The Ducks take down Mcdavid and Oilers in the 2-1 OT Win

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The Anaheim Ducks take on the Edmonton Oilers on the traditional Black Friday Matinee. This also means that the Ducks take on Connor McDavid who is considered to be one of the best players in the NHL.

The Ducks need to shut down McDavid and Draisaitl when they are a dangerous threat when they are on the ice together. We can expect that Carlyle will have Getzlaf or Kesler out on the ice when the McDavid line is out.

Lately it’s been the Getzlaf line that has been the big production line so that line will probably see a lot of ice time going up against this dangerous Edmonton team.

The defense needs to continue to keep it up, shutdown their threats and prevent them from attacking the net, when the chances arise join the rush and take shots to provide rebound chances and get the rebound or deflection find the back of the net.

Speaking of the defense… What time is it this afternoon that will have to shutdown the powerful Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl? He looks ready…

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IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson gets the start in tonight’s game and will have to be on fire and unstoppable to take down McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

Game Highlights:

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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…

The Ducks get a real good chance in the beginning but the captain is DENIED by Koskinen.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Milan Lucic off to the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct. It was for something he said after he gets hit hard into the boards by Sherwood and wanted a penalty but went to far with what he said to the official. The Ducks had some good quality chances but couldn’t get one past Koskinen… penalty killed and the Oilers are back to full strength.

The Ducks are off to the locker room scoreless 0-0 after 1 period of play. The Ducks played a strong period and the defense limited the Oilers to have many chances to shoot at Gibson and IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! That powerful shot that McDavid has is deadly but was no match for John Gibson and with strong defense he only got to fire 3 shots at him. The Oilers were DENIED every shot that got to Gibson – there weren’t many shots because the defense kicked it up and shutdown and pressures them making life hard for them and that will need to continue in the next 40-45 minutes of play. The Ducks need to continue to attack the net, get bodies in front of Koskinen and get one in to take the lead in this one.

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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill when the Ducks get called for too many men when Larsson goes for changes Dotchin comes out plays the puck while Larsson is still on the ice. It’s Pontus Aberg to the penalty box to serve the bench minor penalty. GIBBY TIME. Gibson makes sure to keep the puck out even the real good chance Alex Chiasson had was one that was SMOTHERD and DENIED by Gibson… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

Still on GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson DENIES puck after puck making sure that it remains scoreless.

The Ducks with another real good chance but Koskinen makes the save with a little help from his defender Kevin Gravel.

Click here to see: Koskinen, Gravel stops Ducks

The Ducks made a real good play just seconds remaining in the period… Cogliano with speed finds Sherwood and so close but is deflected out of play by Koskinen.

The Ducks head to the locker room after another scoreless period… it’s still 0-0 after 2 periods of play. The Ducks need to attack the net and find a way to get one of their real good chances past Koskinen to take the lead in this one. The Ducks just need to keep up defending and keep them off the scoreboard.

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

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Ty Rattie is off to the penalty box for tripping Jakob Silfverberg. The Ducks with so many chances and Getzlaf fires on and that shot stung Koskinen because he went down and wasn’t moving, their trainer came out and after a minute he said that he was good to go and remained in the game. Koskinen DENIED all the shots that came his way… penalty killed and the Oilers are back to full strength.

Just a little 5 minutes into the period the Ducks thought that they scored but the goal by Henrique was NO GOAL after review because the puck didn’t cross the line because of Russel helping Koskinen save that one.

Click here to see: Russel saves a goal

It’s GIBBY TIME!!! He will need to remain as he comes with this huge saves the Ducks go on the penalty kill.

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Glove save Gibson

The Ducks go on the penalty kill as Brandon Montour is off to the penalty box for slashing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Ducks paid the price for that penalty… the Edmonton Oilers Goal. It’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the goal, he got an odd man rush and finds the back of the net. The Oilers on the board first, it’s 1-0 Oilers. 

Click here to see: Oilers Goal #1

With 1:10 remaining in the game Gibson is off to the bench for the extra attacker and the Ducks got something going with 16.2 remaining on the clock… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #28 MARCUS PETTERSSON!!! Pettersson wins a puck battle and finds Rakell and the Swed shot finds Ritchie up in front of the goalie crease to get the rebound. It’s Ritchie’s first goal of the season. It’s tied, 1-1.

Click here to see: GOAL- Ritchie scores late to force OT

With the late goal Nick Ritchie forced overtime. That’s right we are going into sudden death overtime tonight at Honda Center.

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Here we go the sudden death 3-on-3 5-minute overtime period…

Just 14 seconds in after going nearly an entire 60 minutes without a goal THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! Rakell gets the puck and gets the puck through the pads of Koskinen. 

Here is the video for the late goal that forces OT and the Swed makes it worth it in just 14 seconds in:

THE ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN 2-1 OVER THE EDMONTON OILERS!!!

Postgame Notes

Performance Level HIGH

Rickard Rakell scored his fifth career OT goal to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. Rakell’s game-winner 14 seconds into the extra frame marked his 100th career NHL goal and 22nd career GWG.

Rakell became the eighth Duck to score 100 goals with the franchise, joining Andrew Cogliano (100), Bobby Ryan (147), Steve Rucchin (153), Ryan Getzlaf (253), Paul Kariya (300), Corey Perry (366) and Teemu Selanne (457).

