Steel gets his first NHL Hat Trick to get the 5-4 victory over the Canucks

Steel gets his first NHL Hat Trick to get the 5-4 victory over the Canucks

2- Ducks vs Canucks Photo by NHL

The Ducks are on their last road trip of the season it’s a 3-game Canadian road trip and they will face the dangerous Elias Pettersson and the Canucks to kick off the road trip.

With Ritchie and Getzlaf on injured reserve along with Larsson, Guhle, and Kesler the Ducks made a call and brought up a rookie from the Gulls and the right players was called up especially of the outcome of this one.

The Ducks had to make an emergency recall because of the injured Ritchie and Getzlaf, the Ducks recalled center Sam Steel and right winger Kiefer Sherwood from the San Diego.

There is a lot of youth in the lineup tonight.

There is the Jones and Terry tandem that is a Getzlaf and Perry duo in the making. Then there is Sprong who just a natural goal scorer, kind of like a young Perry, Silfverberg or Rakell. Then there is Sam Steel that was recalled to step in for the injured captain, he brings good stick handling, good play maker, and in the transition to being a strong to get a spot in the NHL. Sherwood is back due to the injured Nick Ritchie and because he was with the club for the first half of the season we all know what he brings to the table.

The Swedes are heating up ever since they began skating on the same line. The Silfverberg and Rakell duo is hot and they both have found their scoring touch back better than ever.

The Ducks need to do everything they can to eliminate the threat that is Elias Pettersson. The defense need to make sure to not give him room to fire at the goalie.

Speaking of defense, what time is it? Who is going to be in net to take on the ever dangerous Pettersson? There he is and he is getting his game face on…

gibson on gibby time- anaheim ducks Photo by Anaheim Ducks

IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! That’s right John Gibson is in net to take on and shut down the ever dangerous Elias Pettersson.

Game Highlights:

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is dropped and the first period is underway…

It’s GIBBY TIME from the start of this one making save after save to keep the Canucks from getting on the board first in this one.

The Anaheim Ducks start this one right and make things happen just 9-minutes into the period… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #34 SAM STEEL!!! IT’S AN UNASSISTED GOAL!!! Sam Steel blows past the defense from his own zone and slips a shot past Jacob Markstrom. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Steel scores on breakaway

Minutes later the Canucks get lucky on a deflection… The Vancouver Canucks Goal. It’s Jake Virtanen that throws a backhander toward the net from the goal line that bounces in off a defender’s skate. The Canucks tie the game, tied 1-1.

Click here to see: Canucks Goal #1

The Swede skills of Jakob Silfverberg almost put the Ducks back in the lead but his shot is denied by Markstrom.

Winding down to the final minute of the period when Gibson didn’t see it coming… The Vancouver Canucks Goal. It’s Alexander Edler who hammers a one-timer snipe shop from up top that deflects past John Gibson and into the back of the net. The Canucks take the lead late in the first, it’s 2-1 Canucks.

Click here to see: Canucks Goal #2

The Anaheim Ducks head to the to the locker room trailing 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks after 20 minutes of play. The Ducks are getting good chances by attacking the net, they need to keep that up and the puck will eventually find the back of the net. Gibson is standing strong in net but deflections got past him, the Ducks will need to protect him and prevent deflections to find the back of the net.

Puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

Not the start that the Ducks wanted… the Anaheim Ducks are on the penalty kill early in the second as it’s Josh Manson off to the penalty box for roughing Adam Gaudette. The Ducks stayed strong and didn’t let the Oilers generate any real good chances and didn’t leave enough room for the dangerous McDavid fire one at Gibson. Due to the Ducks pressuring them and not allowing good chances… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Loui Eriksson off to the penalty box for holding Korbinian Holzer. The Ducks have the control and good possession of the puck but all their chances and shots on net didn’t get past Markstrom… penalty killed and the Oilers are back to full strength.

The rookies are back at it and making things happen late in the second… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #34 SAM STEEL!!! HIS SECOND GOAL OF THE GAME!!! ASSISTED BY THE #64 KIEFER SHERWOOD!!! Sam Steel drives to the net and sweeps home a rebound off of Sherwood’s shot from up top. Due to bad position there wasn’t much that Markstrom could do from keeping that one out of the net. The Ducks have tied the game on Steel’s second goal of the game, it’s tied 2-2.

