Ducks Come Out of the Wild with a 3-0 Victory to end 12-game losing streak

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The are currently riding a 12-game losing streak and look to put an end to losing as they take on the Minnesota Wild. Being on a losing streak is the result in changes to the lineup and trades. GM Bob Murray traded Pontus Aberg to the Wild in exchange for Justin Kloos, Joseph Blandisi to reacquire Derek Grant from the Penguins, and Luke Schenn to the Canucks in exchange for Michael Del Zotto. Del Zotto will not play until he has his visa and papers sorted out before he can play in a game as an Anaheim Duck. The Ducks also brought up some players from the Gulls, Troy Terry, Max Jones, and Andrej Sustr. Terry and Jones will be in the game and will be on the Grant line or as Brian Hayward calls them “Derek Grant and the kids”

Max Jones was called up from the Gulls to play with the big boys and tonight he makes his NHL debut with the Anaheim Ducks.

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Jones is a 2-way player and one that plays with an edge and that is something that the Ducks are looking for, he also tends to be a player with net front presence which is something that the Ducks are also looking to have in their lineup.

With some new faces in the lineup we will have to see how this sparks the team and if it adds a little more jump, grit, more offense, and spark to protect the goalie..

Speaking of goalies what time is it? Who will be in net to shutdown the Wild who look hungry for some Duck for dinner tonight? Well only the starting goaltender can answer that…

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IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson is in net for the Ducks and he will need to be strong with all the rookies in the lineup. He has a familiar face that will take the rookies under his wing on the fourth line. Gibson has been rock solid and there is no wonder why he has been chosen to represent the Ducks in the All-Star Game

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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…

The Ducks apply a lot of pressure because they had good puck control and have the possession of the puck. They fired pucks and made plays and about 4 minutes in the Ducks get to work once the sniper gets the puck because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! Ritchie finds Henrique and fires the puck and it goes through Zach Parise and finds the back of the net. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Henrique’s wrister finds twine

Just 11 seconds after the Henrique goal the Swed shows that he is on fire since returning to the lineup from injury, it’s safe to say that RickRakAttack is back… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #29 DEVIN SHORE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!! Shore takes a shot but is denied by Stalock who doesn’t cover and the Swed cashes in on the rebound and finds nothing but net and there was nothing Alex Stalock could do to keep that one out. The Ducks extend their lead over the Wild, it’s 2-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Rakell puts away the rebound

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as they are called for too many men on the ice and it’s Daniel Sprong to the box to serve the bench minor penalty. Manson gets a good chance but he gets slashed as he shoots the puck. It’s 4-on-4 hockey for 1:34 as Ryan Suter is off to the penalty box for slashing Josh Manson. The Ducks had the possession of the puck and they got chances but couldn’t get one to get into the back of the net. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength. The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY for 36 seconds. The Ducks had good puck control and kept it in the Wild zone but couldn’t get one past Stalock… penalty killed and the Wild are back to full strength.

The Ducks are on fire and looking hungry for another one, they got to work and made things happen… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #23 BRIAN GIBBONS!!! ASSISTED BY THE #45 ANDY WELINSKI!!! The Ducks keep the puck alive in the Wild zone and Welinski takes a shot from the blue-line and Gibbons is there to tip the puck into the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 3-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Gibbons nifty redirect

GOALIE CHANGE

With letting in 3 goals that could’ve been saved in the eyes of the Wild’s head coach, Alex Stalock is pulled with 12:02 remaining in the period. The Wild wanted to rest their #1 goaltender but with 3 goals in the first half of the period the #1 goalie Devan Dubnyk comes in relief and will be in net for the Wild for the rest of this one.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Nick Seeler is off to the penalty box for slashing Daniel Sprong. The Ducks continue to have good possession of the puck and it’s target practice on Dubnyk who just kept on covering up and DENYING puck after puck on real good chances… penalty killed and the Wild are back to full strength.

Just seconds after the penalty Seeler the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Josh Manson is off to the penalty box for cross-checking Zach Parise. Pontus Aberg takes a shot on his former team but finds the plastic on the outside of the net, the puck was stuck and it took the officials an entire commercial break to get the puck loose. The Ducks strong on their penalty kill because not one single puck got through to Gibson due to strong with pressuring them in the zone… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room with a 3-0 lead over the Minnesota Wild after 1 period of play.  The Ducks had control of the puck a majority of the period and they need to continue that throughout the rest of the game. They had only one real good chance but being on GIBBY TIME there wasn’t really a chance for them to get one past the athletic and technically sound John Gibson and that will just continue through the rest of the game. After just the first period Grant showed that he came back strong and there seems to be some good chemistry with Troy Terry and Max Jones being the wingers on his line.

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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

The Wild get close but Gibson is there with the stick to swat the puck out at the very last second to keep it out when the puck is almost completely across the goal line. The play is under review so it’s up to the situation room. After video review the puck didn’t completely cross the line therefore there is no goal. The shot by Jonas Brodin is DENIED by Gibson.

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson keeps puck out with stick

Very few chances for about 8 minutes with the going back and forth in zones before the Wild is called for offsides with 8:15 remaining in the period.

The Ducks spending more time in the Wild zone and generating chances because the Ducks are defending and playing due to the Ducks defense playing strong in front of John Gibson.

The Ducks get so close to knocking another one in but Rakell is DENIED by the pad of Devin Dubnyk.

