The Anaheim Ducks come into the game rested from a day off with their moms before their final game of the moms road trip. The Hurricanes are also rested they last played on Tuesday.
The Ducks come off a 3-2 win over the Florida and are looking to extend their 2-game winning streak.
Look who’s back after missing the last 6 games…
Hampus Lindholm is ready to go and will draw back into the lineup to take down the Hurricanes in his first game back from his lower-body injury. With Lindholm back in the lineup it will take some of the pressure off of Montour and Manson who have had to kick their game up with him and Fowler out of the lineup.
The Ducks will need to do a much better job at clear the puck, apply pressure to create more offensive chances to attack the net. The Ducks will need to find a way to get pucks past Curtis McElinney who is coming off a 40+ saves in the 2-1 victory on Tuesday. With Lindholm – who is a 2-way player – it takes off some pressure of Montour and Manson it also allows them to create more offense than in the past 6 games where they had to focus on not taking penalties and defending more. Montour and Manson are players that like to play offense and shoot the puck at the net to try to get a goal. Lindholm allows and gives Montour more chances to join the rush and create more offensive chances and Manson to bring more physicality to his game.
Speaking of defense… What time is it when the Ducks face the storm that is the Carolina Hurricanes… only the starting goaltender can answer that and he has his rock solid game face on…
IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson is ready to calm the storm and is looking to make life difficult for the Hurricanes here tonight.
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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…
Ritchie gets a big hit into the boards from Andrei Svechnikov and that fueled the BEAST inside of him early in this one which is a very good thing. An aggressive Nick Ritchie always pays off right when it’s needed in the game especially now that he has been heating up and has goals in the last two games.
A flying puck could’ve gone in but that doesn’t happen when the Ducks start the game being on GIBBY TIME… and it floats and lands perfectly in the glove of John Gibson.
This one is getting physical early and fuels the Ducks up with energy so they can take control in this game. It’s a good sign especially when hits begin in the first 5 minutes into the game.
The aggressive and physical blue-liner Hampus Lindholm makes his presence known in his first game back when he goes into BEAST MODE and completely crushes Justin Williams hard into the boards.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Jake Dotchin is off to the penalty box for slashing Justin Williams. It’s GIBBY TIME on the PK… he swallows the puck with a storm of Hurricanes around to try to get at the puck. Gibson DENIES Jordan Staal of the only real good chance for them to score. Even getting hit in the mask he DENIES them from getting on the board on their power play… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Half-way through the period former Duck Jamie McGinn makes a hit and crushes Getzlaf but the TOUGH and BEASTLY defenders will do something about that…
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Jake Bean off to the penalty box for slashing Pontus Aberg. The Hurricanes got a breakaway chance but Martinook is DENIED by Gibson.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’e big save on Martinook
Gibson is rock solid… penalty killed and the Hurricanes are back to full strength.
With about 3 minutes remaining in the period, the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Brian Gibbons off to the penalty box for high-sticking Dougie Hamilton and Gibbons does not like the call because it’s Hamilton’s reaction that causes the penalty. Gibson remains strong and then with 1:03 left on the PK… we have 4-on-4 hockey as it’s Justin Williams off to the penalty box for slashing Marcus Pettersson. Gibson comes up big when Dougie Hamilton gets a breakaway and he is DENIED of the breakaway goal thanks to the toe save by Gibson.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s toe save on Hamilton
With a goalie standing strong… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks have a little over a minute of a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Gibson was strong but unfortunately the Hurricanes got one through… the Carolina Hurricanes Goal. It’s Andrei Svechnikov with the goal, he shoots and it goes through the legs of Lindholm and through the wickets of Gibson who didn’t have a chance at stopping that one. The Hurricanes are on the board first a minute before the horn sounds, it’s 1-0 Hurricanes.
