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VIDEO: Ducks Rally Comes Up Short

Photo: Associated Press

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(5-5-2) hosted the Philadelphia Flyers(4-7-0). Ryan Miller was in net against Brian Elliott. Both teams entered the contest looking to end their losing streaks.

First Period

Marcus Pettersson was just recalled and he took a penalty to start the game just a minute and a half after puck drop. Sean Couturier scored on the power play and gave the Flyers an early 1-0 lead. Shortly after the Ducks got a power play when Dale Weise was called for hooking. Anaheim couldn’t convert with the extra man. The Flyers took a 1-0 lead to the locker room after 20 minutes.

Second Period

The Ducks tied the game up on a goal by Pontus Aberg, who blasted one over the shoulder of Elliott for the goal. The Flyers would answer back though when Claude Giroux took a shot, which Ivan Provorov deflected past Miller. Anaheim had a power play chance in this period but didn’t score. Philadelphia was called for a late penalty with two seconds to go in the period that would carry over to the third period.

Third Period

The Ducks started the period on the power play and had good pressure, but couldn’t get one past Elliott. Late in the period, Jordan Weal was called for tripping and the Ducks finally converted with the extra man. Aberg deflected a point shot past Elliott to tie the game. It looked like Anaheim would be able to at least force overtime, but Nolan Patrick would score with less than two minutes to go and give the Flyers back the lead at 3-2. The Ducks pulled Miller for the extra attacker, but they couldn’t get the game-tying goal.

Analysis

The Ducks got into penalty trouble early and got behind in the opening minutes of the game. Anaheim did battle back to tie the game two different times thanks to Pontus Aberg. Anaheim as a whole, however, didn’t do enough to win. They were outshot again this time 36 to 25 and weren’t controlling the puck enough. The team continues to lean too much on their goaltenders regardless who is in net. Anaheim did score on the power play. The Ducks were 0-for-12 with the extra man in their previous five games.

Game Notes/Stats:

Aberg has scored two goals in each of his last two games and he leads the team with four.

The Ducks recalled Marcus Pettersson and reassigned Kiefer Sherwood to San Diego.

Josh Manson did not play in this contest. He is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

This loss extends the Ducks losing streak to six games. Anaheim’s longest losing streak was eight-games back in October of 1996.

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October 31th, 2018

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