Many Fights in this one BUT the Ducks Win the 4-2 Battle Against the Detroit Red Wings

IT WAS FIGHT NIGHT AT HONDA CENTER ON TEACHER APPRECIATION NIGHT. Nick Ritchie, Ryan Kesler, and Corey Perry made it a very exciting and emotional game against the Detroit Red Wings. We knew it was going to be a blood bath, emotional and aggressive but what most people didn’t expect is for the Ducks take this one to a whole new level of aggression by the fights but also the big physical hits by the defensemen who were BEASTLY.

Ritchie Fight on 3-16-18 vs Detroit Nick Ritchie gets REVENGE early in the game because of what happened to Cam Fowler (first period).

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Ryan Kesler is PISSED OFF and this is the result of what happened (second period)Perry Fight 3-16-18 vs Detroit A very ANGRY PISSED OFF COREY PERRY (second period)

The big word to sum up this game is FIGHTING and REVENGE… that is just my opinion of last night’s game. 3 big fights in one game… high emotions between these teams… huge physicality… sums up as a very interesting game to watch. It looked like there was a playoff like atmosphere physicality and emotions in this game or at least that’s what it seemed to be when I was watching the game. It was such an epic game.

Goaltender John Gibson is coming into this BRUTAL and EMOTIONAL game with a 3-0 shutout win over Vancouver. He was solid, hot, technically sound, and it was GIBBY TIME (ALL GAME LONG). Playing with emotion his team and most people know that he is going to give it all he’s got to send the Detroit Red Wings flying home angry because they didn’t play with enough emotion or didn’t fight hard enough to take away 2 points with a victory that would be DENIED by John Gibson.

Game Highlights:

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Alright it’s GIBBY TIME… time to get physical and emotional and aggressive and show that the Detroit Red Wings don’t belong here at Honda Center the home of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks are off to a good start just 30 seconds into the period because the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Mike Green is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Corey Perry (one of the most [active] hated players in the NHL today). The Ducks had good puck control and plenty of chances. Unfortunately for the Ducks, they were unable to capitalize on the first JMG Power Play. Penalty Killed.

Just minutes later the Ducks go on the Penalty Kill as Ondrej Kase is off to the box for slashing Andreas Athanasiou. The Ducks know that it’s GIBBY TIME and being the outstanding goaltender that he is… Gibson just DENIES the Red Wings of getting a goal on the PK. He smothered and saved puck after puck and before he knew it the Ducks are back to full strength… Penalty is Killed.

ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! Nick Ritchie comes in late and gets the puck from Kase and into the net it goes. The Ducks are in the lead, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see Ritchie’s awesome goal: Kase, Ritchie combine for goal

When players mess with Cam Fowler they mess with some of the big BEASTS of the Anaheim Ducks. Happened last season during playoffs with the Flames and unfortunately Cam Fowler gets cross checked really hard into the boards by Luke Witkowski. The thing that pissed the Ducks off was that there was no call made on the hit (the Red Wings have released the ANGER and RAGE inside each of the Beastly Anaheim Ducks). The good news is that he didn’t go to the locker room afterwards, slow to get up but stayed on the bench. A few shifts later Fowler was back out on the ice with his teammates.

Here we go again… The Ducks are on the penalty kill as Ryan Getzlaf is off to the penalty box with an interference call against Anthony Mantha. It’s GIBBY TIME!!! Your goaltender is the best penalty killer and that is what John Gibson did during this penalty kill.

A good teammate defends and sticks up for one another and that is exactly happened when Nick Ritchie takes matters into his own hands and decides to fight Luke Witkowski REVENGE for the hard cross-check on Cam Fowler

Both Nick Ritchie and Luke Witkowski are off to the penalty box for fighting. The Ducks lose the aid of Nick Ritchie for 5-minutes and the Red Wings lose the aid of Luke Witkowski for 5-minutes. (there is no power play when there is a fighting penalty).


Detroit Red Wings Goal. Mike Green takes advantage of a wide open yawning net. Mike Green ties it 1-1 with that goal. It was a puck that Gibson really didn’t have much of a chance in saving that one.

Click here to see Detroit goal #1: Green buries Larkin’s feed

Manson with a big hit on Frans Nielsen. Shoulder to shoulder hit, Nielsen drops immediately after the hit by Manson. Such an awesome hit by Manson. Josh Manson, one of the Beasts of the Anaheim Ducks I wouldn’t want to mess with.

