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The Ducks are back home after a successful road trip and on Sunday they made an epic 6-5 comeback victory over the Washington Capitals. The Ducks will take on the Chicago Blackhawks who are currently riding a 4 game losing streak while the Ducks are currently on a 4 game winning streak. The Ducks look to extend their winning streak tonight. Both teams come in rested since they both last played on Sunday.
The Blackhawks will look to shutdown Pontus Aberg because he returns red hot from having scored 2 goals in the victory over the Capitals. He also has 9 goals and 5 assists in the last 23 games.
On December 3, 2018 the Ducks acquired Daniel Sprong from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Marcus Pettersson. Daniel Sprong makes his Ducks debut tonight. He is a player that loves to shoot the puck and is expected to create more offense. He will be on the ice with Henrique and Ritchie to create more offensive chances and goals off of good play in the offensive zone. A few eyes will be on Sprong and he will show the coaches and fans what he can bring to the table and that he can help get the Ducks win tonight.
The Ducks defense do need to keep an eye on and shutdown chances for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Dylan Strome. The Ducks know what they bring to the table and know who the powerful weapons that the Blackhawks have. That means the Ducks know what they need to do to keep them from being able to take clean shots. The Ducks also need to pressure them so they spend more time defending and less time attacking… with a player like Kane you know he will find the back of the net so they know they need to pressure him and make sure his chances are limited.
Speaking of defense… What time is it to take on the Blackhawks and the ever dangerous Patrick Kane? Only the starting goaltender can answer that and his equipment is ready to go…
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IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson is in net and he is ready to DENY all the pucks that come flying at him from all directions. He knows their weapons and is ready to rob them of goals that could give them a lead.
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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…
This one gets exciting about 2 minutes into the period. Jake Dotchin and John Hayden drop the gloves and go at it. The officials were able to separate them after Dotchin takes down and is on top of Hayden.
Jake Dotchin is off to the penalty box for fighting with John Hayden, the Ducks lose the aid of Dotchin. John Hayden is off to the penalty box for fighting with Jake Dotchin. the Blackhawks lose the aid of Hayden.
A little over 5 minutes into the period the Sweds make things easy for the sniper… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! Rakell is in front of Crawford providing the screen that takes away Crawford’s line of sight, Brandon Montour’s sniper shot from the blue line finds nothing but net. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Montour with the sniper shot
It took Sprong 21 seconds after Montour’s goal to make an impression in his Duck debut on his first shift of the night… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #11 DANIEL SPRONG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! IT’S SPRONG’S FIRST GOAL AS A DUCK!!! Sprong gets the puck and shoots it at the impossible angle and roofs it into the back of the net. That was a shot that is similiar to the shot of Corey Perry. With the goal on his first shot on net extends the Ducks lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Sprong’s 1st goal as a Duck
The Ducks are limiting the Blackhawks chances to get shots on Gibson in the first half of the period because they only got 1 shot through when the Ducks have 9 shots on goal and 2 of those resulted in goals.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Jacob Larsson off to the penalty box for high-sticking Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks got a few chances but couldn’t find the back of the net because it’s GIBBY TIME. John Gibson rock solid DENIED the 3 pucks that got through to him… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Blackhawks so close to getting on the board but Gibson comes up with the save and Aberg in the crease gets the puck out of harms way of what would have been an easy goal. A huge scrum starts after the save by Gibson and Aberg with the effort to keep it out.
The Anaheim Ducks end up on the penalty kill as Josh Manson is sent to the penalty box for roughing Brandon Manning. Manson was drilled into the board by Manning and because Manson’s gloves were off indicated to the official that they were going to mix things up. The Ducks stayed strong and Gibson DENIED the shots and chances that the Blackhawks fired at him… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room with a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks after 20 minutes of play. The Ducks strong defensively with Gibson only having to come up with stopping only 8 shots on goal. With the addition of Sprong and the Ducks being strong getting the puck out of the zone they are creating more offense they will need to continue to attack the net, limit zone time, and take less penalties. Gibson remains strong and on top of his game and that will continue through the rest of this one.
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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
Minutes in Alex DeBrincat gets a breakaway chance off a turnover but Henrique takes away the breakaway shot by ties up with the stick and forces the turnover. The shot doesn’t get fired at the net which would force Gibson to come up with a big save.
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Duncan Keith off to the penalty box for interference on Andrew Cogliano. Kase coming in with speed and a good chance but he is DENIED by Crawford. Jonathan Toews gets a breakaway but Gibson comes up with a big glove save. That was absolute larceny by Gibson who just robs Toews of what would’ve been a good breakaway goal that would’ve put the Blackhawks on the board.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s glove save
The Ducks having good control in the zone on the power play but the Ducks couldn’t find the back of the net with the good chances they had on Crawford… penalty killed and the Blackhawks are back to full strength.
Seconds after the power play Josh Mahura between the circles fires a one-timer but is DENIED by Crawford.
Click here to see: Crawford’s save on Mahura
Just a few minutes after the PK the Blackhawks get a bounce and are able to generate some offense… the Chicago Blackhawks Goal. It’s Erik Gustafsson with the goal. Keith fakes the shot and gets it to Gustafsson and the puck finds the back of the net. Gibson wasn’t ready or in a good position to keep that one out of the net. The Blackhawks are on the board but the Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 2-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: Blackhawks Goal #1
The Ducks shoot the puck over and over and there’s a huge scramble in front of Crawford but he is able to DENY the shots and finds the loose puck and covers up and freezes the puck.
