Ducks start homestand with a 5-4 OT loss to the Coyotes

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The Ducks are back at Honda Center for a 6-game homestand and they will take on Arizona Coyotes and look to end their 4-game losing streak.

The Coyotes are the #1 team on the penalty kill in the league, they also are strong on their power play. The Ducks need to play smart and don’t take penalties because it most likely won’t end well for the Ducks.

The Ducks will need to make clean entries into the zone and put pucks and bodies to the net to create scoring more chances. They need to attack the net, apply pressure to force turnovers, and pounce on the rebounds.

The Ducks power play is starting to heat up and lately they are scoring on their power play which can lead up to the Ducks being DANGEROUS and make the opposing team to try not to get penalties in the game.

The defense needs to apply pressure and win the puck battles so there is more time spent playing offense and not having target practice on the goaltender…

Speaking of the defense needing to keep the puck out of the Ducks zone to take the pressure off the guy in net and who will be in net to stop the Coyotes when they are in attack mode and wanting to feast on the goalie? He only played a period in San Jose but is ready to go tonight…

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IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! That’s right John Gibson is back in net for the Ducks after injuring his back in San Jose. He made a sprawling and very athletic save on Brent Burns that strained his back (in the first period) and didn’t return for the rest of the game but he is ready to keep the Coyotes from having some Ducks for dinner.

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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…

It took just 46 seconds for the energizer bunny to heat up… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! Kase gets the puck and fakes and his backhanded shot goes into the back of the net. The Ducks take the early lead over the Coyotes, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: CZECH GOAL!!! Kase with the early goal

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Derek Stepan off to the penalty box for tripping Brandon Montour, Stepan got his stick under the blade of Montour’s skate and Montour had to go to the locker room to grab his spare skates to get back to the bench quicker. The Ducks couldn’t get a play going and enough shots on the power play… penalty killed and the Coyotes are back to full strength.

About 6 minutes later the Anaheim Ducks are back on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Nick Cousins off to the penalty box for cross-checking Andy Welinski. The Ducks got to work on this one because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #11 DANIEL SPRONG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! Silfverberg sees Sprong and Sprong fires a one-timer and that puck finds the back of the net. Sprong with his first power play goal as a Duck and extends the lead in this one, it’s 2-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: POWER PLAY GOAL- Sprong net’s one-timer

The Coyotes were unsuccessful on the penalty kill since the newest Duck scored his first power play goal as a Duck. The penalty has expired and the Coyotes are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Carter Rowney is off to the penalty box for boarding Jakob Chychrun. The Coyotes had chances but DENIED by Gibson every time… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Ryan Getzlaf is off to the box for tripping Richard Panik. The Ducks got so close to getting another puck in the net but Manson fumbles before he could fire his shot… it’s 5-on-3 hockey for 56 seconds as Brandon Montour is off to the penalty box for cross-checking Clayton Keller. The shots DENIED on the 5-on-3 but just seconds after Getzlaf is out of the box… the Arizona Coyotes Goal. It’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson with the power play goal. The Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 2-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: Coyotes Goal #1

The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room with a 2-1 lead over the Arizona Coyotes after 1 period of play. The Ducks need to stay out of the penalty box and spend more time attacking the net. The Coyotes didn’t generate much but were dangerous in the period. The Ducks need to make good plays and defend more to take more pressure off Gibson who is standing tall and strong, he is keeping his team in the game.

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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

New period, same start… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Ritchie gets to work and pounces on the turnover and Henrique coming in behind Ritchie makes a backhanded pass, Ritchie provided traffic and Henrique gets it in the back of the net. BUT the Coyotes are challenging for the play being offsides… here comes the word from the situation room in Toronto… after video review the play is ONSIDES and we have a GOOD GOAL. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 3-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Henrique cashes in on turnover

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! As the Arizona Coyotes are penalized for delay of game due to the coaches challenge on the goal, the penalty is served by Conor Garland. The Ducks went to work and attacked the net but Hill denied every shot that came his way… penalty killed and the Coyotes are back to full strength.

