Ducks Devour the Predators 2-1 in the Shootout… and Kase Returns for Military Night

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The Anaheim Ducks take on the Nashville Predators on Military Night. This is the Ducks Central Division  RIVALS and mostly due to the meeting for the Western Conference Finals a few years ago. The Ducks fans still know, remember and love the “Ryan Rivalry” between Ryan Kesler and Ryan Johansen. The thing about Kesler that makes him such a threat is that he is considered one of the most strong defensive forwards in the league. When these teams meet the Ducks play physical and emotion to add an extra edge to the defensemen and especially Ryan Kesler.

The Ducks are looking to turn things around from the loss to the Wild, the Ducks come in with fresh legs since they had 2 days off between games.

The Ducks need to play more offense, shutdown Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg,  protect the goal…

Speaking of goaltending… What time is it tonight against the Predators?

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His equipment is ready to end the Predators (8-0-0) road game winning streak… IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson is ready to take on the Preds and being successful in ending their road game winning streak which will make this their first road loss.

The Ducks are getting players back: Josh Manson (vs Calgary Flames), Nick Ritchie (vs. Minnesota Wild), and tonight we get Ondrej Kase back in the lineup…

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That’s right the Ducks “energizer bunny” is back and in full force. The thing to Czech out for is the speed of Ondrej Kase and you will see why he is known to be the ENERGIZER BUNNY of the ANAHEIM DUCKS.

Game Highlights:

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The puck is drop and the first period of this intense game is underway…

Ryan Kesler starts the game with what he does best – being an agitator out on the ice and making things difficult – he shoots the puck and goes for the rebounded shot but he is DENIED by Rinne.

It’s GIBBY TIME!!! Just minutes into this one Ritchie makes the good defensive play that makes it easy for Gibson to DENY Filip Forsberg.

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s Save on Forsberg

The Anaheim Ducks go on a penalty kill as Andrew Cogliano is off to the penalty box for slashing Filip Forsberg. Gibson covers up and is under his pads the Preds wack at the puck under Gibson and finds the net… NO GOAL because of the Predators wacking motion applied on John Gibson. The Ducks were aggressive on their penalty kill not allowing the Predators to get one past Gibson… We have 4-on-4 hockey for just 4 seconds as it’s Mattias Ekholm being sent to the penalty box for interference on Adam Henrique… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength and the Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! The Ducks good with the puck and spent the majority of the time in the Predators zone but they couldn’t elivate the puck or find a way to get the puck past Rinne… penalty killed and the Predators are back to full strength.

Ryan Kesler being right where he should be right in front of the goaltender… Kesler gets the puck shoots and then gets the rebound and fires it and it’s DENIED by Rinne.

Click here to see: Rinne Save on Kesler

Less than 5 minutes to go in the period… Fowler is there to protect Gibson when he shoves Kyle Turris who goes down after the shove by a BEASTLY CAM FOWLER because Cam did that Gibson got a clear view of the puck and was able to cover that one up so… shot DENIED by Gibson with a little help from #4 on that one.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Adam Henrique is sent to the penalty box for delay of game, the puck went up and over the glass off of Henrique’s stick. Sherwood almost got a breakaway goal but he was DENIED by Rinne. Craig Smith trying to get one past Gibson with 18 seconds remaining on the PK John Gibson says I don’t think so as coming up with a big save on Smith’s shot on net. GIBBY TIME… Good goaltending by Gibson who DENIED the Preds from getting one in… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks head off to the locker room scoreless after 1 period of play. The Ducks are playing strong in front of Gibson and he is on GIBBY TIME making the big athletic saves and is technically sound in net. The Ducks need to keep it up and continue to protect Gibson and keep the Preds away from Gibson so that he isn’t forced to make the HUGE SAVES. The Ducks need to attack the net and make things both challenging and difficult for the Preds netminder Pekka Rinne. Ondrej Kase looking good in the period and like the Ducks energizer bunny just is getting faster as the period went on and will continue throughout the rest of this one.

