The Edmonton Oilers are in a slum lately even with a talented player like Connor McDavid on their team. A key role for Ryan Kesler is to be physical with McDavid and limit space that would allow him to skate with ease through the Anaheim and neutral zone and get his shot to Gibson.
The word is that Josh Manson and Ryan Getzlaf were both on the ice for the morning skate and during warmups. They are available for Randy Carlyle to insert them back into the game, one that will most likely have a playoff atmosphere and a lot of physicality in this one. Randy Carlyle decided he needs a beast or two on the ice and that means that Getzlaf and a very BEASTLY DUCK known as Josh Manson draw back in the lineup for tonight’s game.
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Not off to the start the Ducks were looking for. Just about 3-minutes into the period it’s Chris Kelly off to the penalty box for hooking Jujhar Khaira. Now if you look at the Oilers stats on power plays they end up being the worst team on the power play in the NHL today. With a shutdown goaltender who is on fire tonight, John Gibson DENIED every shot that they got on net. GIBBY TIME!!! Penalty Killed and the Ducks are back at full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Adam Henrique is off to the penalty box for goaltender interference. First of all he was shoved by Adam Larsson, Henrique is attacking in front to get a handle on the puck and get it to go in but comes in contact with the goalie because he was SHOVED INTO THE GOALIE BY AN OILER. Those zebras they couldn’t see how stupid and terrible of a call that was made on Henrique. John Gibson + good goaltending= GIBBY TIME. The penalty to Henrique has expired and the Ducks are back at full strength. Penalty Killed.
Words can’t descibe this one, the athletic Anaheim netminder John Gibson back at it making those unbelievable saves and such great scrambling ability.
Click here to see: Gibson’s series of great saves
We all know how much of a BEAST Josh Manson is but with a hard nasty hit on Ty Rattie that would make his 151 HARD HIT OF THE SEASON FOR DEFENSEMAN JOSH MANSON.
Jakob Silfverberg gets clipped by Darnell Nurse and Nurse is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Jakob Silfverberg. This means the Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!!! with :14.6 remaining in the period.
The Ducks head to the locker room scoreless in the opening frame of the hockey game. The Ducks know that they are going to start second period with 1:46 left of their power play. The Ducks need to get on the board and Gibson just needs to keep it up with his unbelievable goaltending for the rest of the game. Gibson has clearly made know to all that he is playing the playoff level type of hockey.
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Ducks start off the period with 1:46 minutes remaining on the power play time. Unfortunately the Ducks couldn’t capitalize off that one due to good goaltending. Penalty Killed, and the Oilers are back to full strength.
A player that the Ducks wanted to prenvented from giving McDavid a chance with any shot on goal… but that didn’t happen because the Edmonton Oilers Goal. Scored by #97 Connor McDavid. Just as the penalty to Nurse ended McDavid strikes and the puck gets past Gibson and into the back of the net. The Oilers take the lead, it’s 1-0 Oilers, that leaves the Ducks trailing.
Click here to see: McDavid’s wrist shot
The Oilers in the 1-0 lead but gotta watch out for the BEASTLY D-MAN JOSH MANSON because… Just 19 seconds after the McDavid goal… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY THE #17 RYAN KESLER!!! Manson gets the puck and shots from inside the top of the circles. He goes top-shelf and no chance for Talbot to save that one. With this goal by Manson we are now tied 1-1.
Click here to see: Manson’s Response to McDavid Goal- 19 seconds later
Penalty killing time for the Anaheim Ducks as Hampus Lindholm is off to the penalty box for holding Darnell Nurse. Gibson stands tall and strong, he completly DENIES Leon Draisaitl of a power play goal. Penalty Killed and the Anaheim Ducks are back at full strength.
Edmonton Oilers goal. Scored by the Ty Rattie. Gibson lost sight of the puck due to the heavy traffic in front. Without sight of the puck there wasn’t a chance for Gibson to save that one. The Oilers grab the lead once more, it’s 2-1 Oilers, the Ducks are trailing again in this game.
Click here to see: Rattie Lucky goal with traffic in front of Gibby
The Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Jesse Puljujarvi is off to the penalty box for hooking Nick Ritchie. Plenty of chances but couldn’t capitalize on this one. Penalty Kill and the Edmonton Oilers are back at full strength.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is off to the locker room after a hard hit, he didn’t return to the game. Couldn’t clearly see the hard hit but it is a safe bet that the hard hit was most likely deliverd by a BEASTLY D-MAN Josh Manson.
Edmonton Oilers goal. Scored by the #29 Leon Draisitl. Hard slap shot gets past Gibson. The Oilers extend their lead, it’s 3-1 Oilers.
Click here to see: Draisaitl’s slap-shot goal
The Ducks are off to the locker room trailing 3-1 after 2 periods of play. It’s time for the Ducks to start scoring to come away with the 2 points tonight. The Ducks need to play with the determination and momentum they need to start scoring and for Gibson just to keep up making those big athletic saves.
