Ducks Wrap up 2017 with a 5-2 Victory over the Arizona Coyotes

Patrick Eaves was in attendance for the Ducks last game of 2017. I think that it might have been what really motivated the Ducks during this game to have him there and cheering his team on.

The Ducks close out the year playing against the worst team in the NHL as of now so this should be one of those easy no problem games for the Ducks to come away with the 2 points tonight. Might be boring or interesting to watch.

John Gibson is in net for the Ducks which mean tonight it’s GIBBY TIME!!! This is John Gibson’s 31st start of the season. he has been the starting goaltender for 31 of 40 games for the Ducks and 9 of the 40 games Ryan Miller has been the starting goaltender.

One of the Arizon Coyotes that the Anaheim Ducks have to keep an eye on and do their absolute best to shut down Clayton Keller who has become the Yotes top goal scorer and can be in the making of being a dangerous player for them but he has to get one past Gibson and the strong and healthy forwards and defensemen. I say good luck with that Clayton Keller cause you will need it.

Game Highlights:

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Just 4 minutes into the period… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #50 ANTOINE VERMETTE AND ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! It was one of those greasy goals. Rakell gets the rebound that goes off one of the Coyotes skates and through the wickets of Raanta. The Ducks take the early lead over the Coyotes, it’s 1-0 Ducks after 4-minutes of play.

Click here to see Rakell’s goal: The start of RickRakAttack- GOAL #1

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill for a ‘Too Many Man’ the penalty is served by Rickard Rakell. Unfortunately for the Anaheim Ducks they were unable to kill the penalty as Brendan Perlini makes a difference in the game about 10-minutes into the game.

The Arizona Coyotes tie up the game. It’s Brendan Perlini with the power play goal. A low slap-shot to the net and Gibson couldn’t find the puck in time to save it from going in. The game is now tied 1-1.

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

With a little over 8-minutes left in the period… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF AND ASSISTED BY THE #50 ANTOINE VERMETTE!!! Vermette keeps the puck along the sideboards behind the net and finds Rakell who just shoots it and now he is on a hook for a hat trick tonight. The Ducks are back in the lead, its 2-1 Ducks.

Click here to see Rakell’s 2nd goal: Again its RickRakAttack with GOAL #2

The Ducks head off to the locker room with the 2-1 lead over the Yotes. That period was a close second from turning into pond hockey. Some keys that the Ducks need to do going into the second: the Ducks need to be way more aggressive and defensive in the Anaheim zone which is how they can protect their netminder. They need to be much better with puck handling and puck control, keep the puck and get it to the net to score. I feel that the Ducks should be way more aggressinve and mean in this game and with the puck. Let’s Go Ducks!!! Time to give a good solid 20 minutes before going into the third.
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This period starts with a collision between Brandon Montour and Jakob Chychrun even though penalties for either roughing or interference could’ve been called but no call was made by the blind zebras who seem to have no clue what was going on in the game and that is how they did this entire period. NO CALLS MADE when there were so many penalties that could’ve been called.

Christian Dvorak is a player that doesn’t look too intimidating but to me he now is slightly starting to look like one as he completely runs right through a beastly looking Josh Manson. He ran Manson right in front of the Anaheim bench and that sort of thing that is done tends to anger and make the team mean and more aggressive to the opposing team and that is what happened.

Gibson continues to a calm and technically sound goaltender and he shows this time and time again. Near the end of the period there was way too much traffic in front of netminder John Gibson, so he finds the puck even with so much traffic in front of him and covers up and freezes the puck which then forces a face-off to either right or left side of Gibson. This told me when I watched this that it is indeed GIBBY TIME and that it will continue in the third period of play.

The Ducks are off to the locker room still with the same 2-1 lead over the Coyotes. They need to go into the period and create way more scoring chances than they did in this period. They need to get aggressive get the win so they can start on the road trip after having a victory over the Yotes.

