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WE HAVE WILD WING AND 9 YEAR OLD MASON AS HIS MINI-ME TO CHEER ON THE ANAHEIM DUCKS AS THEY TAKE ON THE CALGARY FLAMES.
The Ducks take on their Canadian rivals the CALGARY FLAMES… ask any Ducks fan and Cam Fowler why they are rivals and it is all because of #13 Johnny Gaudreau took a knee-on-knee contact with Fowler right before they played each other in round 1 of the playoffs 2 years ago but the hate is still there.
Honda Center is what Ducks broadcasters said “… Honda Center is a house of horrors for the Flames.” Anaheim has won 27 of the last 28 home games (27-1-0) against Calgary and improved to 34-11-2 overall dating to Nov. 29, 2007. In addition, the Ducks went to 12-3-0 in their last 15 games vs. the Flames dating to Nov. 24, 2015.
Ducks are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Kings and are looking to bounce back from that frustrating loss at Staples Center. The Flames are coming in to Honda Center with a 4 game winning streak and a streak the Ducks look to end.
After being out for 4 games THE BEASTLY JOSH MANSON returns to the lineup and it’s perfect timing since the Flames are a physical and comes up big when they play with emotion.
The Ducks CAN’T SLEEP because they outscore their opponents 28-11 in the third period. The third period tends to be the most physical period.
The Ducks need to attack the net, the defense to kick it up a notch and with Manson back the defense will look strong, they need to protect the goalie, get pucks in and out of the zone, force them to defend and create havoc in front of the goaltender Mike Smith. The one thing the Ducks need to focus on is to not give the Flames time and space if they do give time and space it will cause problems and frustrate the Ducks and they need to shut down the Flames top line.
Speaking of defense, a teams best defender is the one in net so… What time is it? Only the starting goalie can answer that… He is getting his game face on during warmups….
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His mask gives it away… IT’S MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME!!! John Gibson is given the night off and it’s Ryan Miller in net for the back end of the back to back game.
NOTE ON DUCKS GOALTENDERS: Ryan Miller is a smart and technical goaltender in net and ranks #6 in the top 10 goalies for save percentage (.928%). Here is the crazy part John Gibson is a smart, technically sound and athletic goaltender in net and ranks #8 in the top 10 goalies for save percentage (.929%). Safe to say that the Ducks goalies are strong and we’re only a month into the season.
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The puck is dropped and we are underway…
Less than 5 minutes in the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Derek Ryan is off to the penalty box for slashing Pontus Aberg. Seconds into the power play MILLER TIME… Miller completely DENIES Elias Lindholm of putting the Flames on the board first.
Click here to see: Miller Thwarts Elias Lindholm’s Break
The Ducks with good puck control and Kesler being a pest but they couldn’t find the back of the net on the power play… penalty killed and the Flames are back to full strength.
About half way through the period it’s the Sweds that are making things happen… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY THE # 32 JACOB LARSSON!!! Silfverberg with the puck shoots and trickles through the body and arm of Mike Smith who thought he had it but it’s in the back of the net instead. The Ducks with the lead, it’s 1-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: SWED GOAL by Silfverberg
The Ducks do it again about 3 minutes later… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! Josh Manson fires the puck from the blue-line and Henrique is there to get the rebound and his top-shelf shot finds the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead over the Flames, it’s 2-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Henrique pounces on rebound
With 2:55 to go in the period the officials make a terrible call as it’s Ben Street being sent to the box for tripping TJ Brodie when he didn’t even touch him. That bad call cost the Ducks just 5 seconds into the Flames power play when.. the Calagary Flames Goal. It’s Matthew Tkachuk with the goal. He redirects the puck into the back of the net off of Elias Lindholm’s shot from the top of the circle. It’s a power play goal that gets them on the board but the Ducks still have the lead, it’s 2-1 Ducks
Click here to see: Flames Goal #1
The Ducks were unsuccessful in killing off that one… Ben Street is out of the box and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Just minutes after the Flames power play ended it’s Matthew Tkachuk off to the penalty box for high-sticking Brandon Montour. The Ducks had good puck control and spent most of the power play making things challenging for Mike Smith and forcing him to make some big saves but the Ducks couldn’t find the back of the net… penalty killed and the flames are back to full strength.