Almost halfway through the period the Arizona Coyotes Goal. It’s Christian Fischer with the goal. Gibson is in a bad position to keep the puck out of the net. The Coyotes get another one but the Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 3-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: Coyotes Goal #2

The Ducks get a bounce back from the energizer bunny and extend the lead… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! Kase deflects the puck into the net off of the shot by Ritchie. The Ducks extend the lead over the Coyotes, it’s 4-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: CZECH GOAL- Kase’s second goal of the game

The Coyotes make a bounce just about a minute later… the Arizona Coyotes Goal. It’s Nick Cousins with the goal, the puck went up and over the glove of Gibson and there wasn’t much he could do to save that one. The Ducks remain in the lead but the Coyotes are biting and looking to tie, it’s 4-3 Ducks.

Click here to see: Coyotes Goal #3

Looks like the Coyotes biting paid off… the Arizona Coyotes Goal. It’s Jakob  with the goal, his slap shot that Gibson didn’t see the release goes top-shelf and into the back of the net. The Coyotes have tied it up, it’s tied 4-4.

Click here to see: Coyotes Goal #4

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Niklas Hjalmarsson off to the penalty box for delay of game. Just after 52 seconds into the power play the Ducks get a 2 man advantage it’s 5-on-3 hockey with 1:08 of power play time as Richard Panik is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Adam Henrique. Ondrej Kase got so close to getting one in but is DENIED by Hill. The Ducks fired so many shots but are DENIED by Hill who is alert.The 5-on-3 as Hjalmarsson is out of the box, Hill remains alert and DENIES the Ducks shots on net… penalty killed and the Coyotes are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room tied 4-4 to the Arizona Coyotes after 2 periods of play. The Ducks are getting more scoring chances and they need to find ways to get pucks past Hill. The Coyotes are getting some crazy bounces and those bounces translated into goals. To get back on top the Ducks need to be more aggressive, apply more pressure, limit the chances for the Coyotes to bounce on turnovers and have more control of the puck to create more chances to get back on top.

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The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…

The Ducks with control of the puck getting so many chances and good quality chances but are DENIED by Hill.

It’s never good to mess with the Ducks when the BEASTLY JOSH MANSON is out on the ice and it showed in a painful hit when Manson completely decks Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He was slow to get up after being decked by Manson.

Half-way through the period Gibson comes up big for the team with a huge glove save that could’ve easily found the back of the net.

Lindholm gets a real good chance to put the Ducks in the lead but his shot on net is DENIED by the glove of Hill.

Click here to see: DENIED- Hill’s glove save on Lindholm

It’s GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson comes up huge in a flurry of saves and he DENIES the Coyotes biting on his heels to get one in so they could get the lead but Gibson was like not this time when he covers up the puck.

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Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s flurry of saves

In the final minutes Henrique gets a real good chance but Hill comes up big for the Coyotes with a big save that DENIES the Ducks to take the lead.

The goalies didn’t let any pucks in so with it being tied after regulation this one is going into sudden death overtime.

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The puck is dropped and the 5-minute 3-on-3 overtime period is underway…

It took 33 seconds to wrap this one up… the Arizona Coyotes Goal. Nick Schmaltz gets the 2-on-1 rush and there was no chance for Gibson with no defender close to help defend them from getting that one in.

Click here to see: Coyotes OT Goal

The Coyotes win this one just seconds into overtime.

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The Ducks get a point but lose in overtime. The Henrique line has been a big production line lately and that is because of their good chemistry. This was a good solid game and one that the Anaheim Ducks can build off of and make the changes that can get the Ducks playing that they want to be playing. The Ducks need to focus on more net front presence, shooting the puck more, create more offense, and get better on defense so they are not leaving the goalie hanging out to dry.

PLAYER CAREER RECORDS MADE

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Nick Ritchie registered single-game career highs in points (0-3=3) and assists, and tied a personal best in plus/minus (+3; last: Feb. 15, 2018 at Chicago).

Ondrej Kase posted his second multi-goal game of 2018-19 (2-0=2) to move into a share of the team lead in goals this season (11). Kase has collected 7-3=10 points in his last nine games.

Daniel Sprong scored his first career PPG at the 13:37 mark of the first period.

