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VIDEO: Ducks Earn Point In Shootout Loss
By Michael Walters
Several milestones were achieved tonight for Anaheim. Corey Perry played in his 900th NHL game, all with Anaheim. Andrew Cogliano played in his 800th consecutive game in the NHL, which is 4th all-time. Randy Carlyle coached his 800th NHL game. Derek Grant played in his 100th NHL game.
The Ducks got on the board first as Corey Perry got a breakaway and blasted it between Jones’ pads for the early 1-0 lead. The Sharks had two power play opportunities, but couldn’t convert. They outshot Anaheim 12-7 but trailed 1-0 at the end of the period.
Rickard Rakell got an early chance as he was all alone in front of the San Jose net and scored, but the referees deemed the play offsides. Ryan Miller was tested several times in this period and he stopped everything that came his way. Logan Shaw had a great chance to give the Ducks a two-goal lead, but he shot the puck right into Jones’ glove. The Ducks led 1-0 after two periods.
Tomas Hertl was left wide open and had a great chance to tie the game for San Jose. Hertl went top shelf and Miller got a piece of it to direct it over the net. Shortly after that sequence the Ducks got a power play, but couldn’t convert. Right as the penalty expired Joel Ward scored on a 2-on-1 to tie the game. Perry had a late chance to win the game, but he shot the puck wide. Hertl then had a chance on the rush following Perry’s attempt, but Miller stopped it. The teams headed to overtime.
Hertl had the best chance with a breakaway, but Miller was equal to the task and stopped the shot. Both teams appeared to be tired as more opportunities to score were wasted on passes that didn’t connect. Neither team scored and they headed to a shootout.
Joe Pavelski was up first and scored for San Jose, giving them a 1-0 lead after round one. Rickard Rakell scored in round two to tie it up at one apiece. The shootout went six rounds but ended when Donskoi beat Miller to win the game.
The Ducks played a tight low scoring game as opposed to the previous night against Nashville. If not for a late 2-on-1 in the third period, the Ducks might have pulled off a win and maybe even a shutout. Miller was the key for Anaheim as he faced 45 shots and stopped all but one. The Ducks do need to work on limiting the number of opponents’ shots. Anaheim gives up on average 34.7 shots against a game, which is the third highest in the NHL.
The Ducks return home on Tuesday to face the Pacific Division-leading and rival Kings.
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November 5th, 2017
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