A BIG night for the Ducks as they wrap up the Silver Celebration Week and there is nothing better to end the week than retire the GREAT SCOTT NIEDERMAYER (there are so many words that could describe him as a person and as a hockey player). Before the Ducks hit the ice the ceremony of #27 being raised to the rafters at Honda Center which began at 4:30 .
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How did the Anaheim Ducks players honor such a great leader, captain, and all that Scott Niedermayer is? During the warmups all of the Ducks players wore these jerseys to honor one of the greatest players to play for the Anaheim Ducks organization.
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The Ducks take on the defending Stanley Cup Champs and the Ducks are looking to get back to the way they played against the Canucks. The Ducks know that they need to pressure and shutdown the BIG RUSSIAN threat that is Alex Ovechkin he is the biggest threat because of his one-timer from the top of the circles, some say that is Ovechkin’s office and most of those shots do find the back of the net. The Ducks need to prevent him from getting open in his office. They also need to be aware of when Wilson, Backstrom, and Kuznetsov are out on the ice.
The Ducks get Ritchie back into the lineup and he is a player that they could use his physical presence on the ice since they are facing Tom Wilson who is the most suspended player in the NHL today. The Ducks need to be physical and emotional and spend less time defending the goalie in net. They need to have target practice on Capitals starting goalie Brayden Holtby.
Both John Gibson and Chad Johnson remain on IR with upper body injuries. So where are the Ducks at regarding goaltending but there is no reason to worry because there is good news when it comes to the goaltending… Who will be in net to take on the Capitals on this SPECIAL night at Honda Center? He is in the net warming up, lets see if the jersey and the Ducks Alumni in the crowd give him an extra boost which includes the great goalie Jean-Sébastien Giguère, and he seemed to be unstoppable in the playoffs when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.
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IT’S MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME!!! After being out of the lineup for 10 weeks with an ankle injury Ryan Miller is back in net and ironically the last victory just happens to be against the Washington Capitals. Not only is it a special night at Honda Center but it is a night that with a win tonight Ryan Miller could pass John Vanbiesbrouck (374 NHL wins) for holding the record for most wins for a U.S. born goaltender.
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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…
Not the start the Ducks wanted, just minutes in the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Hampus Lindholm off to the penalty box for tripping Alex Ovechkin. The Capitals got momentum but didn’t get it past Miller… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
It’s Alex Ovechkin that made the Ducks pay just seconds after the penalty to Lindholm expired because… the Washington Capitals Goal. It’s Alex Ovechkin with that deadly one-timer that gets through the arm and body of Miller and it’s in the back of the net. The Capitals are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Capitals.
Click here to see: Capitals Goal #1
The Ducks get close to tying when Lindholm shoots a dangerous wrist shot from the circle but he is DENIED by the pad of Holtby.
Click here to see: DENIED- Holtby pad save on Lindholm
With less than 8 minutes remaining in the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Corey Perry is off to the penalty box for holding Matt Niskanen. The Ducks spent almost the entire penalty kill in the offensive zone and didn’t allow the Capitals entry into the zone to take a shot on Miller because of the amount of pressure and control the Ducks had… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Just a little over a minute remaining when Michael Del Zotto gets hit hard into the boards by Andre Burakovsky.
The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Andre Burakovsky off to the penalty box for boarding Michael Del Zotto. The Ducks got a few chances but couldn’t get one past Holtby. The Ducks will have 30 seconds of power play time to begin the second period.
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room trailing 1-0 to the Washington Capitals after 20 minutes of play. The Ducks know that they will start the second period with 30 seconds of power play time. Miller is strong in his first period back from being injured. The Ducks are playing strong defensively and that needs to continue throughout the rest of this one. The Ducks need to find a way to get a puck past Holtby and continue to attack to have control and get the puck into the back of the net.
