After a long summer hockey is back at Honda Center. IT’S OPENING NIGHT! The start of the next chapter of the Anaheim Ducks starts tonight as they take on the Arizona Coyotes.
For the first time in a while the Ducks had 4-5 spots on the roster that was up for the rookies to prove they belong at the NHL level. Those spots belong to players that all played with the Ducks at one point in the 2018-19 season.
Welcome to the Anaheim Ducks Max Jones, Brendan Guhle, Troy Terry, Sam Steel.
The players that have been chosen to move up and down from the Gulls this season are Max Comtois and Isac Lundestrom but are the players that will most likely get called up and down if and when needed. They were sent down just before the opening game due to Ondrej Kase and Sam Steel coming off the short-term injured reserved.
For the franchise there is not much that people are expecting especially when it’s a playoff conversation. BUT it’s the players that are the ones that have the high expectations of themselves to turn things around from a tough season last year.
The Ducks have added youth to the mix with the veterans and that speed and a much more energized team. This is a whole new team due to the renewed energy boost that comes with this new youth movement.
What time is it? Who will be the starting goalie to shut down the Coyotes….
IT’S GIBBY, GIBBY, GIBBY TIME!!! That’s right, John Gibson is in net to shut down the hungry Arizona Coyotes who look to have some DUCK for dinner but let’s see what Gibson has to say to that after this one.
It’s a new season let’s make it a good start to be playoff contenders…
The puck is dropped and the first period of the season is underway…
It didn’t take long for the BEAST to be unleashed THE BEASTLY JOSH MANSON takes a huge hit on Clayton Keller and that sends a strong message especially when it’s a clean check into the boards right in front of the Ducks bench.
Ducks with possession of the puck and got many attempted chances but before Jones got his shot on a play with Troy Terry a Coyote pounces on the puck to get it out of the zone.
The Coyotes got a real good chance but John Gibson with the old school goaltending he completely robs Clayton Keller of a goal.
Ducks are in attack mode and they make them pay for turning over the puck… AND THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #38 DEREK GRANT!!! ASSISTED BY THE #29 DEVIN SHORE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #47 HAMPUS LINDHOLM!!! Devin Shore has his breakaway try kicked away by Darcy Kuemper, but Derek Grant pots the rebound. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: DUCKS GOAL!!! Grant trails play, buries rebound
The crossbar can either be a goaltenders friend or enemy and with 3 minutes remaining the crossbar wasn’t kind to Derek Stepan who can’t believe that the puck didn’t find the back of the net.
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room with the 1-0 lead over the Arizona Coyotes.
Take-aways and notes after the first period
- Solid goaltending and Gibson keeping Coyotes off the board
- Not very physical
- NO PENALTIES
- Need to get on the offense
- Limit turnovers
- Clean up the zone to help out Gibson
The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
Minutes in Cam Fowler take the shot right off of the face-off from the blue line and looked like it would be a goal but is DENIED by the glove of Darcy Kuemper.
The Coyotes catch a break and… the Arizona Coyotes Goal. It’s scored by #21 Derek Stepan. Phil Kessel slides a pass to Derek Stepan, who snipes the top shelf. The Coyotes are on the board, it’s now tied 1-1
Click here to see: Coyotes Goal #1
Clayton Keller that is the threat and the Ducks saw the target on his back and in this period it is the Henrique that took a BEASTLY hit on and looked like that one hurt.
Winding down to the final minutes the Swed Rakell takes a shot that looked like it was good for the Ducks to take the lead but the Swed shot is swallowed up by Darcy Kuemper.
About 30 seconds remaining in the period is when the 10-year defenseman Cam Fowler make a really good move and one that Vinnie Hinostroza will most likely be seeing in his nightmares… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #4 CAM FOWLER!!! ASSISTED BY THE #24 CARTER ROWNEY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #49 MAX JONES!!! Cam Fowler dances around a defender and lifts a wrist shot from the left face-off circle that beats Darcy Kuemper’s glove. The Ducks take the lead with less than a minute remaining in the period, it’s 2-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: DUCKS GOAL!!! CamAmerica roofs it and scores
The Anaheim Ducks head to the locker room with a 2-1 lead over the Arizona Coyotes.
