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VIDEO: Ducks Pull Out Victory In OT
By Richard Gonzalez
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks are coming off a big 7-4 against the Winnipeg Jets and the Canucks are coming in with a two-game win streak after beating the Los Angeles Kings 5-3. The Ducks are hosting their Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) promotional night. Hampus Lindholm returned to the line-up and he was paired with Erik Gudbranson. John Gibson and Jacob Markstrom got the starts.
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Gibson and the Ducks were able to steal a game with 2-1 overtime win. The Ducks got into a bit of penalty trouble when Max Jones (holding) and Adam Henrique (delay of game) each got minors in the first. Luckily, the Ducks would kill both of them off and as a bonus, score a short-handed goal. Jakob Silfverberg pounced on a loose puck and roofed it top shelf for his second short-handed goal of the season. Rickard Rakell and Korbinian Holzer would get the assists.
The Ducks were being outplayed by the Canucks. They were also being heavily outshot. Gibson kept the Ducks in the game. With time winding down in the third, the Ducks looked like they would cruise to a one-goal win until a bad bounce off Holzer’s leg ended up in the Ducks net. The Ducks would go to overtime for the first time this season.
The overtime featured head coach Dallas Eakins putting in three rookies in Troy Terry, Max Jones and Josh Mahura for a line. A move that paid dividends as Terry spotted Getzlaf mid change. Terry sent him a half-ice stretch pass and Getzlaf went on a breakaway. Markstrom decided to gamble when he left the net to aggressively poke check the puck but Getzlaf made a move and scored the game-winning goal on an empty net. Terry and Gibson would get the helpers.
The Ducks were playing very flat and were not providing any support for Gibson. They were playing as if they had a very long Halloween night and just seemed dead. They did not convert on any of the power plays but did kill off all the penalties they accrued during the game and even added a short-handed goal. They almost lost this game if it was not for the post in the final second of the game. This game was not the best until it got to overtime. The Ducks had a little more step to their play and were pressuring the Canucks a lot more. This Vancouver team has a lot of speed and talent. The Ducks got a wake-up call in this game and hope they are better prepared the next time they meet on Feb. 16, 2020.
The Ducks next game will be at home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.
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November 1st, 2019