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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
The Anaheim Ducks start the period with 30 seconds of a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Andre Burakovsky starts the period in the penalty box to finish his penalty for boarding Michael Del Zotto. The Capitals clear the puck and by the time the Ducks could get a play going… penalty killed and the Capitals are back to full strength.
The ever dangerous Alex Ovechkin got a breakaway and many thought it was an easy goal but it’s MILLER TIME!!! Ovechkin tries to tuck one home on a breakaway but he is completely robbed by the pad of Ryan Miller.
Click here to see: MILLER TIME- Miller’s pad stop on Ovechkin
Miller standing tall and strong in net DENIED the shot by Backstrom. Backstrom takes a lead pass and gets behind the defense but Miller shuts his pads to DENY the opportunity. At the same time he is showing the Capitals that it’s MILLER TIME and that he is going to make it a challenge to get one past him and into the back of the net.
Click here to see: MILLER TIME- Miller stonewalls Backstrom
The Ducks dangerous sniper fires his one-timer and…THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #26 BRANDON MONTOUR!!!! ASSISTED BY THE #43 JAYCOB MEGNA!!! Brandon Montour fires his snipe shot from the blue-line and with Henrique in front of the net deflects the puck into the back of the net. There was no chance for Holtby. The Ducks tie the game, it’s tied 1-1.
Click here to see: GOAL- Henrique tips in Monty’s snipe shot
IT’S MILLER TIME!!! Once again Miller shuts down the great and ever dangerous Alex Ovechkin. Miller DENIED the Capitals to take the lead on Ovechkin’s shot on goal.
The Sweds are making things happen with aver 5 minutes remaining the period because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! Silfverberg capitalize as he gets one past the Capitals goalie Brayden Holtby. Lindholm gets the passing going and gets the puck to Henrique. It’s Silfverberg that CAPS off the terrific passing sequence by turning home the return feed from Henrique at the doorstep. The Ducks take the lead late in the second, it’s 2-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Silfverberg caps great play
The clock is winding down but it’s enough time for John Carlson… The Washington Capitals Goal. It’s John Carlson that takes the slap shot from the blue-line and there wasn’t much that Ryan Miller could do to keep that one out of the net. The Capitals tie just minutes after the Ducks take the lead, it’s tied 2-2.
Click here to see: Capitals Goal #2
The Swed is attacking the net and comes close to giving the Ducks the lead but Rakell is DENIED by the glove of Brayden Holtby
Click here to see: DENIED- Holtby’s glove save on Rakell
Under half a minute remaining in the period and the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Tom Wilson off to the penalty box for goaltender interference on Ryan Miller. There will be 1:34 remaining on the power play to start the third period.
The Anaheim Ducks head off to the locker room tied 2-2 to the Washington Capitals after 2 periods of play. The Ducks know that they will start the period with 1:34 of power play time. Ryan Miller standing tall and strong in net for the Ducks. The Ducks need to continue attacking and having control of the puck to take the lead and the 2 points tonight at Honda Center.
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The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…
The Anaheim Ducks start this one with 1:34 of a JMG POWER PLAY!!! Wilson sits for 1:34 for goaltender interference. It was time in the box that he did not enjoy. Just 37 seconds into the period the BASH BROTHERS (Getzlaf and Perry) are back together get things going on the power play… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! IT’S A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! ASSISTED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! Getzlaf finds Perry and his shot creates some chaos in front of Holtby and Henrique gets to the loose puck and it’s into the back of the net. The Ducks take the lead on the power play, it’s 3-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: POWER PLAY GOAL- Henrique nets PPG
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Dmitrij Jaskin off to the penalty box for tripping Troy Terry. With his son in the stands Perry got hot with a “good luck dad” from his family in the stands and it showed about 30 seconds into the power play…
Looks like daddy came through for his son because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #15 RYAN GETZLAF!!! Cam Fowler makes the perfect pass to Perry on the circle and that is a cannon that gets past Holtby who couldn’t stop that one. The Ducks extend their lead on the power play, it’s 4-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Perry scores his first goal for his son
With a goal from Perry the Capitals were unable to kill off the their penalty… Jaskin is out of the box and the Capitals are back to full strength.