Take away notes on the period
- Solid goaltending by Gibson
- Getting good chances
- No penalties
- Being physical and made hard hits on their threat- Clayton Keller
The Ducks need to keep it up to get the win on the season opener.
The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…
The Ducks in attack mode taking good shots that could extend their lead but they were all denied by Kuemper.
The Coyotes come oh so close to tie but they must’ve forgotten that they are playing against the clock that is dialed down to being GIBBY TIME and what an UNBELIEVABLE SAVE!!! John Gibson fights through a screen to knock down Alex Goligoski’s one-timer. Access to the back of the net is DENIED.
Click here to see: GIBBY TIME!!! Gibson’t huge save through screen
After going about 50 minutes with no penalties the officials send Carl Soderberg off to the penalty box for having goaltender-interference with John Gibson. The Ducks had issues getting into the zone the power play. Penalty killed and Soderberg out of the box, the Ducks didn’t do much to make them pay on their penalty kill.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as it’s Carter Rowney off to the box for for hooking Clayton Keller. They had chances but DENIED by John Gibson. Penalty killed and the Anaheim Ducks are back to full strength.
Darcy Kuemper stuffs Rickard Rakell from in close, then knocks away a pair of long-range wristers for an excellent flurry of saves
Gibson stays strong in the final minutes of the game denying shot after shot as the Coyotes try to get a goal to tie. ALL SHOTS DENIED BY GIBSON.
The Ducks with a strong start to the season as they win the season opener. Thanks to Gibson the Coyotes didn’t have many opportunities to score because GIBBY TIME paid off.
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
John Gibson (on the game): It’s always nice to start the season off on a win. It’s a big, special night for us and our fans. It’s nice to give them a win. We just played our game. We came out a little bit slow, but I think as the game went on, we got stronger.
Derek Grant (on the game): I thought everyone played well today and we have good depth throughout our lineup. We need everyone chipping in, in different ways, every night. If I can chip in with a goal, that’s great, but there’s a lot of other things we’re worried about out there.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins (on Fowler’s goal): Any time you can get one of those late in a period like that. It’s such a great feeling walking into the room. I thought we had played much better in the second period and to get rewarded like that is big. We’ve asked Cam to get up the ice and he was up, up, up the ice and he made a great, great play on that goal.”
Head Coach Dallas Eakins (on the game): Well, it’s huge. Any time you can get one of those late in a period like that, it’s such a great feeling walking into the room. I thought we had played much better in the second period and to get rewarded like that is big. We have asked Cam to get up the ice, and he was up, up, up the ice, and he made a great, great play on that goal.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins (more on the game): It’s probably not the best game we have played in a little bit. I thought we were a little jittery early. I thought our arousal rate was a little high. The crowd was very much into the game and I thought that had an effect on us, but it was probably the way we settled down, took a breath and got our feet underneath us.
Thoughts on the game from the Arizona Coyotes players and coaches
Phil Kessel (on the game): You know, I thought we played pretty well tonight. We were skating, just one of those nights where we couldn’t get more than one.
Darcy Kuemper (on the game): I really liked our effort. I thought the guys were really amped up, ready to play. Overall, I thought our structure was really good. It was just one of those games that was kind of tight both ways, and obviously the goal late in the period killed us.
Head Coach Rick Tocchet (on the game): I thought we were OK defensively, obviously you’ve got to score goals. We had some chances, we had some good possession time, but it was sloppy, too many giveaways.
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Source: Kyle Shohara- Recap: Ducks Open 2019-20 Season with 2-1 Victory Over Coyotes
Source: Dan Arritt- Gibson makes 32 saves, Ducks defeat Coyotes in season opener
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