Ducks Destroy the Canucks with a 4-2 Victory

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The Ducks looking to bounce back from the OT loss to the Avalanche here at Honda Center where they will take on the Toronto Canucks.

The Ducks come into this one on a 3 game losing streak but the Canucks come into this one with a 6 game losing streak.

The Ducks need to get traffic to the front of the net and create chaos in front of Markstrom, don’t waste time looking to pass on the power play – get the puck and shoot at net, and shut down the Canucks double threat Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat they are dangerous when they are on the ice. Elias Pettersson has a unique Paul Kariya style of stick handling skills.

Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm are out of the lineup Randy Carlyle will look to Montour and Manson to elevate and step up their game. Brandon Montour is standing out on the blueline in the absence of Lindholm and Fowler. He has a sick sniper shot, with the speed makes it harder for the opposing team to get a chance of a breakaway, he likes to join the rush to help his team get on the board, and he has no problem with adding edge to his game. Josh Manson is the big man that tends to be the beast on the ice with the grit he brings to his physical aspect to his game. Manson isn’t afraid to shoot the puck at net for his teammates to cash in on the rebound or deflect it in.

The Anaheim Ducks dress 4 rookie defenseman for the second consecutive game this season- Jacob Larsson, Marcus Pettersson, Josh Mahura, and Andy Welinski – it’s the first time the Ducks had 4 rookie defensemen in a game since May 3, 1995.  This blueline will remain the same until Lindholm returns to the lineup.

Speaking of the defense… What time is it tonight and who will need to stand tall with 4 rookies defending him? He looks ready to go…

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John Gibson is back and is healthy after being out for one game due to flu like symptoms…. IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! With a win tonight John Gibson will have his 100th NHL win and all with the Anaheim Ducks.

Game Highlights:

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The puck is dropped and we are underway…

Just minutes into this one the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s the dangerous Elias Pettersson off to the penalty box for tripping Adam Henrique. The Canucks stepped up their defense and because of that the Ducks couldn’t get a play going. Rickard Rakell had one real good chance and it’s DENIED by Markstrom. All the shots that got through were all DENIED by Markstrom… penalty killed and the Canucks are back to full strength.

IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson is on fire and making save after save and baking those tough glove saves look so easy.

More than half-way through the period the captain gives the Ducks an energy booster… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! IT’S AN UNASSISTED GOAL!!! Rakell was being real aggressive with the puck on the play. The puck finds the tape of Getzlaf and he elevates the puck and finds the back of the net. The Ducks are on the board first in this one, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Getzlaf gets the Ducks on the board

Minutes after the Getzlaf goal it’s Jakob Silfverberg gets a real good chance off a turnover but the puck hits the post and stays out.

With 7:30 remaining the Ducks are getting way more chances to score another one but have fewer shots on goal when compared to the Canucks which is a team with more shooting pucks at net and less passing mentality to their game.

During the final minutes in the period… every time the Getzlaf, Rakell, and Kase line was out on the ice they were attacking shooting pucks at the net, getting 11-12 chances and hard to believe that not one went in especially when the energizer bunny was close in getting a breakaway. The were DENIED over and over again by Markstrom and the Canucks blocking shots that are being fired at net.

The Ducks are off to the locker room with a 1-0 lead over the Canucks after 1 period of play. The Ducks had a good period, they were attacking the net, defense was strong, few penalties, and solid goaltending by Gibson making those saves to keep the Ducks in this one. The Ducks need to force turnovers to create more time in the offensive zone, they need to attack the net and elevate pucks to find the back of the net. The Ducks need to keep applying pressure to create opportunities and make good things happen. We know one thing for sure and that we will remain on GIBBY TIME for the rest of this one.

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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

Just minutes in… Rakell with speed finds Kase on the dot takes the shot and it’s DENIED by Markstrom who freezes the puck.

Click here to see: Markstrom terrific save

5-minutes into this period the Canucks make a real good play off the face-off and… the Vancouver Canucks Goal. It’s Derrick Pouliot with the goal. He gets the perfect pass and gets it in the wide open net, not much Gibson could do to get in a position to keep that one out of the net. We are tied, it’s 1-1.

