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The Ducks come into the game having the loss to Dallas Stars and are looking to turn the tables in tonight’s game against the Blues to end their road trip with a victory.
When it’s back-to-back… goalie swap…. What time is it… MILLER, MILLER, MILLER TIME!!!
The Ducks need to protect the goalie and that is what they didn’t do last night in the 3rd period… they basically left Gibson out to dry. The Ducks need to do a good job in front of Miller and minimizing the Blues getting a shot on Miller. The Ducks need to spend a lot more time in the offensive zone and attacking the net. Since Miller is a strong veteran goaltender, the Ducks can rely on him and know that he will be standing tall and strong in net from the start to the end of the game.
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It’s MILLER TIME right from the beginning… less than a minute from puck drop Miller comes up strong for the Ducks.
Marcus Pettersson goes after former Duck Pat Maroon because Pettersson thought he had interfered with Ryan Miller. There could have been penalties for roughing but there was no called by the officials.
With Perry out for a majority of the season everyone knew that players need to get around the dirty areas (right in front of the goaltender) and that is exactly what Ryan Kesler did, he is being really aggressive in front of the Blues netminder Chad Johnson.
The Ducks go on the penalty kill as Sam Steel is off to the penalty box with a delay of game penalty. The Ducks were good defensively and kept pucks away from Miller and the ones that came through were clear for him to see due to the pressure the Ducks were putting on the Blues. The Blues couldn’t get anything past Ryan Miller. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back at full strength.
The Swed Rakell takes a shot at Johnson and his one-timer is completely DENIED by Chad Johnson… Our other Swed takes a shot and…
THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY #53 MAX COMTOIS!!! ASSISTED BY #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! The Swed Silfverberg gets the puck and he gets a breakaway and he shots and finds the back of the net. The Ducks are first to get on the board, it’s 1-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: Silfverberg with the Swed GOAL
The Ducks are off to the locker room with the 1-0 lead over the blues. Due to good goaltending by Ryan Miller is the reason that the Blues are scoreless after 20-minutes of play. The defense are playing strong in front of Miller and not letting them really attack the net in the way that they would like. We need to keep it up with more time in the offensive zone, applying pressure on the puck, and keep up defending Miller to make his job a lot easier.
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New period but same start… good goaltending. Ryan Miller with the glove save, he just makes saving pucks look so easy. So easy that it is like a kid could do it, that is how easy saving pucks for him looks like.
Ryan Miller isn’t the only one making the goaltending look easy… Chad Johnson comes up with a big glove save off the shot made by the Ducks sniper shooter Brandon Montour. He completely DENIES Montour on that shot.
Click here to see: Johnson’s glove save on Montour
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Marcus Pettersson is off to the box for high-sticking Ivan Barbashev. The Blues couldn’t make anything happen and couldn’t get pucks past Ryan Miller… Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
With about 8 minutes remaining on the clock… The Blues spending too much time in the zone allowing them to get so many shots on Miller… The St. Louis Blues Goal. It’s Alexander Steen with the goal. Assisted by Joel Edmundson and Vladimir Tarasenko. It was too much time in the zone and not being able to get it out of the zone allowed them to take the shot that ties up the game. It’s tied 1-1.
Click here to see: Blues Goal #1
The Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Joel Edmundson is off to the penalty box for interference on Rickard Rakell. The Ducks have good puck possession on the power play… then with just 36 seconds remaining on the power play, it goes to 4-on-4 hockey as Ryan Kesler is sent to the box for slashing Alex Pietrangelo and Kesler is frustrated at the officials for this terriable call… kinda looked like a child having a fit when he got in the box. Penalty killed and the Blues are back at full strength and on a power play… we allowed them to be in the zone and in front of Miller which is when bad things tend to happen because… the St. Louis Blues Power Play Goal. It’s Tyler Bozak with the goal. Assisted by the former Duck Pat Maroon. They won the battle in front of Miller and found a way to get it into the back of the net. The Blues take the lead, it’s 2-1 Blues.
