It’s a pre-season rival faceoff as the Ducks take on the San Jose Sharks from up north for the first home game at Honda Center. This is the second time the Ducks come face-to-face with the Sharks, the Sharks are looking to win this one since the Ducks came away with the win in the Shark Tank.
There are currently 36 players that are on the Ducks roster, players who want to be a regular on the roster have to give it all they got to get there and come out of this rival game alive.
*The Swedish Mafia are the Swedish players: Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg, Isac Lundestrom, Jacob Larsson and Hampus Lindholm.*
What time is it tonight to take on the hungry Sharks from the North?
It’s GIBBY GIBBY GIBBY TIME!!! John Gibson gets the start in net to shut down the hungry and vicious San Jose Sharks.
Here we go the puck is dropped and the first game at Honda Center is underway…
Just minutes into the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Jacob Larsson is off to the penalty box for holding Barclay Goodrow. Gibson stays strong. It’s 4-on-4 as Timo Meier is off to the box for slashing Andreas Martinsen. Andreas Martinsen is off to the penalty box for roughing Timo Meier for retaliating for the slash. Time for Gibson to be on GIBBY TIME as it’s now 4-on-3 as Dalton Prout is off to the penalty box for slashing Max Jones. With a solid goalie playing on GIBBY TIME, the 4-on-4, 4-on-3, and 5-on-4 penalties are killed due to the solid Gibson in the Anaheim net.
Under 9 minutes remaining… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #45 ANDREAS MARTINSEN!!! ASSISTED BY THE #2 BRENDAN GUHLE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! Andreas Martinsen spots the puck at the top of the crease and sweeps it past Aaron Dell to put the Ducks ahead. The Ducks are on the board first, it’s 1-0 Ducks, Sharks trail by 1.
Click here to see: DUCKS GOAL- Martinsen Pots Puck in Front
When you put 3 Swedish players on the same line magic is bound to happen and 3 minutes after Martinsen’s goal, the Swedish Mafia is in full force when… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #33 JAKOB SILFVERBERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #67 RICKARD RAKELL!!! ASSISTED BY THE #48 ISAC LUNDESTROM!!! Rickard Rakell feeds to Jakob Silfverberg in front of the net and tips the puck past Dell. The Ducks extend their lead over the Sharks, it’s 2-0 Ducks, Sharks trail by 2.
Click here to see: SWED GOAL- Silfverberg taps home quick pass
With 2:15 remaining in the period, the Ducks lose the aid of Sam Carrick as he is off to the box to serve a 5-minute penalty for fighting Jeffrey Truchon-Viel. The Sharks lose the aid of Jeffrey Truchon-Viel as he is off to the box to serve a 5-minute penalty for fighting Sam Carrick.
The Anaheim Ducks take a 2-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks after one period of play. Gibson looks like he picked up from where he left things last season – solid and technically sound – Think it’s safe to say that there is the Swedish Mafia that is most likely a line that Eakins can pair due to the Swed chemistry between Rakell, Silfverberg, and Lundestrom. Solid period for the Ducks, they need to keep it up, continue putting big bodies in front of the net, protect the rock solid Gibson in net and shut the Sharks down so they can come out of this one alive.
The puck is dropped and the second period is underway…
Just minutes into the period is all it took for the young defenseman to get something going… ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #2 BRENDAN GUHLE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #11 DANIEL SPRONG!!! Brendan Guhle lets go of a sharp wrister that beats Aaron Dell off the crossbar. The Ducks extend their lead over the Sharks, it’s 3-0 Ducks.
Click here to see: DUCKS GOAL- Guhle nets nice wrister
The ANAHEIM DUCKS GO ON THE JMG POWER PLAY!!! Alexander True is off to the penalty box for hooking Korbinian Holzer. The Swedish Mafia attack the net but are denied by Aaron Dell. Penalty killed due to Dell’s solid goaltending.
The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Michael Del Zotto is off to the penalty box for interference on Timo Meier. Ducks were in attack mode and didn’t let the Sharks get a single shot on their power play. Penalty killed, Del Zotto is out of the box and the Anaheim Ducks are back to full strength.