The Blackhawks are getting opportunities and offensive chances to get shots fired at Gibson. Gibson made some big saves but winding down to the final seconds of the period the Blackhawks got something going on a rush… the Chicago Blackhawks Goal. It’s Alex DeBrincat who gets it in the back of the net off of the 3-on-3 rush down the ice and Gibson couldn’t get there quick enough to be in a good position to keep the puck out of the net. The Blackhawks tie it up late in the second, it’s tied 2-2.
Click here to see: Blackhawks Goal #2
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room tied 2-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks after 2 periods of play. The Ducks need to keep attacking the net and make life difficult for Crawford. The Ducks didn’t take any penalties and lets keep it that way in the third. The Ducks need to pressure them to force turnovers and force them to play more defense than offense.
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The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…
The Ducks in control and in the Blackhawks zone for the first few minutes of the period before Gibson gets a touch on the puck.
Over 5 minutes into the period the energizer bunny gets things going… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #24 CARTER ROWNEY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #64 KIEFER SHERWOOD!!! Kase with the puck shoots from the dot and much like Sprong’s goal the puck goes over Crawford and into the back of the net. The energizer bunny puts the Ducks back in the lead, it’s 3-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: CZECH GOAL- Kase’s top-shelf snipe
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as in his first game as a Duck it’s Daniel Sprong off to the penalty box for tripping Gustav Forsling. The Blackhawks tried to get one in but Gibson DENIED all the pucks that came his way… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Sprong out of the box bounces on the puck and gets a breakaway but he fans on the shot.
GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson keeps on DENYING the pucks that come his way and he isn’t letting one in for them to tie this one up.
Just 1:31 to go in this one the Swed capitalizes when the Blackhawks fail in covering the empty net because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! IT’S AN UNASSISTED GOAL!!! Silfverberg gets the puck and he could’ve done the one-timer but with speeds gets close to the net before putting it in with a Blackhawk on his tail trying to get at it but the Swed gets the empty-netter to get the reassurance marker in this one, it’s 4-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Silfverberg with the empty-netter
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Daniel Sprong makes a huge impression on the team in his Ducks debut and it didn’t take long for him to get things going offensively. The Ducks got Sprong for just that to help create more offense.
The Anaheim Ducks opened their four-game homestand with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim has won a season-high five straight games (5-0-0, 10 pts.) and seven of their last eight (7-1-0, 14 pts.). The Ducks also have points in nine of their last 10 games (7-1-2, 16 pts.) and in 10 of their last 12 (8-2-2, 18 pts.). Anaheim’s five-game win streak is tied for the longest active streak in the NHL.
In his Anaheim debut, Daniel Sprong scored his first goal as a Duck and first goal of the season at the 6:01 mark of the first period.
Jakob Silfverberg added an empty-net tally for his 99th career NHL goal.
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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
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Jakob Silfverberg (on generating offense through a successful breakout): We’ve been doing a good job managing the puck. Our defense has been really good at not just throwing it into areas that are crowded when they get the puck. We take our time and make sure we come together. That’s the kind of speed we need. We need to create offense as a five-man unit up the ice.
Jakob Silfverberg (on what a five-game winning streak does to the team’s confidence): It does a lot. You can tell. Our first period was really good. We were playing with a lot of confidence. That comes from building off earlier games knowing we’re playing really good right now. That’s a big boost for the whole team. We need to keep it going.
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Daniel Sprong (on his Ducks debut): I felt good out there. Rico [Adam Henrique] and Ritchie really helped me along the way, shift by shift by talking a lot. All the guys really helped me out to make me feel comfortable. I just tried to play my game. I’m glad we won.
Daniel Sprong (on his goal): I’ve scored many goals like that in juniors and in the American Hockey League. I saw the hole and decided to let it go. It was a great play by Rico chipping it off the wall to give me that space.
Daniel Sprong (on his new opportunity): I’m really excited for the new opportunity. When I found out I got traded to Anaheim, I was really excited. I’m really excited to be here and help the team win.
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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on what stands out from the five-game winning streak): Just finding ways. We’re feeling good about ourselves. We’re not proclaiming we’re anything more than a work in progress. We’re a hockey club that has confidence, [we] can go in and have success in any building. We’re not intimidated by the buildings we go in. That’s an important mindset.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Sprong’s debut): He made a contribution. Big-time shot. That’s been his history in the American league and junior hockey. He’s going to get an opportunity to play in those areas with us. The shot was a welcomed sight because he looks like he can provide some offense if he shoots the puck like that.
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Thoughts on the game from the Chicago Blackhawks players and coaches
Alex DeBrincat (on tonight’s game): It’s frustrating. I think we did a lot of good things, but hit a few posts that could have gone in, could have gone the other way.
Alex DeBrincat (on the frustration of hitting four posts tonight): It’s really frustrating, I think. A few inches the other way it’s in the net. Can’t do anything about it. We are getting closer to the result we want. We just gotta find a way to win some games.
Erik Gustafsson (on if they look at this game as progress): You have to look at the positive. Even if you don’t score, just like I said, we hit four posts. Next game, maybe it goes in and we have four goals. We gotta stay positive.
Erik Gustafsson (on establishing himself after being a healthy scratch): I think, I had to show them that I want to be out there. I know I haven’t been the best D [defenseman] out there a couple games. I wanted to show myself too that I can be on a higher level than I was in the last four games.
Head Coach Jeremy Colliton (on the game overall): Tonight was as good an effort as we probably have had since I’ve been here. So, it’s frustrating not to get the points, but nothing to do but keep digging and keep playing.
Head Coach Jeremy Colliton (on playing from behind): I thought we had a decent start the first shift aside. We had a pretty good start and were down again, so that was tough. But maybe stopped playing a couple minutes after that, after we went down, but I thought as the first period went on, we showed some life again. I thought the second period was excellent. I don’t think they’re better than us just the puck went in the net. Frustrating.
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