Click here to see: Blues Goal #2
With the period coming to the end… The Ducks couldn’t tie it up in the 2nd period due to good goaltending by Johnson so… The Ducks are off to the locker room trailing 2-1 to the Blues. The Ducks need to get one in to tie it up and take the lead in the game. They have been playing good, they need to spend less time defending and more time attacking the net to get one in.
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The puck is down and once again it’s MILLER TIME right from the start and with about 5 minutes into the period Miller comes up with a HUGE save on Jordan Schmaltz.
Click here to see: Miller’s tough save on Schmaltz
It would’ve been a good idea for Johnson to keep an eye on the Ducks defensemen they can really hammer a puck and that is just what the BEASTLY Josh Manson did and…
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #46 BEN STREET!!! ASSISTED BY #42 JOSH MANSON!!! ASSISTED BY #4 CAM FOWLER!!! Manson at the top of the blue-line hammers the puck at the net and Ben Street is there to tip it into the back of the net. We are tied up once again, it’s 2-2.
Click here to see: Ben Street ties the game
The Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Joel Edmundson is off to the penalty box for tripping Brian Gibbons. The Ducks capitalized off this one…
ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY # 17 RYAN KESLER!!! ASSISTED BY #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! Kesler shoots the puck and Cogliano is there to chip it in over netminder Chad Johnson. The Ducks take the lead, it’s 3-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: It’s Cogliano with the PPG GWG
That was the game winning goal since the remaining 5 minutes of the game the Blues failed to get the puck past Ryan Miller to force an overtime period.
ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN 3-2 OVER THE BLUES!!! WHAT AN EPIC COMEBACK!!!!
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
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Ryan Miller (on the game): I felt good as we went. I felt like I was skating a little bit better than in preseason. I’ve been trying to work on that. I was able to stay in the shooting lanes, something else I’ve been working on.
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Andrew Cogliano (on power play goal): I don’t know if I was meant to be out there [on the power play], I just snuck out there. Kes made a good play at the net, and I whacked one in. Nice goal for our team. We worked hard tonight and earned the win. It was a good win for us.
Andrew Cogliano (on the game after coming off loss to the Stars): It showed a lot about our team. I thought it was as good of an effort as we’ve had all year. It was the game we needed after coming off a bad loss last night.
Andrew Cogliano (on the play leading to his 100the goal with Anaheim): I got on the forecheck, and I think someone turned it over. I was able to just get to the net, and [Ryan Kesler] made a quick play at the net, and I was able to bang one in.
Andrew Cogliano (on the fixes made after loss in Dallas): We pinpointed a few things that needed to get taken care of. We needed a fix. I thought we did it tonight, for the most part. It was a really gutsy effort by our team, and I thought it was probably the biggest win of the year so far. It was an important game for us. I think it showed.
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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game): We definitely knew we had to be better than we were last night for 60 minutes, and we tried to attack three things that we talked about earlier today. You’ve got to credit our guys. I thought we had things going our way. The second period we were playing pretty good, and the next thing you know it’s 2-1.
Thoughts on the game from the St. Louis Blues players and coaches:
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Alexander Steen (on the game): Right now, there’s some individual immature mistakes that we’re making. Not just the one that ends up in our net, but ones that kind of give them a little fuel. It’s something we’re obviously going to have to clean up and find our mojo here.
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Tyler Bozak (on the game): We’re doing a good job of getting back when we get down and getting in that lead. Unfortunately, we’re not holding it. I think whenever you have that lead, especially in the third, you should be able to hold on. We’ve just got to bear down harder and make some harder plays in the third.
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Head Coach Mike Yeo (on the game): It’s a trend that we obviously have to fix here. … I thought we cut back on the chances-against, obviously the shots-against, but still don’t think that we’re … playing quick enough, whether it’s playing off instincts or just the jump.
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