On Star Wars Night, Kase gets 1st NHL Hat Trick in the 6-3 Victory over the Dark Stars

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The Orange Alliance Duck Army are ready to take down the Dark (Dallas) Stars. The Ducks are looking to us the force to get the win here on Star Wars Night. The Ducks will look to tap in on adding a revenge factor to their game since they have lost 2 of 3 games against and tonight is the last time the Ducks will take on the Stars this season.

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The Dark Stars come into Honda Center to take on the Orange Alliance but the Ducks are heating up. The troops are ready to take down and defeat the Dark Stars with a victory…

The Ducks are still without Cam Fowler and Montour has really picked up and elevated his game to another level. He joins the rush when the Ducks get a turnover, creates more offense when applying pressure to their top players which is Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin tonight. While Montour is bringing offense he is playing smart and positioning him where he can provide offense and bring the defense to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Randy Carlyle likes the way Montour is playing because his ice time is increasing and is close to playing the same time as Fowler. over the past few games he has played 20+ minutes.

The Ducks need to go to the font of the net to take away the sight of the goalie from a sniper shot (Montour likes to shoot from blue-line) and be there to tap pucks into the back of the net.

Montour, Manson and Lindholm will be the big three players that will be on the ice to shutdown Jamie Benn, who adds physicality to his game and will be in the face of the goalie because of his net front presence.

FUN FACT: Tyler Seguin has scored a goal on 30 of 31 NHL teams. Seguin in his NHL career has never scored a goal against the Anaheim Ducks. He has been DENIED a goal every time he has tried to get a goal when playing the Ducks.

One big player that is going to have a lot to do with delivering a loss to the Dark Stars… what time will it be to stand tall in net to represent the Orange Alliance? His gear is ready to take them down…

Gibby is in net- Anaheim Ducks Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Here on Star Wars Night the Jedi Goalie is in the net…  IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! Jedi Gibson is in net here to take on the Dark Stars. He has lost the first 2 games against the Stars and this Jedi is looking to turn the table and be victorious in taking down the Stars in the final game these teams meet this season.

Game Highlights:

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The puck is dropped and the first period in the battle against the Dark Stars is underway…

From the puck drop the Ducks take control of the puck and attacking the net and able to continue due to good defense. Gibson didn’t see many pucks early because the Ducks were strong defensively and limited the Dark Stars chances to shoot pucks at Gibson.

Over half way through the energizer bunny is charged and gets things going early from the Sweds… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE  #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! Aberg makes a beautiful pass to Kase is in front of the crease and just buries it into the back of the net. The Orange Alliance is on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: CZECH GOAL- Kase buries feed from Aberg

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Jake Dotchin off to the penalty box for tripping Mattias Janmark. The Ducks didn’t allow the Stars entry into the zone and forced them to play defense on their power play. The Ducks spent time in the Stars zone and attacking the net and shooting pucks on Bishop which were DENIED. Gibson didn’t see a puck due to good defense… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Ducks continue to shoot and get pucks fired at net but they keep on getting DENIED by Bishop. Kase gets so close to getting another one but unfortunately that chance didn’t get past Bishop.

The Orange Alliance heads to the locker room with a 1-0 lead over the Dark Stars after round 1 of the battle. This was a strong period for the Ducks, they limited the enemy from shooting at net because Gibson only saw 5 shots on goal in the first period of play. The Ducks really attacked the net in the period because Bishop saw 15 shots and was able to DENY 14 of the 15 shots on goal. The Ducks know that they have a Jedi Master back in net who is on GIBBY TIME and will be there to back the Ducks up by making those big saves that we all know he makes. The Ducks just need to continue and stay on their game because the middle frame is the Stars best period and the Ducks will need to be sharp but the Stars need to prepare for the final period which is known as the Ducks comeback period because it’s their strongest period.

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The puck is dropped and the second period in the battle against the Dark Stars is underway…

A little over 5 minutes in the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Hampus Lindholm is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Tyler Seguin. John Gibson with the huge pad save on Shore.

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson strong pad save

With tired Ducks on the ice and they just couldn’t get the puck out of the zone and that cost them… the Dark Stars Goal. It’s Miro Heiskanen with the goal, he rips it from the circles and that rocket shot finds the back of the net. With the power play goal the Stars tie it up, it’s tied 1-1.

Click here to see: Stars Goal #1

With the Ducks spending the penalty kill in their zone the Stars got one through… penalty has expired and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Stars with the 2-on-1 and Mahura and Silfverberg couldn’t get there to prevent the pass from happening by either blocking the shot or take away the passing/shooting lane… the Dark Stars Goal. It’s Blake Comeau with the goal, he gets a perfect pass and gets it in the net when he is coming in the backdoor. That’s one that Gibson didn’t have a real good chance to keep that one out. The Dark Stars take the lead, it’s 2-1 Stars.

Click here to see: Stars Goal #2


After the goal the Anaheim Ducks call a timeout to basically talk and get juices flowing and try to say that we need to get things going and stop them here. Carlyle used it to indicate that they get things going in the middle frame so they can help Gibson and make them play defense on their best period.

GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson comes up with an incredible save that could’ve been a beautiful goal for Storm Trooper Alexander Radulov but the Dark Star is DENIED by the Jedi Master netminder that is John Gibson.

Half way through the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Nick Ritchie is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Taylor Fedun. Ritchie makes a big hit on Fedun and ends up hitting him with his stick and that is what sends Ritchie to the box and the Stars on another power play that would end up costing the Ducks because… the Dark Stars Goal. It’s Alexander Radulov with the goal, his snip shot much like Brandon Montour’s gets through and it goes past Gibson and into the back of the net. The Dark Stars extend their lead, it’s 3-1 Stars.

Click here to see: Stars Goal #3

With a power play goal by Radulov the Ducks were unsuccessful in killing the penalty… penalty has expired and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Joel Hanley off to the penalty box for tripping Ondrej Kase. Kase is tripped in the skate right to the side of the Stars net. The Ducks got some chances and a bunch for Henrique because of his net front presence but the Ducks’ chances didn’t find the back of the net on the power play… penalty killed and the Stars are back to full strength.

Shortly after Hanley comes out of the box the energizer bunny gives the Ducks some energy as we wind down to the final minutes in the period… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! It’s Getzlaf’s 900th career point and all as a Duck. Getzlaf wins a puck battle along the boards and gets the puck to Kase who just banks the puck into the back on the net. The Ducks get another one but still trail to the Dark Stars, it’s 3-2 Stars.

Click here to see: CZECH GOAL #2- Kase cashes in on his wrister

The Orange Alliance are off to the locker room down 3-2 to the Dark Stars after round 2 of the battle. The Ducks need to start attacking the net and take more shots on goal. The Ducks need to do a better job in defending and protecting Gibson. The Czech Ondrej Kase is providing the offense and is just 1 goal away from his first Hat Trick. The Ducks need to apply pressure and be a little physical and force them to defend in their own zone because the Ducks are making clearing the zone challenging.

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The puck is dropped and the third period in the battle against the Dark Stars is underway…

With the Ducks trailing a few minutes into the period Head Coach Randy Carlyle makes changes to the Getzlaf and Henrique line by switching wingers to provide more speed. Pontus Aberg is now on the line with Henrique and Sprong, Nick Ritchie is now moved to the Getzlaf line with Kase. This change will create speed and more chances in getting the puck into the back of the net to tie and possibly take the lead. Randy Carlyle made NO changes made to the special teams line and the 4th line). This change is a good move by the head coach.

Sherwood gets a good look and so close to going in but that tap that should’ve made the puck go into the back of the net but the puck deflected and went over the top of the net instead of getting a game-tying goal. Sherwood looked frustrated when he saw that the puck went over top and hit the glass instead.

That was a good move by the head coach especially for the energizer bunny… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! IT’S KASE’S 1ST CAREER HAT TRICK!!!! Somehow the energizer bunny got the puck in the back of the net through the small space between the body and the goal post. Unbelievable and I can’t believe that one found the net. With Kase’s hat trick goal the Orange Alliance tie things up with the Dark Stars, it’s tied 3-3.

Click here to see: CZECH HAT TRICK GOAL- Kase with his 1st NHL Career Hat Trick

Just minutes after Kase’s hat trick goal and Bishop can’t stop the sniper of the Orange Alliance… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Montour banks one in top shelf with his sniper shot from the circles. It was an easy one for Montour to get into the back of the net. The Orange Alliance takes the lead over the Dark Stars, it’s 4-3 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Montour beats Bishop

A minute later the Swed gets one in but will it count as a good goal by Silfverberg, the call on the play was “no goal there is a distinct kicking motion” After the conversation with the situation room in Toronto and the officials come to center ice to deliver the call. “After video review there was NO KICKING MOTION and therefore we have a GOOD GOAL… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #7 ANDREW COGLIANO!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! Silfverberg gets the puck from Cogliano who is hooked as he was trying to prevent running over Ben Bishop a second after the puck finds the back of the net. The Orange Alliance strikes again and extending their lead over the Dark Stars, it’s 5-3 Ducks.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Silfverberg’s fortuitous goal

GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson with the huge lunging save on the shot by Seguin and he continues to DENY the player that has scored on 30 of 31 NHL teams but Gibson making sure it stays that way.

Something that doesn’t really happen often when Bishop heads to the bench for an extra attacker on the ice for the Dark Stars to try to get one past the rock solid Jedi John Gibson.

What did Gibson say about the extra attacker for 4 minutes? He didn’t say much but he showed it ‘you must try but DENY you I will’ or something like that. He did exactly that.

