Kesler is back with an Almost Hat Trick & Gibson on fire Gives Ducks the 4-1 win over the Islanders

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The Ducks are back from their roadtrip and are looking to get a winning streak started after the win against the St. Louis Blues. Tonight the Ducks are going to have to kick up a notch on the physical play so that means Schenn is in the lineup and will do some hard hitting with the known BEASTS of the Anaheim Ducks… Josh Manson, Brandon Montour, and Hampus Lindholm just to name a few. Speaking of Manson he is Mic’d up and during the game the Ducks broadcast they listened in on #42 in a segment called “Manson Mic’d Up” This adds an inside look on his communication on and off the ice with his teammates and the officials. He can go up to the officials and have a conversation with him more because he is the ‘A’ on his jersey meaning he is an alternate captain when the Getzlaf, Kesler, or Perry are out of the lineup.

It’s GIBBY TIME!!! That’s right John Gibson is back in net for the game tonight. The Ducks need to apply pressure and be aggressive in the zone to keep chaos from happening right in front of Gibson. Also, keeping it clear makes Gibson’s job in net a lot easier… probably easier that searching and looking around through traffic.

Game Highlights:

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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway… good goaltending from the start and just DENYING pucks is what seems to going on for the period. It’s all because the Ducks are pressuring the puck and are looking strong defensively.

Then with just 4:33 remaining in the period when Josh Manson is sent to the penalty box for high-sticking Brock Nelson. Manson is not ok with the call since Nelson checked him in the ribs first and Manson’s reaction is what got him the penalty. Gibson made sure nothing got past him on the PK with save after save… and glove save Gibson… he just saved that one and looked like it was an effortless save. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

Less than a minute remaining on the clock… Max Comtois has his first NHL fight with Scott Mayfield…and Mayfield is no stranger to fighting. Max learned a valuable lesson… needs to know who to box or fight with.

Andrew Cogliano gets cross-checked in the neck by Brock Nelson which sends Nelson a nice trip to the penalty where he will sit for the rest of the 1st and the beginning of the 2nd period. The Ducks got something out of this one…

Just 4.4 seconds remaining in the period and… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #17 RYAN KESLER!!! IT’S A POWER PLAY GOAL!!! ASSISTED BY #34 SAM STEEL!!! ASSISTED BY #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! Kesler gets the puck (standing in front of Thomas Greiss) slaps the puck into the back of the net. The Ducks are on the board first and take the lead in the game, it’s 1-0 Ducks

Click here to see: Kesler with the PPG

The horn sounds… the Ducks are off to the locker room with a 1-0 lead over the Islanders. The Ducks are looking good and playing strong defensively and looking strong in net with the solid netminder John Gibson playing at the top of his game.The Ducks start the second with about a minute of power play time that will carry over into the 2nd period.

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The puck is dropped and we are underway… the Ducks start the period off with a power play. Didn’t get anything going and penalty killed and the Islanders are back at full strength.

It’s penalty killing time for the Ducks as Adam Henrique is off to the penalty box for holding Jordan Eberle. Lots of good looks but none of the shots made it past John Gibson. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Islanders Goal… Matthew Barzal and Cal Clutterbuck shoving the puck in the net which was under the pad of Gibson and you are not allowed to shove a goaltender… Carlyle is challenging for goaltender interference. The call on the ice was goal but it is up to the video room in Toronto to determine GOAL or NO GOAL… After video review there was goaltender interference the call on the ice is overturned there is NO GOAL. The score remains 1-0 Ducks.

After the Islanders goal was turned over Ryan Kesler shows that he is getting back to the old Ryan Kesler when… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #17 RYAN KESLER!!! ASSISTED BY #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! Kesler gets the puck and fires from the blueline then makes sure it goes after the puck that bounced and he gets his own rebound to make sure the puck found the back of the net. Now Kesler is just 1 goal away from a hat trick. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: Kesler with the double goal

The Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Andrew Ladd is off to the penalty box for interference on Ryan Kesler. Unfortunatley not one of the many shots on goal couldn’t find the back of the net. Penalty killed and the Islanders are back at full strength.