The Ducks head to the locker room with the 2-1 lead over the Flames. The Ducks applied a good amount of pressure and had good control of the puck, they need to keep that going. Josh Manson is back and he is looking more beastly and stronger like he hasn’t skipped a beat. Ryan Miller is standing strong and technically sound in net and that will continue in this one. The Ducks need to keep playing with emotion, continue to apply pressure and have control of the puck, and attack the net to continue to make Mike Smith uncomfortable in net.
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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
We start on MILLER TIME right from the puck drop. Miller with the glove save denies the chance for the Flames to tie this one up.
Rakell with his Swed hands takes the shot and he is commpletely DENIED by Mike Smith.
Click here to see: Smith’s stop on Rakell
The Ducks go on the penalty kill as Marcus Pettersson is off to the penalty box for hooking Johnny Gaudreau. Silfverberg with a real good shot and one that is DENIED by Smith. The Ducks with pressure couldn’t get a shot on their PK past Smith… MILLER TIME… Ryan Miller made sure that not one puck found the back of the net… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
MILLER TIME… Ryan Miller completely robs Mark Jankowski of the rebound, he slides and makes the snow angel on the puck to freeze the red hot Flames… Jankowski DENIED by Miller.
Click here to see: Miller’s alert stop on Jankowski
The Ducks get so close to extending the lead when Henrique takes the shot from up top and with Aberg there to tip it in… Aberg is DENIED by Mike Smith.
The Flames so close to tie but Johnny Gaudreau takes a shot that hits the post and out. Ryan Miller is there and positioned to make sure the puck stays out of the net.
The Ducks head to the locker room after a scoreless period due to good goaltending, The Ducks still lead 2-1 over the Flames in this one. Hard to believe that was a scoreless period when there could have been plenty of goals scored. The Ducks just need to keep it up. The Calgary Flames are a third period so the Ducks will need to be strong on the defense, protect Miller, be smart with the puck in the neutral zone, and attack their net which forces them to play more defense. We lead into the third and lets make sure it stays that way.
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Here we go the puck is down and the third period is underway…
Just minutes in Patrick Eaves gets a 2-on-1 break but he is DENIED by Mike Smith.
He is back in full BEAST MODE!!! THE BEASTLY JOSH MANSON makes a big hit on Derek Ryan. It was a good clean hit so there was no penalty called.
The Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Mikael Backlund is off to the penalty boxfor tripping Ryan Getzlaf. The Flames were strong on their penalty kill… the Calgary Flames Goal. It’s Mark Jankowski with the goal. Jankowski chips the puck past Montour takes a shot and finds the back of the net. The Flames tie this one it’s 2-2.
Click here to see: Flames Goal #2
Penalty killed and the Flames are back to full strength.
It took the captain 27 seconds to show his reaction to their goal on the Ducks power play… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! Rakell gets the puck and is flying through the zone fakes the shot at Smith… but passes to Getzlaf for the go ahead goal. The Ducks take the lead, it’s 3-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Getzlaf with the go-ahead backhand goal
The Flames are desperate for a goal… they take shot after shot on net but DENIED BY MILLER.
With 2:30 left in the game… Mike Smith is off to the bench for the extra attacker
MILLER TIME… Ryan Miller continues to DENY the Flames a goal that would force overtime.
The Ducks had chances at the empty netter they just couldn’t get the puck to fly straight into the empty net.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill with 1:14 remaining in the period… it’s Rickard Rakell off to the penalty box for slashing Gaudreau. With Smith on the bench it’s 6-on-4 hockey. Ducks have issues getting out of the zone but… IT’S MILLER TIME!!! Miller comes up big especially with 11 seconds remaining he completely DENIES Matthew Tkachuk to tie this one up.
