It is down to the wire and with 2 teams fighting hard to get a playoff spot it will be a game with a playoff atmosphere fighting for the 2 points that they need to get to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in April.
John Gibson has been on fire so he gets the start and when he’s in net he makes it know that it’s GIBBY TIME with the ways that he plays in the full 60 minutes of this one.
Mostly every time these two teams meet it’s either physical, emotional. or both. This game the Ducks played with some edge and more aggressive. It was so bad for the Flames that their coach did a goalie change after 2 periods. It was #41 Mike Smith in net to start the game but when things were going THE DUCK WAY the head coach made the decision for a goalie change and it was #33 David Rittich in the net for the third period. Was a good effort but it was one that didn’t make a difference.
With no Josh Manson and Kevin Bieksa who are huge key players when going up teams with history and know it will be a physical and emotional battle, the Anaheim Ducks will look to other players to add the aggressiveness to this game tonight. The team will have to step up and be intimidating and physical because that is something that the Ducks will have to do especially because they are going up against the Calgary Flames.
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The officials were so blind in not making a call on Matt Stajan for goaltender interference. It was so obvious. He collided with John Gibson. Since there was no call for the collision, John was pretty angry at the officials for not making a call.
NOTE: Goaltender Interference is when any player has any physical contact with the goalie and is penalized for doing so.
It’s 4-on-4 hockey as Brandon Montour and Johnny Gaudreau are off to the penalty box for roughing. They were throwing slashes and shoving one another and that resulted in a 2-minute roughing penalty. Due to good goaltending, Penalties Killed. Montour and Gaudreau are out of the box and we are now back to full strength.
Shortly Montour is back to the penalty box. The Flames go on a power play as Brandon Montour is off to the penalty box for slashing Sean Monahan. The Ducks were successful on the penalty kill and Cogliano found a weak spot of Flames netminder Mike Smith because….
THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! UNASSISTED GOAL!!! COGS SCORES ON THE DUCKS’ PK!!!! Andrew Cogliano comes up behind Hamilton and gets the puck and it’s a short-handed shot that just finds it’s way past Mike Smith and into the back of the net. The Ducks are on the board first in Calgary leaving the Flames trailing. It’s 1-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: Cogs with the Shortie
After the HUGE glove save by John Gibson, the Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room with the 1-0 lead over the Calgary Flames.
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The Ducks start off the period with a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Mark Giordano is off to the penalty box for hooking Jakob Silfverberg. Was a great power play for the Ducks. Good puck control BUT they didn’t capitalize on the power play. Penalty Killed. The Flames are back to full strength.
It has been I think the last time that Kase got one pass the netminder but tonight is a different story because… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #25 ONDREJ KASE!!!! ASSISTED BY THE #23 FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! This one sorta looked like a vintage Corey Perry goal. Kase gets the puck and does the Spin-O-Rama move right in front of Mike Smith and hoists the puck and its a backhanded shot that finds the back of the net. No chance for Mike Smith to stop the Czech native from scoring. Kase told Kent French that was the FIRST TIME EVER that he has ever done the Spin-O-Rama move in hockey. The Ducks extend their lead it’s now 2-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: Kase with the spin-o-rama five hole GOAL
The Sweds just have the perfect way of getting the put to and in the net…. this goal was a Swed goal that exploded in Mike Smith’s face… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! It’s a Swed-to-Swed goal, with a pass from RickRakAttack Hampus Lindholm fires a perfect shot that is one were the puck finds the back of the net. It was like a ticking time bomb that just blew up in the Flames goaltender’s face. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 3-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: Lindholm’s PERFECT shot that EXPLODES in Smith’s face
The Ducks head into the locker room with a 3-0 lead over the Flames which leaves the Calgary Flames trailing by 3. The Ducks have to just keep it up and keep the momentum high and for John Gibson to show the Flames that it’s GIBBY TIME!!!! Solid 40-minutes, just 20 more to go to wrap this one up in Calgary and leave with the much needed 2 points.
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With the Ducks scoring 3 goals on 11 shots on goal, the Calgary Flames go for the goalie change. #41 Mike Smith is out and it’s #33 David Rittich in the net for the third and final period of this hockey game.
GIBBY TIME!!!! John Gibson DENIES Johnny Gaudreau the big home run pass that could’ve been a goal but NO CHANCE with John Gibson in net for the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks playing on the defensive side of the puck and Gibson looking calm, cool, and relaxed in this game is what caused the Flames frustration that was clearly shown. IT showed when Adam Henrique gets pinned to the board of the Anaheim bench because Mark Jankowski goes at Nick Ritchie when he goes for changes.
It’s 4-on-4 hockey as Mark Jankowski and Nick Ritchie are off to the penalty box for roughing. Due to good goaltendeing nothing was generated during the 4-on-4. Penalty Killed andwe are back to full strength.
Good things happen when you just throw the puck at the net and that is exactly what Beauchemin did with just about 3 minutes remaining in the game because… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #23 FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN!!! ASSISTED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Perfect timing and Rakell takes away the line of sight of Flames goaltender David Rittich. It’s a slap-shot by a blue-liner and no chance in saving this one because he lost line of sight by Anderson (Flames defender) and Rakell. The Ducks extend the lead and this just happens to be the game winning goal. It’s 4-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: Beauchemin with the GWG
Is it even possible for the Flames to score 4 goals in 3-minutes on an on FIRE John Gibson. That was something they couldn’t do even when the Ducks went on the penalty kill when Jakob Silfverberg is off to the penalty box for delay of game. The puck went over the glass. Penalty Killed.
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The Ducks celebrate the victory in a mostly empty arena on the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the home of the Calgary Flames. They also come away with the much needed 2 points in the race to be in a playoff spot.
Andrew Cogliano ties up Ducks Franchise Record
“Cogliano scored the shorthanded to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 12:51 of the first period. The goal came 45 deconds after Dougie Hamilton hit the crossbar on the power play. It was Cogliano’s 16th shorthanded goal, tying Paul Kariya for the most in Ducks history.”
Thoughts on this achievement from Andrew Cogliano: I’ve managed some weird records or stats in my career. Paul Kariya is one of the best of all time, really. For sure, one of the best Ducks of all time. I’ve had a good amount of shorthanded goals, so it’s pretty special.
Thoughts on the game from Anaheim Ducks players- Gibson and Lindholm
John Gibson (on final games before playoffs): We’re basically playing playoff hockey now. We all know we have to win. We hold ourselves accountable. We know we all have to raise out game.
John Gibson (at the time of Cogliano’s goal): [The Flames] were playing really well. We knew they were going to come out hard. When he got that, it gave us the momentum and kind of took them down a little bit. That was a big moment in the game for us.
Hampus Lindholm (on the game): It’s a typical road game. Play strong in your own zone. You know they’re going to come at you. When we got our chances, we really dug in. We played strong. We didn’t have them too many chances on their power play to give them momentum. We cleaned out the crease pretty well. Gibby came up big for us tonight.
Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Oilers
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