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VIDEO: Fowler’s Hat Trick Lifts Ducks In OT
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks took on the Columbus Blue Jackets in hopes of ending their seven-game slide. John Gibson was in net against Joonas Korpisalo. Ryan Getzlaf did not play as he was out with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Sam Carrick was called up and played as a result.
The Ducks got into penalty trouble in the opening minute of the game as Jacob Larsson was called for holding. Anaheim killed off the penalty and then had two power plays of their own. Patrick Eaves had a chance from the slot during the second power play, but Korpisalo made the stop. Later in the period, Pontus Aberg beat Korpisalo going five-hole, but the put went wide of the net. Columbus did get a second power play in the period, but they couldn’t convert. The teams went to the locker room in a scoreless tie.
Pierre-Luc Dubois would get called for an interference penalty just over a minute into the period. Columbus would kill off the penalty and Dubois would join the rush out of the penalty box and score going five-hole on Gibson. The teams would exchange penalties about 20 seconds apart and the teams would play 4-on-4. During that time Cam Fowler would score after receiving a pass from Rickard Rakell to tie the game at one. With less than two minutes to go, Fowler would strike again as he took a point shot that beat Korpisalo glove side hitting the post for the score. The Ducks lead 2-1 after two periods.
Columbus appeared to tie the game early in the period when Artemi Panarin received a pass from behind the net and slammed the puck past Gibson. The goal was nullified however because Alexander Wennberg was called for tripping Cam Fowler. Wennberg took Fowler down, which allowed Wennberg to steal the puck and make the initial pass to Panarin. The Ducks maintained their one goal lead until the final minutes of the period. Columbus pulled their goal and Dubois tied the game with about 31 seconds left in the game. Gibson blocked a shot but he tried to cover the puck and Fowler tried to clear it at the same time. As a result, the puck came free to the side of the net and Dubois was there was the easy score. To overtime, the teams went.
Adam Henrique crashed the net early in overtime drawing two players towards him. Henrique made a quick pass to Fowler, who buried it for the hat trick and game winner. The Ducks ended their seven-game losing streak.
The Ducks carried the play to start the game and despite getting down early in the second period they were able to pull out a win. Fowler’s hat trick and another strong performance by Gibson in net helped Anaheim end their losing streak. Anaheim did give up six power-play chances to Columbus, but they were able to keep them from scoring with the extra attacker. The Ducks had five power play chances of their own, but couldn’t convert. Hopefully, the Ducks can build on this win and keep the momentum going when they face Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Ducks end their losing streak and avoid tying their longest losing streak of eight games. (1996, 2011)
Cam Fowler recorded his first career hat trick.
Per the Ducks, Fowler is the third defenseman in team history to score three goals with the third being an overtime winner. Hampus Lindholm(2017-18) and Lubomir Visnovsky(2010-11) had done it before. It’s only been seven times by a defenseman in NHL history.
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November 5th, 2018