The Ducks Fall to the Avalanche 4-3 in OT

Ducks vs Avalanche

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The Ducks take on the Colorado Avalanche and are looking to bounce back from the OT loss to the Maple Leafs.

The Ducks remain without Cam Fowler and haven’t announced when they expect him back in the lineup. Earlier the Ducks announced they will be without Hampus Lindholm due to an upper body injury and that they will be without John Gibson who is out with flu like symptoms.

With Lindholm out of the lineup the Ducks call up a defenseman from the San Diego Gulls, and is a player that NHL team scouts have called GM Bob Murray to acquire this player…

Josh Mahura called up from the San Diego Gulls makes his NHL debut tonight.

The Ducks will need to shut down their top line that so far has done most of the scoring… Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikka Rantanen are the Avalanche players that the Ducks will need to shut down and limit their chance shooting the puck. This line is filled with speed and the Ducks will need to play with speed to stay in this one. Kase will be one of the Ducks that can match that speed and create scoring chances for the Ducks to get on the board.

Speaking of the defense shutting down their top line and limit their chance at scoring… What time is it going to be when the Ducks take on the Avalanche? We can’t see him but it’s his mask that gives away what time it is tonight…

Miller Time

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Since John Gibson who would probably get the start is out with the flu it’s MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME!!! Ryan Miller will be in net and Kevin Boyle from the Gulls to be his backup but lets see Miller in the net for the full 60 minutes here against the Colorado Avalanche.

Game Highlights

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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…

Took less than 5 minutes for our sniper to get something going… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Montour is up on the play and is behind the net and it’s a wrap-around  that finds the back of the net. The Ducks with the early lead, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Monty with the wrap-around

With on fire goaltending and no whistles… the Ducks are off to the locker room with the 1-0 lead over the Avalanche after 1 period of play. There were no penalties and the Ducks had lots of chances and control but only 1 puck found the back of the net past Grubauer. The defense needs to break out of the zone clean so they are able to join the rush. It’s MILLER TIME and he was rock solid in the first period that will only continue throughout the rest of this one.

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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

Just like the first period… just minutes into the period… the Colorado Avalanche Goal. It’s Sven Andrighetto with the goal. He gets the puck after he shoves Welinski making him unable to defend Miller and the puck finds the back of the net, we’re tied 1-1.

Click here to see: Avalanche Goal #1

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Nikita Zadorov is off to the penalty box for holding Kiefer Sherwood. The Ducks went to work and made things happen of the power play… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! IT’S A POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!!Getzlaf fires from the the top and the traffic in front of the net clears and his one-timer gets into the back of the net. The Ducks take the lead, it’s 2-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: POWER PLAY GOAL- Getzlaf with the PPG

With a JMG Power Play goal by the captain Ryan Getzlaf the Avalanche failed to kill that penalty… Zadorov is out of the box and the Avalanche are back to full strength.

Just 1:11 after Getzlaf scores the ‘energizer bunny’ is doing his thing with his speed and is putting his Czech skills to work because… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Montour up on the rush takes the shot and Kase is there to make the slick redirect into the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 3-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Kase with the deflection

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! With 9:37 remaining, Gabriel Landeskog is sent to the penalty box for interference on Andrew Cogliano. Getzlaf gets tripped by Sheldon Dries right in front of the official – an obvious call – the ref made no call for tripping with 1 minutes remaining in the power play. Kesler takes a shot and Grubauer covers up before Ritchie could get to the rebounded shot. Penalty killed and the Avalanche are back to full strength.

After the whistle is blown at 6:58 remaining… Ryan Kesler and Tyson Barrie mix things up and some punches thrown but there was no roughing penalties were called.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty as it’s Brandon Montour being sent to the box for interference on Marko Dano with 3:19 remaining in the period. The Avalanche made things happen on their power play when the MacKinnon line is out for the power play… the Colorado Avalanche Goal. It’s Nathan MacKinnon with the goal, it was one that there wasn’t anything that Miller could do to keep that one out. The Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 3-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: Avalanche Goal #2

The ‘energizer bunny’ comes in with speed and gets the Czech gets the breakaway and Grubauer DENIES Kase of a breakaway goal just over a minute remaining.

