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It’s the Ducks Home Opener and a special one at that. The Ducks have the Ducks Alumni Legends in the crowd tonight. Sean Hill is in the building, he was the first Duck to score a goal in franchise history. The one and only Teemu Selane (THE FINISH FLASH) is in the building. Lastly Michael Eisner one of the huge impact of the success of the Anaheim Ducks, he produced the movie “The Mighty Ducks” that is a well known hockey movie that has been one of the best hockey movies made.
When you look at 1st Ducks goalie Guy Hebert mask and then look at John Gibson’s 25th anniversary retro goalie mask that pays tribute to Guy Hebert original goalie mask.
It was 25 years to the day when they had their first franchise Home Opener against the Detroit Red Wings and that is the same story… same teams, new personal, and a different outcome from the game that happened just 25 years ago.
John Gibson coming into the Home Opener off a winning streak, has 5 consecutive wins (including preseason victory). The Red Wings are coming into this game trying to score on the on fire, athletic, and technically sound netminder John Gibson. The Red Wings will be on GIBBY TIME from their first shot on goal- Gibson will make life difficult for them to score.
The Ducks have big players out of the lineup due to injury but they have faced this in the first few games this season and the beginning of last season so this isn’t anything new they are facing. We will see the rookies and the veterans kick it up a notch to win this Home Opening game on the 25th season of the Anaheim Ducks franchise
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Less than a minute into the period the Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Gustav Nyquist off to the penalty box for slashing Hampus Lindholm. The Ducks struggled with entering the zone to get a shot on Howard…THEN… with just 27 seconds remaining on the power play we go to 4-on-4 hockey as Max Comtois is off to the penalty box for hooking Frans Nielsen. Nothing was generated on the power play. Penalty Killed. The Red Wings are back to full strength. Now the Ducks go on the penalty kill but with Gibson on fire they were unlucky with getting a puck past Gibson on their power play. Penalty Killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Troy Terry gets a good shot on goal with a sweet pass from Rakell but DENIED by Jimmy Howard.
The Detroit Red Wings Goal. It’s Tyler Bertuzzi with the goal. He did a spin-o-rama move in the paint in front of John Gibson. The Red Wings on the board first it’s 1-0 Red Wings.
Click here to see: Red Wings Goal #1
As the clock is winding down John Gibson shows Nyquist that it’s GIBBY TIME and will be for the rest of the game as he completely DENIES him of a goal with :33.6 seconds remaining in the first
Click here to see: Gibson Denies Nyquist
The Ducks are off to the locker room down by 1. They know they have a rock solid goalie in net for them. They will need to find a way to get on the board to tie and take the lead in the game. The Ducks are looking good now they need to keep it up and get on the board.
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New period same start, solid goaltending by Gibson and just a few minutes into the period the Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!!! Libor Sulak is off to the penalaty box with a delay of game penalty. The puck went up and over the glass… then 30 seconds later we have 4-on-4 hockey as Cam Fowler is off to the penalty box for slashing Darren Helm. The Red Wings got a 2-on-1 chance that Gibson saw coming… and fans on shot that is DENIED by Gibson. Penalty Killed and both teams are back at full strength.
Gibson makes a BIG save 5 minutes into the period with a scrambling save that ends in the butterfly save on a shot by Anthony Mantha.
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Luke Glendening off to the penalty box for interference on Andrew Cogliano. With strong goaltending the Ducks couldn’t find the back of the net on that power play. Penalty Killed and the Red Wings are back at full strength.
Half way through the period Gibson comes up big when he absolutely DENIES Dylan Larkin with his shot on goal. GIBBY TIME is here and proves it with every save he makes
Click here to see: Gibson Turns Away Larkin
THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY #64 KIEFER SHERWOOD!!! Lindholm gets the puck and goes top shelf and it goes over Jimmy Howard and into the back of the net. We are now tied 1-1.