Adam Henrique collected his third multi-point game of the season (1-1=2). With the two-point effort, Henrique moved into sole possession of second place in scoring on the team (8-14=22).

Brandon Montour, Jakob Silfverberg, and Hampus Lindholm collected single assists in the contest.

Postgame Quotes

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

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Nick Ritchie (on the second period): It wasn’t a very good period for us. We just kind of broke down a couple times and they scored. That hasn’t really been us in this last little while. We’ve been in a lot of tight games. Tonight, for whatever reason, in the second, we just kind of took our foot off the gas and let in some easy goals.

Nick Ritchie (on the inconsistency): That’s why they’re streaks. You don’t want to be on too long of a losing streak. We won a lot of games and have been in a lot of close games, and have been on the wrong side of it with a play here or there. We were really close again tonight, if you look at it that way. Not picking up points here is going to hurt us later on, for sure.

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Adam Henrique (on the second period): Mistakes ended up in our net. That’s really it. You want to play with the lead. That’s where you need to tighten up defensively and make sure you don’t give up anything for free. Those mistakes, letting them hang around, tie it up and get to overtime, that’s it.

Adam Henrique (on his line’s chemistry): We’ve had that chemistry. We found it tonight, which is great. We felt like we were on the puck, taking advantage of certain opportunities and putting pressure on the forecheck.

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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game): We were too loose defensively. We had three two-goal leads, and you should be able to finish it out. We were guilty of trying to be too cute in the second period. We didn’t play the simple grind game that’s required. We tried to get over-passing, over-handling and trying to make too fancy of plays. It cost us.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on areas of improvement): We’ve been starving for offense through the course of the first half of the season. We feel if we stick with it and stick with our template, if we can continue to play that strong forecheck and cycle down low, we’ll get our opportunities to score. Right now, with our lineup and the way we’re made up, we have to develop that blue-collar and stay-at-home type of defending through the middle of the ice much better than we did tonight. It cost us a point tonight. It shouldn’t cost us a point when you have three two-goal leads in the game.

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Thoughts on the game from the Arizona Coyotes players and coaches

Nick Schmaltz (on finding a way to come back and win tonight’s game): It’s a good character win. We didn’t give up when we were down there and everyone stayed positive. We got some good saves from our goaltender. Just chipped away and got a few big goals at the end of periods.

Nick Schmaltz (on the overtime winner): It was a rush against. O [Oliver Ekman-Larsson] made a good play breaking it up. Odd-man rush. Their guy fell down. So, just took off and Kells [Clayton Keller] made a hell of a play to freeze the goalie. I just tried to put the puck on net and fortunately it went in.

Clayton Keller (on tonight’s game): It was kind of a crazy game, a little bit wild. All that matters is we got the two points. Right back at it tomorrow against Vegas.

Clayton Keller (on if he was thinking pass the entire time for the OT winning goal): I don’t know. That’s a tough one to say. I think when you are coming down, you kind of have to freeze the goalie and make him think you are shooting. As soon as the D-man [defenseman] kind of moves his stick is when you are able to make that pass across and Schmaltzy [Nick Schmaltz] put it in the back of the net.

Christian Fischer (on the review of the third period): It was eventful for sure. Both teams had their looks and I thought we played well out there. Kind of shut down when they had some chances and kept things simple when we needed to and there’s nothing wrong with pushing to overtime. I like our chances over theirs on a 3 on 3.

Christian Fischer (on the resiliency of the team): It’s probably not the most fun win for the coaching staff but it’s great to see everyone stick with it. Hills battled it the whole time. PK was great today. Our first period wasn’t our best but sticking with it and it’s nice to have one finally pay off.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet (on the game overall): It was a crazy game, a really crazy game. There was resiliency throughout the entire game which helped us be successful.

 

The Ducks look to build off this one and get to playing the game the way that they want to be playing.

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Source Adam Brady- Recap: Ducks Lose Three Two-Goal Leads in 5-4 Defeat to Arizona

Source: Dan Arritt- Coyotes defeat Ducks in OT on Schmaltz goal

Source: Anaheim Ducks- Postgame Notes and Quotes – December 29 vs. Arizona

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