Anaheim also reached the overtime session for the third time in four games and a league-leading ninth time overall this season.

Nick Ritchie scored the game-tying goal with 26 seconds left in the third period. It was the 14th time in franchise history the Ducks have tied the game in the last 30 seconds. This was the second time this month Anaheim scored the game-tying goal in the last 30 seconds. Rickard Rakell scored the game-tying goal with 26 seconds left in the third period on Nov. 1 vs. the New York Rangers. With the goal, Ritchie extended his point streak to a career-high four games (1-3=4).

Randy Carlyle earned his 464th win to surpass Bob Hartley (463) for sole possession of 29th among NHL coaches in all-time wins.

Anaheim has now earned points in 26 of its last 28 games vs. Edmonton, going 20-2-6 (46 pts.) dating to Apr. 5, 2012. At Honda Center, the Ducks have points in 13 of their last 14 games vs. the Oilers dating to Apr. 8, 2013 (11-1-2, 24 pts.).

 

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

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Rickard Rakell (on scoring late, winning in overtime): It felt like it was going to come throughout the whole game. We were close, especially in the first period when we had a lot of scoring chances. I don’t know what it is against this team, but it feels like it’s never over.

Rickard Rakell (on ending his goal drought): It feels great. Any time you’re not scoring for a while, I knew I had scoring chances the last few games. Great feeling. Hopefully I can play a little bit more loose now.

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Nick Ritchie (on the win): There wasn’t much going on in the whole game. It was pretty tight out there. Not too many really good chances either way. It seems like there’s always a wild finish when we play them. Big two points for us moving forward.

Nick Ritchie (on his game-tying goal): There was a lot of commotion at the end. Puck bounced to me, wide-open net. It’s nice to get that one.

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Jake Dotchin (on his Ducks debut): It was definitely exciting, and exciting finish to it, too. I’ve been looking forward to this for about a month and a bit now. So for it to come true, it was pretty exciting.

Jake Dotchin (on adapting to the systems): I went down to San Diego for a bit and worked with Dallas Eakins. He was great with me. From early mornings with him to doing some video after with [assistant] coach Sly [Sylvain Lefebvre]. They got me ready to be here. Got me knowing the systems and how to play. There’s still room for improvement in my game, and how I’m learning the system still, but I’m starting to get the hang of it a bit better each day.

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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game): It takes 60-plus minutes to get points in the NHL, and tonight was a prime example. It wasn’t a hockey game we would say we executed at a very high level. But we get a bounce with the goalie out, bounced out to Nick Ritchie – big, strong guy – and he was able to put it across the line and give us life.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team finding ways to earn points): Hopefully we feel good about ourselves, but if you look inside of it, our execution needs to get to another level. We’ve played better and lost games. This is the cruel part of sports. Sometimes you can play well and don’t get points you deserve.

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Thoughts on the game from the Edmonton Oilers players and coaches

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Kyle Brodziak (on only getting one point): I mean, it obviously doesn’t feel good. I think we felt like as a group we didn’t start that great, but about half-way through the first period throughout the rest of the game we felt really good about everything. We played. There was not a whole lot of room out there. It was a real tough game and we stuck with it.

Kyle Brodziak (on the tight game they need to play in order to win games): Yeah. I mean, not every game is going to be the same. There is going to be times where it feels like there is more ice out there, more room out there. Then there’s going to be games like tonight where really there was no room anywhere on the ice. They played a tight checking game. I thought we played a tight checking game and really neither team had much room out there.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (on how disappointing this overtime loss in despite a hard fought game): Well yeah, it’s disappointing. It’s unfortunate that they scored two goals in the last 35 seconds of the game or whatever it was. I think we can’t be upset about this game. We can be frustrated right now for a little bit. Like you said, we played a hard fought 60 minutes and can take a lot of positives out of it. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t come out with that second point.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (on Koskinen’s goaltending performance): He was unbelievable. He made some massive saves when we needed him to. I still don’t know exactly where he got hit with that puck [on Getzlaf’s shot]. Obviously, it didn’t feel good. For him to be able to just come right back and I think a couple minutes later or within a minute he was making high-end saves. He is a hard worker in there. He battles hard for us. It definitely makes you want to work hard and get him that win.

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Head Coach Ken Hitchcock (on getting positives out of the game despite the ending): I thought we really, from the eight-minute mark of the first period on, I thought we played really well. I mean it was a man’s game out there, was really heavy and hard, and a lot of board battles. I just thought right until the end there we really played well. The one part that was disappointing is we had a chance when it was 1-0, we had three chances to stretch it, and we didn’t get it. We had two empty nets there and we didn’t get those. I thought we played a heck of a hockey game.

Head Coach Ken Hitchcock (on playing more games like this): To me it’s the zero or the one. You know you’d like to score four or five. Believe me, if you’re not giving up much you’re usually getting a lot. I thought we got a lot of chances today, and that’s a really good sign. We’re trying to convince the players to play defense in the offensive zone. I thought we didn’t do it in the first eight minutes, we were a little bit on our heels. They came hard, but we really dialed it up and occupied the offensive zone, especially in the second period.

 

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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Resources:

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

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com

Source Adam Brady- Recap: Ducks Tie it Late, Win It Early in OT, 2-1 Over Edmonton

Source: Dan Arritt- Ducks rally, top Oilers in overtime on Rakell goal

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – November 23 vs. Edmonton

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