell is there to get it in the back of the net. The game is now tied 4-4 and with that goal forces overtime.
Rickard Rakell Goal: Rakell scores late to tie and force OT
IT’S OVERTIME!!! 5-minutes of 3-ON-3 hockey
With just 1-minute left in the overtime period… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! AND IT’S HIS FIRST HAT-TRICK OF HIS NHL CAREER!!! It’s a Swede goal and he has a swede hot trick tonight. It’s the game winning goal!!!!
Hampus Lindholm OT Game Winning Goal- his hat-trick goal:
Lindholm recorded his first career hat trick and became just the second defenseman in franchise history to earn a hat trick (and the first to do so on the road) to lift the Ducks to a 5-4 OT victory over the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Thursday. Lubomir Visnovsky was the first to record three goals in a game by an Anaheim defenseman on March 4, 2011 vs. Dallas, and both players happened to complete their hat tricks on overtime winners.
THE ANAHEIM DUCKS FINALLY WIN IN OVERTIME!!!!!!
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:
Photo by Anaheim Ducks
Hampus Lidholm (on his OT goal): Getzy gave me a good pass, and they were really tired. I tried to shoot it as hard as possible. It was nice to see it go in. For momentum and how this road trip been going, this win was huge for us. We have to build off this. Big win for us.
Rickard Rakell (on the game and that the Ducks never lost confidence): We were still positive. We had a lot of scoring chances and good plays. We didn’t want this one to slip away again.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on OT): One of the differences in overtime this time around was his club’s ability to control the puck in sudden death. We controlled the puck much better. We were fortunate to get a line change in. They had tired players on the ice when we scored the goal. That’s usually what you have to do in OT.
More from Head Coach Randy Carlyle: The players put it upon themselves to prevent this game from slipping away like previous instances. We kicked ourselves a few times this year. They made a decision themselves that enough was enough. We mixed up the lines a little bit. We got pucks and bodies towards the net. We found a way to bang one across the line.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Lindholm): He’s a pretty dynamic defenseman. He’s not really known for his offensive prowess as much as his skating and defending ability. He has a lot more to give. It’s nice to see he was rewarded with three goals tonight.
The New York Islanders go back to work after a devistating overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks to fix and work on the things that went wrong and the mistakes they made in this game. [Photo by New York Islanders]
Thoughts on the game from the New York Islanders players and coaches (video)
John Tavares (on the game): It was a frusterating one. Especially when you come back and played better the second half, got the lead, and we weren’t able to hold on.
Andrew Ladd (on the game): Our starts lately have given us an uphill battle from the get-go. It’s not the way we want to start games, but in saying that, we battled back to get the lead and have a hold of the game with a minute and a half left. We’ve got to find ways to seal the deal there
Head Coach Doug Weight: Click the link to see the interview: Head Coach Weight talks about game loss
The Ducks head to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins to close out this road trip before heading back to Anaheim just in time for Christmas. Hopefully they will come home with a 2-game winning streak.
Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Penguins
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Recap: Lindholm’s Hat Trick Propels Ducks to 5-4 OT Win Over Islanders”
Source: Cory Wright- “Recap: Ducks 5, Islanders 4 OT”
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