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VIEDO: Ducks Power Past The Kraken 7-4
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks continued their road trip against the Seattle Kraken. John Gibson was in net against Philip Grubauer. This was the first official game with Jeff Solomon as the interim General Manager. Bob Murray resigned and is seeking alcohol treatment.
The Anaheim Ducks got on the board first. Mason McTavish drove to the net and the puck bounced off of him and into the Seattle net. The Ducks dominated the period outshooting the Kraken 16-4, but just held a 1-0 advantage after the first 20 minutes.
The rest of the period saw five total goals with the teams trading goals back and forth. First, Troy Terry used a defender as a partial screen and snapped a wrist shot past Grubauer. Jaden Schwartz would answer just 35 seconds later and the Ducks now led 2-1.
Kevin Shattenkirk then put Anaheim up 4-2 at the end of period. He took a wrist shot that went between the arm and body of Grubauer dropping behind him into the net. Grubauer appeared frustrated on the play knowing he could have stopped the shot.
Jordan Eberle scored early in the third period to make a 4-3 game. Hampus Lindholm would respond with his first goal of the season. He took a point shot where Grubauer was out of position as he was screened on the play.
McCann would get his second of the game and the Ducks now led 5-4. Anaheim would add two empty net goals by Sam Carrick and Terry to finally put the game away.
The teams appeared to feel each other in the opening period and then it turned into a race track in the second period. This contest had a similar feel and pace to the game against the Edmonton Oilers earlier this season.
This wasn’t a fun game for the goalies, who both probably wanted a goal or two back in this contest. Each team also got lucky bounces on goals that were scored. Troy Terry continues to be red hot scoring two more goals.
The Ducks defense got involved in this one as well with Lindholm, Mahura, and Shattenkirk each getting goals. It was nice to see Anaheim getting production from throughout the lineup.
Additionally the Ducks were stepping up for one and another. Manson let Lauzon know he didn’t approve his hit on Lundestrom. And at one point Nicolas Deslauriers checked Brandon Tanev after he had got tangled with Gibson behind the net.
This team continues to show passion and heart winning games in a variety of fashions.
The Ducks have now won six games in a row. They have scored at least three goals in their last 10 games.
Terry now has a 13 game point streak and leads the team in scoring with 11 goals.
Lundestrom(upper-body) did not return in the game after the first period.
The Ducks are only one point out of first place in the Pacific Division, but they have played three more games than the division leading Edmonton Oilers.
The Ducks return home to face Vancouver this Sunday at 5 PM PT.
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November 12th, 2021