Click here to see: Lindholm with the Swede GOAL
With 6:59 remaining in the period Gibson completely denies the breakaway goal by Thomas Vanek, it would’ve been a beautiful goal if it wasn’t for Gibson being on GIBBY TIME.
Adam Henrique get a good chance on net but is denied by Jimmy Howard. Such a good shot that could’ve got the lead with that one.
Click here to see: Howard Thwarts Henrique
The Detroit Red Wings goal. It’s Darren Helm with the backhanded shot that went 5-hole. It was a shot that Gibson just didn’t see coming. Luke Glendening took away the stick of Gibson with his skates and is a big factor on why that one got past John Gibson. The Red Wings take the 2-1 lead over the Ducks
Click here to see: Red Wings Goal #2
The Ducks are off to the locker room down by 1, it’s 2-1 Detroit. The Ducks are playing with confidence and really strong and solid John Gibson in net. Going to keep it up and work on getting ahead in this game.
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We are down to the final period and starts off with John Gibson covers up which means IT’S GIBBY TIME from the start of the period.
Our sniper shooter fires one from the blueline and Howard comes up with a huge glove save to deny a goal for the Ducks to tie up the game.
IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! Dylan Larkin takes a shot and DENIED Gibson covers it up. Ducks get back in the Islanders zone…
AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY #53 MAX COMTOIS!!! Silfverberg bounces over top of Howard. Islanders challenge for Adam Henrique having goaltender interference as he gets the puck to Silfverberg. “Call on the ice stands we have a GOOD GOAL” With the goal by Silfverberg we are all tied up at 10:53, it’s 2-2.
Click here to see: It’s Silfverberg with the Swede GOAL
There were so many good looks and denied by the goaltenders. At 5:46 Jimmy Howard completely robs Troy Terry with a big glove save.
Click here to see: Howard Robs Terry with the Glove
With good goaltending and playing aggressive with the puck the score is tied at the end of regulation… we are going into the 5-minute 3-on-3 overtime period.
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During the the overtime period a lot of good looks and good goaltending… just 2:10 Howard denies the rookies Troy Terry and Isac Lundestrom up on the rush makes the sliding save on the shot by Lundestrom.
Click here to see: Howard Sliding Save
The overtime period ends and with no goal we go to a shootout.
Shootout Rounds video:
In the World Championship Troy Terry was the go to guy in the shootout and gets the game winning goal for the Ducks in the season Home Opener.
ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN!!!!! IT’S 3-2 WIN OVER DEVILS!!!! History made and the first game ended 7-4 loss to the Red Wings and 25 years later it’s a different story 3-2 victory over the Red Wings
Franchise Records Made- Oct. 8, 2018
The Ducks celebrated their 25th Anniversary Season Home Opener with a 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings in front of the 400th sellout in franchise history (17,436, including standing room only). Playing the same opponent as their inaugural game on Oct. 8, 1993, the Ducks tied tonight’s contest in both the second and third periods before Troy Terry clinched the win with the lone shootout goal.
The Ducks extended their season-opening win streak to three games for only the second time in franchise history (also 2006-07). John Gibson became the first goaltender in franchise history to start and win the first three games of a regular season after stopping 19-of-21 shots and all three shootout attempts.
Jakob Silfverberg became the first Duck since 2014-15 to record five points in his first three games (1-4=5) following his first goal of the season to tie the score at 2-2 at 8:29 of the third period. Ryan Getzlaf (2-3=5), Corey Perry (4-1=5) and Ryan Kesler (2-3=5) all earned five points in Anaheim’s first three games of 2014-15 from Oct. 9-13, 2014.
Max Comtois became the second rookie in franchise history to record at least one point in each of his first three career NHL games (2-1=3) with an assist on the Silfverberg goal. Perry was the first to do so in 2005-06, when he started his NHL career with points in his first four career games (1-3=4).
