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VIDEO: Long Night For Anaheim
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks hit the road for their first stretch of games away from the Honda Center. The Ducks won their opening game in overtime at home after being down by two goals in the third period. John Gibson got the start for Anaheim again in net. Ilya Sorokin was in goal for New York.
The teams were feeling each other for about the first 9-10 minutes of this game and then the Islanders scored first. Scott Mayfield scored just over halfway into the period and then Noah Dobson did about a minute and a half later. Both teams had power play chances and neither could convert.
The Islanders started the middle frame on the power play, but Mathew Barzal was called for hooking just 8 seconds in. The teams played 4-on-4 and the Ducks had an abbreviated power play, but didn’t convert. New York turned it on in this period and scored three times to make 5-0. Oliver Wahlstrom, Scott Mayfield, and Anthony Beauvillier had the goals for the Islanders.
Anthony Stolarz was in net to start the final period. Troy Terry ruined the shutout bid by New York. He got the puck on his stick and skated in the slot firing a wrist shot over the glove of Sorokin. The Islanders would add two more goals by Robin Salo and the final ending up being a 7-1 win for New York.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins started the game with adjustments to three of the four forwards lines. The only line which was the same from game one was the McTavish, Strome, and Terry line. Unfortunately, the changes didn’t help the Ducks in this contest. Anaheim was still in the game after the first period, but then the Islanders took over in the second period and never looked back.
The Ducks were almost outshot by a two to one margin. They were able to keep the Islanders off the board during their power plays, but the Ducks couldn’t convert on any of theirs either. There are plenty of things the team will need to work on. It will be interesting to see what line adjustments will be made ahead of Monday’s game.
The Ducks face the New York Rangers on Monday at 4 PM PT.
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October 16th, 2022