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The Ducks are out of being in the playoffs but that isn’t stopping them from having fun and lately they have taken on the role as “spoilers” for teams that are fighting for a playoff position and effect the teams that will end up playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Ducks take on the Montreal Canadiens who desperately need points to get into the playoffs. The Canadiens come into Honda Center with a 5-2 loss over the San Jose Sharks.
The young 21 year old rookie Troy Terry has been thriving ever since being recalled from the (AHL) San Diego Gulls for the third time this season. His confidence has been noticeable and his hockey smarts and great vision have been on display since being recalled. Terry’s vision of looking to make plays to score and has the patience to wait for plays to develop. In some ways he is like a young version of Ryan Getzlaf (but that is only my opinion).
The Ducks need to get into the shooting lanes and clog up the neutral zone to defend this speedy Canadiens team. The Ducks need to get traffic in front and make it difficult for Price to make the key saves that his team needs him to make.
When the Canadiens come to town that tends to mean that it’s a goalie battle. The Canadiens have Carey Price in net and he has never won a single game at Honda Center. Who will the Ducks put in net to win the goalie showdown against Price? Well… only the starting goalie can answer that and here he is making his way to defend the crease…
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IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! It’s John Gibson in net to take on the Canadiens and will be the goalie to win the battle of the goaltenders here at Honda Center. It’s Gibson vs. Price. Who will end on top at the end of this one.
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The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…
Gibson starts off strong and showing the Canadiens that it’s GIBBY TIME tonight and that it’s not going to be easy to score.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Nick Ritchie off to the penalty box for interference on Nate Thompson. The Ducks had good control of the puck and Gibson playing on GIBBY TIME denied their few chances that they got but the majority of the PK was spent in the offensive zone… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Shortly after the penalty was killed off Sprong has sprung loose… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #11 DANIEL SPRONG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #32 JACOB LARSSON!!! Sprong with the puck and shoots the puck from the circle and finds it’s way up and over the shoulder of Carey Price. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Sprong’s top-shelf tally
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Nick Ritchie is off to the penalty box for roughing Christian Folin. He gets the get for standing up for his teammate, Folin slashes Terry as he goes for a change and since the officials didn’t make the call Ritchie decided to do something about it. Due to good goaltending by Gibson because he is on GIBBY TIME and the defense playing strong is what prevented the Canadiens from setting up a real good play that could get them on the board… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
With a play created by the rookie and sick stick handling skill made something going… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #61 TROY TERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Terry gets the puck off the boards near the goal line and backhand pass to Henrique at the face-off circle and with good stick handling skill gets through four Canadiens. Henrique fought his way through and gets the puck around the leg of Price and into the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 2-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Henrique battles and scores from the slot
It took just 30 seconds for the Canadiens to react to the Henrique goal… the Montreal Canadiens Goal, scored by Paul Bryon who takes a backhanded shot that got past Gibson. Gibson wasn’t able to see the release of the backhanded shot which made it difficult to keep it out. The Canadiens are on the board but the Ducks remain in lead, it’s 2-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: Canadiens Goal #1
Just 30.2 seconds remaining in the period, the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Brendan Gallagher off to the penalty box for tripping Devin Shore. Then just 20 seconds later THE ANAHEIM DUCKS WITH A 2 MAN ADVANTAGE!!! It’s Jordie Benn with a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking Troy Terry.
The Ducks will start the second period with 1:38 of a 5-on-3 JMG POWER PLAY.
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room with a 2-1 lead over the Montreal Canadiens after 1 period of play. The Ducks know that they will be starting the period on a 5-on-3 power play. They know that John Gibson is playing on GIBBY TIME and is coming up big for the team when they need to make the athletic saves that he makes. The defense is playing smart when they are playing in front of the net. The Ducks are in attack mode and it’s target practice on Price and that needs to continue through the rest of the game.
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The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
The Anaheim Ducks are on the 1:38 of the 5-on-3 power play time on the penalty to Brendan Gallagher for tripping Devin Shore and 3:32 remaining on the penalty to Jordie Benn for high-sticking Troy Terry.