Hampus Lindholm tallied his first goal of the season, tying the game at 10:57 of the second period. Andrew Cogliano (first point of the season) and Kiefer Sherwood (second career NHL point) earned assists on Lindholm’s second-period tally.
At 18 years 11 months and 2 days, Isac Lundestrom became the third-youngest Duck and youngest Ducks forward to make his NHL debut.
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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:
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Jakob Silfverberg (on the third period): You have to move your feet and make sure you come up the ice together. You can’t have 1-on-1 rushes because they will break them up every time. We did a good job of that. We just came together and played tight.
Jakob Silfverberg (on the fans): Our fans here have been terrific. All the times I’ve been here there has always been something special. They made sure to bring a little extra tonight. They were a huge factor in tonight’s game. They made sure to keep us in it. We fed off it.
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Troy Terry (on his shootout goal): There is so much pressure now whenever I jump over the wall to take those. I’ve kinda gotten to be known for scoring five hole, so I figured I’d try it again. Luckily it worked.
Troy Terry (on the confidence boost): I thought tonight was our best game as a team. I created stuff for myself. It’s always good, as a young player, to just know what you’re doing is working. Sometimes when they’re not going in, or whatever the case may be, you start to deviate from that or take shortcuts. I had some chances in the game. Tough they weren’t going in, but at least they were there. To score in the shootout, no matter what the scenario is, it’s nice for confidence to beat an NHL goalie.
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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the rookies’ performance): This is baptism by fire for young players. We have our ample share of them in the lineup, but these are situations hopefully where they can grow and get more confidence. Hats off to them. We put them in situations historically they would play in lower levels. This is the best league in the world. They were in there and survived, so hopefully they feel good about themselves.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Gibson’s performance): He’s been our MVP for the three games. You don’t have a starting point in the NHL if you don’t have goaltending. He’s been giving us A-class goaltending here for the first three games, that’s for sure.
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Thoughts on the game from Detroit Red Wings players and coaches:
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Gustav Nyquist (on the dynamic of the game with so many young players on the ice): It’s a fast game out there, I think that’s the biggest thing. All these young guys that come up, they can all skate and they want to attack. I think it’s great. I thought our young guys again were good tonight.
Gustav Nyquist (on how much they need a win to keep young guys from getting down): I think we’re just going to stay the course. We’ve liked the way we played, especially the first two games. Today, again, could be a little better with the puck, but overall we’re going to be fine in here if we keep competing the way we are.
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Jimmy Howard (on the first three games of the season): Well, the first one we obviously battled and competed. Last night, I thought we pretty much came to play for most of the night. Tonight, for two periods, once again I thought we came to play and they got a fortunate bounce there for the second one and they were able to win the skills competition.
Jimmy Howard (on the biggest difference in Anaheim’s play with the big guys being out of the lineup): You know, with Getzlaf, he is such a skilled passer and offensive player. Perry, is an absolute pest in front of the net. It seems like he gets his stick on everything. Kesler is one of the premiere two-way guys in the game. They are finding ways to win right now without their big guys in the lineup.
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Head Coach Jeff Blashill (on Jimmy Howard’s play): I thought the game had lots of ebbs and flows. I thought they came out early and had a little better of us. We scored and I thought we were probably better through most of that period and then through the second period. I thought we had big time chances that their goalie made real big saves on. Once they scored, they pushed hard and I thought Jimmy played real good. I thought both goalies were real good tonight, had to be excellent and making big saves in big moments.
Head Coach Jeff Blashill: (On Detroit’s first three games): We know it is going to be tight every night. We certainly feel we can score more than we have, as I said, through just some simple stuff. Mainly shoot when we have those opportunities to. I thought we competed. I thought we worked the last two nights better than we did against Columbus. We need to make sure we carry that forward when we come home against Toronto.
Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Coyotes
This season marks the 25th Anniversary of the Anaheim Ducks franchise. It is going to be a season filled with many surprises and who knows maybe one of those many surprises might be going far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!!!!
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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