Ducks Come Away with the 4-2 Victory over the Devils in a VERY physical game on CHOC Night at Honda Center


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It’s CHOC night here at Honda Center and that is the kid chosen for the puck drop. After the puck drop he did fist-bumps to each Anaheim Ducks player. I think that he was their good luck charm that gave him the victory.

The Ducks are going up against New Jersey Devils who just happen to be the second worst face-off team in the NHL. The Devils roster consists of 5 former Ducks, Patrick Maroon, Sami Vatanen, Kyle Palmieri, Ben Lovejoy, and Stefan Noesen.

This is one of those physical and intense feel of game that you notice right from the first puck drop. It’s fun watching the BEASTS of the Anaheim Ducks and the defenders in a game with the physical and intense playoff like atmosphere.

Game Highlights

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The Anaheim Ducks get the game off to a good start just about 20 seconds into the period when… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! UNASSISTED GOAL!!! Perry and Rakell couldn’t get one past Keith Kinkaid BUT Getzlaf gets the rebound off of a shot by Rickard Rakell. Getzlaf comes into the zone late, he finds the puck and into the back of the net it goes. The Ducks are on the board early in the game, it’s 1-0 Ducks who take the lead over the Devils.

Click here to see: Getzlaf with the snap shot

Manson gets crashed into the boards hard by Andy Greene. Josh Manson slowly gets up but looks like he is in distress as he heads to the bench but does not go to the locker room. After that hit on Manson the intensity and physicality of the game has now officially increased.

Then just 5 minutes after Getzlaf finds the back of the net so does one of our Swed natives, one who is known for scoring and the crowd went crazy because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! Josh Manson gets the puck and just makes a strong slap-shot toward the net and Jakob Silfverberg is there to tip the puck into the back of the net. The Ducks extend the lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks. The New Jersey Devils are now trailing by 2.

Click here to see: Silfverberg with the tip-in

Former Anaheim Duck Ben Lovejoy makes a hard hit into the boards on Derek Grant. NO CALL MADE. I thought there should’ve been an interference call on Lovejoy for the hit on Grant.

The New Jersey Devils get the first power play which means it’s penalty killing time as Ondrej Kase is off to the box for interference against Brian Gibbons. Good goaltending and strong defending made it hard for the Devils to generate anything. Penalty Killed. The Ducks are back at full strength.

Just 3:58 remaining in the period, Ben Lovejoy mixes up with Lindholm after whistle. Could’ve been calls for roughing… BUT NO CALLS MADE

The Ducks go on the PK as Adam Henrique is sent to the penalty box for hooking Sami Vatanen with 32.2 seconds remaining in the period. (the penalty carries over into the second period).

An additional PK for the Ducks making it 5-on-3, Brandon Montour is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Taylor Hall with 7.6 seconds remaining in the period. (the penalty carries over into the second period).

Ducks head to the locker room with the 2-0 lead and knowing they are going 5-on-3 for 1:34 to begin the second period. A solid openning 20-minutes for the Ducks. They just have to keep up the rock solid defense and minimizing them time in the zone and make their defense and offense work hard by applying lots of pressure on them. The Ducks will be going into the second knowing that they are going to be without Josh Manson for the rest of the game due to an upper-body injury that was a result of the hard hit into the boards made by former teammate Sami Vatanen.

Josh Manson did not return from the locker room. The Ducks have lost the aid of Josh Manson for the remaining 40-minutes of play due to an injury occurred in the first period. It looks like the Ducks will have to find a way to win this physical battle without Josh Manson one of the BEASTS of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks remain on the PK. Gibson kills the PK. The crowd at Honda Center goes CRAZY. They went crazy due to the fact that netminder JOHN GIBSON killed a 5-on-3 penalty kill. Quite a performance by Gibson, he really showed the coaches, teammates, and fans just how good of a goalie that he is and that he deserves to being the #1 goalie for the Anaheim Ducks. Penalty Killed. Henrique and Montour are out of the penatly box, the Ducks are back to full strength.

Hampus Lindholm makes a hard hit on former Anaheim Duck Kyle Palmieri, it was a hard and totally awesome hit made by Ducks D-man Hampus Lindholm.

Francois Beauchemin hits Miles Wood VERY HARD and that hard hit sends Wood to the locker room because of the pain he was in after the hard hit by Beauchemin.

In the midst of changes, the Ducks had too many men on the ice and the officials caught it. It’s penalty killing time for the Anaheim Ducks for a too many man on the ice penalty, the penalty will be served by Corey Perry. When the Ducks get this call or a goaltenders penalty where a player has to sit, most of the time it is Corey Perry that serves the penalty.

The Ducks failed at killing this PK because… New Jersey Devils Goal. Power Play Goal. It’s former Ducks Kyle Palmieri with the goal. Gibson wasn’t in the position to being able to prevent the puck from going into the net. The Ducks remain in the lead it’s 2-1, the Devils now only trail by 1.

Click here to see: New Jersey Goal #1

The Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! at the end of the period. Sami Vatanen is off to the penalty box for hooking Rickard Rakell. It was a good call by the officials but unfortunately the Ducks didn’t capitalize on that power play. Penalty Killed and the Devils are back at full strength.

Ducks off to the locker room with a 2-1 lead over the Devils. John Gibson has been on fire. They got lucky with their goal. The Ducks need to make them work hard and put way more than a lot of pressure on them and get pucks to find their way past Keith Kinkaid and into the back of the net. The Ducks have played a solid 40 minutes, it’s time for another solid 20 minutes and wrap up and come aways from this one with a win and 2 points.

