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VIDEO: Ducks Blank Islanders

Photo: Alex Gallardo/Associated Press

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks returned home after their four-game road trip to play host to the New York Islanders. John Gibson was in net against Thomas Greiss.

The game had a scary moment in the beginning when Gibson made a sprawling save. He was down on the ice and had to reach high up to make a glove save, but then appeared to be injured. He laid on the ice for a few minutes but was able to continue and finish the game. There was no scoring in the opening period, but Nicolas Deslauriers and Scott Mayfield did drop the gloves. Deslauriers took exception to an open-ice hit that Cal Clutterbuck made.

In the second period, the Ducks would strike first. Ryan Getzlaf would break in on Greiss and take a shot that was blocked. Jordan Eberle would then hit the puck toward his own net and past Greiss for a goal. Getzlaf was given credit for the goal as he was the last Ducks player to touch the puck before it went into the net.

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In the final 20 minutes, Anaheim added two more goals. Getzlaf would skate behind the New York net and then find Cam Fowler in the slot. Fowler did the rest burying his shot just over Greiss’s shoulder for the score. Shortly after the Ducks would score again when Ondrej Kase took a shot from a wide-angle, which handcuffed Greiss and went in over his shoulder. Kase was so excited he jumped up in the air into Nick Ritchie(pictured above). The Islanders couldn’t answer after and the Ducks won 3-0.

Team Stats/News

The Ducks ended the Islanders’ point streak of 17 games. It’s the second time in franchise history Anaheim has ended an opponent’s point streak of 17 or more games. The first instance occurred on January 30th, 2018 when they recorded a 3-1 win to end the Bruins’ 18-game run(14-0-4).

Analysis

This was a solid performance by Anaheim. In the first period, the Islanders carried the play outshooting the Ducks 16 to 5, but Anaheim tightened up their defense after that. New York only managed 10 shots on goal after the opening frame. The Ducks got a bounce for once on their opening goal and didn’t look back. Gibson played better than he had in his previous couple of starts. Getzlaf delivered in this game after voicing his frustration about the last road trip. If this Ducks team could show up on a more consistent basis then this team could be a playoff-type team.

What’s Next?

The Ducks travel to the desert to face the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

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November 26th, 2019

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