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VIDEO: Miller Earns Shutout Against Former Team
By Michael Walters
The Ducks wasted no time scoring in this one as Adam Henrique sneaked a shot under Nilsson’s pads just 56 seconds into the game. The red-hot Rickard Rakell scored after receiving a nice pass from Ryan Getzlaf. Rakell has scored a goal in each of his last six games. The Ducks led 2-0 after the first period.
In the middle frame, Vancouver pushed back, but Miller was there stopping every shot he faced. The Ducks made it 3-0 when Getzlaf tipped a Hampus Lindholm slapshot past Nilsson. Later in the period Chris Wagner and Michael Chaput dropped the gloves. The Ducks lead 3-0 after two periods.
Just 20 seconds into the third period, Antoine Vermette scored after receiving a pass from Getzlaf. Vermette didn’t get all of the puck, but just enough to send it past a diving Nilsson. The goal would be the 5000th in Anaheim Ducks franchise history. Derek Grant added a late tally and the Ducks when on to win 5-0.
Team Stats/Game Notes:
Rakell has scored a goal in each of his last six games and seven total during that span. He leads the team with 15 goals.
Vermette scored Anaheim’s 5000th goal in franchise history.
Getzlaf’s 3-point night moves him into 2nd place in points-per-game (1.35). He is only behind Kucherov (1.44).
The Ducks had another strong start in this contest building an early 2-0 lead. Anaheim did regress again in the second period, but Miller was top of his game not allowing a single goal against his ex-teammates. The Ducks are building momentum as they have won three in a row and five of their last six games.
The Ducks face the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday at 6 PM PT.
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January 3rd, 2018