Click here to see: Grubauer breakaway stop

The Ducks are off to the locker with a 3-2 lead over the Avalanche. Our energizer bunny Ondrej Kase keeps on shooting and finding ways to be in position to score and that will continue throughout the game and the season. The Ducks need to focus on shutting down the dangerous MacKinnon line and they will be out on the ice a lot in the third to try to win this one. The Ducks defense need to make sure they don’t give them time and space in front of Miller who has been really strong in this one.

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Here we go the puck is dropped and the final period in regulation is underway…

Minutes in Silfverberg and Cogliano make a real good play and Silfverberg takes the shot as Barrie is appling pressure that shot is DENIED by Philipp Grubauer.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Alexander Kerfoot off to the penalty box for hooking Andy Welinski. Grubauer is strong and even comes up big with the BEASTLY AGITATOR  Ryan Kesler right in his face. The Ducks had plenty of good chances but were DENIED by netminder Philip Grubauer… penalty killed and the Avalanche are back to full strength.

That MacKinnon proving they are dangerous with 8:40 remaining when… the Colorado Avalanche Goal. It’s Nathan MacKinnon with the point-blank shot that finds the back of the net. The Avalanche has tied it up, it’s 3-3.

Click here to see: Avalanche Goal #3

A little over 5-minutes remaining the officials turned into ‘zebras’ when Mikka Rantanen tumbles into Ryan Miller and the official was there and saw it happened. There should have been a call for goaltender interference but there wasn’t a call made on the play.

Due to good goaltending we remain tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. It’s tied and that means this one will be settled in sudden death 5-minute overtime period.

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The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill with just 14.7 seconds remaining in overtime… Pontus Aberg is off to the penalty box for slashing Nathan MacKinnon. The Avalanche got something going on their power play as it’s the MacKinnon line on the ice during the PK… and the Colorado Avalanche Goal. It’s Mikko Rantanen that scores with 1 second remaining in the overtime period. The Avalanche take this one in overtime, it’s 4-3 Avalanche.

Click here to see: Avalanche OT Goal

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Overtime Goal:

Postgame Notes

record breaking image

Brandon Montour recorded a career-high three points (1-2=3) in Anaheim’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center. Anaheim picked up points for the sixth time in its last seven home games (3-1-3, 9 pts.). The Ducks reached overtime for the second consecutive game and eighth time this season, tied for the most in the NHL.

Randy Carlyle appeared in his 890th career game behind the bench to surpass Punch Imlach (889) for sole possession of 34th on the NHL all-time games coached list.

Ducks Logo Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

Monty ready to go- NHL Photo by NHL

Brandon Montour (on four rookie defensemen in the lineup): We have some key players on our team out, but we have all the confidence in the world with guys coming up and down from San Diego. Obviously, it was Josh [Mahura’s] first game. Andy [Welinski], Petey [Marcus Pettersson] and Lars [Jacob Larsson], those guys have played a number of games. They’re getting their experience. It’s good for us. Getting more minutes for the young guys.

Brandon Montour (on the team finding offense): Last couple of games, we’ve been generating more shots. It was going to come. It was nice to get a couple. Three goals wasn’t enough, but it was nice we got a couple.

MILLER TIME Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Miller (on the positives): I thought we skated much better. We were in control of the play a little bit tonight. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the penalty kills we needed. It’s frustrating.

Ryan Miller (on the Landeskog-MacKinnon-Rantanen line): They’re always going to get the offensive-zone start. Every time they were in our zone, they would start. A lot of awareness out there. For the most part, I thought we did all right. They got their points and two [power-play goals].

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

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Montour’s performance): We’re going to have to rely on more people to elevate and play more minutes than they’ve been accustomed. That’s an example of Monty getting his feet underneath him and making contributions on both the defensive side and offensive side. Just more of an opportunity for a young player to grow his game.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the execution level of the team): I thought we executed with the puck early in the game. We had some questionable plays later in the game where we seemed to get a little soft with it. There were more pucks bouncing and rolling around. They came with more pressure. They got on us, and we didn’t execute quite to the same level in the last half of the game as we did in the first half.