The Ducks had good zone time and chances but couldn’t find the back of the net on the 5-on-3. Penalty killed and Gallagher is out of the box but…
The Anaheim Ducks are still on a JMG POWER PLAY for the double minor high-sticking penalty. Some good came out of that power play when the rookie kept the puck alive and in the zone gets a play going… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #29 DEVIN SHORE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Terry keeps the puck in the zone and finds Ritchie. Ritchie gets it to Perry who wacks to get it in but of one of the many attempts Shore banks home the rebound of one of Perry’s many attempts…. Wait looks like the Canadiens are challenging goaltender interference, the word from Toronto is “THE CALL ON THE ICE STANDS, IT’S A GOOD GOAL. There was no interference with the goalie on the play.” The Ducks extend their lead on the power play, it’s 3-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: POWER PLAY GOAL- Shore jams home the rebound
The Canadiens were unsuccessful in killing the penalty kill because the Ducks got one past Price. The penalty to Jordie Benn has expired and the Canadiens are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as they are called for too many men on the ice, Daniel Sprong is off to the penalty box to serve the bench minor penalty. The Ducks had good control on the penalty kill and the Canadiens weren’t able to take a single shot on Gibson. Since they couldn’t get a shot on net… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Half way through the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Jaycob Megna off to the penalty box for cross-checking Artturi Lehkonen. The Canadiens did some damage on their power play… The Montreal Canadiens Goal. The dangerous Shea Weber with the cannon from the blue-line that completely beats Gibson at any chance to keep that one out. The Canadiens get one but the Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 3-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: Canadiens Goal #2
With a cannon from Weber that got past Gibson the Ducks were not successful in killing the penalty. The penalty has expired and the Ducks are back to full strength.
Just moments after the Canadiens put another one on the board, the Ducks responded and it’s Carey Price who pays the PRICE… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #61 TROY TERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #32 JACOB LARSSON!!! Terry is there to tip in the snipe shot from Fowler up top. The Ducks extend their lead over the Canadiens, it’s 4-2 Ducks. Cam Fowler gets an assist he passes Scott Niedermayer for sole possession of points by a defensemen.
Click here to see: GOAL- Terry with tip-in off Fowler’s shot that sets a club record
Then 6 minutes later Perry gets to the front of the net in hopes for Carey Price to pay the PRICE once more and that is exactly what happens to Price because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #10 COREY PERRY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #24 CARTER ROWNEY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #38 DEREK GRANT!!! Rowney makes a fake on Price and passes it to Perry instead of shooting and a sneaky Perry gets the puck to go through the five-hole and into the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 5-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- ScoreyPerry with the five-hole on Price
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill with 1:22 remaining in the period as it’s Jaycob Megna off to the penalty box for hooking Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Canadiens find the back of the net but it’s just a second too late as the period comes to an end. The Canadiens will have 38 seconds of a power play to start the third period.
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room with a 5-2 lead over the Montreal Canadiens after 2 periods of play. The Ducks know that they will start the period of 38 seconds of penalty killing time. They know that it’s GIBBY TIME and that John Gibson is on fire and is technically sound and coming up with the big saves. The rookie Troy Terry is on fire and is using his vision and making plays that the Ducks could score off of. There is a ton of offense and lets keep it up to rob the Canadiens of the 2 points that they really need.
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The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…
The Ducks start the period on the 38 seconds remaining on penalty to Jaycob Megna for hooking Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Ducks start strong and didn’t let the Canadiens generate anything on the remaining time on their power play… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Max Jones is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Jonathan Drouin. IT’S GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson comes up huge when the dangerous Shea Weber fires his one-timer from the point and it just pops in and out of Gibson’s glove.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson with the sick glove save on Weber
The Ducks strong on the penalty and making it hard for the Canadiens to get a good play started… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.
