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Video: Silfverberg Lifts Ducks In Shootout
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks traveled to New York to take on the Islanders. Ryan Getzlaf sat out the contest with flu-like symptoms. Cam Fowler would wear an “A” as a result. John Gibson was in net against Semyon Varlamov.
The Islanders opened up the scoring in this contest with a goal by Anders Lee. He would receive a pass at the side of the net and shoot the puck back behind Gibson and just under the crossbar. Anaheim would answer back on their second power play of the game. Max Comtois tipped a slap shot by Isac Lundestrom past Varlamov.
A few minutes later, New York would get a power play, but it would be Anaheim that would score shorthanded. Sam Carrick would lead a counter-attack and beat Varlamov down low. The Islanders would get a goal late in the period by Brock Nelson to tie the game at two after 20 minutes of play.
The Ducks would take the lead back in the second period as Adam Henrique tipped a shot by Michael Del Zotto past Varlamov. The Islanders would answer as Mathew Barzal would get a breakaway. Gibson would go for a poke check attempt and Barzal would shoot it over the diving Gibson to tie the game. A few minutes later, the Islanders would score again as Nick Leddy would beat Gibson under the crossbar from the slot.
Anaheim would respond as Jakob Silfverberg scored with Varlamov out of position. The Islanders challenged for goalie interference, but the goal stood since the contact with the goalie was initially caused by an Islanders player. The teams would be tied at four up at the end of the second period.
The Ducks would take back the lead in the third when Cam Fowler shot a rocket over the shoulder of Varlamov. The Islanders would answer back shortly on the power play after Josh Manson was called for a tripping penalty. The teams would end regulation tied at five apiece.
Overtime and Shootout
Both teams had chances in the overtime, but neither team scored. In the shootout, Max Comtois would score first in round two. Josh Baily would respond with a score in the third round, but Jakob Silfverberg would also score to give the Ducks the 6-5 victory.
This was a high flying affair with four goals being scored in the first period and another four goals being scored in the second period. Each team tried to pull away, but the other would respond and tie the game. Special teams play helped Anaheim in the beginning with a power play goal and then a shorthanded goal. Special also hurt the Ducks as the Islanders scored two power play goals. Overall this was like a heavyweight fight and the Ducks were able to edge out the Islanders without their captain and several other players who are injured.
Carrick scored his first goal as an Anaheim Duck.
Lundestrom registered two points(both assists) in this contest, a personal best for him at the NHL level.
Rickard Rakell had to leave the game with a lower-body injury.
The Ducks take on the Rangers tomorrow at 9:30 AM PT.
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December 21st, 2019