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VIDEO: The “Ducklings” Dominate
By: Stephanie Mazzuca
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the Montreal Canadiens last night at Honda Center. This was a key game for the Habs, as they are currently battling for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Goaltender Carey Price (0.917 SV%) was in net against John Gibson (0.914 SV%).
Five minutes into the start of the game, Nick Ritchie (9-18-27) was penalized for interference which led to a Canadiens power play. The Habs’ offensive woes on their NHL bottom-ranking power play continued and they couldn’t convert. Less than two minutes later, Daniel Sprong (9-8-17) flew into the offensive zone and snapped a wrist shot to the goal’s top corner. He scored. The Ducks continued to control play with extremely sharp zone entries. Nick Ritchie then received his second penalty of the night for roughing Christian Folin (0-4-4), though he was protecting Troy Terry (3-4-7) after strong hit from Folin. The Canadiens weren’t able to score on the power play. With three minutes left in the opening period, Troy Terry battled along the boards and made a key pass to Adam Henrique (14-20-34). Henrique scored his third goal in three games. However, Paul Byron (12-14-26) scored off of a rebound from John Gibson almost thirty seconds later. This brought the score to 2-1 in favor of Anaheim. In the period’s final minute, Brendan Gallagher (30-14-44) received a minor penalty for tripping Devin Shore. Troy Terry was high-sticked in the following power play face-off by Jordie Benn (4-14-18_. Due to the presence of blood, Benn was given a double-minor penalty. This exciting first period ended with Anaheim looking towards a five-on-three advantage to start the second period.
This second period began with the Ducks’ 5-on-3 advantage from the Jordie Benn and Brendan Gallagher penalties. Ryan Getzlaf (11-28-39) hammered three dangerous one-timer shots but he couldn’t find the back of the net. After Carey Price was peppered with additional shots, Devin Shore (7-16-23) was able to score off of a rebound. The Ducks led 3-1. Montreal challenged for goaltender interference but the call on the ice stood. As Anaheim continued to rush into the offensive zone, a bench mix-up led to a penalty for too many men on the ice. The Habs couldn’t generate any shots on goal during the following power play. With ten minutes remaining, Jaycob Megna (1-2-3) was called for cross-checking. Shea Weber (10-15-25) then scored a power play goal. The Ducks were determined to keep their 2-goal lead as Troy Terry (3-4-7) found the back of the net off of a pass from Cam Fowler (4-11-15). The score was brought to 4-2 in favor of Anaheim. This assist actually moved Fowler to the Ducks’ top all-time points scored by a defenseman, passing the legendary Scott Niedermayer. With three minutes remaining, Carter Rowney (5-10-15) made a key pass to Corey Perry (2-2-4) for yet another goal. Jaycob Megna then received a hooking penalty and sent Montreal on a late power play. The puck moved across the goal line a second too late as the second period expired. A lucky break for John Gibson after his strong start to the game. This period ended with the Ducks ahead at a score of 5-2.
Another period started with a power play as the Canadiens looked to decrease Anaheim’s lead. Six minutes into the period, Max Jones (1-1-2) received a penalty for high-sticking but the Habs couldn’t convert. The Ducks got another power play opportunity a few minutes later after Brendan Gallagher (30-14-44) was called for slashing. However, they couldn’t take advantage of the extra man either. Anaheim continued their trend of controlling play in the offensive zone and it paid off; a scramble in front of Carey Price led to a quick goal by Rickard Rakell (10-19-29). He was assisted by Jakob Silfverberg (18-11-29) and the score was increased to 6-2. With four minutes remaining, Carey Price mishandled the puck behind his net and dived back into the goal crease as Anaheim possessed the puck. Troy Terry (3-4-7) quickly passed to Adam Henrique (14-20-34) who scored his second goal of the night. The Ducks led at 7-2. In the final minute of the game, Max Jones skirted three Montreal defenders and scored his first NHL goal. The game ended at a score of 8-2.
Tonight was a strong game for young Troy Terry with his goal and two assists. In his last three games, Terry has two goals and five assists. Daniel Sprong also played well and created several high-danger chances for Anaheim. This game’s final score of 8-2 marks the most goals scored by the Ducks in a single game for the entire 2018-19 season. Though it’s not clear if this trend is permanent, it seems that Anaheim has gotten past its offensive woes. Tonight’s game also marks Max Jones’ much-anticipated first career NHL goal. Overall, this was a strong showing from the Ducks’ young prospects and a preview of their possible success next season.
Cam Fowler became the all-time leader in points upon an Anaheim defenseman.
Max Jones scored his first career NHL goal.
Troy Terry became the first Anaheim rookie to record at least three points in consecutive games.
This game marked the fifth time in franchise history the Ducks scored eight goals.
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March 9th, 2019