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VIDEO: Jet Lagged
By Eddie Richard
The Anaheim Ducks (2-2-0) look to spoil the Winnipeg Jets’ (0-2-1) home opener and to extend the Jets winless streak to four.
However tonight, the Ducks were not able to beat Connor Hellebuyck and dropped this game 5-1.
This is the second of three meetings between both teams. The Ducks scratched Max Comtois, Simon Benoit and Sam Carrick. The Jets were without Mark Scheifele and Black Wheeler, who both are in COVID-19 protocol. Gibson and Hellebuyck would start for their respective teams.
The first: The Ducks would dominate the first period outshooting the Jets 10-4. They would continue to provide offense on the power play as Troy Terry scored his first of the year after Paul Stastny got called for tripping. The Ducks lead would be cut short as Pierre-Luc Dubois would score to tie the game. The Ducks controlled most of the play and did not allow much space for the Jets to create offensive chances. Game remained tied at the intermission.
The second: The Jets would get their first lead of the game as Copp scored about a minute into the second. The Ducks and Jets each traded a couple of penalties each, which did not result in any power play goals. The Ducks did an excellent job with their puck movement and control, but the Jets came to life and made it harder for the Ducks. The shots were 17-15, Ducks and the Jets held on to the 2-1 lead after the second.
The third: The Jets came into this period really wanting the win more and scored three more unanswered goals giving them a 5-1 lead to include an empty net goal when the Ducks pulled Gibson for the extra skater. No penalties were taken in the third, but the carry over penalty from the second gave their first power play goal of the season. The Ducks did outshoot the Jets 12-8, but still got outplayed in the goal department in the third.
Terry scores his first goal and fifth point of the season. Nicolas Deslauriers had a game high eight hits. Rickard Rakell had a game high of nine shots. Cam Fowler and Kevin Shattenkirk each got their third assists of the season.
The good, the bad and the ugly:
The good: Terry getting his first goal of the season and the Ducks getting another power play goal.
The bad: The five unanswered goals.
The ugly: Jets fans littering the ice thinking Kyle Connor got the hat trick.
The Ducks did not do too bad this game. The Jets wanted it more and capitalized on their chances more than the Ducks did, especially in that third period. The Jets gavethe puck away 13 times, but the Ducks could not get enough good puck to the net partly because the Jets and their 18 blocked shots. The rest was all Hellebuyck and his elite level of play. Both teams will have one more meeting at Honda Center on Oct. 26, 2021.
The Ducks will play face off against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday Oct. 23, 2021, at 3:00 PT.
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October 21st, 2021