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VIDEO: Perry’s Shootout Winner Lifts Ducks Past Canes
By Adam Tenenbaum and Matt Garcia
The Anaheim Ducks finished their four-game road trip, as they took on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, for the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Ducks come into the game 5-4-1, fresh off defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning last night at Amalie Arena. The Hurricanes come into the contest at 4-4-1. The starting goalies for the game were Ryan Miller for the Ducks and Scott Darling for the Hurricanes.
In the first period, the Canes would get the first power play chance as Josh Manson was called for interference. The Ducks were able to kill it off as the game remained scorless. Later in the period, the Ducks would break the tie, as Ondrej Kase beat Darling shortside to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Moments later, Derek Grant would score his third of the year to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. Late in the period, Josh Manson would be guilty of interference again, as the Hurricanes got their second power play. The Canes would score on the powerplay, as Jeff Skinner cut the lead to one, as the Hurricanes got on thre board. The period would end 2-1 Ducks at the end of twenty minutes. Shots in the first were 9 to 7 in favor of Carolina.
The second period saw the Canes dominate the Ducks the majority of the period. Jordan Staal would tie up the game at two midway through the second period. After the goal, the Ducks would be shorthanded again, as Nick Ritchie was called for holding. The Canes would not score this time, as the game remained tied at two. Minutes later, Justin Faulk would give the Hurricanes the lead as his big blast from the point got through Miller as the Hurricanes took their first lead of the game. The score would be 3-2 Hurricanes at the end of two periods. Shots in the second were 11 to 5 in favor of the Hurricanes.
The third period was a fairly even period, as the Ducks and Hurricanes traded scoring chances. The Ducks would attempt to tie up the hockey game but Darling held strong early in the period. Late in the period, Jakob Silfverberg would find the back of the net for the first time this season, tying up the game at three. The Ducks would attack late, but the game remained tied at three at the end of regulation. Shots in the third were 12 to 8 in favor of the Ducks.
The overtime period was the Miller show as Ryan Miller came up with several key stops to keep the game going. First Miller stopped a breakway by Sebastian Aho, and then later made a big stop on Victor Rask and Justin Faulk. The game headed to a shootout, in large part due to the efforts of Ryan Miller. The shots in the overtime period were 9 to 1 in favor of the Canes.
In round three, Sebastian Aho was stopped by Miller, as the Ducks were victorious in the shootout, and earned the two points.
Anaheim came into tonight’s game on the tail end of back to back games, and despite giving themselves a two-goal lead, things would start to fall apart in the second period as they would find themselves trailing entering the third period, but as the Ducks have shown through these 10 games in that they are a resilient bunch who refuse to give up and Silfverberg would step into the spotlight as he would notch his first goal of the season tying the game late in the third. The Ducks’ goaltending would be heavily relied on once again as Ryan Miller would give the Ducks the opportunity to come away with the victory with key saves throughout the game and all of overtime. In his first game of the season, Miller would secure the win in the shootout turning away all three shooters of the Hurricanes. Miller leads the NHL with the most shootout wins at 58.
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October 29th, 2017
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