Something that the Canucks weren’t expecting was the difficulty in trying to get the puck past Ryan Miller. They are clearly unaware of the meaning MILLER TIME. They were not prepared to face their former teammate and the Anaheim Ducks goal that would get the shutout win at the end of the night.
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A little background about Canucks who turned into Ducks… Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, and Ryan Miller are all former Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Miller is back in Vancouver taking on his former team the Vancouver Canucks for the first time as an Anaheim Duck. The Ducks gained 3 players from the Canucks that are still active Ducks. Both Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa were teammates in Vancouver before coming to the Ducks. Kevin Bieksa spent 10 seasons with the Canucks before coming to the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014-15 season. Ryan Kesler spent 10 seasons with the Canusck before coming to the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014-15 season. Kesler joined the team earlier before being reunited with his teammate Kevin Bieksa. Vancouver was 1 of 4 NHL teams he was on. He spent 2014-2017 with the Canucks before being snatched by the Ducks in the off season, he became a Duck for the 2017-18 season (his 4th NHL team). There is a lot of hate that Kesler and Bieksa recieve playing in Vancouver as a Duck and it is Miller’s first time to experience that same feeling from the team and fans.
This was a special game for Miller because his friends and family were in the stands cheering him on. It must have been awesome for him knowing that they were there and got to see him shutdown the Canucks 5-0. I can’t even think of some of the feelings that might’ve been going on in his head after the win.
Tonight it’s MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME!!! Ryan Miller is in net tonight to take on his former team and teammates. I have a feeling that he wants this win and wants to win in front of his friends, family, and the Canucks fans who cheered for him for 4 seasons.
The Canucks will start with Anders Nilsson in net but during the game they will switch goaltenders and Jacob Markstrom will go in net to finish off the game. Teams do this when a goalie has let in too many goals and goals that the coach feels like he could save.
The Ducks are without the aid of Corey Perry due to the injury he obtained during a game but good news is that he is on this short 3-game road trip (this is only game #1 so we may see him in the lineup on this road trip). The Ducks are also without the aid of Ondrej Kase due to flu-like symtoms. The Ducks will have to find a way to win tonight without having 2 of their wingers and goal scorers out of the lineup.
The Ducks centers are now all healthy and that makes the Ducks dangerous down the middle. It’s “The Ryan’s” that create threats to opposing teams is what I feel and agree with the broadcasters said about them during pre-game.
The Ducks dangerous with “the Ryan’s” down the middle:
Not only is Ryan Getzlaf the captain of the Anaheim Ducks, he is the facilitator of the team when he is on the ice. Getzlaf is always thinking one step ahead of the play. Tells players were to be, arware of where they are to make plays and put the puck to the net. Similar to Getzlaf but to a whole different level is the kind of player that Ryan Kesler is. The Ducks have missed Kesler and now that he is back he has made a huge difference for the Ducks. Ryan Kesler is a player that does a lot of little things that end up making a huge difference in a game. Here are some of the things that Ryan Kesler does to help out his team: he gives a push to the team, top face-off player, fighter and all around tough guy, the most important one is what he is known for and just like Corey Perry he is really good at getting under players skin (remember The ‘Ryan’s’ during the conference finals with Ryan Johansen). Now that Kesler and Getzlaf are really and finally healthy it is a serious DANGER ZONE going down the middle when the Ryan’s are out and on the ice. The coach tends to have them out there when the opposing team’s best players are on the ice.
Tonight the players that they may get paired with is Boeser and Gagner. Kesler is on the ice almost every time that Sam Gagner is on the ice during this game.
Holtzer will be back in the lineup after being a healty scratch for 16 games he goes in to give Beauchemin a break.
The Canucks are at a slight disadvantage because they will be going without Bo Horvat and Brandon Sutter due to injuries.
The puck is dropped and Ryan Kesler is ready to hear the boos but fans should know that when you boo Ryan Kesler, just like Corey Perry, it is a motivation only makes him play that much better and harder.
Randy Carlyle made 3 key points to the Ducks on what he wanted to see at least the keys I think he made to his team. He paired thier dangerous players with our dangerous centers on the ice at the same time, he had Kesler and Getzlaf on the ice whenever Gagner and Boeser were on the ice. The more pressure they put on the Canucks the harder it will be for them to score on Miller, and Miller to play with the right emotion when playing against his former teammates and don’t let them get under your skin at all.
It took 56 seconds for the Ducks to capitalize from the constant pressure they were putting on the Vancouver Canucks… AND ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! The defensemen get it to Henrique who fires it from the goal line and off the goaltender stick and pads and that puck finds the back of the net. It looked like a vintage Corey Perry move. The Ducks take the 1-0 lead just 56 seconds into the game.
Click here to see Henrique’s early tough angle goal: Henrique scores early- 56 seconds
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG Power Play as Michael Del Zotto is sent to the pentaly box for interference made on Kevin Roy. So many great attempts and shots on goal but the puck couldn’t find it’s way past Anders Nilsson and into the back of the net. The Ducks didn’t capitalize on this power play. Penalty Killed.
It’s penalty killing time for the Anaheim Ducks as Andrew Cogliano is off to the penalty box for hooking Thomas Vanek. Nothing but huge saves by Miller happened during the Ducks PK. The penalty to Cogliano has expired. Penalty Killed.
