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The Ducks look to get a winning streak started with a win tonight over the Florida Panthers. The Panthers come into this one with fresh legs while the Ducks are at the back end of back-to-backs.
The Panthers are missing a few key players due to injury. They are without Denis Malgin, Roberto Luongo, Derek Mackenzie, Jamie McGinn, and Vincent Trocheck. The Ducks are without Perry, Fowler, Lindholm, and Eaves due to injury.
The Ducks are playing a team that likes to shoot the puck when they get the puck, to prevent that the Ducks defense needs to pressure them and forcing turnovers which will give the Ducks play more offense. The Ducks can count on Montour and Manson to bring the physical and higher level of defending with Lindholm and Fowler out of the lineup.
What time is it tonight when the Ducks take on the Panthers? Only the starting goaltender can answer that and he is ready to show how hard it is to score on one of the best goaltenders in the league…
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IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! Normally it would be Miller in the back end of back-to-backs but Carlyle switched things up. John Gibson is in the net to take on the Panthers and they are a team that likes to fire from everywhere so Gibson will see some action and will have to stand tall and be technically sound in net and ready to make those big athletic saves if he needs to.
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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…
It didn’t take long. Just 15 seconds into the period… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #23 BRIAN GIBBONS!!! ASSISTED BY THE #24 CARTER ROWNEY!!! Manson gets the puck off the face-off won by Rowney and fires from up top gets a bounce and finds the back of the net. The Ducks get on the board early with the record breaking goal by Manson, it’s 1-0 Ducks.
NOTE: Manson scored just 15 seconds into the period and that is just the second fastest goal scored in franchise history and the first is the great Paul Kariya.
Lets keep this going and get more for the moms. Manson said at the end of the period to Kent French “Let’s do it for the moms…”
Click here to see: GOAL- Manson scores early for Mom (franchise record breaking goal)
The Panthers goaltender is busy in the beginning of this period and the Ducks are forcing him to cover up because the Ducks are in attack mode and with Ducks flying fast to get a rebound James Reimer covers before the Ducks can get a touch on the puck for a rebounded goal.
Not only is John Gibson a technically sound and athletic goalie but he is a smart 25 year old goaltender… he saw the dangerous Aleksander Barkov on the ice and covers so the head coach can get the personal he wants over the boards to face Barkov with 12:55 remaining in the period.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Jake Dotchin off to the penalty box for hooking Jared McCann. The Ducks spent time in their own zone but due to good defending and lots of blocked shots not one puck made it through to Gibson… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Dotchin fires a shot at Reimer, he tried to go top shelf but hits Reimer in the logo and is able to DENY the puck from getting into the puck into the back of the net.
Click here to see: Reimer’s glove save on Dotchin
It’s GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson completely DENIES Dryden Hunt. Gibson closes up the short side is what took away the chance for Hunt to get a goal which would’ve tied up the game in the first.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Ryan Getzlaf is off to the penalty box for tripping Aleksander Barkov. Gibson stays strong DENIES pucks that get through. The Ducks strong on the defense which is what allowed them to clear the puck a few times. The Ducks stayed strong and… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room with the 1-0 lead over the Florida Panthers. The Ducks aren’t able to feed of or build emotion off of the fans chanting and cheering on their home team because with a team not doing well at home the building seems to be 80% empty. Josh Manson got it going and this was a really good start to the hockey game. The Ducks playing strong defensively and will need to continue that and create more offense to extend their lead in this one. It’s GIBBY TIME, John Gibson is standing strong and is DENYING pucks that are fired and get through to him.
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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson is being shoved back into the net by the Panthers who are trying to find the puck but it’s under the glove of Gibson which DENIES them to pounce on the rebound.
GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson DENIES Haley with a huge sliding save to keep the puck out of the net.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s sliding save on Haley
Just a minute after Gibson’s sliding save…the Florida Panthers Goal. It’s Aaron Ekblad with the goal who just roofs it up and over Gibson. There wasn’t anything that Gibson could do to keep that one out. The Panthers tie it up, it’s tied 1-1.
Click here to see: Panthers Goal #1
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Keith Yandle off to the penalty box for tripping Carter Rowney. On the power play Ritchie has good net front presence but couldn’t get it past Reimer. The Ducks couldn’t really get a good play going due to the Panthers applying pressure on their PK. The Ducks couldn’t get anything going… penalty killed and the Panthers are back to full strength.
The Panthers are in full attack mode and the Ducks need to fix that and force them to defend more which means less target practice on Gibson.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty as Marcus Pettersson is off to the penalty box for tripping Evgenii Dadonov. They got to work and made things happen on their power play because… the Florida Panthers Goal. It’s Evgenii Dadonov with the goal. He is there to get the tip-in goal off of Jonathan Huberdeau’s point blank shot from up top. The net front presence is what makes all the difference when it comes to scoring goals. The Panthers take the lead, it’s 2-1 Panthers.