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It’s official, the Anaheim Ducks just posted on social media once they ercieved news that Josh Manson will not be returning to the game due to an upper body injury he obtained in the first period from the hit into the boards by Andy Greene.

Corey Perry gets a beautiful breakaway but Keith Kinkaid saw him coming and DENIED Corey Perry of a breakaway goal that would’ve extended the Ducks lead in the game.

John Moore hits Jakob Silfverberg on the hip which sends him hard into the boards. That was the result of a cross-check that Moore made on Silfverberg. It caught the eye of the officials which means….

The Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! as John Moore is making his way to the penalty box for cross-checking Jakob Silfverberg. This is a power play that the Ducks benifited off of because…

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THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! A pass from Getzlaf who is basically behind the net and passes to Montour near the front of the net and his killer sniper shot there was NO CHANCE for Keith Kinkaid to stop this power play goal. Thanks Monty!!! The Ducks extend their lead over the Devils, it’s 3-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: Montour with the PPG

The New Jersey Devils Goal. Scored by former Ducks Patrick Maroon. He gets a great feed from former Duck Sami Vatanen who finds Maroon to the side of the crease and taps it in and it is in the net before Gibson could have sight of where the puck was. The Devils are catching up but the Ducks remain in the lead. It’s 3-2 Ducks. The funny thing about this game is that all goals have been scored by Anaheim Ducks players both current and former players.

Click here to see: New Jersey Devils Goal #2

One of the Ducks all opponents should keep on is Rickard Rakell… because when he gets the puck it possibly be a bomb or explosion in your face. He is one DANGEROUS DUCK… RickRakAttack is back at it becaust… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #65 MARCUS PETTERSSON!!!

Click here to see: Rakell with the tipin- & GWG

Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon mix things up after the goal

penalty- Ryan Getzlaf for roughing against Patrick Maroon

penalty- Patrick Maroon for roughing against Ryan Getzlaf

GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson was unstoppable in the remaining 5 minutes of the game. DENIED every shot on goal.


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Brandon Montour scored on the power play 7:55 in the third period. Montour’s goal was his third in the past three games (3-0=3). Montour scored his fifth game-winning goal this season, which ranks tied for first among NHL defensemen. With the goal, Montour also tied the single-season franchise record for game-winning goals by a defenseman, set by and Oleg Tverdovsky (1999-00) and Niclas Havelid (2002-03).

Postgame Quotes vs Devils on 3-18-18

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches


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Ryan Getzlaf (on the game): That was definitely a better effort throughout the whole game. We made a couple mistakes, but overall we played pretty solid throughout the whole game and didn’t allow them a whole lot.

Ryan Getzlaf (on the complete performance): Any time you can play that complete game, it allows you to look back on different times and understand what it takes to play in the moment and do those sort of things.

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Hampus Lindholm (on the physicality): These types of games you’re fighting hard for those two points. Especially against a speedy team like this, you have to try to slow them down. That’s our kind of hockey. We did a good job of that.

Hampus Lindholm (on limiting the Devils to 17 shots on goal): They’re a fast team. Even though they only had 17 shots, they still had good scoring chances and scored two goals on us. They’re a dangerous team, but we did a good job on them tonight.

Rickard Rakell GWG

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Rickard Rakell (on the game): We felt like we had control of the game. We had some good chances throughout the game and we didn’t get negative after they scored. We kept coming after them.

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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the strong start to the game): We had a great start. We had to have a good start. That’s paramount to getting things going for us in our building. They played yesterday afternoon, so you try to take advantage of that as much as possible. We had a pretty complete game in a lot of ways. Solid first period and found ways to keep them to the outside.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s defense): It’s all about defense and being on the right side of the puck and being inside. With the loss of Manson, it gave an opportunity for some other people to pick up those minutes. It was good to see Beauchemin and Pettersson – they responded. They were called upon. That’s a bright spot for us when you can lean on those guys. We had five guys that gave us everything they got. It’s great to see.

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Thoughts on the game from the New Jersey Devils players and coaches

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Patrick Maroon (on tonight’s game): I think they were just all over us. We didn’t push back. I thought they had the physical game going. I thought we kind of shied away from it a little bit, but I thought we had some good chances in the game where I thought we were really good. We had a little push back there at the end. All in all, I thought we just needed to be a little bit better.

Patrick Maroon (on if fatigue played a factor): I’m not going to use an excuse for back-to-back. I think this is the time of year where it is the best time to play. You should be ready every night. No excuses. I think we tried. I thought we tried, the effort was there. Just a couple mental breakdowns that cost us the game tonight.

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Keith Kinkaid (on the team not blocking shots like they have in the past): That’s my job to spot the shots though. I thought we did a good job blocking shots. There was one I think late in the third or something. I thought we were doing our job, just maybe we didn’t get enough pucks to their guy and challenge him enough.

Keith Kinkaid (on moving on from the loss): We just have to stick to our game plan. I thought we played a pretty hard game. We didn’t get the bounces. We just have to learn from it and regroup for Tuesday.

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Head Coach John Hynes (on tonight’s game): I thought Anaheim played a heck of a game. Coming in I thought they were very thorough and certainly deserved to win the game. You have to give credit to the opponent too for how well they play. I thought we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be and our puck movement did not allow us to access our speed.

Head Coach John Hynes (on the team’s offensive pressure): We did not because we didn’t spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. In the earlier games, we moved the puck out of our own zone very well, and we are able to get to our speed and get in the offensive zone. If you take this game in general, we were not sharp enough and competitive enough to give ourselves a chance to win the game. We had pockets, but it wasn’t good enough.

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