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

Mistakes happen and the Ducks made the Canucks for Markus Grandlund’s mistake and with a stick that has been hot tonight Murray gives Steel the go ahead to take a penalty shot. Steel has the chance to wrap up a hat trick with a penalty shot and the team on the bench is hoping that it goes in.

Reason for the penalty shot

Steel was selected to take a penalty shot after Canucks forward Markus Granlund was penalized for pushing a broken stick into the puck. Because it occurred in the defensive zone, the Ducks were awarded a penalty shot, as outlined in Rule 53.6, which states: When any member of the defending team, including the coach or any non-playing person, throws or shoots any part of a stick or any other object or piece of equipment at the puck or puck carrier in his defending zone, the referee or linesman shall allow the play to be completed and if a goal is not scored, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. This shot shall be taken by the player designated by the referee as the player fouled. (Full description can be found on Page 92 of the NHL Rule Book.)


Sam Steel selected for the penalty shot even though he wasn’t on the ice when Grandlund made his mistake, Ducks went with the hot hand and it paid off… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SAM STEEL WITH THE PENALTY SHOT GOAL!!! SAM STEEL’S PENALTY SHOT GOAL GIVES HIM A HAT TRICK!!! Sam Steel lifts a top-shelf backhander on a penalty shot to earn a hat trick with 50.6 seconds remaining in the 2nd period. Steel’s HAT TRICK GOAL gives the Anaheim Ducks the lead over the Canucks, it’s 3-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: HAT TRICK GOAL- Steel gets his first hat trick on his penalty shot

The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room with a 3-2 lead over the Vancouver Canucks after 2 periods of play thanks to Sam Steel. Gibson is on fire but he is not the only one on fire, Steel comes into the locker room after just scoring a penalty shot goal to give him his first NHL hat trick. The Ducks need to keep it up, they had a strong period and let’s finish strong and rob them of the 2 points that they need since they are in the playoff race for now.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Puck is dropped and the third period is underway…

With a look like this you just know that it’s GIBBY TIME right from the start and there is no better way to start a period then to be starting and ending a period on GIBBY TIME.

The look on his face says something like this: “Hey Edler it’s GIBBY TIME!!! There’s no chance I’m making it easy for you to get one in.”

IT’S GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME and now Edler knows what that feels like. Alexander Edler fires a wrist shot through traffic, but John Gibson makes a tough glove save to keep the Ducks ahead by a goal

Click here to see: GIBBY TIME- Gibson’s difficult glove save

The dangerous Elias Pettersson coming in with speed but his shot is blocked and never got through to Gibson.

The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Josh Teves off to the penalty box for hooking Troy Terry. The Swede made the Canucks pay for hooking the rookie… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #61 TROY TERRY!!! Rickard Rakell takes a pass and rips a short-side wrist shot into the net and with Silfverberg in front with the screen there wasn’t really a chance for Markstrom to stop that one. The Anaheim Ducks extend their lead over the Canucks, it’s 4-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Rakell with the power play goal

With a goal by the Swede Rickard Rakell the Canucks were unsuccessful in killing their penalty… penalty has expired and the Canucks are back to full strength.

Just about 4 minutes later the recently recalled rookie got to work and gets a good chance and… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #64 KIEFER SHERWOOD!!! IT’S AN UNASSISTED GOAL!!! Kiefer Sherwood pounces on a turnover in the slot and fires a wrist shot past Jacob Markstrom. The Ducks extend their lead farther over the Canucks, it’s 5-2 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Sherwood nets quick wrister

The Canucks came alive in the last 7 minutes of the game which was shortly after Sherwood’s goal.

The Canucks probably got tired of seeing the Ducks extend their lead because… the Vancouver Canucks Goal. It’s Josh Leivo who picks up a loose puck and goes top shelf on John Gibson with a wrist shot. That was one where there was nothing that Gibson to keep that one out. The Canucks get one but the Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 5-3 Ducks.

Click here to see: Canucks Goal #3

A minute later the Ducks get out muscled by a former LA King… the Vancouver Canucks Goal. It’s Tanner Pearson that goes to the net after a face-off win and buries a rebound past John Gibson. Hard to get to a puck out when Pearson had a wide open net to shoot at. The Ducks still remain in the lead but just by a goal, it’s 5-4 Ducks.

Click here to see: Canucks Goal #4

Since Murray took over the Ducks have got more physical especially when the opposing team takes a shot or a penalty worthy offense to their teammates. After a save Gibson gets chopped on the glove hand by Sven Baertschi which is what started a scrum.