Click here to see: Canucks Goal #1

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Troy Stecher is off to the penalty box for interference on Brian Gibbons. The Ducks have control of the puck and right after Silfverberg takes a shot that is DENIED by Markstrom… our energizer bunny is making things happen on the power play… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! IT’S A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #76 JOSH MAHURA!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! Kesler provides the screen in front of Markstrom, which prevented Markstrom to have sight of the puck. Kase gets the puck and fires it at the net and with Kesler’s screen the puck finds the back of the net and there isn’t anything Markstrom can do because you can’t save what you can’t see. The Ducks regain the lead, it’s 2-1 Ducks.

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

The Canucks were unsuccessful in killing off the Ducks power play… Stecher is out of the box and the Canucks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty as it’s Ryan Getzlaf off to the penalty box for hooking Troy Stecher. Getzlaf got tangled up with Stecher and is the reason that Getzlaf doesn’t like the call. The Ducks did not allow a single shot to be fired at Gibson they spent a majority of the PK in the offensive zone. There were a few chances ones that were DENIED by Markstrom… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Loui Eriksson off to the penalty box for hooking Brandon Montour. That was a weak call there wasn’t much for it to be hooking. The Ducks had plenty of good chances but are DENIED by Markstrom… penalty killed and the Canucks are back to full strength.

With speed it’s Andrew Cogliano with the breakaway and DENIED by Markstrom. Cogliano just couldn’t elevate the puck to go up and over the pad of Markstrom.

Click here to see: Markstrom DENIES Cogliano on the breakaway

The Ducks are off to the locker room with the 2-1 lead over the Canucks after 2 periods of play. Another strong period, the Ducks just need to keep it up and remain ahead in the final 20 minutes in this one. The Ducks need to just keep up being strong on defense, remain on GIBBY TIME, and ATTACK THE NET making life miserable for Markstrom.

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The puck is dropped and the final period of play is underway…

The Ducks apply pressure from the start of this one making it hard for the Canucks to attempt to get a shot at Gibson.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Derrick Pouliot off to the penalty box for closing hand on the puck. The Ducks had plenty of good chances but could not get one past Markstrom… penalty killed and the Canucks are back to full strength.

Just seconds after the penalty expired… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Henrique gets the puck up and over the shoulder of Markstrom and the puck finds the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 3-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Henrique’s wrister finds the net

The Canucks get fortunate when Gibson couldn’t track a puck. The Vancouver Canucks Goal. It’s Nikolay Goldobin with the goal. The puck goes in between the arm and body of Gibson. They get another one but the Ducks remain in the lead, 3-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: Canucks Goal #2

Less than half way through the final period… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #83 KALLE KOSSILA!!!! ASSISTED BY THE #23 BRIAN GIBBONS!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Ritchie forces a turnover and Kossila gets the tip-in off of Gibbons shot. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 4-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Kossila with the tip-in

On the way back to the bench Nick Ritchie and Jake Virtanen get all tangled up because Ritchie reacts to that with some shoving… the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Nick Ritchie off to the penalty box for roughing Jake Virtanen. It is his retaliation that sends him to the penalty box. The Canucks took advantage of that and got something going because… the Vancouver Canucks Goal. It’s Bo Horvat with the goal. It’s a perfect strike and one where there was not really a chance for Gibson to keep that one out. The Canucks get another one but the Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 4-3 Ducks.

Click here to see: Canucks Goal #3

The Ducks had a few chances on the PK but couldn’t get one past Markstrom. They scored so the Ducks were unable to kill that one… Ritchie is out of the box and the Ducks are back to full strength.

Winding down to the final minutes in this one the game starts to get physical. It’s Troy Stecher that now knows what it’s like to come into contact with two beasts at once, THE BEASTLY JOSH MANSON AND RYAN GETZLAF feels the pain when he gets hit cleanly by Manson and Getzlaf and ended up falling down to the ice.

It’s GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson making save after save… less than 10 seconds to go all Duck bodies in front of the crease to protect Gibson and that helped him see the puck clearly which DENIED the Canucks of tying the game at the last second.

