Ducks Fall 4-2 to the Sabres on the Memorable Night at Honda Center

Ducks vs Sabres Photo by NHL

It’s finally here… the Ducks take on the Sabres on Paul Kariya Jersey Retirement Night.

The Ducks need to spend more time in the offensive zone and being aggressive with the puck, attack the net, the defense needs to kick it up, play with an edge & grit, take a whole lot more shots on net, and PROTECT THE GOALIE.

The Ducks have strong goaltenders but the Ducks need to limit the chances for the opposing team to get a shot at goal. A big part of that is for the Ducks to apply pressure so they turnover the pucks which will keep the Sabres away and out of the Ducks zone.

The defense really needs to kick the defense up tonight especially when on the ice with Jeff Skinner who had a hat trick last night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Getzlaf and Kesler will get a significant amount of ice time… Getzlaf will be on the ice with Skinner and Kesler will be on the ice with Eichel… they will try to be on the ice as much as they can make it happen in the game tonight.

Game Highlights:

Here is the lineup at the beginning of the game but almost always changes throughout the game.

Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The Ryan’s (Getzlaf and Kesler) of the Ducks are most likely be more physical especially when they are paired up with Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel on the ice.

The puck is down and the period is underway. Good goaltending is the story of the first half of the period.

Miller comes up with the save on the shot by Jeff Skinner. There has been a lot of skating and the Ducks having a difficult to get plays started in the Sabres zone and have a shot at Carter Hutton.

With just 7:11 remaining in the period Hutton robs Rakell’s Swed shot on net with a pad save… Rakell is DENIED by Hutton.

Click here to see: Hutton’s pad save on Rakell

The period moving fast without penalties so far… with just 3:18 remaining in the period the Ducks are able to get a play going because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #34 SAM STEEL!!! ASSISTED BY #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! Montour gets the puck and fires from the blue-line and Steel is there to tip it in through all the traffic up in front of the crease. Steel’s first NHL goal puts the Ducks in the lead, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: Steel with 1st NHL GOAL

The Anaheim Ducks are on the penalty kill as Sam Steel is off to the penalty box for tripping Rasmus Dahlin. Jeff Skinner takes a shot and hits the post and out. Miller standing strong for the Ducks. Ducks try to clear but Hutton comes up to the blue-line to keep the puck in the Anaheim zone as the time winding down to 33 left in the Sabres power play. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Ducks are off to the locker room with a 1-0 lead over the Buffalo Sabres. Strong goaltending by Miller is a big reason why the Sabres are scoreless. The Ducks need to apply pressure and good puck control to build on the lead. The defense still needs to kick it up a notch and spend way more time making Hutton’s job extremely difficult. They had a good first 20 minutes of play lets see the Ducks continue that in the remaining 40 minutes left in this game.

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New period but same start. Miller with the glove save just 2 minutes into the period.

Now the Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Rasmus Dahlin is sent to the box for holding Isac Lundestrom. The Ducks have good puck control and pressure is what forces to make Hutton come up with some big saves… with 15:18 remaining in the period Hutton comes up big and completely DENIES Henrique of a power play goal. Penalty killed and the Buffalo Sabres are back to full strength.

Things get hot when Ryan Kesler and Zach Bogosian go at it with 13:28 remaining in the period. Bogosian and Kesler are both sent to the box with 5-minute fighting penalty. The Ducks will be without the aid of Kesler and the Sabres will be without the aid of Bogosian for 5 minutes.

After the Ducks net came off it’s mourings the Ducks made things happen… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #64 KIEFER SHERWOOD!!! ASSISTED BY #53 MAX COMTOIS!!! ASSISTED BY #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! Sherwood with the puck and he is just shot out of a cannon to get his breakaway-like wrist shot into the back of the net. The Ducks have extended their lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: Sherwood wrister beats Hutton

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Ryan Getzlaf off to the penalty box for tripping Jack Eichel. Miller gets caught in a sticky situation because… the Buffalo Sabres Goal. It’s Kyle Okposo with the goal. The puck was too far from the goalie stick for Miller to make the save. The Sabres are on the board but the Ducks are still in the lead, it’s 2-1 Ducks. The penalty is not killed since the Sabres got a goal on their power play but the Ducks are back to full strength.

Click here to see: Sabres Goal #1

The Sabres get lucky… the Buffalo Sabres Goal. It’s Jeff Skinner with the goal. His shot just goes right between the arm and body of Ryan Miller. We are tied, it’s 2-2.

Click here to see: Sabres Goal #2

Winding down to just a few minutes remaining in the period… and the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Ryan Getzlaf is sent to the penalty for cross-checking Sam Reinhart. With just 1:33 Miller comes up big for the Ducks. The horn sounds and the Sabres will start the 3rd with 17 seconds remaining on their power play.

The Ducks are off to the locker room tied 2-2 with the Sabres after 2 periods of play. The Ducks looking good now they need to really attack the net in the zone to take the lead in this game and spend little to no time in the box for the remaining 20 minutes in this game.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is dropped and the third period is underway. The Ducks have 17 seconds remaining on the PK… The captain sits for 17 seconds remaining on his penalty for cross-checking Sam Reinhart. IT’S MILLER TIME right from the puck drop… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Ducks go on the penalty kill as Andrej Sustr is sent to the box for tripping Casey Mittelstadt. His stick was caught on the back of Mittelstaldt’s heel and that is what sent him to the box. Ryan Miller is standing strong in net DENIED shots fired on net… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

With just 16:03 remainng in the period and the Sabres make things happen… the Buffalo Sabres Goal. It’s Rasmus Ristolainen with the goal… with traffic up front Miller didn’t see the shot from up top coming. The Sabres take the lead over the Ducks, it’s 3-2 Sabres.

