Anaheim Ducks Destroy the Kings in a 2-1 OT Victory.

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Some things will NEVER change. Players will come in and leave or traded but the RIVALRY between the Ducks and Kings will always remain its a sorta forever never gonna end rivalry between the Ducks and the Kings. These kids and these signs basically state what the rivalry is when Kings and Ducks fans are together or even related.

The Kings coming off a back-to-back except for netminder Jonathan Quick who got the night off. The Ducks didn’t play last night so the team is well rested. So it is 2 well rested goalies and 1 rested team going up a somewhat tired team tonight here at Honda Center

Anze Kopitar struggled in the past is having a bounce back season and Ryan Getzlaf is the Ducks #1 playmaker and this is the center match-up that Randy Carlyle wants so when Kopitar is on the ice thats when Getzlaf will be over the boards and onto the ice.

It is always a emotional and physical game when it’s Ducks vs. Kings. We can expect Perry to be a target because he is one hated player to the Kings for what he did to Quick earlier this season

Game Highlights:

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It’s a goaltending duo Quick vs. Gibson and it’s John Gibson starts the Ducks on a good start with an solid save off a shot by Jeff Carter. Right from the start Gibson has made known that tonight in this game it’s GIBBY TIME!!!!

With way to much traffic in front Gibson had trouble locating the puck and with no sight of the puck the only thing that happened was that the Los Angeles Kings Goal. Scored by #8 Drew Doughty. He walks to the top of the goal crease and it’s in the net before Gibby could see that one. The Kings are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Kings, they leave the Ducks trailing by 1.

Click here to see: Doughty scores with too much traffic in front of Gibby

Corey Perry, one of the Kings hated players to play against, every time these teams compete Perry finds a way to get under the skin and in the face of the LA Kings and tonight was no exception. It began with the bash brothers (Getzlaf and Perry) fighting for positioning. It’s Corey Perry and Derek Forbort fighting for position in front of the net, and Ryan Getzlaf and Anze Kopitar battling for positioning around the goal crease. That was just the beginning of Corey Perry getting under the skin and agitating the Los Angeles Kings. This is just the beginning of the Ducks being physical in the game tonight.

Like I said this is a physical match-up Francois Beauchemin made that know to Michael Amadio with a big hit and shoved him down to the ice. That is one BEASTLY Duck.

IT’S GIBBY TIME!!!! Kyle Clifford wins the foot race and is on a breakaway toward Gibson, but no chance no way- DENIED BY GIBSON.

Now out of all the young defensemen that are in the NHL Josh Manson is probably one of my favorites and it’s probably when he slams the opposing team’s players with hard hits, shoves and punches. Manson is a BEAST even though he sometimes doesn’t look like one. Tanner Pearson got a little taste of the ANAHEIM DUCKS BEAST JOSH MANSON with a heavy hit into the glass. Such an awesome and clean hit by Manson on Pearson.

Having too much speed coming in the zone and toward the net something is most likely going to happen to the goaltender. Perry comes in flying, on the rush, to divert the puck away from Gibson but put on the brakes a little late which caused him to unintentionally run into Gibson and know the net off it’s moorings.

Near the end of the period Corey Perry gets a really good chance at Quick but entered the zone off-sides.

The Ducks head off to the locker room trailing 1-0 against the Kings. The Ducks need to come up with a game plan to get up on the board to get the lead over the Kings. Gibson is on fire and he’s keeping the Ducks in the game and just needs to keep it up for the remaining 40-minutes of this game. The Ducks need to create offense and attack the net over and over again until a puck goes in. This game has a playoff atmosphere and need to keep that up and hopefully that is a key to get back in this game and even take the lead away from the Kings.

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Just minutes into the period the Kings had their top-line on the ice too long. Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and Dustin Brown were stuck on the ice and during the time there were plenty of good scoring chances were generated but Quick was on his game and that is saying along since Quick has really struggled in the second half of the season.

Physicality continues. Torrey Mitchell makes a big hit on Beauchemin that sends him hard into the boards. Looks so painful.

It’s GIBBY TIME!!! Alec Martinez with the beautiful wrist-shot by DENIED by Gibson. Adrian Kempe takes his shot on Gibson and is robbed with a save- DENIED by Gibson.

Click here to see: Gibson’s solid save on Kempe

Josh Manson is not only one of the BEASTS of the Anaheim Ducks but he is one of the most POWERFUL BEASTS on the ice especially when playing the Kings. Kyle Clifford gets a big hit by Manson right in front of the Kings bench. Manson took powerful strides and that made a very powerful hit.

One of the newest members of the LA Kings is Dion Phaneuf who took a shot at Nick Ritchie but there were NO punches exchanged but words that might have caused anger were definately exchanged.

Here we go again, Torrey Mitchell gets DECKED by a very BEASTLY JOSH MANSON (his 5th hit of the night so far). Mitchell had his head down -a bad thing to do when Manson is on the ice- Mitchell didn’t see Manson coming and had absolutely no chance in avoiding getting a BIG ROCK SOLID hit by the BEASTLY D-MAN  JOSH MANSON.

