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VIDEO: Ducks Lose To Panthers In OT

Photo: AP

By Richard Gonzalez

The Anaheim Ducks took on the Florida Panthers in the first of two meetings this season. The Ducks were coming off a wild 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals and the Panthers were on a two-game win streak after beating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 in their last game. John Gibson and Sergei Bobrovsky would each get the starts for their respective teams.

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The first period was relatively slow with both teams playing cautious and smart hockey. Each team had only six shots at approximately the eight-minute mark of the game. It was not long until the Ducks would strike first as Max Jones was left open in front of the net and would score his third of the season.

The second period would yield the game’s first penalty when Carter Rowney got called for tripping. The Ducks would easier kill off the penalty and even applied a good amount of pressure on the Panthers. The Ducks would score the next three consecutive goals, including a power-play goal (Nick Ritchie, Rickard Rakell-PPG and Ondrej Kase) to give the Ducks a four-goal lead. The Panthers would cut that lead in half with a pair of goals just 26 seconds apart at the end of the period.

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The third period had a few good chances from the Ducks but they could not get that fifth goal, which would have probably done it. The Panthers would get a goal from Aaron Ekblad and Dominic Toninato to ease their way back into this game. Both teams could not get the winning goal in the final frame and needed overtime to settle this one. In the overtime period, it only took 22 seconds for Ekbald to score for the Panthers and beat the Ducks.

Analysis:

The Ducks were on a path to having a perfect game but the Panthers clawed their way back to win the game. The Panthers are known for having slow starts and finishing out strong. They did the same thing against the Flyers. The Ducks knew this about their opponent and chose to just coast and not play a full game. This game is probably the most frustrating because they had a four-goal lead and no controversy. They even managed to get a rare power-play goal. They completely lost this one due to poor defensive play and goaltending.

What’s next:

The Ducks will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (11/23) at 4:00 P.M. in the final game of their road trip.

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November 21st, 2019

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