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Just minutes into the period the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG Power Play, as Jordan Martinook is off to the penalty box for hooking Ondrej Kase. With good goaltending and contantly icing the puck the Yotes killed the penalty leaving the Ducks unable to capitalize on that power play. Penalty Killed.

It’s penalty killing time for the Anaheim Ducks, now that Ryan Getzlaf is sent to the penalty box for high-sticking (minor), he high-sticked Oliver Ekman-Larsson right in the mouth- no blood drawn so it is deemed a minor high-sticking penalty.  Just as there is down to the final minute to the penalty kill, it’s 5-on-3 hockey. Chris Wagner is sent to the box because of goaltender interference. There was contact with the goalie while at the time the goaltender was outside of the blue paint. Wagner gets the penalty because with speed going towards and not enough time to put on the brakes, he runs over Antti Raanta, he will sit for 2-minutes. 5-on-3 hockey was not a penalty kill as  a sneaky Clayton Keller finds the net. He was the player that the Ducks needed to keep a lookout on and on the man disadvantage were not successful in shutting Keller down.

The Arizona Coyotes take the lead. It’s Clayton Keller with the power play goal that puts the Yotes back in the game, we are tied up once again, it’s tied 2-2.

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

John Gibson continues to make his stellar and unbelievable very athletic save and then his teammates do something and… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!  SCORED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #17 RYAN KESLER AND ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! It’s a bar down snip go-ahead goal by Fowler. Great passing from Kesler and Silfverberg, Fowler finds his spot and shoots from up top and… it’s a good goal. The Ducks take the lead, it’s now 3-2 Ducks.

Click here to see Fowler’s goal: Fowler rips home go-ahead goal

The Ducks are looking confident and more dangerous to the Coyotes. Especially now that there is only 3 minutes left to go in the game. Will they get one past John Gibson even when he says it’s GIBBY TIME.

Time is running down and at 2:45 the amazing happens… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER AND ASSISTED BY THE #36 JOHN GIBSON!!! Now in the many years I’ve watched hundreds of games I watched something I’ve never seen before. John Gibson got an assist on this goal- I didn’t see that coming but it’s true. Gibson makes a stop and gives it to Fowler who gets it to Silfverberg who has complete control of the puck and gets the once bouncing puck into the back of the net. Such and amazing goal, and it is an assurance goal for the Anaheim Ducks.

Click here to see Silfverberg’s goal: Silfverberg extends Ducks’ lead

With 1:20 to go in the period Raanta is off to the bench for the extra attacker, leaving the Ducks with a wide open empty net and it was a bad call for the Coyotes to make because he pulled his goalie while at the time the Ducks were playing aggressive and confident and things went the Duck way when… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #50 ANTOINE VERMETTE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #17 RYAN KESLER AND ASSISTED BY THE #3 KEVIN BIEKSA!!! Kesler gets a breakaway and then felt pressure from behind and makes a beautiful pass to Vermett right in front of the net and the puck goes in perfectly. The Ducks are going to win tonight because it’s now 5-2 Ducks.

Click here to see Vermette’s empty netter: Vermette’s empty-netter

Something I never really understood was when referees call a penalty with less than a minute left in the game, but they did do this tonight so now it’s penalty killing time for the Anaheim Ducks, as Derek Grant is off to the penalty box for holding Anthony Duclair. It didn’t matter what went on during this penalty kill all that the Ducks knew that the Coyotes didn’t have enough time to turn it around and force overtime.


Who would’ve thought that the prey is looking fierce to the predator, hunting going not according to the Yotes plans. What will the Yotes be eating for dinner? Cause they for sure aren’t eating Ducks because they lost to that one. Ducks win and there is no way that a Coyotes could keep up with the vicious and healthy Ducks. The  Coyotes will have to go find dinner somewhere else because it won’t be found here in Honda Center the Home of the Anaheim Ducks.
 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell is the player who almost got a hat trick, after scoring twice he had so many chances to get one more in to get the hat-trick. He will have to get it in another game.