1- Colorado Avalanche Photo by Colorado Avalanche

Thoughts on the game from the Colorado Avalanche players and coaches

Mikko Rantanen- Mile High Hockey Photo by Mile High Hockey

Mikko Rantanen (on what was said in the room before the third period): We knew we wanted to bounce back. Got a big goal from Nate [Nathan MacKinnon] in the second and had the one goal game, and we knew we had a lot of gas in the tank. We knew we were going to out play them in the third and I think that’s what we did. They [Ducks] defended pretty well, but we got it done and that’s the biggest thing.

Mikko Rantanen (on Philipp Grubauer’s play): He made some really big saves there. One breakaway save. I think that was the highlight. He kept it a 3-2 game. I think it was a really good game from him. He made some big saves in the OT [overtime] too, so it was good.

Carl Soderberg Photo by The Denver Post

Carl Soderberg (on tonight’s game and what it came down to): I think we stayed with it. We eventually got that second and third goal, so felt pretty good in the second period. Great power play goal in the second and we really thought we were going to turn this around.

Carl Soderberg (on the maturity of their team and ability to comeback): We know we can do it. We have done it, I think three times now or something like that. It’s pretty tough when you are down one or two goals.

Colorado Avalanche v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by NHL

Head Coach Jared Bednar (on what it took to win in overtime): Well, I mean it was pretty tight checking early and then we gave up a couple opportunities in the first. Tight checking game first period, second period I thought we gained a little momentum especially on that one long shift. You know, wasn’t much going on for power plays. We gave up one early, and then we had a big kill after that to try to keep it within two. We kinda felt like we had more to give going into the third period. We come up with a big power play goal at the end of the second to get within striking distance, then came out and won the third. It took the full sixty minutes.

Head Coach Jared Bednar (on Nathan MacKinnon): Highly competitive, that’s what it is, he’s a highly competitive individual player. He wants to be on the ice all the time. You just kind of had the feeling with some of the chances that they started to create that they’d be difference makers and then they end up getting a couple goals for us, a couple big goals for us.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please leave any of your comments on the blog in the comment section. If you have any recommendations or thoughts or changes I could make simply email me at megzduckshockey@outlook.com

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Resources:

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

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com

Source Adam Brady- Recap: Shorthanded Ducks Lose Lead, Then Game in OT, 4-3 to Colorado

Source: Dan Arritt- Rantanen, Avalanche rally past Ducks in OT

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – November 18 vs. Colorado

Video source: YouTube posted by NHL

Photos by The Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, NHL, NHL NBC Sports, Mile High Hockey, The Denver Post

Blog post coming up next… Ducks vs. Canucks, Oilers, Predators, Lightning, Panthers, Hurricanes, and Capitals

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please leave any of your comments on the blog in the comment section. If you have any recommendations or thoughts or changes I could make simply email me at megzduckshockey@outlook.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

*Remember to download the NHL app to access everything Ducks. It’s a go to place to see stats on players, you can subscribe in order to listen to the game just like you would in the car, track the team points to see what place they stand in for the playoffs, and my favorites you can shop through the app and read articles of and watch interviews of the games and everything to do with the Anaheim Ducks.*

Most of you are probably on Social Media so here’s another source to get: Follow the Anaheim Ducks on Twitter and Instagram if you don’t already. It is a great way to stay in the loop of what is going to be happening with the Ducks and the Honda Center. Also you can follow each player on Twitter to see what they are up to besides playing the game and practicing for the games.

*Continue to check out the Ducks Team Store because there is always new items and merchandise that the Anaheim Ducks Team Store. So check it out before it’s gone.*

Resources:

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

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com

Source Adam Brady- Recap: Shorthanded Ducks Lose Lead, Then Game in OT, 4-3 to Colorado

Source: Dan Arritt- Rantanen, Avalanche rally past Ducks in OT

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – November 18 vs. Colorado

Video source: YouTube posted by NHL

Photos by The Anaheim Ducks

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