Ducks fall short in the 3-2 loss in the Shootout to the Coyotes

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Game Highlights:

The Ducks come into the game with a strong center back in the lineup. Ryan Kesler is back and ready to contribute to helping the Ducks win some games.

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The Ducks played the Coyotes just 4 days ago but they didn’t have a Ryan Kesler in their face for that game. Kesler just add a whole new element when he is on the ice being the 2-way player that he is.

Our strong on fire goalie John Gibson is in the net for the Ducks tonight. He is 3-0 this season and that shows that the Ducks can count on him to make the huge saves to keep the Ducks in the lead.

When the Ducks move their feet they become dangerous especially on the penalty kill and when driving to the net. That will be one of the keys to staying in and defeating the Coyotes tonight.

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The puck is down and we are under way in the first period. The Ducks are attacking the net from the start and forcing Antti Raata to come up with some big saves.

Just minutes into the period the Ducks go on the penalty kill as Adam Henrique is off to the penalty box for slashing Vinnie Hinostroza. With John Gibson starting off strong made sure that not one single puck got past him. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back at full strength.

Gibson comes up with a big save where he completely DENIED Hinostroza a goal.

Click here to see: Gibson turns aside Hinostroza

The Ducks have a few new BEASTS this season and Marcus Pettersson us he is one of them and Brad Richardson found that he’s a BEAST when he got hit hard into the board between the two benches. Looks like the rookie (Marcus Pettersson has some grit side of his game) has an inner beast side to him.

We are just 5 minutes into the game when… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #17 RYAN KESLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!!  Something that shouldn’t happen is for the goaltender to allow Cogliano and Kesler lerking around the goal crease for 6 seconds. Kesler gets the puck from Cogliano and flips it up and into the back of the net it goes. The Ducks take the lead it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: Kesler Scores on season debut

Here we go it’s Comtois on a breakaway and tried to go 5-hole and it’s DENIED my Raanta. He saw Comtois coming and made the save.

Click here to see: Raanta breakaway save on Comtois

Here we go again it’s Comtois with too much speed and with Christian Fischer on his tail shoves him into Raanta and because Comtois was shoved by one of the Coyotes there was no call made for goaltender interference.

Kesler is definately back and shows it when he is winning the face-offs.

It’s penalty killing time for the Ducks as Andrej Sustr is off to the penalty box for hooking Brandon Perlini. In the replay it didn’t look like much of anything, this was a bad call made by the officials. This PK came at a price because…

The Arizona Coyotes Goal. It’s Dylan Strome with the goal. He fires it from the dot and it goes right under the stick of John Gibson. The Coyotes have tied it up, it’s 1-1.

Click here to see: Coyotes Goal #1

Right before the Ducks head off to the locker room Max Comtois makes a hard hit on Kevin Connauton. The horn sounds and they head to the locker room tied at 1. This was an evenly played period. John Gibson looking strong in net and is making saving the puck look so easy. Ryan Kesler gets a goal in his season debut after missing all pre-season and the first 3 games of the season. The Ducks need to move their feet and attack the net forcing to make Raanta make big saves and after so many shots there’s a good chance that one will make it through.

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Ducks off to a good start after the puck is dropped for the second period when they go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Derek Stepan is off to the penalty box for tripping Isac Lundestrom. On the Ducks power play the Coyotes get a 2-on-1 break… the Arizona Coyotes Goal. It’s Brad Richardson with the goal. The 2-on-1 break cam from perfect passing from Grabner and Hjalmarsson for Richardson to tip the puck in past John Gibson. The Coyotes take the 2-1 lead over the Ducks.

Click here to see: Coyotes Goal #2

Another 2-on-1 break but Gibson saw this one coming and it’s DENIED… IT’S GIBBY TIME…Gibson covers up and looking solid with that save.

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Clayton Keller is off to the penalty box for interference on Max Comtois. A lot of skating up and down the ice … the Coyotes didn’t all the Ducks to get one shot on goal. Penalty killed and the Coyotes are back to full strength.

The Ducks are looking to tie up the game… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #46 BEN STREET!!! ASSISTED BY #28 MARCUS PETTERSSON!!! Street goes short side top shelf  that gets past Raanta. HIS FIRST HNL GOAL!!! That ties up the game, it’s 2-2.

Click here to see: Ben Street with 1st NHL GOAL

The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room tied at 2 after 2 periods of play. The Ducks are looking good but need to be more aggressive with the puck and get in the Coyotes zone to attack the net and get the lead in the game.

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Down to the third period the puck has been dropped but same start… A huge glove save by Gibson… he’s stopping pucks that are flying at him at all directions.

Almost halfway through the period the Ducks go on the penalty kill as Jakob Silfverberg is off to the penalty box for hooking Kevin Connauton. The Coyotes didn’t capitalize off their power play due to good goaltendingby John Gibson… Looks like it’s going to be 4-on-4 hockey for 20 seconds before the Ducks go on the JMG power play. Brandon Perlini is sent to the penalty box for tripping Isac Lundestrom. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength…

With the penalty to Silfverberg over… The Ducks go on their JMG POWER PLAY!!! There was 1 really good scoring chance  but it was swallowed up by Raanta. Penalty killed the Coyotes are back to full strength.