Click here to see: Miller’s late save on Tkachuk
The Ducks put out the Flames with a 3-2 victory at Honda Center. This building continues to haunt the Calgary Flames. This shows that the Ducks can make a bounce back from the loss to the Kings. What a difference having Manson back on the blue-line. He is part of the reason why the Ducks blue-line improved and was way more effective.
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RYAN MILLER AND RYAN GETZLAF HAVE SET RECORDS IN THIS GAME!!!
Ryan Getzlaf scored his 49th career GWG (game winning goal) to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames at Honda Center. Getzlaf ranks third among all-time franchise leaders in GWG, behind only Teemu Selanne (77 GWG) and Corey Perry (63 GWG).
Ryan Miller moved into a tie with Andy Moog (372) for 17th on the all-time wins list for NHL goaltenders, stopping 37-of-39 shots in a 3-2 victory.
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
Ryan Getzlaf (on his goal to get the lead back): It’s a reward for our whole group. The way the guys battled. Millsy made a couple huge saves that don’t get unrecognized in our room. That’s a reward, definitely, after the work we’ve put in the last couple weeks.
Ryan Getzlaf (on the quick start): We came out prepared. Tough loss last night. It was nice to get back on the ice and forget about that one, and just play hockey again.
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Rickard Rakell (on getting the lead back): It was big for us. We always try to have a great shift after a goal. Coming right back, it gave us momentum. Getting the lead back was huge for us.
Ryan Miller (on tying Andy Moog for 17th on the all-time NHL wins list for goaltenders): You play long enough, some nice things are going to happen. He’s a goalie I watched growing up. I used to try to draw his helmet all the time on my street hockey helmet. It’s pretty cool to be playing long enough to win enough games to be mentioned.
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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s compete level): I thought we started the right way. That was the most important for us to build on our start. We didn’t want to sit back and worry about what happened last night. It was more about being in the present. We knew we were going to play a really good hockey club.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Getzlaf’s performance): He was a difference maker for sure. They had at least four days off from their last game. They were a fresher hockey club, but it’s the little things. Some performances from some individuals. Miller gave us a big game in net. That’s where you have that 1A and 1B goaltending.
Thoughts on the game from the Calgary Flames players and coaches
Mark Giordano (on how they finished the game): Those were big shifts after we score that short-handed [goal]. It’s a tough play, trying to be aggressive on our penalty kill. I thought their guy made a good play and went to the net with it, and the puck squirted to Getzlaf there. Those are tough ones to give. I thought we had a lot of looks after that, but just couldn’t find a way to tie it tonight.
Mark Giordano (on the power play during the final minute of the game): We gotta get more looks than that. We had full control and once they got it out of the zone, they were pressuring really hard to get set again. I’d like to take a look at it. I think we should shoot more. Get it in the middle there. Sometimes in the middle, you just gotta try and get it down to the net and let our guys battle it out. I’ll take a look at it. It’s disappointing not to come out with at least a point tonight, to be honest. It was a tough, I thought it was a tough, well-fought game. To give them that winner the way we did, doesn’t sit too well right now.
Travis Hamonic (on tonight’s game): I think we made a game of it. Someone is going to score first, that is just the nature of the game. 2-1 is not a bad spot to be in. We are confident in our group to be able to come back and make plays. We tie it up and then we give one up the next shift, right after. We certainly had some looks afterwards to tie it up again. A lot of pucks laying around his [Ryan Miller] crease and just hitting them kind of a little bit. We had our chances.
Travis Hamonic (on the feeling if they deserved a better fate): Those games are going to happen. I thought we kind of were a little slow in the first twelve minutes or so in the game and then we got our legs going. Really I thought we controlled a good part of the game afterwards. We certainly had our looks and they just, they had their looks too.
Head Coach Bill Peters (on the overall takeaway of the game): We had some good looks. I thought we needed to do a little more offensively, five-on-five. We would’ve been there. We had some good looks in the second. I liked our third period but we ended up chasing the game again here today.
Head Coach Bill Peters (on goaltender Mike Smith): I thought Smitty was good. I thought he made some big saves there in the third period for sure. We got a little loose as we started to push out there. We had a couple two-on-ones where he had some big saves giving us a chance to come back.
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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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