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The puck is drop and the second period of this intense game is underway…

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill just minutes in as it’s Ryan Getzlaf off to the penalty box for cross-checking Mattias Ekholm and he does not like the call. Gibson DENIED all of the shots fired at him and not one single puck got past him… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Kevin Fiala off to the penalty box for slashing Brandon Montour. Shots fired but DENIED by both netminders. The Ducks had chances but just couldn’t get the puck past Rinne. Looks like it’s 4-on-4 hockey for just 24 seconds… in just 24 seconds the Anaheim Ducks will be on a penalty kill as it’s Ryan Kesler is off to the penalty box for high-sticking PK Subban. The toe of Kesler’s stick hits Subban is what gives the Preds another power play…. penalty killed and the Preds are back to full strength and are on a power play. On the PK, Andrew Cogliano gets a breakaway it looks good but the shot is DENIED by the stick of Rinne.

Click here to see: Rinne stick save on breakaway

The Ducks applied pressure on the Preds and good defensively that the Preds only fired 1 shot on goal which was DENIED by Gibson… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength. 

FACT: It’s never good to make Josh Manson angry.

With about 7 minutes remaining in the period Zac Rinaldo comes off the bench and heads straight for the BEASTLY JOSH MANSON who just hit Kevin Fiala, Rinaldo and Manson go at it. Zac Rinaldo should get an instigating on top of the penalty both recieved for fighting. Josh Manson is off to the penalty box for fighting Zac Rinaldo. Zac Rinaldo is off to the box for fighting Josh Manson. Manson is ANGRY while he sits in the penalty box because there was no instigating penalty. [when a player comes at another player when he is coming right off the bench should be an instigating penalty]  This was a bad call by the officials. The Ducks lose the aid of Josh Manson and the Preds lose the aid of Zac Rinaldo for 5 minutes.

Every second counts and winding down to 33 seconds left in the period the Sweds make things happen… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! Rakell spots Ryan Getzlaf near the top of the goalie crease, Rakell takes the shot and the captain Ryan Getzlaf is there to tip it in past Rinne. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks

Click here to see: GOAL- Getzlaf with the late tip-in

The Ducks are off to the locker room with a 1-0 lead over the Predators. The Ducks head on a high with that late goal by Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks don’t have a very physical player on the roster and the Preds have Rinaldo to be the player to get players off the ice with penalties… he is probably a young Kevin Bieksa which is something that the Ducks DO NOT have this season. The story behind this period is good goaltending, both Rinne and Gibson were solid and the defense in front of Gibson is the result of him facing fewer pucks than he has in previous… that is something that the Ducks need to continue in the next 40 minutes of this game. Solid period, now all we need is 2 more solid periods on top and take the win…

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The puck is drop and the third period of this intense game is underway

Just 3-minutes in the Preds get one through… the Nashville Predators Goal. It’s Kevin Fiala with the goal. He fires it from the the circle and because Gibson wasn’t ready for that because it came out of nowhere… the puck went between the arm and body of Gibson and landed in the back of the net. We are all tied up 1-1. 

Click here to see: Predators Goal

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Brian Gibbons is off to the penalty box for slashing Frederick Gaudreau, was a bad call because it wasn’t muck of anything when looking at the replay. The Ducks applied so much pressure on the Preds that there were no shots fired on Gibson and spent a majority of their power play in their own zone… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

With 7:12 to go in the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Pontus Aberg is off to the penalty box to serve the bench minor for too many men on the ice penalty. GIBBY TIME… John Gibson DENIED all shots that were fired at him. The Preds were fumbling a lot of the pucks which created more offensive opportunities on the PK we just couldn’t find the back of the net on some of those opportunities… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength. 

Just 3 minutes remaining Cam Fowler is down… he was blocking the shot from Kyle Turris. The puck hits Fowler’s stick and bounces off the shaft of the stick and hits him in the face.

Winding down to the final minute of this one…Pekka Rinne saw the sniper coming… Brandon Montour takes the shot from up top and it looked like it was going in but Rinne had other plans with an outstanding save on the shot by Montour.

Click here to see: Rinne’s incredible blocker save

We are tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and we will have to settle this in the sudden death 3-on-3 5-minute overtime period.

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The puck is drop and the overtime period of this intense game is underway

The “energizer bunny” looked like he was going to get the breakaway goal to give the Ducks the win bit Rinne DENIED Kase of what would’ve been a beautiful breakaway goal.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill with 2 minutes remaining in OT… it’s Jakob Silfverberg off to the penalty box for slashing PK Subban. Ryan Johansen keeps on trying to get one past and is DENIED over and over again by John Gibson.