Just 30 seconds left and the Swed is making things happen… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! Lindholm gets the puck and takes the long range shot and finds nothing but net. The Orange Alliance gets another one in the net of the Dark Stars, it’s 6-3 Ducks.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Lindholm with the empty-netter


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Here’s Kase Hat Trick:



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Ryan Getzlaf collected his 900th and 901st career NHL points (0-2=2) to lead the Ducks to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. Getzlaf joined Teemu Selanne as the only two players in franchise history to record 900 points. The Anaheim captain also became the 112th player in NHL history and the eighth active skater to reach the 900-point milestone.

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Ondrej Kase scored his first career hat trick (3-0=3) and earned a career-high +4 rating in the win. Kase’s hat trick was the second hat trick scored by a Ducks player this season, and the 53rd in franchise history. The first hat trick of the season came from Cam Fowler on Nov. 4 vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center.

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With his 46th career goal, Hampus Lindholm surpassed Oleg Tverdovsky (45) for sole possession of fourth on the all-time franchise goals list for defenseman. Lindholm also earned a career-tying +4 rating.

Brandon Montour established career highs in assists (3), plus/minus (+5) and points (1-3=4). His +5 rating tied the club record, set last by Bryan Allen and Sami Vatanen on Oct. 10, 2013 vs. NYR.

Anaheim Ducks improved its franchise-best home win streak vs. Dallas to six straight games dating to Jan. 15, 2016, outscoring its Central Division opponent, 22-9.


Postgame Quotes

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

GOAL by Kase Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Ondrej Kase (on what in meant to record his first career hat trick): It was amazing. I’m so happy. It’s the first one. It was a good game for us.

Ondrej Kase (on his third goal tonight): I just closed my eyes and shot the puck. I had room, so I just tried to hit the net.

Getz- Forbes Photo by Forbes

Ryan Getzlaf (on the team’s strong third period): We just established what we wanted to do. We showed glimpses of it throughout the game, but the third period we came out and executed the way we wanted to on our forecheck as well as getting the puck out of our zone.

Ryan Getzlaf (on what makes Kase a special player): His speed and his ability to put the puck in the net. Kase does a great job getting in on the puck and coming up with it. You can skate all night long, but if you don’t come up with pucks, you’re just wasting energy. He does a good job of that and finding open space.

Montour goal Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Brandon Montour (on erasing the deficit): We’re a resilient group. Guys aren’t quitting until the game is over. It was nice to see that tonight.

Brandon Montour (on what makes Kase a special player): He’s got such a different skill level with his speed, his hands and his offensive instincts. It’s tough for defensemen to challenge. You could see what he’s all about. Good for him.

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

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on Kase’s production): He’s been on numerous times for our hockey club, a clutch goal scorer. He’s been the energizer bunny. He’s that type of player that seems to hound the puck. Now he’s getting rewarded for the hard work he’s putting in.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the team’s effective forecheck): Once we were able to establish a forecheck, we were effective. We did it in the first period and the third period. We didn’t do it in the second period. When we’re tenacious and on the puck, we’re a hard team to control.

1-Dallas Stars Photo by Dallas Stars

Thoughts on the game from the Dallas Stars players and coaches

Jason Spezza- NHL Photo by NHL

Jason Spezza (on becoming a more consistent group): When you have a lead like that, you have to close the game. Obviously, that’s what makes this one frustrating. We’ll watch it and see, learn from what we did wrong, and back at it tomorrow.

Jason Spezza (on the Ducks’ late push to comeback): Oh, it’s to be expected that the home team is going to make a push when you’re the road team. You know, you have to just make good decisions with the puck. It’s unfortunate we gave up a goal to make it 3-2 at the end of a good penalty kill. We killed the penalty well and then they score again. That definitely shifts the game in their favor. With the lead that we had, we should win the game.

Ben Bishop- Sportingnews Photo by Sportnews

Ben Bishop (on tonight’s game): It was a tale of three periods. I think they obviously took it to us in the first. We took it to them in the second. Then, they took it back to us in the third.

Ben Bishop (on this road trip and moving on): I mean, obviously both did come down to third periods there. Obviously we had a chance in Vegas in the third period and had the lead tonight. You want to be known as winning games when you have the lead after two. Unfortunately, tonight we weren’t able to do it. We will watch the tape, obviously we have a game tomorrow. So, not much time to dwell on it and just get ready for San Jose.

Head Coach Jim Montgomery- CBS DFW Photo by CBS DFW

Head Coach Jim Montgomery ( on the slow start): You know, I actually thought the first five minutes we started well. Then I thought we had a tough time matching Anaheim’s speed and their intensity the rest of the 15 minutes of the first.

Head Coach Jim Montgomery (on juggling the lines): Yeah, you’d like to get to a point where it’s more consistent. You’ve got new bodies coming in. With [Martin] Hanzal coming in, it’s trying to find what’s the right chemistry to work with him, and also not take away some of the chemistry that was working.


The Ducks go on the road with a winning streak and lets make it continue when they take on teams in the Eastern Conference.

Blog post coming up next… Game posts. updates and the All-Star Game player selected

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

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

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com

Source Adam Brady- Recap: Kase’s Hat Trick Leads Ducks to 6-3 Victory Over Dallas

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – December 12 vs. Dallas

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