Try as they might but the Canucks just couldn’t get the puck past Ducks netminder Ryan Miller. But the Ducks had more luck on getting pucks past Nilsson. It became RickRakAttack time as the ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! Rakell gets the puck from Getzlaf and it’s a one-timer where he went top-shelf and into the net the puck goes. The Ducks further their lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: Rakell’s Top-Shelf One-Timer: Rakell top-shelf one-timer
They try over and over again to get one past Ryan Miller but sad to say but he DENIED every puck his former team threw his was. He showed them that it is indeed MILLER TIME!!!
The Ducks head to the locker room with the 2-0 lead over the Canucks. The Ducks played a solid 20 minutes in the openning period. Ryan Miller just needs to keep MILLER TIME going and on fire. They need to keep putting pressure on the Canucks. Get the puck and have control of the puck going into the offensive zone and attack the net which will create more scoring chances for the Ducks.
It took only 5 minutes for the Ducks to increase their lead when… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! Ryan Getzlaf deflects the puck into the net off of a slap-shot by Lindholm. Getzlaf was right in front of Nilsson to deflect the puck past the Canucks goaltender. The Ducks remain with the big lead in the beginning of the second. It’s 3-0 Ducks.
Click here to see Getzlaf’s Slick Deflection: Getzlaf deflects the puck past Smith
The Canucks have some catching up to do since it’s 3-0 Ducks. They get a chance as Chris Wagner is off to the penalty box for interference with Thomas Vanek. It is one of those terrible calls made by the zebras out on the ice. It is a call that could be questioned, but Wagner sits for 2 minutes with a ridiculous call made by the zebras. With now 21 seconds left of the penalty to Wagner… the Anaheim Ducks will go on 4-on-4 for 21 seconds and then will be on a JMG power play, as Troy Stecher is sent to the penalty box for hooking Antoine Vermette. During their power play Ryan Miller makes another big glove save- so awesome.
Click here to see the big Glove save by Miller @10:42: Glove save Miller
Just about 9 minutes into the period, Chris Wagner and Michael Chaput are the pairing for the face-off where they exchanged words and decide to go at it the second after the puck is dropped.
Here is the MUST WATCH fight between Wagner and Chaput
Chris Wagner and Michael Chaput are both sent to the pentaly box with a 5-minute MAJOR penalty for fighting.
Less than a minute after Wagner and Chaput are in the penalty box, the Anaheim Ducks go on a PK as Kevin Bieksa is off to the penalty box for slashing Markus Granlund.
Nick Ritchie and former LA King Nik Dowd go at eachother shoves and few punches thrown but NO CALL was made. The call that could’ve been made was a penalty for roughing.
Brock Boeser is the Canucks upcoming star rookie that is putting up big points for Vancouver and he had a good chance to score on Miller but because it’s MILLER TIME tonight, Ryan Miller completely robs Boeser of a goal. That puck was DENIED access into the Anaheim net. Click the link below to see this big save by Ryan Miller
Click here to see Miller’s amazing glove save: Unbelievable Glove Save Miller
The Ducks head to the locker room still with the lead. The Ducks go into the locker room with a 3-0 lead over the Canucks. Miller is playing his game and all he needs to do is to continue MILLER TIME and leave Vancouver with the win. The Ducks need to continue to push and put a lot of pressure on the Canucks and make the final period a challenge for them even to get a chance to score on a focused and on fire Ryan Miller. Let’s wrap things up and get the 2 points tonight.
The Ducks force a game changer just 20 seconds into the period… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #50 ANTOINE VERMETTE!!! ASSISTED BY #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! IT’S A FRANCHISE RECORD GOAL!!! From Rakell who gets it to Getzlaf and finds Vermette who get’s it past Nilsson and it is a goal that he gave up. Because of Nilsson’s mistake it’s 4-0 Ducks and there is going to be a goaltender change.
Click here to see Vermette make franchise history with this goal: Vermette with tic-tac-toe goal
The game puck that made the 5,000 goal in Anaheim Ducks franchise history.
Anders Nilsson is off to the bench and Jacob Markstrom will go in the net for the rest of the game and try to stop the Ducks from extending their lead in the game.
Miller is still on fire and he makes an unbelievable SKATE SAVE. It’s a must watch video.
Miller’s tricky skate save: Ryan Miller- tricky skate save
The Canucks goaltender change wasn’t as effective as the Canucks head coach would’ve liked because… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #38 DEREK GRANT!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Josh Manson snatches the loose puck on the goal line and fires it to Derek Grant who makes a wrist shot that finds the back of the net. Now the Ducks are in a big 5-0 lead.
Grant roofs one-timer from Manson: Derek Grant’s one-timer
There is about 13 minutes left in the game, so is there enough time for the Canucks to score 5 goals and force overtime?
As the time on the clock is winding down Andrew Cogliano is sent to the penalty box for slashing Troy Stecher. In situations were there is less than the 2-minutes to serve a full penalty, I don’t really see any reasoning to make calls in the final minute of the game and the Canucks failed getting one past Miller. Penalty Killed.
The Anaheim Ducks Win!!! Miller with the 5-0 shutout win in Vancouver tonight.
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller:
Ryan Miller: It means a lot to me coming out to Vancouver. It was a big point in my life, and my wife’s life. Of course my son was born here and we have fond memories. I enjoyed myself here. The people have always been great. It was a fun night.
Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Flames
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