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VIDEO: Ducks Come Up Short Against Kings
By Michael Walters
The Kings would get on the board first as Dustin Brown took a shot that beat Miller low as he appeared to be partially screened on the play. About a minute the later Ducks responded as Quick got out of position behind the net. Ryan Getzlaf got the puck from Quick and found Daniel Sprong at the front of the net for an easy score. Kyle Clifford would then make it 2-1 Kings when he broke in on Miller and shot the puck between his arm and body for the score. The Kings would add one more tally as Kempe found rookie Carl Gundstrom streaking down the slot. He would go to the backhand and beat Miller to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.
Early in the middle frame, Nick Ritchie would be called for slashing. The Ducks would able to keep the Kings from scoring with the extra man. The Ducks started to pick up their offensive game in the second half of this period. They only had four shots on goal in the first 30 minutes. Towards the end of the period, Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf had a 2-on-1. Getzlaf had a good shooting lane at Quick but decided to try to pass the puck to Rakell, which ended up being broken up. Ducks still trailed 3-1 going into the third.
The Ducks kept the pressure on in this period. Anaheim had an early power play, which they didn’t convert on, but it helped keep momentum on their side. In the middle of the period, Jakob Silfverberg would make a nice move at the side of the net and beat Quick up high with a rocket. Anaheim continued to get chances and pulled Miller in the final moments of the game. Quick stopped a shot in the final seconds and Rakell tried to deflect it past him. Drew Doughty took exception to Rakell and everyone met behind the net. Rakell and Doughty both got penalties. The Ducks couldn’t find the tying score and lost 3-2.
The Ducks had an extremely slow start to the game. Anaheim had only two shots on goal in the first period and four in the first 30 minutes. They played much better in the second half of the game, but it was too little too late. A few defensive breakdowns cost them early in the contest. The Ducks could have definitely used a few of those goals from their win over Montreal last Friday.
Silfverberg leads the team with 19 goals now.
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March 11th, 2019