Patrick Eaves Returns… Ducks lose 3-2 to Rangers in the Shootout

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The Ducks looking to end their 5-game losing streak here against the New York Rangers.

Pontus Aberg is coming into this one ORANGE HOT with having 2 multi-goal games… his last multi-goal game was 2 nights ago.

Rakell has basically said that we need to find and get Aberg the puck since he is on fire.

Tonight the Ducks need to have strong puck handling and control to limit the Rangers to pounce on turnovers.

The Ducks are still without Manson due to an injury but tonight there is some good news that is appearing on the ice and in the line up…

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The bearded wonder is back… Welcome Back #18 PATRICK EAVES. After missing an entire season it is so good to see him on the ice. The time has come for players to FEAR THE BEARD as Ducks fans like to say.

Here’s the big question… what time is it tonight?

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He has his game face on and is ready for it to be GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!!

Game Highlights:

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The puck is dropped and we are underway… and its GIBBY TIME right from the start of this one.

5-minutes in Sherwood gets a breakaway but he is DENIED by Alexandar Georgiev.

Chris Kreider makes a hard hit on Andy Welinski that hit sent him hard into the boards and with 2:02 to go in the period the Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Chris Kreider is sent to the box for boarding Andy Welinski. Many shots fired but Alexandar Georgiev DENIED the pucks that were shot at him. Penalty killed and the Rangers are back to full strength.

The Ducks head off to the locker room scoreless, it’s 0-0 after 20 minutes of play. This was a solid period for the Ducks. The Ducks are getting pucks to the net and attacking Alexandar Georgiev. They are strong when defending the net and protecting John Gibson. It’s GIBBY TIME, John Gibson has been denying the puck over and over. The Ducks need to keep it up for the remaining 40 minutes of this one.

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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway.

Just seconds into the period the Ducks go on the penalty kill as Pontus Aberg is off to the penalty box for hooking Neal Pionk. That penalty cost the Ducks because… the New York Rangers Goal, it’s a power play goal. It’s Kevin Hayes who finds the loose puck that Gibson is trying to locate and it goes off his pads and into the back of the net. The Rangers are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Rangers.

Click here to see: Rangers Goal #1

The Ducks go on the penalty kill as Andy Welinski is off to the penalty box for hooking Jesper Fast. There was contact with the hands and an easy call for the officials to make. The Rangers had chances but DENIED by Gibson… denied shots that came at him from all directions. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Tony DeAngelo off to the penalty box for interference on Rickard Rakell, that is a penalty that the Sweds made that Swed magic happen…

AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Getzlaf gets the puck to Rakell and is there by the net for a tip-in off his shot but misses and Silfverberg is there to get it in. The Swed duo is back at it again, we are now tied with the Swed goal, it’s tied 1-1.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Silfverberg with the tip-in

The Ducks got a power play goal which means that the Rangers were unsuccessful in killing of their penalty… DeAngelo is out of the box and the Rangers are back to full strength.

Winding down to just about 5 minutes remaining the Rangers get things going and… the New York Rangers Goal, it’s Brett Howden who finds the yawning net to take the lead. Gibson wasn’t in a position where he could keep that one out. The Rangers take the lead, it’s 2-1 Rangers.

Click here to see: Rangers Goal #2

Isac Lundestrom is hit by Mats Zuccarello and goes down… Ducks athletic trainor Joe Huff on the ice to help him up. He was hit in the neck by a Ranger stick but there was no penalty called for slashing. In my opinion there should be a review to penaltize a player that sends another player into the locker room.

The Ducks go on the penalty kill as  Hampus Lindholm is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Ryan Spooner. The shots that got through were DENIED by Gibson. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

Mintues before the horn sounds Isac Lundestrom is back out on the ice… looks like he is good to go.

The Ducks head off to the locker room trailing 2-1 to the Rangers after 2 periods of play. The Ducks are looking good we just need to get one more in to tie it. Gibson has been good in net the defense needs to kick it up a notch to protect John Gibson.

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The puck is down and the third period is underway… just seconds in Gibson comes up big. It was a sliding effort to keep that point-blank shot out of the net.

Click here to see: Gibson’s point-blank stop

The Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Neal Pionk off to the penalty box for interference on Rickard Rakell. The Ducks couldn’t get the puck in their zone long enough to set up a play… they didn’t have one shot on goal during the power play. Penalty killed and the Rangers are back to full strength.

With 2-minutes remaining Gibson is off to the bench for the extra attacker to try and tie this game up and force overtime.

Down to about a minute and Henrique starting to look like a pest in front of the goalie (just like Perry does)… Henrique is DENIED when Georgiev comes up with a huge save on Henrique.

