Ducks Fall 2-1 to the Maple Leafs in Overtime

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The Anaheim Ducks are looking to bounce back from the 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights in their visit to Sin-city. The Ducks are back home and tonight will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

The Ducks are without Fowler for a while with what is a few fractured cheek bones from being struck by a puck during the Predators game. 

The Maple Leafs have a few dangerous players that the Ducks will need to shutdown, the main players that need to be shutdown are John Tavares, Patrick Marleau, and Nazem Kadri. Kadri is the Maple Leafs weapon and a match-up with him might be Kesler or Getzlaf on the ice when he is out there. 

The Maple Leafs come in having played the Sharks last night when the Ducks come in rested because their last game was 2 days ago. The Ducks are rested and looking for a bounce back victory in this one.

The Ducks need to take control of the puck and the defense will need to kick it up a notch with Cam Fowler out of the lineup for a few weeks. That means that other defenders will need to step up their game and Montour is one of defenders that will do that. Montour is a player that has energy, speed, moves quick, and Carlyle will be giving him more minutes in the absence of Fowler. Before the game Montour talked about the more minutes he gets the better his game will get. Manson will be a big body that will also need to play smart and find a way to play his game without taking too many penalties so he can be out on the ice for the PK. The Ducks need to attack the Maple Leafs netminder Garret Sparks and making him work hard to keep the pucks out and force them to play more defense to give our rock solid goaltender in net doing everything it takes to keeps the pucks that find him out of the net…

Speaking of goaltenders…. What time is it? Only the starting goalie can answer that… his equipment is ready to go and give the needed bounce back victory…

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That’s right… IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson is in net to DENY the pucks that the Maple Leafs fire at him. 

Game Highlights:

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The puck is dropped and we are underway… and just seconds in John Gibson shows that it’s GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson completely DENIED the shot by Nazem Kadri that hits the left side padding and a huge glove save Gibson. 

Click here to see: Gibson’s glove save on Kadri

From the start it seems that Kadri has a target on his back and had a run in with Manson… the BEASTLY JOSH MANSON completely crushes Kadri. It could’ve been a penalty for embellishment but there was no call on the hit.

A little over 5 minutes into the period the Maple Leafs get lucky… and the Toronto Maple Leafs Goal. It’s Patrick Marleau with the goal. It looked like it was deflected off his skate but since there was no distinct kicking motion it’s a good goal. The Maple Leafs get on the board first, it’s 1-0 Maple Leafs.

Click here to see: Maple Leafs Goal #1

Morgan Rielly is DENIED by Gibson, his shot hits the chest protector and into the glove of John Gibson.

Just minutes before the horn sounds Garret Sparks comes up with a big save on Aberg’s one-timer shot from the top and Sparks finds it through traffic in front of him. 

The Ducks are off to the locker room trailing 1-0 to the Maple Leafs. The Ducks were really strong on the defense and they will need to continue that through the rest of this game. The Ducks need to attack the net and force the Maple Leafs defending in their zone and forcing Sparks to come up with big saves and life difficult for the rest of this one. The Ducks need to limit time in the zone, protect an on fire John Gibson so that he is not forced to come up with the big athletic saves. It was a solid period now all we need is to find the back of the net to tie and take the lead in this one.

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Here we go… the puck is dropped and the second period is underway… it begins just like in the first, IT’S GIBBY TIME from the start of this one.

The Sweds are back at it… Rakell and Aberg make a beautiful play one where the puck should’ve found the back of the net but… the shot is DENIED by Sparks.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Andy Welinski off to the penalty box for hooking Andreas Johnsson. They tried to get one in but Gibson was like a stonewall he DENIED every puck that came his way. They had no luck on that power play because it was GIBBY TIME… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

Winding down to the final minutes remaining the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Josh Manson being sent to the box for holding Zach Hyman. It wasn’t really much of anything, it was a weak call made by the officials. The Ducks spend their PK attacking Sparks and forcing them to defend which meant that there were no shots fired at Gibson… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

With a little over a minute to go Pontus Aberg gets something going once he was moved to the Adam Henrique line with Nick Ritchie… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Ritchie finds Aberg and with open ice and his slap shot flew past Sparks. The Ducks are on the board and we are tied 1-1.

Click here to see: Aberg’s blistering slapper

The Ducks head to the locker room tied 1-1 after 2 periods of play. We need to find a way to get another one in to get ahead in this one. Gibson standing strong and that will continue through the rest of this one. It was a solid period and the Ducks just need to keep it up and come up with a goal or two to take the win over the Maple Leafs.

