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Early Deficit Dooms Anaheim
By Michael Walters
Chicago jumped on the Ducks early in this one scoring three goals. Patrick Sharp scored at about the nine minute mark to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. Alex DeBrincat scored a few minutes later to make it 2-0. It looked like the Ducks might get out of the period down by two, but then Brandon Saad scored to make it 3-0 after twenty minutes of play.
Artem Anisimov added another goal and the Ducks were down 4-0. Jakob Silfverberg and Chris Wagner did score in the period. Silfverberg’s shot deflected off a Chicago defenseman and Wagner’s shot just got by Crawford, who couldn’t close his leg pads in time. DeBrincat scored twice again in the period earning his first career hat trick. The Ducks trailed 6-2 at the end of the period. Gibson was pulled from the net and Ryan Miller came in during the middle of the period.
Wagner scored his second of the game as he was able to tip the puck just past Crawford for a power play goal. Nick Schmaltz did add another goal for Chicago, who ended up winning 7-3. Brandon Montour was injured in the period and had to exit the game. He appeared to injury his right wrist or hand when he was checked into the boards.
The Ducks had no answer for the Blackhawks speed. Chicago was able to forecheck at will and roll four lines for most of the night. Anaheim did battle back in the second period, but it’s difficult to come back when down already 4-0 on the road in Chicago. To make matters worse, Montour was injured toward the end of the game. There was no update afterward from Randy Carlyle. The Ducks may have to call Jaycob Megna back up. They Ducks have been using Korbinian Holzer as a forward recently.
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November 27th, 2017
Filed under: Ducks News Tagged: Anaheim Ducks, chicago blackhawks, ducksnpucks