The Ducks head to the locker with a 1-1 tie against the Red Wings. It’s time to use our emotion and get back in the lead. Big emotion in the opening period, let’s see the Ducks continue and keep it up. Gibson just needs to remain on fire for the rest of the game.

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The Ducks start the period with a… JMG POWER PLAY!!! There goes Jonathan Ericsson  off to the penalty box for high-sticking Rickard Rakell. Chances were generated by the Ducks just couldn’t get the puck in the net. Penalty Killed.

Good happens when you get the puck to the net because… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #28 DEREK GRANT!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! Derek Grant spins around the net and gets the puck in. The goal is under review to determine whether or not the puck passes the goal line… the puck passes the goal line so it’s a GOOD GOAL!!! The Ducks take the lead once again it’s 2-1 Ducks.

Click here to see Grant get one in: Grant backhands home loose puck

During changes the Anaheim Ducks get a too many man on the ice during changes, Corey Perry is off to the box to serve the too many man on the ice penalty. That is a penalty kill that the Ducks cleared. Penalty Killed, we are back at full strength.

The Detroit Red Wings Goal. Scored by #14 Gustav Nyquist. He comes in late into the zone and picks his spot shoots and the puck gets past netminder John Gibson. We are tied up once again, it’s 2-2, time for the Ducks to get another one to get back in the lead.

Click here to see Detroit goal #2: Nyquist pots Abdelkader’s feed

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Ryan Kesler is off to the penalty box for Slashing Darren Helm. With Gibson standing strong and denying pucks… Penalty Killed. The Ducks are back to full strength.

Just 6 minutes later the wrath of Corey Perry is made known to the Red Wings when SCOREY PERRY is in front of the net getting under the goaltenders skin when… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! Rakell just rips the puck at the front of the net finds Corey Perry who is surrounded by white jerseys finds the back of the net. It’s a tap-in goal.  What a goal by the mostly hated and frusterating player in the NHL… SCOREY PERRY!!!! With that goal the Ducks take the lead again, it’s 3-2 Ducks.

Click here to see Perry’s Goal: Perry’s Backdoor Tally

COREY PERRY IS A BEAST AND A NASTY ONE… One thing that you don’t want is a pissed off Corey Perry because it almost always ends up with fighting and a trip to the penalty box. Corey Perry and Justin Abdelkader go at it and punches are being thrown. A fight by a very angry Corey Perry because of a hit made on him by Trevor Daley. A hit that the officials didn’t call for boarding so Perry took matters into his own hands. Here is what went down:

The Anaheim Ducks will lose the aid of Corey Perry for 5-minutes as he is off to the penalty box for fighting with Justin Abdelkader. The Detroit Red Wings will lose the aid of Justin Abdelkader for 5-minutes as he is off to the penalty box for fighting with Corey Perry.  NO MAN ADVATAGE ON FIGHTING PENALTY. Penalties will continue being served in the beginning of the third period.

Here we go again, another fight, it’s the Anaheim Ducks BEAST agitator and instigator Ryan Kesler decided to fight with Anthony Mantha and they go at it with less than 1-minute remaining in the period.

The Anaheim Ducks will go without the aid of Ryan Kesler for 5-minutes for fighting with Anthony Mantha. The Detroit Red Wings will lose the aid of Anthony Mantha for 5-minutes for fighting with Ryan Kesler NO MAN ADVATAGE ON FIGHTING PENALTY. Penalties will continue being served in the beginning of the third period.

The Ducks are off to the locker room with the 3-2 lead over the Red Wings. They will be going into the final period of play knowing that they will be without the aid of Perry and Kesler for their 5-minute fighting penalties. The Ducks need to attack the net and keep the pressure off of Gibson. The Ducks will continue to rely on Gibson’s awesome goaltending skills to keep them on top. Continue to play with emotion and send them off from a pointless game for the Red Wings. Let’s Go Ducks… Basically we need to wrap it up and play soild in the final period of play.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

GIBBY TIME!!!! John Gibson gets the period off to a good start with a huge butterfly save that just DENIED the Red Wings of a goal to tie the game.

Fighting major penalties are over: Corey Perry, Justin Abdelkader, Ryan Kesler, and Anthony Mantha are out of the penalty box and are available to get back into the lineup.

Ryan Kesler back with his special teams line who made some good things happen beacuse… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #17 RYAN KESLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! Cogliano gets the puck to the net and it’s Kesler who finds the back of the net with a backhanded shot into the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 4-2 Ducks. Kesler’s goal ends up being the GAME WINNING GOAL!!!!