Rakell’s five-game goal streak in Anaheim’s longest since Corey Perry scored in seven straight games from Nov. 29-Dec. 11, 2013

Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

Antoine Vermette (on skating alongside Getzlaf and Rakell): It’s a lot of fun. They’re great players. They make a lot of room. They’re patient with the puck and they find ways to get the puck and slow things down. I thought we read off each other pretty well filling lanes and making plays. It was a good night.

Antoine Vermette (on his three-point performance): At the end of the day, you just want to contribute to the team’s success regardless of where you play. You just want to chip in and have an impact. You want to keep grabbing points. We needed those points. We had to push all the way through 60 minutes to get it. It’s rewarding.

Cam Fowler (on his goal): It’s a prime scoring area. I felt like last game I had some good chances and I didn’t feel like I made the most out of them. I kind of gave them away and quickly got them on net inside of trying to bear down. I focused on bearing down tonight. I was happy to see it go in.

Cam Fowler (on the team responding with three goals in the third period): It was a sloppy second period for us. I’m not sure what’s going on with the second period lately, but it seems to be our Achilles heel at the moment. We were able to get back to our style of hockey in the third. I really liked our response. The one thing I liked is once we got a goal to make it 3-2, we didn’t sit back. We kept pushing and kept our foot on the gas. That’s what you have to do.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the line combinations): We were just trying to find balance in our lineup and trying to put people in places they could be comfortable with and give them an opportunity to have success. We’re a work in progress. We haven’t had our team together for mort than four or five games now.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on having Patrick Eaves in attendance): It’s always good to see a teammate. He’s definately part of our group and we haven’t forgotten about him. We’re going to let him and his family take their time. They need to do what they need to do and what’s best for him going forward in his life.

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Thoughts on the game from the Arizona Coyotes players and coaches

Clayton Keller (on the Ducks breaking the tie late): I thought we played a good game until then, I think we just kind of got away from it. They were able to put one in our net and then obviously the empty net goal, but I think it was a lot closer than what the score said. I thought we played well, but when it came down to it, I don’t think we beared down hard enough.

Clayton Keller (on the two power-play goals): Brendan Perlini (on the Ducks breaking the tie late): I think [Perlini] had a great shot there, I mean that is how you score goals in this league. Guys crashing the net, and shots from anywhere, and that was a good shot by him. I think when you’re shooting the puck and going to the net, good things happen.

Brendan Perlini (on the Ducks breaking the tie late): We fought back and got back in the game. It was a tie game and I can’t really comment on the last goal, I didn’t really see it because I was coming back to the bench. It was a good effort by the guys anyway, and the score line doesn’t really justify how we played. It’s one of those things where you keep working hard and hopefully you can improve off of this.

Brendan Perlini (on the mindset going into the third period): We were in the game, so any way that we can get a goal would obviously be great and trying to get back into it. We were all up for it and nobody was down or anything like that, so like I said we were in the game, but unfortunately we ended up losing it in the end.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet (on the game): We played a good game today. I’m happy of their effort. We had a couple of breakdowns and some crucial mistakes at the wrong time and it was in our net and that seems to be the story of our team. We had about five or six chances where we missed the net, and Fowler gets one chance and boom, it’s in our net. That’s kind of the theme of our season right now where it’s a tie game and all of a sudden one bad mistake is in our net.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet (on the energy in the second period): We had a lot of energy from a lot of guys. A lot of backtracking, we backtracked really hard, got the puck, shot pucks at the net, funneled pucks. We did all the stuff we wanted to do. I thought we should’ve gotten where we wanted a little bit more but we didn’t and like I said, a couple guys got quick sticked and they got the puck and then it was in our net.


The Ducks are back on the road… off to Vancouver to take on the Canucks, they will be going into the game on a 2-game winning streak and hope to continue that winning streak throughout the new year and the rest of the season.


Blog post coming up next… Anaheim Ducks vs. Vancouver Canucks (their first game of 2018)


LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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