The Ducks game plan going into the second period was to get pucks to the net and keep shooting and one will go in whether it was the first shot or rebounded shot or a deflection, a puck WILL eventually go in… especially if you’re positioned right in front of Jonathan Quick which is where Nick Ritchie was when… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #23 FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN!!! ASSISTED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! Beauchemin gets it from Kase and Beauchemin hammers the puck from the blue-line and Nick Ritchie is there to cash in on the rebound from Beauchemin’s sniper shot. The game is now all tied up, it’s 1-1.

Click here to see: Ritchie finding rebound and GOAL

Just minutes later the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! as Alec Martinez is off to the penalty box for delay of game. He sent the puck flying over the glass and into the stands. The Ducks will start the third on the power play.

The Ducks are off to the locker with a 1-1 tie against the Kings and knowing that they will have 1:27 remaining of the power play to start the third period. Also knowing that they have an on fire goaltender John Gibson keeping them in the game. They also know that they have to keep their emotions and physicality under control with playoffs being just weeks away. The Ducks want to get a goal and come away with the 2 points that will get them closer to being in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Here we go, the Ducks remain on their JMG POWER PLAY for 1:27 to start the period. With both goaltenders- Gibson and Quick- being on fire and seem to be unstoppable from the start of this period, the Ducks only generated good puck control and many good chances on scoring they just got DENIED by Quick. Penalty Killed and the Kings are back to full strength.

Honestly the refs were blind because this was an obvious trip yet no call was made. Andrew Cogliano was tripped on the play by Drew Doughty and because the zebras attention was focused on the traffic in front of Quick they did not see the clear trip, all they saw was the Ducks trying to get the puck to the back of the net.

Good goaltending is what I would say about this period and here are the links of two of many DENIED goals by Gibson.

Click here to see: Gibson’s clutch save on Kempe 

Click here to see: Gibson’s point-blank blocker save

Captain Ryan Getzlaf decides to end the period with a bang, he made a BEASTLY hit on LA Kings captian Dustin Brown with only 15 seconds remaining in the period.

We are tied after regulation, looks like we are going into a sudden death 3-on-3 OVERTIME PERIOD.

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With good puck control we almost ended up with a shootout but those Swed’s have a way to attack the net and with only 19 seconds remaining in the OT period. ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! Rakell delivers a rocket into the top corner over Quick and into the back of the net.

Click here to see: RickRakAttack’s Rocket GOAL with 19 seconds in OT left

The Ducks bring home the 2-1 overtime victory over the LA Kings!!! The chant in the fans ended up true tonight… BEAT LA!!! BEAT LA!!! BEAT LA!!! and that is exactly what the Ducks did here at Honda Center tonight

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Rickard Rakell (overtime goal): I just saw there wasn’t much time left. I just tried to build speed and beat somebody up the ice. Try to get the shot through. It was a great feeling.

Rickard Rakell (on the game): We knew we needed these points, and I thought we played hard throughout the whole game. It was a close game with a lot of chances for both teams. It feels good to get these two points.

Rickard Rakell (on playing in this game): I thought we played good throughout the whole game. We played hard. We created a lot of chances. It was good for us to not get down on ourselves when they scored the first goal. At the same time, even though it’s not nice to be down a goal, I thought we played better when we were down a goal. We played hard.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game): You have to look at the game as a whole. It was a pretty evenly played game. We found a way to grind back and get into the hockey game with a little bit more of a cycle game. Nick Ritchie was able to bat in a rebound. We showed some resiliency, but so did they. This is typical LA-Anaheim game. It could’ve went either way. We were fortunate enough to find one in overtime.

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Thoughts on the game from the Los Angeles Kings players and coaches:

Montreal Canadiens v Los Angeles Kings Photo by OC Register

Drew Doughty (on the game): I think if we win out our games, we should be able to make it to the playoffs. We got that one point, which is big, but we basically have to win out. We were confident that we could win that game going into the third. We had a breakaway with like 30 seconds left (in regulation), and that could have sealed the deal right there. We didn’t play good enough for the full 60 minutes to win a hockey game tonight. In order to beat that team, you have to play a lot better.

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Head Coach John Stevens (on the game): We feel really good that we control our own destiny. We have said that all along. We don’t need to scoreboard watch if we take care of our own business. The most important team in the playoff race is the Los Angeles Kings, and we need to continue to approach it that way.

Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs Avalanche

 

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Resources:

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

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com

Source: Dan Arritt- “Ducks top Kings on Rakell goal in OT, gain in race for third”

Source Adam Brady- “Recap: Rakell the Hero as Ducks Thwart Kings in OT, 2-1”

Video source: YouTube posted by NHL

Photos by The Anaheim Ducks, Boston Herald, OC Register, Los Angeles Daily News, and Los Angeles Kings

 

 

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