It’s never good to see a BEAST go down and the one that is hard to take down but the BEASTLY JOSH MANSON goes down. Tanner Pearson hit him helmet to helmet before Pearson’s stick hit the other side of Manson’s helmet. Manson was down for a few minutes and was still shaken up and went straight to the locker room after getting help from his defense partner Hampus Lindholm and the trainer to get off the ice so he could make the way to the locker room with the trainer.

The Ducks go 1:31 with just 5 defenders. Ducks upset with officials because there was no penalty called on Pearson for injuring Manson.

Gibson stayed strong and not one puck got past him in the remaining 1:31 of the period.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks


Sam Steel’s Hat Trick:

Steel had the game of his life, becoming just the second rookie in franchise history to score a hat trick to propel the Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday. At 21 years, 51 days, he was also the youngest to achieve the feat, besting Bobby Ryan’s 21 years, 297 days. (Ryan became the first Ducks rookie to record a hat trick on Jan. 8, 2009 at LA.)

Steel also became the youngest player in Ducks franchise history to score on a penalty shot. Ondrej Kase was previously the youngest player at 21 years and 350 days when he scored on a penalty shot vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 2017.

Steel is the third rookie in NHL history to score on a penalty shot in a hat-trick game, joining Teemu Selanne (March 9, 1993) and Eric Lindros (Dec. 26, 1992).

25th Anniversary logo- Anaheim Ducks Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

vs Canucks (hat trick goal) Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Sam Steel (on game and his hat trick):

“It’s a big night,” Steel said after the game. “To get it with the team winning, it’s pretty special. Definitely something I’ll remember.”

“It was pretty cool,” Steel said, on being chosen for the penalty shot. “Before they decided, some guys were giving me nudges and stuff. When I got the call, I started thinking about what to do. It worked. Happy they chose me.”

“It’s pretty special to accomplish that, and to do it in a win is even better,” Steel said. “There were nerves, but luckily I got past that.”

“I’m trying to make an impact every game and just do whatever I can, no matter if we are in the playoffs or not. We want to win every night.” — Ducks rookie forward Sam Steel

“At start of the year, it’s not like I came in expecting to put up huge numbers, but I wanted to produce, and I don’t think I was living up to what was expected,” he said. “I am feeling more confident now and think I can produce at this level.”

Rookie- Troy Terry by Twitter Photo by Twitter

Troy Terry (reaction on bench on who to take the penalty shot):

Terry was on the bench when the penalty took place, and admits he was quite vocal when he and his teammates found out a player already on the ice had to take the penalty shot. “I don’t think anyone realized we were going to get a penalty shot out of that,” Terry said. “As soon as we found out it had to be someone on the ice, we all started saying Steeler! Steeler! He clearly wasn’t nervous, especially when he scored it like that.

Ducks vs Lightning- Rakell goal Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell (on Steel hat trick and the reaction on the bench on who should take the penalty shot):

“It’s a little different,” Ducks forward Rickard Rakell said of celebrating a win on the night they were eliminated. “But something like Steel’s hat trick got everyone going on the bench and was fun and gave the team some energy, and we just kept going from that.”

Once the Ducks realized they were getting a penalty shot, they began calling Steel’s name on the bench, Rakell said.

“Anything that can keep you going and finish the season the right way,” Rakell said.

Assistant Coach Mark Morrison- NHL Photo by NHL

Assistant Coach Mark Morrison (on choosing Steel for the penalty shot):

“As a coaching staff, the players made the decision for us,” assistant coach Mark Morrison said.

1- Vancouver Canucks Photo by Vancouver Canucks

Thoughts on the game from the Vancouver Canucks players

Bo Horvat

We had like a 30-minute lull again,” Vancouver center Bo Horvat said. “We showed what we can do there in the last 10 minutes of the game. We were all over them in their zone all the time. We’ve got to play like that every single game, all the time, every shift, everybody.”

“We thought it was going to be easy after that,” Horvat said. “And that’s not how it works.”

Jacob Markstrom

“In the second, they kind of took over the game. We came back in the last 10 minutes of the third, but it’s tough. By then, they’d scored five already. So that’s not good enough.” — Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom


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

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/

Source: Kyle Shohara- Recap: Steel’s Incredible Hat Trick Leads Ducks to 5-4 Win in Vancouver

Source Kevin Woodley- Ducks defeat Canucks but are eliminated from playoff contention

Video source: YouTube posted by NHL

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