Click here to see: Sabres Goal #3

With just 9 minutes to go Miller completely DENIES Zemgus Girgensons’ breakaway of a chance to extend their lead in the game farther.

Click here to see: Miller save on breakaway

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Conor Sheary is off to the penalty box for slashing Brandon Montour. The Ducks got so many shots fired at net… DENIED by Hutton. Penalty killed and the Sabres are back to full strength.

Miller is off to the bench with 1:35 remaining… The Ducks pressure Hutton forces many scrambles in front of him… So many shots on goal DENIED by Hutton and so close to getting in the net but Larsson sweeps the puck away from goal line to eliminate chance for the rebound.

Click here to see: Hutton, Larsson preserve the lead

Just down to the final seconds the Sabres find the empty net… The Buffalo Sabres Goal, it’s Patrik Burglund with the empty netter. The Sabres extend the lead and get the 4-2 victory over the Ducks

Click here to see: Sabres Goal #4


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Ducks Logo Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Thought on the game from Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

Getzlaf Photo by NHL

Ryan Getzlaf (on the turning point in the game): We took three penalties in a row, and that changed the momentum of the game. They got going a little bit on the power play and got after us. That’s probably the turning point.

Ryan Getzlaf (on the difficulty of finding chemistry with new linemates): You’re trying to get to know each other. We have so many guys in and out of the lineup right now, it’s hard to get that chemistry. It doesn’t excuse the lack of compete we had tonight.

MILLER TIME Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Miller (on the reasons for the high shot total against): We were in the penalty box too much. It’s puck possession. We didn’t have enough of it in good places. It makes for a long game. We have to get smart. We talked about it after the Dallas game. Be smarter. We were able to do it in St. Louis a little bit and got a result. I thought tonight we weren’t as smart on the puck and in a few areas.

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

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on lack of discipline): The discipline issue crept in tonight. We took three penalties in a row and allowed them the momentum. Any time you do that in a hockey game, and the other team senses an opportunity, they seize the opportunity. The other issue with us was 1-on-1 compete. There were areas of the ice where they out-worked us down low. Came up with more pucks. We were fortunate to be up 2-0. They had us for an extended shift in our zone, and we found a way to put one across the line. From that point on, they seemed to seize control of the game.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the penalty kill): Too many opportunities and too many seam passes. They have lots of skill over there, like most teams do. If you continue to give teams opportunities to practice their power play consecutively, you’re going to give them life. That’s what we did tonight.

1- Buffalo Sabres.jpg Photo by Buffalo Sabres

Thoughts on the game from the Buffalo Sabres players and coaches

Buffalo Sabres v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by The Buffalo News

Kyle Okposo (on winning back-to-back games and playing the same way whether leading or trailing in a game): Two complete games that we just played and I thought that was the first time all year that we got down in a game and we just never changed the way that we played. That second goal could have been a back breaker for us, but we just stuck with it. We played the exact same way and we got rewarded.

Kyle Okposo (on the mindset of staying the course even when being down by two goals): It didn’t matter. We knew that we were controlling the play. We had the edge. We just kept going.

Jack Eichel- Die By The Blade Photo by Die By The Blade

Jack Eichel (on rebounding after San Jose to have a comeback win tonight): I thought it was huge. I thought in the San Jose game, we put ourselves behind the eight ball there with the deficit early. I thought as much as we got ourselves back into it heading in to the third, we maybe got away from our game a bit. I thought tonight we stuck with it. We found a way to win a game on the road.

Jack Eichel (on having 45 shots on goal and how good the team skated tonight): I thought we worked well. I thought we worked as a unit. I thought we were able to use the close change in the second period to our advantage. I thought we kept them hemmed in their zone. We tired them out. We played really well. I thought we cycled the puck and made it tough on them.

Head Coach Phil Housley- Buffalo Hockey Beat Photo by Buffalo Hockey Beat

Head Coach Phil Housley (on the response after being down two goals): I just liked the response. We were down 2-0. It could have went a different direction, but we were playing a really good hockey game at that point. We got that first one to get within one, some power play goals, special teams were really solid tonight, but I just think this was the best game of the trip.

Head Coach Phil Housley (on playing fast): When we are moving the puck quick and guys are moving back into positon, we counter quickly. From that point, I think we had a shot mentality. Everything was going to the net and more guys were getting there and making it tough for Miller [Ryan Miller] and we get rewarded.


The Ducks fall short with the 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Paul Kariya Jersey Retirement Night… but the Ducks will face the Sabres again to turn the tables on them

Blog post coming up next… Ducks Recall Aberg to join the team to take on the Blackhawks in Chicago & Ducks vs. Blackhawks

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

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/

Source: Adam Brady- Recap: Ducks Fall to Sabres on Kariya Jersey Retirement Night

Source Dan Arritt- Sabres rally, finish road trip with win against Ducks

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – October 21 vs. Buffalo

Video source: YouTube posted by NHL

Photos by The Anaheim Ducks, NHL, NHL NBC Sports, Buffalo News, Die By The Blade, Buffalo Hockey Beat, & The Buffalo Sabres




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