With less than 3 minutes remaining Josh Mahura hits the ice after a knee-to-knee by Dalton Prout. Dalton Prout was giving a game misconduct on top of a kneeing penalty that will be served by Nikolai Knyzhov. Prout is done for the night because of the knee-on- knee contact. It’s 4-on-4 hockey for 2 minutes as Max Jones makes his way to the penalty box for high-sticking Jacob Middleton. The Sharks make the Ducks pay on the penalty to Jones with just 53.4 seconds remaining on the clock…
The San Jose Sharks Goal. It’s scored by #22 Jonny Brodzinski and assisted by the #7 Dylan Gambrell. It’s Dylan Gambrell who spins and passes the puck to Jonny Brodzinski, who goes top-shelf with a one-timer. The Sharks are on the board but the Ducks remain in the lead, it’s 3-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: Sharks Goal #1
The Ducks head to the locker room with a 3-1 lead over the San Jose Sharks after two periods of play. The Ducks know that they will be on a JMG power play to start the third period. Ducks strong and lets keep it that way. Gibson is solid and will continue to shutdown the Sharks every time they try to go into attack mode on GIBBY TIME.
The puck is dropped and the third period is underway…
The Anaheim Ducks are on 2:26 remaining on the JMG POWER PLAY!!!! The kneeing penalty on Dalton Prout for kneeing Josh Mahura which also ejected Prout from the game. It’s Nikolai Knyzhov that is back in the box to serve the remaining time for Dalton Prout’s kneeing penalty. The Ducks got plenty of chances but they were all DENIED by Aaron Dell. Penalty killed and the San Jose Sharks are back to full strength.
After a series of good shots at Dell the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Brendan Guhle is off to the penalty box for interference on Ivan Chekhovich. The Ducks remain strong and they didn’t allow a single shot on the red hot John Gibson. Penalty killed and the Anaheim Ducks are back to full strength.
It’s 3-1 Ducks with 10 minutes remaining and things starting to get chippy against the rivals from up north.
Derek Grant crosschecks Timo Meier and Jacob Larsson takes a shot at Meier in retaliating for Grant. It’s 4-on-4 hockey as Timo Meier is off to the box for crosschecking Derek Grant and Jacob Larsson is off to the box for roughing Timo Meier.
For 1:03 the San Jose Sharks go on a 4-on-3 power play as Cam Fowler is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Antti Suomela. It’s GIBBY TIME but the Ducks didn’t allow any shots to be fired at the rock solid John Gibson.
It’s 3-1 Ducks and with 1:50 the Sharks pull Aaron Dell for the extra attacker.
The Anaheim Ducks will be on the penalty kill for the rest of this one as Chase De Leo is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Tim Heed. It’s the Ducks penalty kill and the Sharks showed a bit of weakness…
THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #38 DEREK GRANT!!! IT’S AN UNASSISTED GOAL!!! Derek Grant controls the puck in the neutral zone, skates in and guides the puck into the empty net. The Ducks extend the lead and it’s too late for the Sharks to comeback with 21.8 seconds remaining in the game, it’s 4-1 Ducks.
Click here to see: DUCKS GOAL- Grant short-handed shot finds the empty-net
Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches
Isac Lundestrom (on playing with Rakell and Silfverberg): I have to play my own game and give it to them. They’re great players. As Swedes, they help me on the ice. It’s nice to play with them. It’s simpler with the language and communication on the ice.
Brendan Guhle (on his goal): I think I have a pretty decent shot. I saw an opening in the glove. I don’t know if it went off their guy’s stick, but I saw that spot. I hit it.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins (on Gibson after stopping 31 of 32 shots on goal): We’re blessed to have an excellent goaltender like that. He was very good. Very calm in the net. He really exhibited a lot of his game he’s brought here for a number of years.
Blog post coming up next… Game posts, updates and news
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please leave any of your comments on the blog in the comment section. If you have any recommendations or thoughts or changes I could make simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Remember to download the NHL app to access everything Ducks. It’s a go to place to see stats on players, you can subscribe in order to listen to the game just like you would in the car, track the team points to see what place they stand in for the playoffs, and my favorites you can shop through the app and read articles of and watch interviews of the games and everything to do with the Anaheim Ducks.*
Most of you are probably on Social Media so here’s another source to get: Follow the Anaheim Ducks on Twitter and Instagram if you don’t already. It is a great way to stay in the loop of what is going to be happening with the Ducks and the Honda Center.
*Continue to check out the Ducks Team Store because there is always new items and merchandise that the Anaheim Ducks Team Store. So check it out before it’s gone.*
Sources: Anaheim Ducks Player News- Ducks Daily and Twitter @AnaheimDucks
Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com
Source Adam Brady- Recap: Ducks Earn First Home Win of Preseason, 4-1 Over San Jose
Video source: YouTube posted by NHL
Photos by The Anaheim Ducks, NHL