Click here to see: Hurricanes Goal #1
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room trailing 1-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes were in full attack mode and we spent way too much time of the period in front of Gibson. Gibson was rock solid and is a big part of why it’s 1-0 after the first period. Gibson will continue to be strong in net. The Ducks need to manage the puck much better in order to take control and spend more time playing offense. The Hurricanes are a fast team and the Ducks will need to match their speed (Kase, Aberg, and Montour) are players that can use their speed to get the Ducks on the board and ahead in this one. The Ducks will need to attack the net, apply pressure to force them to defend more.
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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
The Anaheim Ducks start this one on the penalty kill as it’s Brandon Montour off to the penalty box for delay of game because the puck went up and over the glass. The Ducks were able to clear when they got possession of the puck but a majority of the PK was spent in front of Gibson… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Ducks go back on the penalty kill as Andrew Cogliano is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Calvin de Haan, he is hit in the face by Cogliano who was just skating past him, again it’s the reaction that draws the penalty. Gibson had to make one big stop on Justin Faulk but the Hurricanes didn’t get many shots fired because they were being pressured by the Ducks penalty killing unit… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Ducks get a real good chance when Kesler was so close to getting a breakaway goal but he couldn’t get it in past McElhinney. That would’ve been such a beautiful game tying goal.
Click here to see: McElhinney’s save on Kesler
The Ducks got a good play going, Sherwood and Cogliano made a good play but with a bunch of Hurricanes and a Duck in front of the crease Cogliano couldn’t elevate the puck high enough to get the puck to find the back of the net.
The Ducks are attacking the net and getting good chances but they can’t find a way to get one past McElhinney.
With the period coming to an end the frustration kicks in and Carter Rowney hits Calvin de Haan hard into the boards – it was so hard that Calvin de Haan falls down to the ice after he is hit by Rowney.
IT’S GIBBY TIME as it’s Andrei Svechnikov who thought he had a chance at extending the lead but with Gibson on his knees and is in the perfect position to DENY the puck from getting past him. Such an awesome save.
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room still trailing 1-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes after 2 periods of play. John Gibson really heated up in the middle frame and the Ducks are starting to turn things around. The Ducks had more shots on net and had some real dangerous scoring chances. Hampus Lindholm is noticeable because he is playing his game with an edge which makes him a dangerous defender and he is focusing on playing defensively in his first game back. The Ducks will need to continue to attack the net to get ahead and make a comeback in this game.
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The puck is dropped and we are underway in the final period of regulation…
It’s GIBBY TIME when Jordan Martinook with the home run pass that is DENIED by Gibson. Gibson saw that one coming and said no way that one is going in.
JOHN GIBSON what an incredible glove save. He makes it look so easy. I don’t know how he is able to see and make the saves that he makes.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s amazing glove save
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Pontus Aberg is sent to the penalty box for hooking Sebastian Aho. The Hurricanes controlled the puck and Gibson DENIES the puck over and over again… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Ritchie coming in with speed to bounce on the puck to cash in on the rebound but he forces McElhinney to cover up before he could get to it.
Then it’s Montour who shoots his one-timer from up top and went over top but it was so close to going top-shelf and in.
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Jaccob Slavin off to the penalty box for interference on Pontus Aberg. Slavin gets in the skating lane of Aberg. The Ducks generated shots but they couldn’t get one past McElhinney. Penalty killed and the Hurricanes are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks are on a penalty kill as Brian Gibbons is off to the penalty box for interference on Phillip DiGiuseppe. It didn’t look like Gibbons interfered with anyone. Since the Ducks were applying a lot of pressure the Hurricanes had trouble getting out of their own zone. During their power play Victor Rask took the only shot on the power play but DENIED by the glove of John Gibson who made that look so easy to save. Due to the pressure the Ducks applied and it being GIBBY TIME… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength with about 5 minutes remaining in the period.
The game is never over until the horn sounds when it comes to the Ducks in the third period because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! Henrique shoots the puck and Aberg is there in front of the net to bat the flying puck into the back of the net. The Ducks tie this one up with just 3 minutes remaining, it’s tied 1-1.
