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VIDEO: Ducks Edge Sens In Shootout
By Richard Gonzalez
The Anaheim Ducks played the Ottawa Senators in the second game of their five-game road trip. The Ducks were coming off a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings and the Senators were coming off a 2-1 OT loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. John Gibson and Marcus Hogberg each get the starts for their respective teams. Even though the Ducks played flat they still got the extra point with their 3-2 shootout win.
The Ducks would be tested early as Sam Steel was called for a double-minor high-sticking penalty. The Senators were ranked last on the power play and didn’t convert. The Ducks would score first as Nick Ritchie would post up in front of the net and tip-in a shot from Hampus Lindholm. Brady Tkachuk thought he tied up the game when he scored but it was ultimately determined to be offside and the goal was waved off.
Ryan Getzlaf would take the second period’s first penalty and the Senators would capitalize when Drake Batherson scored on the power play. The Ducks would then get their crack at the power play but only managed to get one shot on goal. Later in the period, Ondrej Kase would get the lead for the Ducks as he got his own rebound and put one past Hogberg. Each team would spilt minor penalties but the Ducks would hold on to the 2-1 lead after the second.
The Ducks got called for an early penalty in the third period as Erik Gudbranson was called for tripping and the Senators would make them pay when Artem Anisimov tipped in a power play goal to tie the game up. Later on in the period, Thomas Chabot would take a tripping penalty but the Ducks only managed three shots and did not score. The Ducks showed a lot more fight in the remaining minutes of the game but the Senators were able to hold on and force overtime.
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The overtime period only saw a total of five shots. Three from the Senators and two from the Ducks. In the shootout, Kase scored first for the Ducks and Rickard Rakell sealed the deal with his goal. Gibson was perfect in the shootout.
The Ducks did not seem to have a lot of jump into their game. They played down to what was expected to be an easy win but the Senators came ready to play and really earned that point. The Senators were tied for the last place in their power play but managed to get two power play goals tonight. The Ducks went 0-3 on their power play and took the last place spot for their power play. This game was really dry and I feel the Ducks did not play well enough to earn the win.
The Ducks will take on the Montreal Canadians on Thursday (02/06).
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February 4th, 2020