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ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #65 MARCUS PETTERSSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! Perry is patient with the puck as he waits for changes gives it to Pettersson who fires it at the net and Adam Henrique is there to tip the puck into the back of the net. This is one that Talbot didn’t see coming. The Ducks score on the first shift of the period, we are not tied with the Oilers but the Ducks are making a comeback here in the third. It’s 3-2 Oilers.
Click here to see: Henrique tip-in goal
The Ducks need to get another one in to make this a tie game. In the past Getzlaf has said that once you pass the puck to Perry you’re not getting it back. He has said this in the past because he knows what kind of player Perry is and what he is capable of doing… Perry is a scorer and that’s how he got his social media name #ScoreyPerry and he showed that to us tonight because… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! Just 4 minutes after the Henrique goal which Perry assisted on, this time it’s Perry with the goal. There is give and go between Rakell and Fowler, Perry sees what Fowler is doing and gets to the front of the net and makes sure the puck gets past Talbot and into the back of the net. We have a tie game, it’s 3-3.
Click here to see: ScoreyPerry with the a backhand shot
Kris Russell shoves Jakob Silfverberg hard into the boards. I thought Russell should’ve recieved a penalty for boarding or roughing because Silfverberg was in some distress as heading back to the Anaheim bench but did not go into the locker room. Those zebras they must be blind for not making that call.
Now the Anaheim Ducks go on the Penalty Kill as Nick Ritchie is off to the penalty box for tripping Andrej Sekera. The Ducks sometime struggle on the PK and for the penalty to Ritchie they were unsuccessful in killing this PK. Gibby made some great saves but Ethan Bear finds a way to get one past Gibson because…
Edmonton Oilers Goal. It’s a power play goal by Ethan Bear. It’s Connor McDavid that feeds Bear the puck into the back of the net and scored his first NHL goal on Ducks netminder John Gibson. I think that is one that Gibson wishes he could have back. The Oilers back in the lead, it’s 3-4 Oilers.
Click here to see: Bear’s wrist shot and 1st NHL goal
There is still 7:20 remaining in the period and that is more than enough time for the Ducks to either tie or take the lead in this game. Lots of good puck control but the Ducks couldn’t seem to get it past Talbot… So as the clock is winding down to 1:40 John Gibson is off to the bench for the extra attacker and sometimes good things happen when a coach decides to pull his goaltender to try to tie and for the Ducks that paid off tonight because…
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! Good things happen when you get the puck and fire it at the net and that is what Montour did, he saw Perry and Henrique in front of the net and with 2 Ducks there in front the puck is most likely to go in. It goes in off of Darnell Nurse but that is after Henrique tries to tip it in, so it is Henrique that gets the credit for this one. We are now tied 4-4 and with only 1:28 left in the period.
Click here to see: Henrique with the game-tying goal
Good goaltending is what forces the 5-minute overtime period here in Edmonton tonight. It’s time for some sudden death 3-on-3 overtime hockey.
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Here’s what happened in 3-on-3 overtime period
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! It’s a Swed goal. Rakell makes a move in the center and Lindholm goes into attack mode and he finds the back of the net.
THE ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN!!! IT’S 5-4 DUCKS WITH THE VICTORY OVER THE EDMONTON OILERS!!! The Ducks also get the much needed 2 points tonight here in Edmonton.
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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:
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Hampus Lindholm (on the game): The first two periods, we were not there at all and we were lucky [Gibson] kept us in the game. At least this time, we could help him out and respond there and we were able to get a win. That was huge for us.
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Adam Henrique (on the game): I think we just got to our game, put pucks in and got to our forecheck game. It was a bit of a grind in the third there and we were getting pucks and bodies to the net. We knew we had to come out hard and not leave anything on the table, and obviously we got a huge goal in overtime too.
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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game): We were certainly in a funk for the first two periods. We made a decision if we were going to get ourselves back involved in the game that we were going to have to play at a much more passionate level, and we were going to have to be more determined and execute to a higher level and everybody had to get involved in playing the game the right way.
More from Head Coach Randy Carlyle: We’ve played a couple og games in the last little while where we seem to be in some sort of funk. We think we’re working and we’re not working; our passing is not on, we’re not playing fast enough. We’re not physically and emotionally involved in the game, and tonight was two periods of that. For whatever reason, they decided that was enough and they went out and executed and played to a much higher level and forced our will upon the opposition, and we were rewarded.
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Thoughts on the game from the Edmonton Oilers players and coaches:
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Connor McDavid (on the game): When you are up 3-1 in the third period, you have to find a way to find a way to close those out. It’s frusterating.
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Head Coach Todd McLellan (on the game): I thought their big boys really picked their play up in the third, and I thought we ran out of gas. We’ve played a lot of hockey. I think we’ve played three sets of back-to-backs in less two weeks and a little bit of travel, and I think it’s catching up and we’re a tired team not only physically, but a little mentally.
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