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s BIG overtime stop

The goalies stayed strong and DENIED every puck that came their way in overtime…

We are still tied at the end of overtime so it looks like this intense game is going to the shootout round… here is how the shootout rounds and good goaltending went:

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Performance Level HIGH

Postgame Notes & Records
Randy Carlyle moved within one win of tying Bob Hartley (463) for 29th among NHL coaches in all-time wins.

Anaheim improved to 8-2-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Nashville dating to Jan. 26, 2013, outscoring its Central Division opponent 33-25. The Ducks also handed the Predators their first road loss of 2018-19, snapping a season-opening eight-game road winning streak.

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches:

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Rickard Rakell (on his shootout goal): I had a little plan before I went out there. Previous times this year hasn’t really worked for me, so I just tried to throw everything out there. It was really nice to see it go in.

Rickard Rakell (on beating the league-leading Predators): It was a great test for us, especially playing against those guys. It shows we can play with any team in this league.

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John Gibson (on his stop on Johansen in overtime): They have a good power play, so we knew they were going to get shots. That one just hit my glove, and I scrambled. I was fortunate enough to get a piece of my glove on it. Whatever it hit, I kept it out.

John Gibson (on the team’s defensive effort): It’s definitely a step in the right direction, and hopefully something we can build off. It seems like we’ve been able to win one here and there, but not go on a run. Hopefully we can start stringing some together, take this as a stepping stone and build from it.

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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s effort): Just 20 guys competing. That’s what we’re asking. We felt we embarrassed ourselves with our effort and our lack of competiveness in our last game. We needed a response game to feel good about ourselves. We felt we got that tonight.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on limiting Nashville’s chances): We wanted to make sure we could break the puck out more effectively and be stronger in defensive zone coverage. Those were two areas we were much better at tonight. We chart our scoring chances, and tonight was the lowest amount of 5-on-5 scoring chances we’ve given up in a long, long time, and I’m talking years. You gotta feel good about that, but it’s our responsibility now to duplicate that as we go forward.

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Thoughts on the game from the Nashville Predators players and coaches

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Ryan Ellis (on Anaheim playing them as well as probably any team has all season): I think it was. They played well. I think it was less to do with what they did and more to do with the decisions and the plays that we made. They obviously played hard. They played a good game, but I think we could have made some better decisions out there at times.

Ryan Ellis (on Nashville’s power play): I think it is a work in progress. Obviously, we would love to be scoring lots of goals on there. Right now, we are trying to simplify. Get pucks to the net. See what we can get going here.

Ryan Ellis (on their game): We had a lot more to give. [Anaheim] played well. Give them credit; they were moving their feet, they were making plays, but I thought we weren’t the best version of ourselves tonight. It comes down to a shootout and it wasn’t our way this time.

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Kevin Fiala (on tonight’s game): We fought back again and got one point so we are happy about that. I think we have to play a better game if we want two points. We had a chance to bring two points back, but overall we have to play better. We can’t just think we can do it in the third period all the time.

Kevin Fiala (on giving credit to Gibson for his goaltending performance): Our goalie is probably the best goalie in the league. Every goalie is good in this league. It is the best league in the world. Credit for him. He saved some pretty nice shots in the end, in the OT [Overtime] and the PP [Power Play] there.

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Head Coach Peter Laviolette (on having more to give): Yeah, I mean I would agree with that, again I thought we fought hard in the third period, tried to push all the way to the end, fell short. I thought we had room for improvement in the first couple periods.

Head Coach Peter Laviolette (on the power play): The first half of the game we tried to switch the units, and it’s really tough to do without practice time. I take that one on me, I was trying something different here. We switched them back at the end, I thought we started to get some looks in the overtime. We could’ve won the game a bunch of times on the power play, and it just didn’t go for us, so that’s where we’re at right now with it. We’ll continue to work at it, it’s gotta be better, but there was an awful lot of looks, probably twelve or thirteen quality chances on the power play tonight.


Blog post coming up next…

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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Source Adam Brady- Recap: Ducks Upend NHL-Best Predators 2-1 in Shootout

Source: Dan Arritt- Gibson lifts Ducks past Predators in shootout

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – November 12 vs. Nashville

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