Click here to see Kesler’s Second-Chance Goal: Ryan Kesler with the GWG

The Ducks go on one last penalty kill before they wrap this one up. Ryan Kesler is off to the box for cross-checking Tyler Bertuzzi. Nothing but stellar goaltending performance by Gibson happened on the PK. Penalty Killed and Kesler is out of the box and we are back at full strength for the last 3 minutes of the game.


Postgame Quotes vs. Detroit Red Wings- 3-16-18

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:

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Corey Perry (on the emotion): It benefits us. We were emotional in the game. That’s definitely a positive for us.

Corey Perry (on the physicality): There is some history there. They still have a lot of guys over there. We battled for a long time in the West. It just continued tonight.

Corey Perry (on the importance of the game): It’s going to come right down to every point. You have to go out and do your job and hopefully get help from other teams.

Ritchie Fight on 3-16-18 vs Detroit Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Nick Ritchie (on his goal): It was just a simple play. We got a forecheck and went side to side to get the defensemen turning their heads. Throw it to a guy going to the net.

Nick Ritchie (on the emotion): It just started like that. Couple big hits early. The crowd was good. At this time of the year, with the position we’re in, we’re playing for keeps. Not that we weren’t all season, but it’s really a desperate time. Sometimes the emotions come out, and tonight they did.

Kesler Fight on 3-16-18 vs Detroit Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Kesler (on the importance of finding emotion in games): It’s huge when we can get emotionally involved early. These games mean a lot. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be emotionally involved from the start. Tonight was pretty easy to get emotional.

Ryan Kesler (in a postgame TV interview): There’s a lot on the line for us, and obviously we’re not gonna get pushed around out there. We stick up for each other and that’s what we did tonight.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the emotional victory): These are tough games when you’re playing a hockey club that’s playing loose and free. They can skate. The Detroit hockey club has a group of hockey players that can really move out there. That’s the model that’s coming. You can tell by the change in the guard. They’ve filled their roster with young, fast hockey players.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on building upon wins): We have to start feeling good about ourselves and find ways to build on the wins we’ve had here as of late. As always, it’s a challenge with the schedule and the dog days of the season. We know the pressure that’s upon us. We don’t want to focus necessarily on what everybody else is doing. Just focus on what we can control and make sure we’re ready game in, game out to find ways to get the points. It doesn’t have to be picture perfect.

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Thoughts on the game from the Detroit Red Wings players and coaches:

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Henrik Zetterberg (on tonight’s loss): We had issues in our own end. We have to work really hard for our goals. When we are in our own end, we try and do the right things, but it gets hard for us sometimes.

Henrik Zetterberg (on the West Coast road trip): I think for us now, the only thing we can do is focus on each game and try to win that night. It doesn’t really matter who we are playing, but we don’t come here that often anymore so it’s fun for us to come here and play. We have a lot of fans here on the West Coast, so we look forward to this trip and try to make the best of it.

Anthony Mantha Photo by Detroit Red Wings

Anthony Mantha (on what Detroit hopes to accomplish in remaining games): We need to figure out something real quick. It is embarrassing to lose that much. We need to start playing a good game and having pride in playing. That is key.

Anthony Mantha (on Detroit’s power play): We just need to find the back of the net on those power plays. I mean, they cost us a lot of games this year. We have been good at times and then other times we can’t seem to find the back of the net. We need to keep shooting, keep making the simple plays and it’s going to come.

Coach Jeff Blashill Photo by Alarmy Stock Photo

Head Coach Jeff Blashill (on tonight’s game having playoff intensity): We have a crew that is going to fight, so obviously tonight that was literally. We have a competitive group led by Zetterberg and a whole group of guys, so it didn’t surprise me that the game was like that. We are trying to win hockey games. They are trying to win hockey games. Sometimes it gets like that.

Head Coach Jeff Blashill (on what he is learning about his players): I don’t think I’m learning anything. I’ve known this about this crew. They are a competitive group. We haven’t won enough games, there’s no question about it. We haven’t had enough results, there’s no question about it, but this group works. They compete. We have to be a little bit better in some of our detail. We gave away a couple of goals that we have to be better at. From the top of this group, it’s a competitive group. We have to find a way to turn that into a win here, now. There’s no doubt about the heart of this group.


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Sources: Anaheim Ducks Player News- Ducks Daily and Twitter @AnaheimDucks

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/

Source Adam Brady- “Recap: Ducks Inch Closer to Playoff Position in 4-2 Victory Over Detroit”

Source: Anaheim Ducks- “Postgame Notes and Quotes- March 16 vs Detroit”

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