It’s just the start of the season and John Gibson has faced so many pucks that hits him in the mask… that’s what happened to him and with a scrum in front of him made save after save… a big part of that was that he has an unbelieveable quick left hand it comes in handy for the Ducks.

Clock is winding down and the Ducks go on the penalty kill as Kiefer Sherwood is off to the penalty box for holding Nick Leddy. He took one hand off the stick of Leddy and was called for holding. This is not a good penalty to take. With an on fire John Gibson he held off the Islanders when they got in the zone and the Ducks applied pressure to limit chances to shoot at Gibson. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back at full strength.

The Ducks are off to the locker room with a 2-0 lead over the New York Islanders. The Ducks have strong goaltending and Manson taking advantage of wearing the ‘A’ allowed him to go up and have conversation with the officials which he did especially when the ref didn’t whistle when the Islanders were shoving Gibson into the net to get the puck in the net on the overturned goal that leaves the Islanders scoreless after 20 minutes of play. The Ducks know they are playing good and that they have a strong goaltender by the name of John Gibson standing tall and making saves for them in net for them. Time to remain in the lead and even extend the lead in the remaining 40 minutes in the game.

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The puck is down and it only takes the Ducks 32 seconds to make something happen…

AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY #53 MAX COMTOIS!!! Henrique sees the puck flying towards the net and swings his stick like it was baseball bat and gets that puck in the back of the net for the baseball looking tip-in from Comtois. What a unique looking goal. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 3-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: Henrique with a baseball goal

As you can see Luke Schenn wears the #2 on his jersey which is the jersey number that Kevin Bieksa wore last season and Schenn showed he deserves wearing the #2 and that he is now one of the BEASTS of the Anaheim Ducks… Anthony Beauvillier gets rocked with a BEASTLY hard hit into the boards by the new BEAST LUKE SCHENN.

It’s 4-on-4 hockey when Matthew Barzal and Cam Fowler all tangled up and both recieve a trip to the penalty box. Cam Fowler is off to the box for holding Matthew Barzal. Matthew Barzal is off to the box for high-sticking Cam Fowler.  Lots of good looks and shots on net but due to good goaltending by Greiss and Gibson who DENIED the shots on goal… Penalty killed and the Ducks and Islanders are back to full strength.

With just 6:32 remaining in the period… the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Anders Lee is off to the penalty box for slashing Andrew Cogliano. Cogliano was applying pressure on Lee and got slashed in the neck. Lots of shots were generated the puck just couldn’t get past Thomas Greiss. Penalty killed and the Islanders are back to full strength.

The clock is winding down and less than 5 minutes remaining in the period with Islanders scoreless… They get a chance with about 3-minutes remaining when Brandon Montour is sent to the box for tripping Matthew Barzal… the Ducks are shorthanded and with 2:40 Greiss to the bench for the extra attacker, it’s 4-on-6 hockey. Gibson proves that he is definately on GIBBY TIME by making save after save and completely DENIES them a goal on PK. Thanks Gibby… penalty killed and the Ducks are back at full strength.

Click here to see: Gibson Strong Saves on the PK

Just 34.8 seconds remaining and what seems to be a shutout for Gibson… it’s Ross Johnston that robs the shutout victory for Gibson… New York Islanders Goal. Assisted by Scott Mayfield. With good hands the puck gets deflected into the back of the net. The Islanders get on the board, it’s 3-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: Islanders tip-in goal

Hampus Lindholm fires at the empty net with 29.4 remaining in the game and… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY #46 BEN STREET!!! It’s 4-1 Ducks and it’s Hapus Lindholm with the GAME WINNING GOAL!!!

Click here to see: Lindholm with the empty netter

 

Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

Ryan Kesler (on his start to the season): I think I have a lot to improve on. It’s a long year, but it’s a good start. I’m just trying to help my team win out there.