Click here to see: Georgiev’s big stop on Henrique

Don’t even know how this happened but the Swed comes up with goal to force overtime with just 30 seconds remaining in the game… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! Getzlaf fakes the shot and passes it to Rakell who is basically on the goal line shoots the puck from an inpossible angle and the Swed finds the back of the net. We are tied 2-2 and will be going into overtime.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Rakell late one-timer

 

Thanks to Rakell we are going to overtime.

Nothing was able to find the net in the 3-on-3 5-minute overtime period due to good goaltending. That means that we will be heading into a shootout.

 

Shootout:

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One for the record books

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Rickard Rakell scored the game-tying goal with 26 seconds left in the third period. It was the 13th time in franchise history the Ducks have tied the game in the last 30 seconds. Rakell also had Anaheim’s most recent game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation (19:53 of the third period on Feb. 25, 2018 vs. EDM, 6-5 SOL). Rakell also added an assist on the night, giving him points in six of his last eight games (2-5=7).

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

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Patrick Eaves (on his season debut): It was exciting to be out there. Getting into game action. It was a very exciting night. It’s been a while. It was a long road to get back here, and there were a ton of people that helped out. It was pretty cool to see all their hard work.

Patrick Eaves (on the fan reaction during his first shift): I thought there was a fight, to be honest with you. I was looking around to see who was squaring off with somebody. Then I realized [what was going on]. That was pretty cool. It was awesome. The fans were great. It was an honor to get back out in front of them. My wife and kids were able to make it out tonight, which was really special, to see them in warmups. It was a family night for us.

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Jakob Silfverberg (on the positives from the game): This was the best game we’ve played defensively in a long time. It was an improvement, that’s for sure. Now it’s a matter of getting the offense clicking and spending more time in the [offensive] zone. We didn’t get the result we wanted tonight, but we got a point. It’s a process.

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Rickard Rakell (on his goal): Getzy made a great play. I tried to find an open space. It was a perfect pass. It was unbelievable. Slap-shot pass through the guy’s stick. He was able to find me with a perfect pass. It was nice.

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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s effort): It’s hard to be positive with a loss, but a lot of good things happened with our group. We were a much better hockey club – a much different hockey club – tonight than we were in the previous six or seven games. We were more tenacious and strong around the puck. We broke the puck out more effectively. There was an overall improvement in our group’s possession time with the puck.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Eaves’ return to the lineup): My expectations are very low when a player has missed over a year of hockey. It’s hard to put any expectations other than hopefully he survives, gets through it and gets his feet underneath him. It’s going to take him some time, so I’m going to hold my assessment until maybe after the next game.

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Thoughts on the game from the New York Rangers players and coaches

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Mats Zuccarello (on being able to put a game away): Obviously, they made some good plays there. Getzlaf, with the puck there, he is dangerous. It’s on us guys out there to try and defend that. They’ve got good players. They made a good play, and once that happened, you just have to regroup and go at it again. I thought we came back and obviously we got the win.

Mats Zuccarello (on their game tonight): We were skating hard. We were battling. Work hard. That’s a good team over there. They don’t give up much. That was a hard fought two points today and I thought to end the road trip like this is real good.

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Alexandar Georgiev (on overcoming a late goal to tie the game): I think the best thing is that the game still keeps going and you know that there is lots of chances coming in the overtime. Try to just forget about it and keep going.

Alexandar Georgiev (on what 3-on-3 overtime is like for him): It’s kind of crazy hockey. If you have a practice and there is a two-on-one coming every time, it’s kind of the same. You just hope that you get a bit of luck and you get the win.

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Head Coach Dave Quinn (on allowing a goal in the last minute 3 straight games): I’m gonna pick the resiliency. Listen this is not easy, this long of a trip, the last game, you could sense it in practice yesterday that we didn’t have a lot of life. I’m gonna focus on the way we played for 60 minutes and just found a way, and gutted it out. You could just tell a lot of guys didn’t have a lot of energy, and over an 82 game season you have to find ways to manage to get points in games you’re not playing great or don’t feel great, and we did that tonight.

Head Coach Dave Quinn (on practicing situations where the opposing team has an empty net): We’ve gone over it, probably not enough apparently, so we’ll certainly address that again, but a lot of that’s hockey sense. Listen, they made a great play too. Lot of times on the penalty kill, a team will score and players will say ‘what happened’ and you’ll say ‘they had 5 we had 4’ I mean what are you gonna do right, there’s an extra player out there. I thought we could’ve been a little looser around the net and not just go tie someone up to leave the backdoor free. The unfortunate part is we got the puck off the dump-in and Tony DeAngelo went to clear it and it went right to the referee, so that didn’t help the cause either. There are certainly things we can do a little bit technically to clean that area up.

 

The Ducks lose this one but they looked good and hope that they turn things around to start a winning streak.

Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Blue Jackets

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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