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The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…

Seconds into the period Silfverberg with a Swed shot to give the Ducks the lead but his shot is DENIED by Garret Sparks.

The energizer bunny back at it trying to get it into the back of the net comes in with speed trying to get it in and get his rebound in the net but Kase is DENIED by Sparks.

Click here to see: Sparks hard fought save

With 6:07 remaining in the period the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Kasperi Kapanen is sent to the box for delay of game. The Ducks fired so many shots and chances on goal but they just couldn’t get one of them to get in behind Sparks… penalty killed and the Maple Leafs are back to full strength. 

Just 22.5 seconds remaining in regulation and Garret Sparks comes up with a big save on the shot by Getzlaf is DENIED.

Click here to see: Sparks timely kick save

Due to strong goaltending and not letting anything in during the final seconds of the period and remain tied we are going into the sudden death overtime.

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Here we go the 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime period is underway…

Only took the Maple Leafs 1:44 to take this one… the Toronto Maple Leafs Goal. It’s Morgan Rielly with the goal. It’s an out numbered attack one that Gibson wasn’t able to get there in time to keep the puck out of the net. The Maple leafs take this one in OT, it’s 2-1 Maple Leafs.

Click here to see: Maple Leafs OT Goal


Postgame Notes

The Ducks have limited opponents to two goals or less in 11 games this season, tied for the second most in the NHL (Boston leads with 12 games).

Randy Carlyle matched Punch Imlach (889) for 34th on the NHL all-time games coached list.

Postgame Quotes

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

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Rickard Rakell (on their scoring chances): I thought we had some good scoring chances in this game. We had a chance to get two points, but right now it sucks we didn’t.

Rickard Rakell (on their overall performance): I thought we played well as a team. We had good possession, attacked with speed and created some off the rush. We had some good changes and the next line came on and did the same thing. That was the first time in a long time we’ve done that.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle-NHL NBC Sports Photo by NHL NBC Sports

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s performance): We’ve been snakebit to provide offense. Tonight was a demonstration of that. It was probably the most frustrating time all year because of the open nets we missed. The chances we had you’d think we would’ve potted. Two, specifically, Rakell and Kase. One hit the guy’s skate and the other one hit the guy on the inside of the thigh. Those are open-net chances we’re desperate to provide offense. Two guys who, historically, have been able to find the net with some consistency.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the positives): I didn’t think we started the way we needed to start the game. We were sloppy with the puck. It was almost like we had stage fright. That’s what happens when you’re low on confidence. We knew we were going to play against a fast hockey team. In the end, we got our game going in the last half. We started to play a lot more in their zone, and we started to create more for ourselves. Consequently, we didn’t put the puck across the line, but we played a better hockey game in the last 40 minutes than we did in the first 20. We’ll take that and move forward. If we continue to get the chances we got tonight, I’m very confident we’ll score.

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Thoughts on the game from the Toronto Maple Leafs from the players and coaches

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Garret Sparks (on their complete level and getting the two points tonight): We knew what was at stake. We had the opportunity to sweep the road trip and we like winning hockey games as a group, so I think we poured out everything that we had left in the tank for the road here. It’s nice to see that effort was enough for the win.

Garret Sparks (on how he feels about his game tonight): I felt pretty good. I had a couple lapses. I didn’t like the goal I let in, but other than that it is all about competing and trying to get in front of the next puck.

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Jake Gardiner (on his defensive game): I felt solid. Just defense comes first, but I think I created some offense as well.

Jake Gardiner (on the game tonight compared to what he had seen on film): I think they actually played pretty well tonight. I know their goalie [John Gibson] has been good all year and he was great. I thought their defense were really mobile and it was tough to contain them.

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Head Coach Mike Babcock (on the grinding victory): Well obviously, I mean it’s our fifth game in eight nights. When you look at the schedule and it’s like that, you don’t know if you’re gonna have much opportunity, but I thought our guys stayed with it here tonight. I didn’t think our energy was like it’s been, but I thought we found a way to win the game.

Head Coach Mike Babcock (on the back-check in overtime showing why John Tavares is so good): Well I just think he does it right. Lots of nights in the league you don’t have your best, but as long as you compete and you work hard things are gonna go your way and obviously it was a good play by him [John Tavares], real good play by Mitchy [Mitch Marner], and Ries [Morgan Rielly] to finish it off. We needed the points and it was good we got them.


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!!!!

LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sources: Anaheim Ducks Player News- Ducks Daily and Twitter @AnaheimDucks

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/

Source: Dan Arritt- Maple Leafs defeat Ducks in OT, complete California sweep

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and  Quotes – October 16 vs. Toronto

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