The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Brendan Gallagher off to the penalty box for slashing Hampus Lindholm. Gallagher is upset for the call because there was no clear chopping motion. The Ducks got real good chances but they couldn’t get one past Price on the power play… penalty killed and the Canadiens are back to full strength.
Time winding down to 5:35 remaining in the period and the Canadiens need some goals to tie but it’s hard to do with 2 Anaheim Sweds and perfect passing is what stops them because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #29 DEVIN SHORE!!! Rakell with a few attempts gets the puck back with a perfect pass from Silfverberg who shoots and Rakell is there for the tip-in and the puck is the back of the net. The Ducks extend to a much bigger lead over the Canadiens, it’s 6-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Rakell tips in off the Swed pass from Silfverberg
Just 2:22 minutes later the rookie makes a good play and the delivery was perfect because… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #61 TROY TERRY!!! Terry comes in with speeds and gets the puck from a bad pass made by Price. Terry feeds the puck to Henrique and he fires a one-timer that finds nothing but net. The Ducks extend their lead (most goals in a game during regulation). The Ducks lead 7-2 over the Canadiens with under 4-minutes to go in this one.
Click here to see: GOAL- Henrique with the one-timer
Just 10 seconds remaining and it is a moment that Max Jones won’t forget… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #49 MAX JONES!!! HIS FIRST NHL CAREER GOAL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! Manson gets the puck to Max Jones who weaves in and out of 2 Canadiens players fires and the puck finds the back of the net. The Ducks have locked this one in the bag, it’s 8-2 Ducks.
Click here to see: GOAL- Jones scores 1st NHL GOAL and it’s PRICE-less
Jones’ goal is his first NHL career goal and first NHL career game winning goal that gives the Ducks the 8-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Postgame Notes and RECORDS MADE
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Cam Fowler (265) surpassed Scott Niedermayer (264) to become the all-time franchise leader in points among defensemen. Along with his 265th career point, Fowler passed Paul Karya (606) for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time franchise games played list. The Anaheim defenseman has collected 57-208=264 points in 607 career NHL games and is the all-time franchise leader among defensemen in points, assists and games played.
The Ducks defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 8-2 at Honda Center. Anaheim has scored eight goals or more five times in franchise history (club record is nine; all five 8-goal games have been at home). The Ducks have won two of the last three home games (2-1-0) and improved to 3-1-0 overall in their last four games. In addition, Anaheim has scored 17 goals and five power-play goals in its last four contests.
Troy Terry (1-2=3, +4) became the first Anaheim rookie to record back-to-back three-point games (1-5=6) and the first NHL rookie to do so since Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders from Jan. 13-15, 2018 (3-5=8). Terry is also just the third Ducks rookie and first rookie forward to record a +4 rating or better, joining Sami Vatanen (+5), Ruslan Salei (+4) and Hampus Lindholm (+4). With his 1-2=3 points tonight, Terry extended his point streak to a career-high three games (2-5=7).
Nick Ritchie set a career high in points (9-20=29) with his second multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2). Ritchie has registered points in consecutive games (1-2=3).
Corey Perry registered his second multi-point game (1-1=2) with his third goal and third assist of 2018-19.
Adam Henrique earned his second multi-goal game (2-0=2) of 2018-19. Henrique pushed his goal streak to a season-high three games (4-0=4).
Devin Shore collected his first multi-point game as a Duck (1-1=2), which included the game-winner. The Anaheim center has 2-1=3 points in his last four games.
Max Jones scored his first career NHL goal at the 19:49 mark of the third period.
Rickard Rakell scored his 11th goal of the season and his second in as many games (2-0=2). The Anaheim winger extended his point streak to a season-tying four games (2-2=4).
John Gibson stopped 35-of-37 shots for his 19th win. Gibson has won two of his last three starts (2-1-0).
Jacob Larsson recorded his first career multi-point game (0-2=2) in the contest.
Daniel Sprong scored his 10th goal to give Anaheim the lead at the 6:39 mark of the first period.
