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VIDEO: Ducks Get Downed By The Predators
By Michael Walters
The Ducks would get the first good scoring chance of the game with a 2-on-1 with Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell. Rakell would make a nice pass to Silfverberg, who would beat Rinne, but just outside the far post. The Predators had the first power play of the game and nearly scored on a point shot that trickled just wide of the post. The Ducks killed off the penalty, back then were called for back-to-back penalties. The Predators had a 5-on-3 power play for 41 seconds and scored.
The Ducks would get a power play chance of their own, but don’t convert. To make matters worse Colton Sissons jumped out of the box, gets the puck and scores to make it 2-0. Towards the end of the period, Ondrej Kase would get a breakaway, but Rinne made a glove save to hold Anaheim scoreless after one period of play.
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Nashville scored in the opening minute of the second period. Nick Bonino took a point shot, which was deflected past Gibson. Minutes later Troy Terry would get hooked on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. A goal would be have been a big lift for Anaheim, but Rinne turned away Terry’s shot.
The Ducks would get another chance to get back into the game with a power play, but it would backfire. A turnover at center ice would spring Mattias Ekholm, who would beat Gibson making it 4-0. Anaheim had a huge hole to try to climb out of to start the third period.
The Ducks started the third period with pressure. Jakob Silfverberg had a good chance from the slot, but again Rinne was there to make the save. Ryan Getzlaf would finally breakthrough for the Ducks and get them on the board. Minutes later Josh Manson would make a turnover and the Predators would score to reestablish the four-goal lead. Nashville would add yet another goal to take a 6-1 lead and ended up winning by that score.
The Ducks didn’t play as bad of a game as the score would indicate. They had chances to be in this game, but several things didn’t go there way. Terry had a penalty shot in this contest, but couldn’t convert. The Ducks had power play chances but gave up a shorthanded goal and another goal right after the penalty expired on a separate occasion. The 5-on-5 play wasn’t the issue tonight, it was the special teams that really did Anaheim in. Rinne was also on his game tonight only giving up the lone goal to Ryan Getzlaf.
The Ducks haven’t won a regular-season game in Nashville since 2015.
Anaheim signed Luca Sbisa, who should clear waivers and be assigned to San Diego.
The Ducks travel to Dallas to play the Stars and former teammate, Corey Perry, this Thursday.
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October 22nd, 2019