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It’s RIVAL TIME as the Ducks take on the Kings for the first of four times this season. When it comes to Ducks vs. Kings there is one thing that remains it’s always an aggressive and physical game.
Currently the Kings are holding last place with a 4-8-1 record and that is why the Kings hired a new coach. The new coach takes on Divison RIVALRY in his debut as the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks ended their losing streak and Cam Fowler comes into this one after having his first ever NHL career hat trick.
Some of the injured players are really close to returning to the lineup. Josh Manson, Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase are the closest to returning. Manson who brings a physical element to his game will be missed in the first RIVALRY game against the Kings.
What time is it? Only the starting goalie can answer that… don’t see him but his blocker and glove hand is ready for him…
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…It’s GIBBY TIME.
Tonight it’s #36 vs. #36… It’s Gibson vs. Campbell in the net for the first freeway faceoff of the season.
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The puck is dropped and we are underway…
The Ducks start off with a little challenge in getting the puck out of the zone… 3-minutes in the Ducks force Campbell to come up with a big save when he jumps on the bouncing to DENY the Ducks any chance at getting the rebound.
Ryan Kesler bounces on a turnover and with a breakaway is DENIED by Campbell and the puck goes out of play.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Andrew Cogliano is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Matt Luff with 13:53 remaining in the period. Just seconds into the PK the Los Angeles Kings Goal. It’s Dustin Brown with the goal. Kovalchuk throws it at the net and Dustin Brown is there to get it into the back of the net. The Kings are on the board, it’s 1-0 Kings.
Click here to see: Kings Goal #1
The Ducks didn’t kill off that one… Cogliano is out of the box and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Dion Phaneuf is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Rickard Rakell. His stick hit Rakell in the helmet. The Ducks had chances and good puck control but the Kings blocked everything to kill off their penalty to Phaneuf… penalty killed and the Kings are back to full strength.
Time winding down to 3-minutes and the Los Angeles Kings Goal. It’s Kyle Clifford who gets it in the yawning net and Gibson wasn’t in a good position to save that one from going in. The Kings extend their lead, it’s 2-0 Kings.
Click here to see: Kings Goal #2
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Alex Iafallo off to the penalty box for hooking Andrew Cogliano. The Ducks had their chances and Getzlaf got a really good shot through and DENIED with a glove by Jack Campbell. The Ducks couldn’t get one in… penalty kill and the Kings are back to full strength.
With just seconds on the clock the Kings with a good chance but its GIBBY TIME… John Gibson completely covers up and DENIES the Kings any chance of a rebounded shot.
The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room trailing 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks are improving on the defense and Gibson didn’t have to come up really big too many times in the first period. The Ducks need to come up the ice and into the zone together so they can create a play to get one in. Gibson is looking good in net, the Kings just got a little lucky on the goals that got past him. Lets get something going to get on the board and tie it up.
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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway… same start as it’s Gibson who covers up.
GIBBY TIME… about 5-minutes into the period, John Gibson comes up with save after save. DENIED the Kings of extending their lead over the Ducks.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s pair of saves
Seconds later the Los Angeles Kings Goal. It’s Ilya Kovalchuk on a breakaway, and Gibson couldn’t get there to keep it out. The Kings extend their lead when the Ducks go for changes, it’s 3-0 Kings.
Click here to see: Kings Goal #3
Rakell makes a good play as he gets the puck to Henrique but DENIED by the left toe of Campbell. Henrique couldn’t elevate the puck over the pad of Campbell.
Click here to see: Campbell robs Henrique
Campbell makes the save on Eaves but a minute later his mistake put the Ducks on the board… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #17 RYAN KESLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #28 MARCUS PETTERSSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! The play starts when Campbell comes out of his crease to play the puck, Marcus Pettersson takes a shot and Kesler is there to tip the puck into the back of the net. The Ducks are on the board but still trail 3-1 Kings.
Click here to see: GOAL- Kesler scores on deflection
The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room trailing 3-1 to the Kings. This hasn’t been a normal Ducks vs. Kings game since there has only been 6 penalty minutes total after 2 periods of play. The Ducks need to find and play with emotion in the final 20-minutes. The Ducks also need to apply more pressure, get physical and be more aggressive on the puck. The Ducks need to find ways to get pucks to the back of the net to tie this one up.
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The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…
Sam Carrick takes the shot and Campbell lunges to make the save on the puck that came at him and denied a chance for a rebound.
Jake Muzzin makes a big hit on Kiefer Sherwood and Muzzin uses all of his shoulder to make that hard hit on Sherwood.
Click here to see: Muzzin huge hit on Sherwood
The Ducks are producing lots of shots on goal but the Kings are blocking and saving pucks that come their way. The physical play has official kicked in at the 12 minute remaining in this one
With Perry out with recovering from his surgery… his office up front and in the goaltenders face… there is a Duck that has started to become a pest like Perry in front of the net. Adam Henrique couldn’t get the puck elevated over Campbell’s pads… and is DENIED by Jack Campbell.
Click here to see: Campbell incredible pad save
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Derek Forbort off to the penalty box for tripping Rickark Rakell. He chops the left skate of Rakell and that sends him down to the ice. The Ducks had so many great shots fired but they were DENIED by Campbell. Penalty killed and the Kings are back to full strength.
With the Ducks trailing John Gibson is off to the bench for the extra attacker with 2:40 remaining in the game. The Kings get lucky… Los Angeles Kings Goal. It’s Tyler Toffoli who gets the funny bounce and just fires a shot and the puck finds the back of the empty net. The Kings extend their lead, it’s 4-1 Kings.
Click here to see: Kings Goal #4
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY with 1:20 remaining Adrian Kempe is off to the penalty box for slashing Adam Henrique. The Ducks couldn’t get anything past Campbell…
The Ducks fall 4-1 to the Kings but they have time to get ready for the next time they will meet their division rivals the Los Angeles Kings.
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The Ducks did some good things it just didn’t go their way scoring wise. The Ducks have a few pests on the team besides Perry and that was made known tonight – Ryan Kesler and Adam Henrique – Henrique was in Perry’s office (in front of the goalie crease) many times but was denied tonight by a rock solid Jack Campbell.
The Ducks will head back to Honda Center to prepare when the Ducks take on the Calgary Flames and will see if Manson, Ritchie, or Kase are ready to come off IR and draw back into the lineup. That will be such a good game since they will be playing at Honda Center known as the House of Horor for the Calgary Flames.
Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Flames
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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