Click here to see: GOAL- Aberg bats in tying goal
The Ducks tried to get another one past McElinney but he DENIED pucks. The Hurricanes wanted to get their lead back and it’s GIBBY TIME and John Gibson didn’t let any pucks past him… horn sounds and it’s tied after regulation.
We are headed into the 5 minute 3-on-3 sudden death overtime period
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The puck is dropped and the 5-minute 3-on-3 overtime period is underway…
The Ducks control the puck and their patience with the puck pays off because … THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!!Getzlaf gets a breakaway and he finds the open lane and fires that puck top-shelf and over McElhinney’s glove and it’s in the back of the net. The Anaheim Ducks win it in overtime, it’s 2-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: OT GOAL- Getz with the breakaway goal
THE ANAHEIM DUCKS WIN 2-1 IN OVERTIME OVER THE CAROLINA HURRICANES!!!
Gibson’s 33-save performance came in his 200th NHL game, and improved his record this season to 10-8-4. It also gave the Ducks five consecutive victories overall against the Hurricanes and five in a row at PNC Arena dating to Feb. 12, 2015. Additionally, the Ducks have now gone 9-2-1 vs. Carolina since Feb. 23, 2003.
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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
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John Gibson (on the game): We’ve had a knack for finding ways to come back and winning some games we thought we were out of and maybe shouldn’t have won. It’s says a lot about the character of our team that we can overcome rough patches and still be able to hold on and find ways to win.
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Ryan Getzlaf (on the game): We’re finding ways. Tonight was one of the ugliest games we played on the trip. We found a way, got one late and our goaltender was outstanding.
Ryan Getzlaf (on the scoring chances): That’s about as best as I’ve seen, when you’re talking about the quality of scoring chances we gave up. The two breakaways, he made big stops for us. He’s been doing it all year. It’s not surprising to us. We definitely don’t want to rely on him that much going down the road.
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Hampus Lindholm (on the game): I feel fresh out there now. It’s nice to have a little extra jump in your stride. We weren’t happy with our first period, but the second and third we came out a little better. After taking penalties in the first period, guys got a little tired. We responded well. Gibby had some huge saves.
Hampus Lindholm (on his return): As soon as you get a step on someone, it’s really dangerous. I saw him take a few horse steps and he got ahead of (the defender), so it’s nice to see him put it in.
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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game): We were overwhelmed in the first period. We were slow and there was one puck and they wouldn’t give it to us. Luckily enough, our goaltender stood on his head.
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Thoughts on the game from the Carolina Hurricanes players and coaches
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Curtis McElhinney (on the game): [Getzlaf] is a skilled player, he can make things happen. Obviously a nice play to get it up over my glove. You’ve got to stick to your guy. They made a great play, and he picked up a great pass.
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Justin Faulk (on the game): We had a chance with the power play a couple times but we didn’t get anything going. It’s on us. We had a great chance there with the power plays to get another one and finish them off.
Justin Faulk (on the game): We didn’t get in very clean on the entries. Seemed a little out of sync there. It wasn’t good enough. There was some sloppy play.
Justin Faulk (on the game): You can call it a gut punch, but we didn’t necessarily have the game in the second and third period to win. We didn’t follow up that first period like we needed to.
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Jordan Martinook (on the game): In that first period, we were dictating the pace of the game. Then, for whatever reason, we slowed down or just got off what we were doing.
Jordan Martinook (on the game): You’ve got to be a little sour that we had it at 1-0 with three minutes left and let it get away, but points – one or two points – are big in this league. You want to bank as many as you can.
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Head Coach Rob Brind’Amour (on the game): It was a great start for us. Then, it wasn’t great the rest of the way but not bad.
Head Coach Rob Brind’Amour (on the game): In a perfect world, we’d probably be up by a couple [goals]. We had a real nice start to the game.
Head Coach Rob Brind’Amour (on the game): A couple of guys I wasn’t happy with, they didn’t come to the party. But for the most part, our defense really battled in our end and our goalie was good again tonight.
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