Ryan Kesler (on the team’s hot start): Lot of guys are banged up and a lot of guys are just coming back. It’s impressive we can scrape out wins and get points. This was a better game, but it wasn’t a good game by any means. I thought we turned over the puck way too much and let them generate. Credit Gibby [John Gibson] and Millsy [Ryan Miller] for allowing us to steal some points.
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John Gibson (on the rebounding from the Dallas game): We’re getting more calm. We know we can’t get running around. We have to hold our positions when it gets a little crazy. We’re getting better each and every game.

John Gibson (on clearing the crease): When we played the Stars, they were a little bit in the crease. We wanted to make sure we figured it out. The guys did a really good job tonight.
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Luke Schenn (on his physical presence): The first few games, I think I was a little bit cautious. I just want to bring a different element. It takes a couple games to figure out what your place is and where you belong. We have a lot of really good puck movers and skaters on our backend. Just wanted to bring that different element.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle-NHL NBC Sports Photo by NHL NBC Sports

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Kesler’s performance): He earned the first goal in front of the net. That’s his typical type of goal. We say he doesn’t score too many from more than four or five feet out from the goal line. That’s what we needed. He kick started our offense and was able to follow it up with a big-time shot. Any time you get a 2-0 lead and a guy like Kes leads the way, it breeds confidence for the rest of our group.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on winning the special teams battle): Historically, special teams have been a real determining factor early in the season more so than later in the season. If you can have an effective penalty kill, it gives you a chance to get points in every game. You can sometimes survive without an effective power play, but tonight we were able to find the back of the net and prevent the Islanders from scoring on their power play. We won the special teams battle and it gave us a leg up on our opportunity for success.

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Thoughts on the game from the New York Islanders players and coaches:

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Johnny Boychuk (on scoring opportunities and Gibson’s play): He played well. At the end of the day, we have to finish those. He played well, but you are going to play against a lot of good goaltenders and you have to find ways to score.

Johnny Boychuk (on the disallowed goal being a momentum killer): Still kept doing the same thing and got a lot of good chances, but we got to put the puck in the net. That’s all.

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Mathew Barzal (on the momentum shift from their goal being overturned and Kesler scoring his second goal): Yeah, it’s tough. That’s a big momentum swing though in games. Two to nothing, now. That happens. Just can’t control it, got to get back on the horse quickly and I thought, again we had some chances. Credit to their goalie. He played a heck of a game. Sometimes you run into a hot goalie and tonight he played great.

Mathew Barzal (on getting enough chances and doing the right things): Yeah, I think Nelly’s [Brock Nelson] line had some good looks. I thought our line had some good looks. I thought everybody actually got involved. D-men were trying to get them through, but just a couple inches on a couple goals, a couple plays and it’s a different game. I don’t think we are too worried with the way we played tonight. I liked our effort. I liked our puck possession and all of that, but again, their goalie played great.

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Head Coach Barry Trotz (on only being disappointed in the result of tonight’s game): Yeah, I said, I would take that game all year long on the road. I thought we played the right way. I think after two periods, they had three scoring chances 5-on-5. We were down 2-0. I give the guys credit, they stayed with it right to the end. We didn’t have any passengers. We didn’t get a save when we needed it, unfortunately, but that’s going to happen.

Head Coach Barry Trotz (on tonight’s power-play chances): I think they had some. We’ll look at it and dissect it a little bit. I thought they had enough that we should have got one, but we didn’t. The big unit, you get that zone time, you are going to get opportunities, it’s going to break down. We have some people that can score. When you are not getting chances and not getting zone time, then you worry about it. We had the zone time. We had the chances. We just didn’t get the result that you want.

 

The Ducks are off to Sin City to take on the Vegas Golden Knights before returning home to face the Sabres on Paul Kariya Jersey Retirement Night which will be a night that will be recorded in the Anaheim Ducks for all of time as #9 gets raised up to the rafters for all of time.

Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Golden Knights

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!!!!

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