Click here to see: DENIED- Dubnyk’s save on Rakell

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Cam Fowler is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Luke Kunin. Zach Parise gets a 2-on-1 rush and with Manson speeding to get there and his shot is DENIED by Gibson. A huge scramble in front of the Anaheim goaltender but each attempt is DENIED by Gibson… penalty kill will continue for 30 in the third period.

The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room with the 3-0 lead over the Minnesota Wild after 2 periods of play. The Ducks know that the Wild will begin the period with 30 of power play time. They also know that John Gibson is rock solid and playing on GIBBY TIME and looks determined to end this losing streak.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…

The Wild start the period with 30 seconds of power play time from the high-sticking penalty to Fowler. The Ducks didn’t let a single shot go through and that’s due to being strong defensively… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! Just about 3 minutes into the period Gibson comes up with a big save. Jared Spurgeon walks in front try to go top glove but is DENIED and Jason Zucker takes the shot and is DENIED with a sprawling save by Gibson.

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s sprawling save on Zucker

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Mikko Koivu off to the penalty box for tripping Carter Rowney. Ducks control and Getzlaf takes a shot on goal and with no Ducks to create traffic but with no Ducks around made it an easy one for Dubnyk to cover up and DENY all the pucks he faced… penalty killed and the Wild are back to full strength.

Shortly after the Wild killed the Ducks power play… Ondrej Kase heads to the locker room after his shift because he got slashed on the hand in the face-off circle by Charlie Coyle. The official made no call or give Coyle a slashing penalty.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JGM POWER PLAY!!! It’s Jonas Brodin off to the penalty box for high-sticking Max Jones. Getzlaf close to get another one but Dubnyk was able to cover before Getzlaf could get his stick on the put. Dubnyk remains strong and DENIED all the shots fired at him… penalty killed and the Wild are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Brandon Montour is off to the penalty box for hooking Charlie Coyle. IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson DENIED quality chances and shots by Zach Parise are covered and in the glove of John Gibson… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Ducks end the 12 game losing streak and find them back in the win column with the 3-0 shutout victory over the Wild here in Minnesota.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The Wild will be seeing John Gibson in their nightmares since they had so many good looks and shots but couldn’t get a single shot past him. Here’s another shutout victory for the athletic and technically sound goaltender John Gibson.

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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

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John Gibson (postgame interview):

“We just all came together,” said Gibson, who earned his second shutout of the season and the 18th of his career. “Any time you lose that many games in a row, it’s a test to anyone’s character and the will to win. We finally came together and said ‘Enough is enough.'”

“I thought it was pretty close,” Gibson said. “I didn’t really know, but you watch enough of our games and I was thinking in my mind when they went to review it that we deserve a break. Honest. We’ve had some bad bounces go our way and to get out of this (losing streak), we needed a break and I thought that was a good break tonight.

“It’s only one game, but we got to make sure that we don’t take a step back from what we did tonight and carry it into the next one and finish this road trip out on a good note.”

“It’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure,” Gibson said. “It’s nice. I think tonight we all just had enough of losing and we came out and played the way we had to play and do what we had to do.”

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Head Coach Randy Carlyle (postgame interview):

“It’s relief for everybody, more so for our players because when you go through these situations and the amount of frustration, the amount of passion that they play with and not get rewarded for such a long period of time, and then the nervousness goes in when you have a 3-0 lead, are you going to allow the opposition back in it?” Carlyle said. “All those things are playing on their minds. It’s a huge relief and you hope you can turn the corner on something and start to play a consistent brand of hockey that gives us a chance to win.”

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Thoughts on the game from the Minnesota Wild players and coaches

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Zach Parise (postgame interview):

“Over the last three or four games we’re playing teams that are bottom in the League, and a team coming in on a 12-game losing streak.” Wild forward Zach Parise said. “We get one shootout win out of it (3-2 against Los Angeles Kings). It’s just not good enough.”

“We’re not scoring enough. At the end of the day that’s what it comes down to,” Wild forward Zach Parise said. “We’re just not scoring enough goals. That’s been tough for us this year.”

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Charlie Coyle (postgame interview):

That’s business; we all miss a guy like that,” said Wild forward Charlie Coyle. “He’s been here for how ever many years, and we’ve grown together with him and it’s sad to see him go. He was a big part of this team. But we’re moving forward here and those are the changes that we made and we go with it and try to make the most of what we got.”

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Head Coach Bruce Boudreau (postgame interview):

It seems like nobody is taking the bull by the horns,” Boudreau said. “I don’t want to use the word interesting. It’s just the way it’s been for the last six weeks. Nobody has been able to put that run together. I was hoping that this would have been the week. But evidently it isn’t going to be.”

“I wish I had answers for why we start out some games the way we do,” Boudreau said. “It’s funny, because I told them, ‘They had a 3-0 lead against Pittsburgh, they had a 2-0 lead against Winnipeg, they had a 1-0 lead. They’re going to come out of the gate flying trying to win this thing.’ And we got caught sleep-walking.”

 

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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: Kyle Shohara- Recap: Ducks Snap Streak with 3-0 Victory Over Wild

Source: Jessi Pierce- Ducks end losing streak at 12 with win against Wild

Source: Dan Myers- Wild get ‘caught sleep-walking’ in loss to Ducks

Video source: YouTube posted by NHL

Photos by The Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, NHL, Pioneer Press

 

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