 

THE ANAHEIM DUCKS DEFEAT THE CANUCKS 4-3

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Postgame Notes

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John Gibson collected his 100th career NHL win in Anaheim’s 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks to become the fourth Ducks goaltender to reach the milestone, joining Jean-Sebastien Giguere (206), Guy Hebert (173) and Jonas Hiller (162).

Ryan Getzlaf moved into the team lead in goals with his sixth of the season at the 10:13 mark of the first period. With 1-1=2 points in the win, Getzlaf recorded his second consecutive multi-point game, which gave the Anaheim center 6-7=13 points since Oct. 25 at Dallas. Getzlaf ranks third among active NHL skaters in career scoring vs. the Canucks with 14-35=49 points in 51 games.

With the victory, Randy Carlyle moved into a tie with Bob Hartley (463) for 29th among NHL coaches in all-time wins.

Anaheim earned its third consecutive home win vs. Vancouver dating to Nov. 9, 2017. The three-game home win streak vs. the Canucks matched a franchise record previously established Nov. 10, 2013-Jan.15, 2014.

 

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

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Ryan Getzlaf (on the victory): We’re building. We have to keep getting better. Now that’s a few games in a row where we’ve put together a good effort together and got a few results. We got to just continue to build on this.

Ryan Getzlaf (on moving in the right direction): We’re taking small steps right now. We’re getting better and better. We’re going to continue to build and try to get this group pushing the right way every night and every shift.

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Adam Henrique ( on his goal): We had some chances on the power play. Finally got some room and found some space. I was trying to look for Bergy [Pontus Aberg] backdoor, but there was nothing there, so I just tried to go shortside and found some room.

Adam Henrique (on the team’s offense): It’s getting there. Over the past little while, we’ve been getting opportunities. Just hasn’t gone our way. We did a good job sticking with it.

Kalle Kossila- Zimbio Photo by Zimbio

Kalle Kossila (on his game-winning goal): We just got the puck, chipped it in and went on the forecheck. Ritchie was on it, got it to Gibbons and I just tried to find the backdoor. He gave me a perfect pass and I put it in.

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

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s performance): The game was back and forth. We found a way to score first and get ourselves a couple leads, but we let them back in it. One of those games where the puck at the end of the game, whatever we tried to do with it, we couldn’t do what we wanted to do with it. We still found a way to win. We had a fair share of tough luck in the last couple of games with not getting the extra point, but we’re just going to take the extra point and move on.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Getzlaf’s performance): You need your big guys to step up. We need more people taking that mantra on. Getzy is our captain. You see on the stat sheet, he’s leading our offense night in, night out by scoring. He’s not really been known over the [years] as a big scorer – more of a point guy who can create. But right now he’s doing what we ask of him, and we’re looking for some other people to join that wagon train.

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Thoughts on the game from the Vancouver Canucks players and coaches

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Bo Horvat (on their power play being able to push through missing some key people due to injuries): I think we have some pretty smart players out there. Obviously, Pettey [Elias Petterson] working the half wall, going and getting the other side. I think he is doing a great job distributing the puck back there.

Bo Horvat (on not getting enough goals to win): It’s frustrating. We can’t blame Marky [Jacob Markstrom]. He’s been outstanding for us, making key saves at big times. It’s just not getting grade A scoring opportunities like they have been. I think if we tighten it up in the defensive end a little bit, I think that is going to drive our offense as well.

Derrick Pouliot- Vancouver Courier Photo by Vancouver Courier

Derrick Pouliot (on tonight’s game): Just kind of an inconsistent game. Parts were good and then other parts, too many turnovers and not getting pucks where they need to go. They [Ducks] capitalized when they had their chances.

Derrick Pouliot (on the losing streak): I don’t know what the number is right now, but it sucks. We are trying to come work every night. Something has gotta give. Eventually, we are going to break through. We just gotta keep playing our game.

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Head Coach Travis Green (on the overall game): I thought it was a pretty close game, 2-1 game, with a power-play goal being the difference going into the third. I liked our push at the end. We had a chance to tie it, but it was a close game. We have to find a way though. We’re making a couple little mistakes that are costing us quite frankly and we have to clean that up.

Head Coach Travis Green (on Jake Virtanen): I thought Jake got some juice on the third and I thought we needed a little juice. With his speed, he kind of can kick start a line and I thought he did that.

 

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

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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