Anaheim won its fifth straight home game vs. Montreal dating to March 4, 2015, marking a franchise best. The Ducks also have earned points in 11 of their last 12 home games (9-1-2, 20 pts) vs. the Canadiens dating to March 7, 2001.
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Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
Max Jones (on his first NHL goal): It just happened so fast. I know the period was running down, and I had my last chance to take it. I decided to go with it and see what I can do. So much pressure and stress was on my shoulders just from trying to get that first one. It’s the same thing that happened to me in the AHL a couple years back in the playoffs. Same thing in the OHL. I know how it feels. It’s not a fun time to go through something like that. The sigh of relief really felt good.
Max Jones (on his teammates congratulating him): It’s special to me. I grew up watching a lot of these guys, so for them to celebrate your first goal is pretty cool. Coming to the locker room, everyone congratulating you and giving you hugs. It was a very special moment. It’s nice to be liked by the team. It was a really cool moment for me. I’m going to cherish it forever.
Troy Terry (on his offensive production): Getting some bounces now that I might not have gotten earlier in the season. I’m playing with a lot more confidence now. It’s nice to have some go your way. It’s more fun to win than it is to lose.
Troy Terry (on Jones’ goal): I think everyone’s reaction said it all. He’s been more than deserving of that goal. He’s been playing really well. I’d be lying if I told you he wasn’t thinking about it. I know it’s a big goal for him. Just for him to get rewarded for his hard work. Especially to do it in that fashion was pretty incredible. We’re all happy for him.
Adam Henrique (referring to Antti Niemi playing in place of Price for the Canadiens in a 5-2 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday): They saved him for tonight, so we took that as a challenge. You never want to be the team that somebody thinks they can come into your building and win.
Assistant Coach Mark Morrison (on the team’s improved play): There’s been a few changes in systems, and we tightened up the [defensive] zone, for sure. The biggest thing is everyone believes in each other inside the room. We’re starting to have fun and move the puck well. They’re playing for each other.
Assistant Coach Mark Morrison (on the impact of the younger players): They’ve been a big help. They bring a lot of energy on the ice and in the dressing room. They’re a pleasure to be around. They’re very enthusiastic, and they’re having fun.
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Thoughts on the game from the Montreal Canadiens players and coaches
Brendan Gallagher (on tonight’s loss being a collapse): Obviously, with points being as critical as they are right now, [we] put a lot of urgency on this game. We didn’t come out, you know, we fell behind early and we weren’t able to dig ourselves out of a hole. That’s fact of the matter. Obviously we didn’t play a strong enough game, that goes without saying. The reality of the situation that we’re in, [we] can’t dwell on it, can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have hockey games remaining. We have points in hand. We gotta move on and that’s just the reality of the situation.
Brendan Gallagher (on tonight’s game): I think all the momentum shifts went their way. I think they put eight pucks behind our goaltender. That’s on us as a team. Obviously, we are giving up too many high-danger chances. You can’t expect to win, especially on the road playing a back-to-back. You definitely have to be smarter as a group.
Shea Weber (on the frustration of chasing the game): Yeah, it’s frustrating. Obviously, it’s not what you want to be doing. It’s what we did the last couple games. Just seems like it’s too little, too late in those situations.
Shea Weber (on wanting to forget this game as soon as possible): Yeah. I mean, obviously I think it’s going to sting for a little bit here. We are fortunate we have some time to digest it and get a little work in before Tuesday because that was obviously not good enough.
Head Coach Claude Julien (on the disappointment of losing an important game): Well, any time you lose it’s disappointing. I think tonight was one of those nights where we dug ourselves a hole and again, we didn’t seem to be on our game. A lot of things didn’t pan out tonight for us because of our play.
Head Coach Claude Julien (on playing three games in four days plus the time-change): It doesn’t matter. This is what we have, we have to deal with it. As far as athletes are concerned, you’re in great shape and that’s not to say it’s not hard on them. The biggest thing right now is that the last couple of weeks we have been on the road. I think it’s cumulative of all that stuff and it kind of caught up with us there a little bit.
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