Minutes later the Anaheim Ducks go back on the JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Matt Niskanen off to the penalty box for tripping Devin Shore. The Ducks generated a lot of shots and had good control of the puck but couldn’t get the puck past Holtby… penalty killed and the Capitals are back to full strength.
Then about 9 minutes remaining the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill. It’s Max Jones off to the penalty box for high-sticking Evgeny Kuznetsov. It’s MILLER TIME. Ryan Miller came up with huge saves which prevented the Capitals from capitalizing on their power play… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
A little over 5 minutes remaining in this one and the Swed is making Swed things happen… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #38 DEREK GRANT!!! ASSISTED BY THE #44 MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO!!! Silfverberg gets the puck and hammers it from the top of the circle and that puck goes in top-shelf and there was nothing that Holtby could do to prevent the SWED GOAL. The Ducks extend their lead over the Capitals, it’s 5-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Silfverberg’s stellar snap shot
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The Ducks take home the win on a very special night at Honda Center as they took down the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
FRANCHISE & PLAYER RECORDS MADE:
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With his 205th career NHL assist, Cam Fowler surpassed Scott Niedermayer (204) for the all-time franchise lead in assists among defensemen.
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Ryan Miller tonight earned his 375th career NHL win to surpass John Vanbiesbrouck (374) and become the all-time leader among U.S.-born goaltenders in wins. Miller, who also ranks 16th on the all-time wins list for NHL goaltenders, owns a 375-270-80 record with 43 shutouts, a 2.61 GAA and .916 SV% in 748 career NHL games. Vanbiesbrouck had been the all-time leader since Jan. 6, 2000, when he passed Tom Barrasso with his 349th career win with the Flyers over the New York Islanders. Both goalies remained active yet Vanbiesbrouck did not relinquish the lead until Miller tied him on Dec. 2, 2018.
The Anaheim Ducks won both games of their season series with the Capitals for the first time since 1999-00 and the third time in franchise history. Anaheim has won three straight against Washington for the first time since Dec. 11, 1998-Oct. 29, 1999 (also 3-0-0). The Ducks have scored five goals-or-more in five games this season, including a 6-5 victory in Washington on Dec. 2.
The Ducks this evening retired Niedermayer’s No. 27 jersey in a pregame ceremony at Honda Center. Niedermayer became the third former Duck to have his number retired, joining Teemu Selanne (No. 8) and Paul Kariya (No. 9). Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013, Niedermayer was the first player in hockey history to win a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior title. He is also the only player in hockey history to have won a combination of four Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals. A 2003-04 James Norris Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, Niedermayer was named an NHL All-Star six times during his NHL career (1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009). Niedermayer led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2007. He played five seasons with the Ducks, scoring 60-204=264 points over 371 contests. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native remains the Ducks’ all-time leader in goals, points and power-play goals (39) among club defensemen.
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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
Adam Henrique (on his two-goal performance): It was nice just to get on the board. The last couple games, my game has felt right there. It’s nice to get a couple tonight and go from there. Just keep building on everything we’ve talked about the last week or so.
Adam Henrique (on the team’s complete performance): We played a full 60 minutes we’ve been searching for. No matter what happened in the game, we responded and stuck to the game plan. We kept putting pucks in, kept getting pressure and kept skating.
Adam Henrique (on winning on Niedermayer’s retirement night): I’ve been a part of a few of those now, and every single one of them is pretty special in its own way. To see him with two different organizations, both I’ve been lucky to be a part of, it’s pretty special to be there and be a part of it.
