VIDEO: Hawks Down Ducks

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By Eddie Richard

The Ducks started off hot scoring the first two goals in the first period but could not maintain the pace throughout the game and ended up losing 3-2 to the Blackhawks.

This is the first of three meetings between the Anaheim Ducks (4-9-1) and the Chicago Blackhawks (5-5-3). The Ducks are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild to extend their losing streak to two games. The Blackhawks are also coming in with a two-game losing streak after losing to the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. Adam Henrique(aka proud new poppa) returns to the line-up and newly recalled defensemen Austin Strand made his Ducks debut. Arvid Soderblom and Anthony Stolarz each got the start for their respective team.

The Game:

The First: It took all of 19 seconds for Troy Terry to put the Ducks on the board. The Ducks would come firing an onslaught of shots to eventually make it 2-0 when Henrique scored off a snapshot. The Ducks momentum would come to a halt when Jarred Tinordi would put the Hawks on the board. Despite the Ducks outshooting the Hawks 19-5, the Ducks would only lead by one after the first.

The second: The Ducks started the second on the penalty kill from Pavol Regenda’s hooking call that was assessed in the first. The second period saw an equal number of chances from both sides. The Hawks would strike again when rookie defensemen Filip Roos gets his first NHL goal to tie the game. The Ducks had an opportunity to regain the lead after a viscous “high-stick” call on Boris Katchouk that nearly decapitated Terry. However, the Ducks could not score and would be tied 2-2 after the second.

The third: This period slowed down from the first two with both teams playing more conservatively. The Ducks had more of the scoring chances but could not get anything pass Soderblom. Frustration broke out between the Ducks and Hawks, which resulted in a brief scrum. That would result in Ryan Strome, Regenda, Jonathan Toews and Taylor Raddysh each be given minor penalties.  Shortly after, Tinordi would get some puck luck and score off the leg of Dmitry Kulikov, which would be the game-winning goal and ending the Hawks losing streak by beating the Ducks 3-2. 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:

The Good: Henrique was buzzing out there and was rewarded with a goal. He kept finding the puck and positioned to have multiple chances. He had an extra step to his game tonight.

The Bad: The unfortunate bounce off Kulikov’s foot that led to the Hawk’s game winning goal.

The Ugly: The Ducks dropping their two-goal lead and momentum from their hot start if this game and are now dead last in the league.


The Ducks played their best period of the season and showed flashes of what this team can do. They took advantage of a struggling team that is in a similar situation the Ducks are in. The Ducks lost stream as soon as the first goal was scored against them. I saw a lot of players that just allowed the Hawks to hang out at the doorstep getting those second and third chances. The Ducks got a surge of energy in the last minute of the game and upped their pressure. John Klingberg nearly tied the game, but the “cling” of the post would have something different to say. I did like the play of Stolarz. He was solid in his start and allowed the Ducks to have an opportunity even facing those second and third chances.

Next Game:

The Ducks will be back at Honda Center on Tuesday (11/15) at 7:00PM. The Ducks will also be selling their reverse retro jersey so at least our “swag” will be winning.

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November 13th, 2022


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