Ducks Get the Win 5-3 Over the Penguins on their FIRST Game Played of 2018 at Honday Center


It’s the first game of the season and the Ducks are facing the defending Stanley Cup Chapions, this is the final meeting of the season between these two teams. Philadelphia native John Gibson finally got a win in his hometown the last time these teams met. It will be John Gibson in net for the Ducks and Tristan Jarry will be in net for the Penguins.

This is the beginning of the Ducks 5-game homestand before the All-Star Break.

One of the BIG keys for the Ducks coming into this game: Mental preparation is key for a club striving for consistancy.

Let’s see if the Pittsburgh native John Gibson can get another win against the Penguins.

Game Highlights:

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The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG Power Play early in the game, as Phil Kessel is off to the penalty box for slashing Ondrej Kase. The Ducks were unable to capitalize off this one but was one outstanding power play but not for the lack of trying, the Ducks had so many chances to score on Jarry.

Brandon Montor and Evgeni Malkin go at it and start to mix things up by John Gibson near the blue paint fighting for a position in front of the net. Then the Ducks and the Penguins go on 4-on-4 as Brandon Montour and Evgeni Malkin are off to the penalty box for slashing one another while fighting for position at the top of the blue paint.

Hampus Lindholm makes a nice cross-check on Kris Letang and Hampus Lindholm is off to the penalty box for the cross-check on Letang. It’s 4-on-3 for 28 seconds and that was a penalty that the Ducks killed.

Due to tired defensemen on the ice resulted in the goal. Evgeni Malkin takes a shot on Gibson and finds the back of the net. The Pittsburgh Penguins Goal. Malkin gets the Penguins on the map. The Ducks trail by 1, it’s 1-0 Penguins.

Malkin’s wicked wrister

The Ducks are off to the locker room trailing by 1-0. The Ducks need to make a game plan to get on the score board.

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The Ducks go on the JMG Power Play as Justin Shultz is off to the penalty box for hooking Ondrej Kase. Once again the Ducks weren’t able to capitalize on the power play. The penalty is killed.

RickRakAttack is back because he just tied the game and… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #23 FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN!!! Beauchemin makes an nice shot on the net from up top and Rakell is right there to tip the puck into the back of the net. Rakell’s deflection went five-hole on this one and through the wickets and into the back of the net is where that puck went.

Click here to see: Rakell’s deflection goal

Justin Shultz takes a great shot on Gibson but he wasn’t expecting John Gibson’s atheticism and goaltending skills to make a beautiful save. The puck went under the wickets but was denied entry into the net by a techiquically sound John Gibson.

Tristan Jarry was in a real bad position after saving a shot on goal which allowed this one to go in and… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! With goaltender stuck on the post caused him to be in an extremely bad position to save Adam Henrique’s wrap-around goal on the yawnning net. That puts the Anaheim Ducks in the lead. It’s 2-1 Ducks, leaving the Penguins trailing by 1.

Gibson continues to be there for his team and continued to be athletic and on fire with a big scramble in front of the Anaheim net. Gibson denied every puck that came his way.

The Ducks go on the PK as Jared Boll is off to the penalty box for slashing Matt Hunwick. Not only did the Ducks kill the penalty, they scored on their PK… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #21 CHRIS WAGNER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! Fowler slaps the puck to Silfverberg who gets it to Wagner and it’s a breakaway opportunity for Wagner and the puck just goes through Jarry’s five-hoe and it found the back of the net. The Ducks remain in a much bigger lead over the Penguins, it’s 3-1 Ducks.

Ondrej Kase is on of the more dangerous Ducks when he is on the ice he is slick, sneaky and has great speed which is something that he takes advantage of it to make a move like this one when the… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! Kase gets the turnover and before the Penguins could do anything it’s Kase with the breakway. Kase fakes Jarry and goes backhand, that breakaway shot finds the back of the net. The Anaheim Ducks remain in the lead over the Penguins, it’s 4-1 Ducks.

Kase Breakaway goal

With 43 seconds left in the period we go on 4-on-4, Rickard Rakell is off to the penalty box for hooking Kris Letang and Kris Letang is off to the penalty box for embellishment on Rickard Rakell.

The Ducks head off to the locker room with a big 4-1 lead over the Penguins. Also with 1:14 remaining of the 4-on-4. During this period the Ducks played with a much faster pace, they were more aggressive with the puck and had great control of the puck. Basically the Ducks just need to keep that up and John Gibson really just needs to keep it up. They need to play a solid 20 just like the second period to wrap this one up which would mean they would have defeated the 2 times that these 2 teams will meet for the season.

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The Ducks start off on the 4-on-4 due to the penalties on Rakell and Letang. Those penalties were killed nothing was generated for either team, we are back at full strength.

Gibson started off the period with a strong save that just denied Sidney Crosby to score.

Gibson’s strong save on Crosby

The Ducks go on the PK as Corey Perry is sent to the penalty box for interferring with Kris Letang.

The Penguin’s capitalized from this power play. The Pittsburg Penguins Goal. Scored by Phil Kessel. It’s a power play goal. He went short-side top-shelf and that puck finds it way past Gibson and into the back of the net. The Penguins got one but not enough to tie, the Ducks remain in the lead over the Penguins, it’s 4-2 Ducks.

Kessel’s power play snipe

Bieksa shoved by Malkin as going for change.jpg

Couldn’t find the video of this one but was pretty intense. Just as Bieksa is going for changes he gets hit into the boards of his own bench by Evgeni Malkin and after over the boards punches are thrown at Malkin.

Both Evgeni and Kevin Bieksa is off to the penalty box for roughing. It’s 4-on-4 and the Peguins capitalized from this one. With about 6 minutes remaining in the game the Pittsburg Penguins Goal. It’s Jake Guentzel with the goal. His one timer shot goes short-side through the pads of Gibson and into the back of the net. The Penguins starting to catching up to the Ducks but the Ducks remain in the lead over the Penguins, it’s 4-3 Ducks.

Guentzel burries one-timer for PPG

John Gibson with another solid save. John Gibson showing off his athleticism with an unbelievable butterfly save.

Gibson’s Clutch Saves

Tristan Jarry is off to the bench for the extra attacker with less than 2 minutes in the game. John Gibson denied every shot that came his way.

With just :0.2 seconds remaining… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! He gets the puck and fires it at the empty net and the Anaheim Ducks win this one. It’s a 5-3 victory over the Penguins.

Lindholm’s long empty netter


Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

Chris Wagner: We knew they were hot coming in, and we had to play our best game. We didn’t play a full 60 [minutes], but we came pretty close. They take chances and they play run-and-gun, so you’re going to get your chances. Tonight, we burried a good amount of them.

Adam Henrique: I thought we did a good job sticking with it. We had some big plays. Couple big saves, blocked shots and clears. That’s a huge win for our team.

Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs Rangers


LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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