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VIDEO: Ducks Blank Coyotes, Earn Second Place
Arizona got an early power play, but the Ducks killed it off. Anaheim later struck first as Adam Henrique was able to get the puck behind Raanta for the early lead. the Coyotes got a late power play that would carry over to the second period. Anaheim lead 1-0 after the opening period.
The Ducks killed off the penalty to start the middle frame. Things got nasty in this period as Max Domi held Corey Perry down on the ice and no penalty was called. Perry got up and ending up fighting Brad Richardson as a result. Rickard Rakell would later score on a nice pass from Ryan Getzlaf from behind the net. The Ducks took a 2-0 lead into the third.
The final frame was more mellow than the previous period. The Ducks had a power play early in the period but didn’t convert. The Coyotes went for the extra attacker with a few minutes left in the game. Off a defensive face-off, Hampus Lindholm sent the puck nearly the length of the ice for an empty net goal. The Ducks won 3-0.
The Ducks put together another solid performance. They scored in each period and cashed in on one of their two power plays. Anaheim did take four penalties but the penalty killing unit keep the Coyotes off the board. The Ducks won their final five games of the season. The Sharks and Kings both had chances to move up in playoff position, but they both lost last night. As a result, the Ducks finished in second place and will face the Sharks in round one with home-ice advantage.
Ducks vs. Sharks First-Round Schedule
Game 1 – Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. PT (Honda Center)
Game 2 – Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. PT (Honda Center)
Game 3 – Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. PT (SAP Center)
Game 4 – Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. PT (SAP Center)
Game 5* – Friday, April 20 (time TBD) (Honda Center)
Game 6* – Sunday, April 22 (time TBD) (SAP Center)
Game 7* – Tuesday, April 24 (time TBD) (Honda Center)
For more on the Ducks playoff run check out our post game show!
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April 8th, 2018