Ryan Miller (on setting the all-time mark for wins by a U.S.-born goaltender): Very satisfying being able to come off injury and make a difference in the game. Pretty emotional for a couple reasons. When you have a knee injury, it’s always uncertain what’s going to happen. It took a lot longer than I hoped. But there was satisfaction tonight. The boys played a great game. I was able to get back in. I had a few clunky moments, but I worked through it. It’s quite a nice feeling to get the win.
Ryan Miller (on setting the mark at home): I was happy I could do it at home with the fans here and my family here – my wife and my son. It’s pretty special to me.
Cam Fowler (on passing Niedermayer for the all-time mark for assists by a Ducks defenseman): His legacy here will be something nobody will be able to fill. For me, it’s a great accomplishment. I hope everything for him was fantastic because he’s well-respected and well-loved around here. He deserves the best. I hope he had a great night.
Cam Fowler (on the tonight being a special night): It was a pretty special night. As players here, we have to pay tribute to the guys who came before us and some of the legends who helped grow the game around this area. Nobody bigger than Scotty. To wear his jersey during warmups, listen to him speak, listen to guys speak before the game was really special. I don’t know if it gave our guys a jolt, but it was one of our best games in a long time.
Assistant Coach Marty Wilford (on the team’s defensive effort): We put a lot of things together. We’ve harped on it quite a bit. In our own end, playing faster, holding your position and being a good defensive hockey team. You can say a lot about or offense tonight, but [the defense] is where it started.
Assistant Coach Marty Wilford (on winning a game in this fashion):It was good for them all. They’re all out there before the game listening to everybody talk about Scott Niedermayer. As much as a competitor and winner as he is, I don’t think they wanted to let him down. We fed off that. It’s good for our team to score five goals. Everybody knows our troubles with lack of scoring, but hopefully now they can start feeling good about themselves and we can pile it on.
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Thoughts on the game from the Washington Capitals players and coaches
Lars Eller (on when tonight’s game got away from them): Somewhere in the second period. Not sure exactly, but something tipped the scale. It was kind of a snowball effect. We had a pretty good first period. So, you know were there from the start enough, emotionally in it and executing plays.
Lars Eller (on the frustration of not being able to carry momentum from their last game): We just beat a team with the best home record, and then we go in here and just kind of not perform up to the level we are capable of. So yeah, a bit of a roller coaster as far as that goes right now. Luckily, we have a game tomorrow to get back in it quickly.
Alex Ovechkin (on if the Ducks took them by surprise): No. Not surprised. Obviously they have some talent, they have some experience over there. When that kind of stuff happens, like the first two shifts on the power play they scored and you know it’s hard. It’s hard to come back.
Alex Ovechkin (on the standings being so close and giving away points that may hurt them in April [for playoffs]): We try to get every point. If it was a win or we lose in overtime, whatever. Every point, especially on that tough road.
Brooks Orpik (on tonight’s game): We were probably fortunate to be tied going in to the third here. Obviously, it’s easy to point to special teams and penalties, but there was a lot going on before that. We just weren’t very sharp.
Brooks Orpik (on if the lack of consistency is a problem): Yeah, I think so. I think, there’s going to be games you lose. If you’re playing consistently and doing the same thing over and over, there’s going to be some nights you don’t get the results, but you’re happy with the effort you put in. Right now, I think it’s inconsistent.
Head Coach Todd Reirden (on the inconsistency of this road trip): Got off to a slow start, we were able to capitalize on the powerplay and keep ourselves in the game. The details of our game got away from us there, whether it’s areas that have plagued us for the year which are faceoffs or our special teams, we could get ourselves in the game. When it comes right down to it, the details of the game are important and we were lacking in those for our sixty minutes tonight.
Head Coach Todd Reirden (on the goalie interference call on Tom Wilson): There’s some things you see differently than the refs. That’s the way it goes, you’re gonna like some and not like some others, and it’s up to us to take either advantage when we get a break on the power play or do the job on the PK [penalty kill] when something doesn’t go our way.
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