Clock is winding down and due to good goaltending we are tied 2-2 at the end of regulation… which means we are going into the 5-minute 3-on-3 sudden death overtime period.

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Good goaltending seems to be the story of the game. With a minute remaining in overtime Montour gets a good breakaway but the puck got turned over due to the pressure from Oliver Ekman-Larsson

The horn sounds and it is still tied… we are going to a shootout.

Shootout:

 

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The Ducks extended their season-opening point streak to four games (3-0-1, 7 pts.), tying the 2006-07 club for the best start to a season in franchise history. Anaheim finished the contest having allowed the fewest goals through the first four games in club history (6).

Ben Street scored his first career NHL goal, tying the game at 2-2 at 14:39 of the second period. At 31 years and 240 days, Street became the oldest player to score his first career NHL goal with Anaheim in franchise history. The previous oldest was Don McSween at 29 years and 231 days on Jan. 26, 1994 vs. Winnipeg.

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:

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Ben Street (on his first career NHL goal): It’s exciting. Kind of a long time coming. I’ve played a long time. You don’t feel that legit until you score in the NHL. I’m happy it’s over with.

Ben Street (on how he scored): I looked to see if anyone was with me. And when no one was there, I wasn’t in a great spot to beat him far side. I tried to make him go down a little bit and try to beat him upstairs. That’s how it worked out.

Ben Street (on the moments that followed his goal): It was a little bit like Should I do something crazy as a celebration? My buddies will probably be [upset] I didn’t do anything crazy. A little bit of relief, a lot of excitement. Just try to be in the moment. It was an important goal for the game.

Kesler is back and scores in NHL season debut

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Ryan Kesler (on making his season debut): It’s nice to hear the cheers and the welcome back I got was pretty special from these fans. Everything I went through for the past year and a half, it hasn’t been fun. I had fun out there tonight.

Ryan Kesler (on the emotions after scoring his goal): A lot of things go through your head. All the work you put in throughout the summer and all the time you spend away from your family. The people that helped you along the way. To be able to score that goal that early on in the game definitely feels really good.

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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on areas that needed improvement): We didn’t manage the puck properly in some areas. We had people on the wrong side of it in some of the battles. They came out with more pucks along the wall. We were in poor position. We got strung out, specifically in the second period, more than anything. Our power play didn’t generate much. We gave up a [shorthanded goal]. Those are two areas you can hit right away.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Kesler’s perfprmance): I thought he was fine. It’s been a long time since he’s played. He went through a rigorous rehab over the course of the summer months, and into September and training camp he didn’t really participate to the level the rest of the guys did. He’s going to take some catching up, but we know the kind of warrior he is.

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Thoughts on the game from the Arizona Coyotes players and coaches:

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Dylan Strome (on the feeling in the room after getting their first win this season): Yeah, it was nice, nice feeling. We had a great preseason with four wins, I think, out of six games. So, we know what it took to win. It just obviously feels good in the regular season. It feels good. I think we have to run with that feeling and go out there and do it. Do it way more.

Dylan Strome (On the importance of that first goal and going back to the bench): I think it was a lot of relief. I think everyone was kind of just like oh, thank God. We definitely didn’t want to go into the end of a period, another period without scoring a goal. It felt good. We had a lot of chances earlier before that and Gibson made some great saves. We found a way and one of those went in, so it was nice.

Dylan Strome (on the coach having confidence in him): It’s nice. I think face-offs are a big part of that. Obviously, throughout the first couple games here, I feel have been doing a good job on draws and my numbers have been pretty good. Whenever you can get the Coach’s confidence, it’s obviously huge.

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Antti Raanta (on the feeling in the room after the game): Obviously a great feeling. We played again a great game and obviously we scored a couple goals so the confidence went straight up. You know we had enough chances to win it in regulation, but sometimes you need to go a little further away and give a little extra time and it was obviously nice to get a win from the shootout.

Antti Raanta (on his feelings early in the game): It was actually nice. The first two games have been pretty quiet in my end so it was actually nice to see a lot of shots and get inside the game right away. Obviously there was a little knock there, but I just battled through that and started to feel better in the third period. First and second period were a little tough after the collision, but obviously, with a win, you’re not feeling anything anymore.

Antti Raanta (on his glove save in OT): Nothing. I just didn’t want to let in goals. I think the second goal was tough to handle obviously off the bat I just wanted to make every save I can and give us a chance to win. In OT it might be one save can turn the game around and obviously we didn’t score in OT but we got to the shootout and we won there. It feels really good and the confidence in this group is very high now.

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Head Coach Rick Tocchet (on being in the win column): It’s good. I think it relieves a little bit of pressure. I thought we did some good parts, but a little loose too. We are going to enjoy the win, we have some work to do, but there was a lot of chances on both teams tonight especially early on.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet (on Michael Grabner’s play):He was good tonight. He was good. Especially in the second and third, that line was good, Richie [Brad Richardson], penalty kill was really good. We got the one power play goal and then the penalty kill was 0-4 or something like that so we won the special teams part. Both goalies played great.

Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Stars

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