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VIDEO: Ritchie Scores Twice, Ducks Defeat Panthers

Photo: AP

By Aaron Francis

The Anaheim Ducks completed the Florida leg of their road trip with a match against the Florida Panthers. After winning in Tampa the previous night Anaheim looked to go 2-1 on the road trip. John Gibson was in goal for Anaheim and James Reimer was the starter for Florida.

First Period

The Ducks would score very early in this game as Josh Manson fired the puck from the point off an offensive zone draw, 1-0 Anaheim. Anaheim was able to maintain their lead through the first period of play despite being heavily outshot 15-8. A late period shot by Florida beat Gibson but hit the crossbar and came out, a huge break for the Ducks.

Second Period

The Panthers would break through this period and take the lead halfway through the game. A pass from behind the net found Aaron Ekblad who hammered home the tying goal, 1-1 tie. Then on the power play Evgenii Dadonov tipped a shot from the point past Gibson to give the Panthers the lead, 2-1 Florida. The Ducks would respond however as a shot by Marcus Pettersson from the point was tipped in-front by Nick Ritchie to even things up, 2-2 tie. Shots were 16-8 this period.

Third Period

Anaheim was able to keep things even on the scoreboard through most of this period. The game would be decided in the final minutes as Ryan Getzlaf brought the puck into the slot and it found Nick Ritchie for his second of the night, 3-2 Anaheim. Backstopped by the play of John Gibson the Ducks were able to take two games in as many nights.

Analysis:

The Ducks had a quick start to the game and grabbed the early lead. In the second period, Anaheim appeared to get tired since they played the night before. As a result, Florida was able to score twice and gain a 2-1 lead. The Ducks were able to rally thanks to Ritchie’s two goals, one of which was in the final minutes of the third period.

Game Stats/Notes:

The first period goal by Josh Manson was the second quickest goal in franchise history. The record fastest goal to start a game is held by Paul Kariya, who did it in eight seconds on March 9th, 1997.

Marcus Pettersson is on a 4 game point streak.

John Gibson made 42 saves on 44 shots and had a .955 save percentage.

Roster Moves:

Ben Street was placed on waivers

Andrej Sustr was reassigned to San Diego.

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November 29th, 2018

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