Click here to see: Panthers Goal #2
Since they scored the Ducks were unable to kill the penalty… the penalty has expired and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Pettersson delivers payback for the power play goal they scored when he was in the box… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE # 28 MARCUS PETTERSSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! Pettersson takes the shot and with the net front presence Ritchie is there to tip the puck in off of the shot from Pettersson. The Anaheim Ducks tie it up, we are tied 2-2.
Click here to see: GOAL- Ritchie tips one in for Mom
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room tied 2-2 to the Florida Panthers. The Ducks need to find more energy and start moving their legs to get things going. Nick Ritchie is hot with his net front presence, being aggressive, and keeping the puck alive so the Ducks can get on top. The Ducks need to take less penalties and give Gibson a break and allowing the Panthers to attack him over and over again. Gibson is standing strong and is a big reason the Ducks are still in this one. The Ducks need to find something to build emotion off of to get the boost they need to get on top of this one and win it for the moms on the last game of the Moms Road Trip.
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The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…
It’s GIBBY TIME just minutes into the period Gibson comes up big with an unbelievable toe save to keep the shot by Sceviour out of the net. Gibson DENIES the Panthers of getting the lead.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s toe save on Sceviour
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Troy Brouwer off to the penalty box for interference on Marcus Pettersson. Nothing really happened for the Ducks. They couldn’t generate plays and their shots didn’t get through to Reimer… penalty killed and the Panthers are back to full strength.
The Ducks have good puck control and able to make plays but Reimer is standing strong and he is covering up and DENYING pucks of finding the back of the net.
Gibbons gets a real good chance to take the lead when he gets a breakaway and he tries to go 5-hole unfortunately Reimer read the play perfectly and Gibbons is DENIED of a breakaway goal.
Just under a minute and a half to go the ORANGE HOT Ritchie gets things going with 1:28 remaining on the clock… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! Getzlaf over powers and gets the puck, he gets it to Ritchie who tips it into the back of the net. The Ducks take the lead late in the third period, it’s 3-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Ritchie gets another one for Mom
With strong goaltending the Panthers couldn’t find a way to get the puck past the rock solid John Gibson.
THE HORN SOUNDS AND THE DUCKS WIN 3-2 OVER THE FLORIDA PANTHERS.
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“When the final buzzer sounded, the Ducks gathered together on the ice to salute their moms, as tonight marked the finale of a Mothers Trip. The players raised their sticks in the air, in the direction of their mothers, who were in a suite at the BB&T Center…”
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THIS IS THE ANAHEIM DUCKS MOMS RESPONSE TO THEIR SONS… Photo by NHL
A franchise record has been broken in front of the moms…
Josh Manson made this one extra special with a Ducks franchise record breaking goal in front of his Mom…
It took a comeback effort despite them recording the second-fastest goal to start a game in franchise history when Josh Manson gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead just 15 seconds into the first period. Not since Paul Kariya’s goal eight seconds into the first period on March 9, 1997 at Colorado had the Ducks scored in quicker fashion.
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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
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Nick Ritchie (on the mom road trip): I’d like to keep her for a while. She’s good luck. It was awesome. To come back and win two on a back to back. They’re so excited and proud of us. We were excited to have them on the trip.
Nick Ritchie (on being the big body in front): Obviously being a bigger guy I like to get to the front of the net. “It’s a place where I need to do it on this team. I’ve done a good job of it the last couple of games and I got rewarded for it.”
Nick Ritchie (on the game): That was a big goal for us, that first one. It’s tough running back to back. It’s not easy games, and to get a lead, it backed us off a little bit and settled us in. We didn’t play a great game, but it was good enough to win.
Nick Ritchie (on his game): It helps obviously when you do score goals and make plays. I don’t want to change anything. I just want to play the same way and play that simple style, drive the net, and hopefully this success can keep following me.
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John Gibson (on heading in the right direction): It’s still early, but it’s quite a few games into the season, so we’re still trying to figure it out, but it’s definitely stepping stones in the right direction. It’s something we can build off of and hopefully carry it throughout the road trip and through Christmas.
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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Nick Ritchie): Actually, I didn’t think he was playing very well in the first period and we actually thought about moving him off the (second) line. And then next thing he tips one in and he finds a way to get the big one at the end and he made a nice play.
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Thoughts on the game from the Florida Panthers players and coaches
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Jonathan Huberdeau (on the game): “It is frustrating. These kind of games we’ve got to at least get a point. We can’t get scored on late like that. You’ve got to battle through it the whole 60 (minutes).It’s tough. Like I said in the morning, we need these points right now. It’s tough to lose the game at the end like that
Jonathan Huberdeau (on scoring): (John Gibson is) a good goalie. We had a lot of chances and a lot of shots, but we’ve got to find a way to put some in the net. Right now, we need points. It’s not acceptable to lose that one.
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Head Coach Bob Boughner (on the game): “The first shot of the night went in the net on a tough bounce,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “I thought we controlled the second period. I thought the third period was fairly even, back and forth, we didn’t give a lot. We couldn’t find the third goal. We haven’t been good at winning these 2-1 or 3-2 hockey games lately.”
This is the beginning of a win streak. The Anaheim Ducks head to take on the Hurricanes with a 2 game winning streak and will look to continue and hope that the red hot players will stay hot.
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